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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099490951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099490951
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)

"A writer of great wit and style - I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)

"Sparkling" (Independent on Sunday)

"Every girl, whatever her age, needs her own complete set of Heyer titles. More than romantic they are witty, elegant, stylish and the best comedies of manners since Jane Austen. Required reading for everyone" (Diane Pearson)

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A dashing novel of intrigue and Regency romance by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists.

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Format: Paperback
Cousin Kate is a more serious Heyer heroine, and this is a more serious story, with Gothic overtones which are, however, more believable that the true Gothick Romance of Mrs Ratcliffe and the like because the tale is told so calmly. Yes, there is madness, sudden death and wicked plots. But a charming, independently minded heroine and a strong, sensible and reasonably handsome hero win through. This may be less fun than some, but I would highly recommend it - and for more than one reading
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The Heyer Regency romances have the distinction of being well written in British English, and with what appears to be a comfortable understanding of the period. I find it a pleasure to escape into a gentle enjoyment of these novels, which have varied plots, situations and characters, and charmingly describe the life and idiosyncrasies of the Regency period.
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.
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This is an exciting story, with suspense mounting slowly as the story unfolds. At times the sense of how trapped Kate had become was scary enough to make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. I thought she was an appealing heroine for most of the time. But I did find her determination not to believe the worst, despite all the evidence, rather irritating after a while. It isn't one of Heyer's best, but I liked it enough to read it again.
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Kate is yet another of Heyer's "strong" women - resourceful and principled, beautiful but without illusions, thrown upon her own abilities to survive a wastrel father's death. Of course love triumphs over all. This is a favourite of mine
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Format: Paperback
Cousin Kate is a charming book about a young woman who is saved from the drudgery of employment by an Aunt she has never met.
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.
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I have tried for a long time to listen to this cd I was not over impressed with the person telling the story but that is a personal thing
I wish all of the stories were available in cd not kindle or other forms of listening to cd!!!!
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I love Georgette Heyer generally but this book became a chore to read. It starts off well with Kate as one of Heyer's attractive and energetic heroines: alone in the world, she accepts an invitation from a long-lost aunt - but things soon take a sinister turn at Staplewood.

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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WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT THIS GEORGETTE HEYER BOOK. IF LIKE ME YOU ARE A FAN OF HER BOOKS YOU WILL ALWAYS TURN TO THEM WHEN YOU WANT A LITTLE LIGHT-HEARTED READING; ALTHOUGH YOU MAY KNOW EVERY CHAPTER BY HEART YOU KNOW IT WILL BE A SATISFACTORY READ.
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