Author: Georgette Heyer
Release Date: October 5, 2007
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the back cover:
A sham betrothal isn’t the only thing that gets Kitty and Freddy into trouble, but it’s definitely the beginning ..
A most unusual hero: Freddy is immensely rich, of course, and not bad-looking, but he’s mild-mannered, a bit hapless-not anything like his virile, handsome, rakish cousin Jack …
A heroine in a difficult situation: Young Kitty Charing stands to inherit a vast fortune from her irascible and eccentric guardian-provided she marries one of his great-nephews …
A sham betrothal: No sooner does Kitty arrive in London then the race for her hand begins, but between confirmed rakes and bumbling affections, Kitty needs a daring scheme…
I’ve really been enjoying all the Georgette Heyer re-releases that Sourcebooks has been putting out. This is the third one I’ve read (along with The Reluctant Widow [review] and Faro’s Daughter [review]) and I can now say for certain that Heyer is an amazing author. I just can’t believe it took me this long to read her novels!
I think that Cotillion is my favorite Heyer novel so far. The plot is fun enough, but it really is the characters that make this book. Kitty is sweet and her schemes are amusing. It is clear what she intends from the beginning of the novel, but it is fun to watch her plans unfold and unravel before her eyes. I also love how considerate she is: she is determined to help others, while being unsure of her own fate.
However, it was Freddy that really stole my heart in this novel. I love how he takes care of Kitty, how he goes along with her plans even though they are not his first choice. I enjoyed reading about how sweet he really is, how he does things he really would rather not and comes to Kitty’s rescue time and time again, all because he is a gentleman and a good person. You could say I have a bit of a crush on Freddy – he reminds me of my husband!
Cotillion is completely fun and entertaining. I was completely hooked the whole time, hoping against hope that the novel turned out the way I wanted it to. If you haven’t read any Heyer, this is a great place to start; if you have read Heyer and enjoyed her novels, read Cotillion as soon as you can! You’ll definitely enjoy it.
Thanks so much to Danielle at Sourcebooks for sending me this novel to review!