Cotillion by Georgette Heyer, for me, can be best described as a great ‘romp’ through a Regency Romance. I loved it!
This was such a fun novel. The novel is mainly centered around Kitty Charing who stands to inherit a fortune if only she’ll marry one of her miserable guardian’s great-nephews. If she doesn’t, she will be left penniless. Her choices are Hugh (much to stuffy), Dolph (sweet but completely dim-witted), Freddy (not to swift either but he surprises us plus he’s such a gentleman) and Jack (the handsome and rakish man of the novel).
Kitty has always had a hankering for Jack, since they were children really. However Jack will not be bullied into marrying anyone even if he might acually want to marry them one day. Besides he’s much to busy being popular in London with all the young ladies. So Kitty, desperate to get to London, hatches a plan with Freddy. She gets him to agree to pretend to be betrothed to her and take her to London. She does this in the hopes of getting Jack so jealous he’ll come after her. So, off they go to London and Kitty is fascinated. She’s seeing the sights, dragging poor Freddy with her and getting herself new cloths and meeting lots of new people. However, Kitty being the busy body she is manages to get herself embroiled in many other people’s romances on the side and it turns out to be quite funny the lengths she’ll go to in the hopes of getting people together. Even funnier is she manages to drag Freddy right along with her. They seem to have minds that work in the same direction on matters such as these, not to mention Freddy didn’t have a choice as half the time he was trying to save Kitty from herself.
While I really liked all the characters, Kitty and Freddy stole my heart. They are both sweet and charming characters who were a joy to read about. This novel had me laughing out loud several times which I truthfully didn’t expect from a novel such as this. I loved the period detail described throughout the book and the book was very well written. The language more often than not had me laughing. Some examples of sayings I won’t soon forget because I’ll probably be using them are, ‘he or she is queer in their attic’ and ‘I dashed well can’t help you’. It was phrases like these that had me laughing and wanting to keep reading this more than enjoyable story.
While this was my first Georgette Heyer novel, it won’t be my last. If you’re looking for a fun historical Regency Romance type of book to take you away for a while to another world I would certainly recommend this one. I thouroughly enjoyed it!
Many thanks to Danielle at Source Books for sending me this great read!