Cousin Kate

Cousin Kate

by Georgette Heyer
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Cousin Kate 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
debbook More than 1 year ago
I've been seeing Heyer novels brought up on several blogs as her books are being re-released again. I wasn't sure which one to start with but Aarti of Booklust gave me a few recommendations. I wanted to read Cousin Kate as it is a gothic novel, which I love, though Heyer is more known for Regency romances. Kate Malvern is twenty-four, an orphan, and has just been fired from her position as a governess. She moves in with her former nurse, Sarah and her family. Kate is determinded to find a new position but Sarah thinks that someone in Kate's family should take her in. She writes to Kate's aunt, whom Kate has never met. Minerva Broome shows up to invite Kate back to her estate, Staplewood, which Kate accepts. At first Kate is thrilled, her aunt is generous and kind, her uncle, though ill is warm and welcoming. Torquil is her cousin, aged nineteen and though he has his moods and delicate constitution, Kate is fond of him. But then some strange things happen. Kate hears screaming one night but can't investigate as she is locked in her room. Torquil becomes more difficult to handle and uncle's nephew, Philip insinuates that Kate should leave Staplewood. Kate is unsure what to do or where she would go as she has not heard from Sarah since she moved to Staplewood. my review: I enjoyed this novel quite a bit; Kate is fearless and spunky, Torquil is creepy, and her aunt is mysterious. A perfect setting for a gothic novel. Of course I love this time period and British novels, so that helped. But I did have some trouble with the language. I thought I was almost fluent in British but I encountered many a word or phrase I was unfamiliar with; farrafiddles, skimble-skamble, jarvey,and nab the rust were a few of my favorites. It did not detract from the story however. The beginning felt a little slow but it picked up and then went quite fast at the end. I'm not sure I am a Heyer convert but I think I will read one of the books that was more strongly recommended by Aarti, The Talisman's Ring. Also, I'm not a fan of my library's copies as these are books from decades ago, but it seems that many of the Heyer books are now available as ebooks, so I will try that. my rating 3.5/5 http://bookmagic418.blogspot.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent story, well told, with wonderful characters and witty, sparkling dialogue
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I really love this author. gives you a vision of what the era was like. this especially had laughing times and what is going to happen next?
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This book is a lot more dark and depressing than most of Ms. Heyer's romance novels. Let's face it: strangulation isn't exactly pleasant. Also, the characters weren't as well developed. Kate starts out as my kind of girl: witty, shrewd, and full of laughter. In the end, she turns out to be a bit of a milksop, not at all the fearless, devil-may-care girl we began the book with. Don't read this as your first Georgette Heyer book--it will give you a bad impression of her writing. Try starting with The Masqueraders or The Talisman Ring or something a little more lighthearted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel is good, but as far as Heyer is involved, there isn't much ton society drama that we all love. Cousin Kate is 25, beautiful and extremely intelligent. She's not from good ton, like most Heyer characters, but she's not bad either, and hence, is left to be the poor relation in the novel, which gets her into difficulty when she becomes aware what her aunt (who's scheming & selfish)has planned for her. It's a mystery that becomes rather emotional and intense at the end. Good read.