Sweet Delight Review: Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

Sweet Delight Review: Cotillion by Georgette HeyerCotillion by Georgette Heyer

Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Harper Prism on June 1, 2991
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Kitty Charing can inherit a fortune from her irascible great-uncle Matthew when she marries one of her cousins. Kitty is not wholly averse, if the right nephew proposes. Unfortunately, Kitty has set her heart on Jack Westruther, a confirmed rake.

To make him jealous and to see a little more of the world, Kitty convinces cousin Freddy Standen to pose as her fiance. In London with his family, she hopes to render the elusive Jack madly jealous.

New friends embroil her in their romantic troubles, sprinkling witty banter with Parisian phrases. Her French cousin, Camille, a professional gambler, has won the heart of Olivia, in turn the object of Jack's dishonorable intentions. Doltish cousin Lord Dolphinton has fallen for a merchant's daughter in conflict with his mother. Kitty herself wonders who is really right for her.

Review

This is a re-read and, to be honest, I’m not sure how many times I’ve read it.  Let’s just say its probably close to five times.  However, this is the first time I’m writing up review thoughts on it.  I fell in love with the author’s books and Cotillion is one of the reasons.

It has many facets to it and a host of colorful characters and situations.  It’s cute, sweet, clever, and even a little suspenseful.  It is also very much a coming into their own themed piece for both Kitty and Freddy.

Freddy is the poster boy for beta heroes.  He balks at schemes, adventures, and dust-ups, but when the chips are down, it is Freddy that everyone in this story wants in their corner.

The beginning offers a great catalyst for all that comes after and a hilarious way to introduce the players in this story.  The guardian who tells his eligible great-nephews that he’s leaving his money to the one who weds his ward, Kitty.  Kitty has a crush on dashing Jack and has no intention of wedding the rest of the cousins, but then she gets a notion to do a pretend engagement with Freddy to further a secret scheme and get a taste of London society before she has to return to her eccentric guardian’s out of the way home.

From there, the pretend engagement sets the fox among the chickens as does Kitty’s tendency to attract people in trouble and promise them her help.  She can be rather thoughtless particularly when it comes to how her scheming will affect others and she doesn’t look to the long-term, but she means well.  Freddy… well he has to be coaxed into things because unlike Kitty, he does see long-term effect and how things affect others quite well.  They make a fun team.

I only have on real niggle in that I felt the book ended abruptly.  I would have liked one finally circuit to see how the resolution affected all the rest of the players for the future.

But, even this many reads later, I still laughed and was amused by this delightful and sparkling story.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #165
Mt. TBR #79

Recommendations

  

 Preview

 A while back, I had a conversation with Anna @ Herding Cats Burning Soup blog.  It started out with a discussion about how many of our older reads were getting hazy in our minds and that we didn’t even have notes or reviews on them to help jog the memory.  From that was born the idea of doing an occasional (and by that I mean quarterly at most) re-read to catch up with some of those oldies, but goodies.  So watch for the occasional Oldies review at our respective blogs and feel free to join in.
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • If you’ve read it 5 times, you must like it. That’s a cute cover too.

    • Haha, yes, I really do. It is so funny and cute.

  • dholcomb1

    great review

    • Thanks, Denise! Love me the Georgette Heyer stories. 🙂

  • That is so cool that you have read/reread this book so many times! I looked at the cover and immediately new it was an older one. Sometimes I really want a list of old but awesome Harper/Avon books that were classics and amazing, because I’m sure there were many of them out there. 😀 Great review, Sophia!

    Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I don’t get to do a re-read as often as I would like, but once in a while I reach for stuff that’s old for a feel-good. Lists of some of the older stuff can be found on GoodReads if you search the lists or stumble on a list when you look up a book page. They’re really handy.

      Thanks, Alyssa!

  • RO

    Georgette Heyer brings back memories from long, long ago when I was reading a ton of historicals, and it’s cool that you still have her in your treasures to re-read. Hugs…

    • Oh yeah, she goes way back. I didn’t discover her work until about a decade ago, but she is definitely a treasure. 🙂

  • I haven’t read this…but if you loved it enough to read it 5xs I guess I should read it. No? LOL

    • Haha! These are great. She was one of the pioneers back fifty or sixty years ago for Regency Romance. You have to try at least one. 🙂 Venetia, Frederica, The Unknown Ajax, and this one are my favorites.

  • Oh I do need to try her out for sure. That’s great it’s still a favorite after all this time. And girl you are so good about doing these vintage reviews. I’m so bad about it. lol

    • She’s a classical gem. Worth it. 🙂 I love all the Regency slang.

      Ahhh, its my one big chance to do a re-read each quarter so I’m glad to do it.

  • I haven’t ever read Georgette Heyer. I think that I may actually have a copy of this book on my kindle. I should probably pick it up. I am so glad you still loved it on this re-read!

    • Really? She’s an oldie, but a goodie for sure, Carole. Hope you like it when you try the one you have. 🙂

  • I’ve only read one Georgette Heyer book but I need to read more!!!!! So glad you love this one. I’m adding it to my list.

    • You really do, Quinn. They are adorable when you want something light and fun.

  • Karen

    I don’t read a lot of historical romance so I’ve never heard of the author but what a sweet little cover.

    For What It’s Worth

    • These newer Sourcebooks covers are adorable. I’ve read many old Bantam titles through the library and they have less pretty covers.

  • Oh, I love this! Re-read review is a great idea, and I really like the Vintage Delights badge!

    I’ve only read one (I think) Georgette Heyer. I enjoyed it, and I really should read more. I might even have this one – I should check. Lovely review, Sophia Rose!

    • These are great. It was fun to pick this one up after a few years and love it all over again.

      How kind! I love the badge, too. You’re welcome to use it if you want it for a re-read review.

      • Thanks! I might just do that! Although, I’ve been terrible about writing reviews the past couple of years! Life is just too busy. But who knows, I might find a better opportunity to write some again! I have one in the works as we speak! 🙂

        • Haha! No worries, Candy. Life sure has its busy moments. Oh neat, look forward to reading your book thoughts.