It’s an issue of money and marriage…alas the stuff regency love is made of. However there is a twist. The orphaned Miss Kitty Charing stands to become a very rich girl, an heiress if she wishes to be so but only if she obeys the odd request of her miser guardian Uncle Matthew. The catch is that she must marry one of her guardian’s nephews of which there are quite a few. Not a problem when Kitty has always cared deeply for one of the nephews: Jack. However when the suitors are summoned and told of the situation…Jack never arrives or offers his hand. Therefore if Kitty is to escape her life at Arnside and be provided for, she must marry another. If she does not, she will be left penniless when her guardian dies with no where to go.
Freddy Standen is an amiable if somewhat absent-minded man. Among all the other possible suitors the dandy Freddy is the one considered least likely to propose to marry Kitty. While many of the suitors need the money Kitty will inherit, Freddy is well provided for and much more concerned with his wardrobe than the attentions of a young lady. This is why Kitty immediately decides Freddy will be the perfect man to help her escape to London and find a way out of her situation through a pretend engagement.
The pretend engagement soon finds both Kitty and Freddy navigating the waters of a sparkling London and all it’s diversions. Throw in a few mixed up love connections with the re-apperance of the man Kitty loves and a drop of scandal and you have a novel that will keep you deep within it’s pages long into the night. Georgette Heyer takes a classic mixed up love scenario and makes it so much more in Cotillion. Adding layer upon layer of intrigue, humor and love story, Heyer manages to create a novel of depth and light-heartedness at the same time while providing sub-plot after sub-plot that will intrigue readers from the very first page.
Who will Kitty marry? Will true love prevail or is there a love lurking nearby of which she never suspected? A detailed cast of characters and a perfectly timed plot all reveal Kitty’s fate. A must read Heyer!
(A Favor by Edmund Blair Leighton)
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