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Cousin Kateby Georgette Heyer
No one can compare to Georgette Heyer. Many try to emulate her style, but no one has mastered it. And in spite of her troublesome tendency to marry off naive young girls barely out of the schoolroom to older, sophisticated men of the world, and her frequent portrayal of the middle and merchant classes as uncultured, uncouth, and grasping, perpetually trying to curry favour with the upper classes, she is still one of my favourite authors
With Cousin Kate, Heyer abandons somewhat the comedy of manners that she is so well known for and enters the darker realm of the gothic novel. The heroine, Kate Malvern, is a penniless orphan who has just lost her latest job (as a governess) and her home. An aunt, of whom she knows little, offers her a home at Staplewood Manor, provided she acts as a companion and friend to her young cousin, Torquil. Torquil proves to be a charming and clever young man who is also troubled by frequent mood swings and bouts of depression. All too soon Kate discovers that all is not well at Staplewood Manor. There is an atmosphere of secrecy and deception, and Kate soon finds that she doesn't know who to trust or what to do.
In Kate Malvern, Heyer has created a witty, courageous, and engaging heroine. The avid Georgette Heyer fan may miss the lively, light-hearted romps she is most famous for, but I can recommend this book as a wonderful read, especially for its gallant heroine.
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Enjoy one of only two Heyer Gothic Regency romances. Miss Heyer serves up a very different sort of tale in the same period setting, nothing less than a full-fledged Gothic. And a very expert job she does of it, too, complete with a remote and forbidding country house, screams in the night, dark hints of something best left unmentioned nicely leavened with wit, romance, and wonderful period slang.
A surprising invitation
Kate Malvern is rescued from penury by her aunt Minerva, who brings her to stay at Staplewood. But the household is strange and strainedKate's uncle lives in his own private wing, and her handsome, moody cousin Torquil lives in another.
A dark family secret
As bizarre events unfold and Kate begins to question the reasons for her aunt's unexpected generosity, she has no one to confide in but her cousin Philip. Sympathetic though he may appear, will he tell her what she most needs to know... before it's too late?
What readers say:
Flawless gothic romance.
A dark and different Regency romance.
Cousin Kate remains a classic Heyer study of character and Regency attitudes, and boasts a wonderfully warm and generous heroine who it is impossible to dislike and one of Heyer's most pleasant and agreeable heroes.
A superior Georgette Heyer work; a bit darker and more serious than most of her other books, but as always there is the fast wit and a happy ending.
Enjoy one of only two Heyer Gothic Regency romances.
Kate, in dire circumstances, is surprised to receive an invitation to live with a distant aunt. Her aunt, uncle, and cousin welcome her to their estate, buy her new clothes, and provide all the amenities a Young lady of quality should have. Slowly, however, as strange events unfold, Kate begins to realize that her aunt's apparent benevolence hides an ulterior motive. To assure succession of the title, her aunt intends Kate to marry her cousin Torquil, until his increasingly bizarre behavior culminates in violence and tragedy. A compelling tale exploring mental illness in the Regency period.
In this romance by the creator of the modern Regency genre, a woman's luck changes when she locates a long-lost aunt and becomes wealthy. But schemes are brewing and the only one she can trust is cousin Philip, who doesn't seem to like her very much--or does he?
Kate Malvern, rescued from penury by her aunt Minerva, finds the grand household at Staplewood very unhomelike — even family dinners are formal. When she begins to suspect the shocking reason for Minerva's generosity, there is no one to confide in.
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