Cousin Kate Paperback – 6 Oct 2005
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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)
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In this novel a young woman of gentle birth, brought up mostly in Portugal and Spain during the Peninsula wars, must earn her own way in the world. She enjoys the love of her old nurse, a redoubtable woman who contacts Kate's aunt Minerva. Minerva has her own reasons for responding to the approach to rescue Kate, and we are introduced to the situation at Staplewood and from there the adventure develops, with love blossoming along the way.
She is swept of to the luxury of Staplewood a beautiful estate owned by Sir Timothy.
Kate soon finds out that she is living in a divided house and the behaviour of some of her family leave her asking questions.
This is a book to be read time and time again, it is my personal favourite Georgette Heyer book.
I wish all of the stories were available in cd not kindle or other forms of listening to cd!!!!
This uses a Pride & Prejudice narrative in miniature to shape the relationship between Kate and the hero, and mixes it up with Jane Eyre and other gothic novels. But the sparkle of Heyer's best novels is missing and Kate starts to become irritating as she persists in believing that nothing is wrong at Staplewood and that her aunt and cousin are behaving perfectly normally no matter how much she uncovers, or how many people tell her otherwise.
So if you haven't read Heyer before this really isn't the place to start - this displays some of the elegant writing that we have come to expect, but the plotting is a little haphazard and the romantic chemistry is severely limited. Heyer can write far better than this.
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This is a fabulous book, massacred by the narrator, who has no feel for the tone of the story or the heroine.Published 3 months ago by Harriet
Thoroughly enjoyed the book as a bedtime read it is easy to digest. A little darker than most of her novels but all's well that ends well. As usual. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nina
This is a beautifully written book, that transports you back to the Regency days.Published 5 months ago by Barbara Morrison
Relax and smile, relax and laugh. The drama wants you to start and finish without a break.Published 5 months ago by Eliza Ellen
I don't think this is a true G.H story, she didn't normally write stories that are just short of depressing. Something made me ask myself did she write it all? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
My first Heyer and it certainly won't be my last. Kate is a remarkably sensible young woman, unwilling to sponge off her friends when in a tight corner. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs. J. Proctor