Friday, December 12, 2008

Review - Cotillion By Georgette Heyer

Author: Georgette Heyer
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Synopsis: Miss Kitty Charing is the penniless ward of an irascible, rich old man who asks her to choose one of his four nephews as a husband if she's to inherit his fortune. When Jack, the one nephew Kitty is really enamored of, doesn't show up when it comes time for her to choose, Kitty's wrath is aroused. Determined to escape to London as well as make Jack regret his decision not to show up, Kitty cleverly conspires with yet another potential suitor/nephew, Freddy, to announce their sham engagement. Together the duo arrive in London where Kitty's innocent, adventurous but potentially damaging antics threaten to turn poor Freddy's hair gray. What happens next is one of the most unexpected and unusual love stories.

I've said it before and I have no hesitation repeating myself. Georgette Heyer is par master when it comes to crafting witty, active and lovely romance stories. And each new one I read, I fall in love with it and declare it to be the best. So it is with Cotillion!

This book takes the cake, takes the crown and takes the Oscar for a wonderfully surprising and sneak-attack kind of Romance that simply delighted even my jaded old heart!

It's my habit to read the synopsis or the blurb on the back/inside cover of a book before reading the story itself. As you can imagine, this often takes away the surprise and the suspense inside the pages. But this being a Heyer novel, I sat down to enjoy it without bothering to read the story. This was particularly unusual for me as this is one Heyer novel I had never read before, or at least I don't remember reading it ever. If I had, I wouldn't have been so surprised with the way it ended, which was lovely beyond words!

Kitty, Freddy, Jack and almost every other character in this book sparkle with a joy of life that's as effervescent as it is unique. Only Heyer could write a book that's so filled with interesting characters and situations, where the reader is kept in the dark who the protagonists are despite them being right there under their very own noses, practically falling in love before their eyes.

In Short

If you read just one Heyer book, make it this one!

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  1. I probably sound like a true bookacholic here, but I want to get this collection of the re-releases! I do have COTILLION, such a beautiful cover. I don't remember reading her in HS or ever. I just recently read BLACK SHEEP and it was absolutely wonderful!!! So much a comfort reading it. I just smiled through the whole thing! I got about 4 of the prints or so, so far. But I don't want to miss any of these reads! I'll make sure I read this one of hers next! Great on the review. I felt so much what you did with reading Ms. Heyer's voice!

  2. Me too! I loved her books when I first read her more than a decade ago. And I still find myself loving them after all this time. Some books have that magic touch to them. And probably, the only true legacy a master author can leave behind!

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  4. An enjoyable read Cotillion by Georgette Heyer. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by "to read" list.

  5. I just read my first Georgette Heyer book this summer and I am hooked! I think I have this one on my shelf :)