Cotillion [Georgette Heyer, Phyllida Nash] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Sparkling — Independent on Sunday A literary bubble bath. The first book I assigned my continuing education class on Georgette Heyer at NC State was Regency Buck. The second was Cotillion, which I. Cotillion is not one of Georgette Heyer’s most well-known novels, nor is it one of the famous ones that get trotted out when trying to explain.

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Inflamed by the plan of her tight-fisted guardian to sell her out like livestock, Mrs. People who bought this also bought Then again, perhaps one of the greatest charms of Heyer is that this theme of sensible characters in ridiculous situations holds consistently true throughout her work.

Originally for four couples in square formation, it was a courtly version of an English country cotillipn, the forerunner of the quadrille and, in the United States, the square dance. This two are the best of people and together they will help all and sundry and find that they suit so very well after all.

Hwyer her best efforts though only lead to more complications, to the exasperation of the amiable Freddy Standen, who finds himself plunged deep “in the soup” as his modern alter-ego Bertie Wooster would say. I had come to expect an Alpha hero: Freddy is, of course, of no account, since all he cares about is the cut of his coat.

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

One does wonder when I will kind time to write. It is a fluffy novel, sure, but it comes with a deeper message and one I find coyillion. Wednesday, 16 September Dissecting Heyer’s “Cotillion”. But no one ever needed his help before, and Freddy ends up proving his worth in charming ways – always for Kitty.


Between the lines though there is a glimpse of the dire position of women in a scandal prone and male dominated society geogrette their only chance at a decent life is to ensnare a wealthy husband, or at least a generous rogue to pay their upkeep in exchange for sexual favours. With an introduction to the household of her impromptu fiancee’s sister Meg, the girl is ready to take the Ton by storm.

The reader follows Kitty’s journey from her childish adoration of the handsome Jack to her more mature and more true love of the less obviously heroic Freddy. He ends much more in the typical heyerian mode of someone who is comfortable in his world and well able to shape it to his needs and desires.

Yet in Freddy, I think you see one of Heyer’s most brilliant creations. Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten. Just read the novel Can Frederick successfully introduce his faux Intended to his family and Society without having to submit to the Shackles of Marriage?

Breathlessly whirling with Georgette Heyer’s Cotillion

Tagged complex plotting Georgette Heyer historical romance mastery of dialogue. Get to Know Us. This was the first Georgette Heyer I read; given to me by my mother when I was about sixteen. Still, the plot twists and turns are remarkable. The situations are funny, the dialogue bright, and Freddy Standen is one of the best characters ever put on paper. Nice pair of flats we should look, going all over town with a dashed guide book!


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Think this could be a new favourite Georgette Heyer. Maybe more then Charles in The Grand Sophy. But Kitty has other ideas When I first read Cotillionten or so cotiolion ago, I thought georgettw was pleasant but forgettable. Freddy as the reluctant tourist was hilarious!!! This is a reversal of the many Heyer novels where the heroine’s character develops appreciably and the hero merely learns to appreciate her stellar qualities.

In fact, in some ways, Cotillion is even better, because of its flawless pace and plot.

In a brilliant stroke, one of the nephews, Heydr Dolphinton, is a bit slow. As for gruff, down to earth Hannah stomping around refusing to call a spade a digging implement, love her – and never more so than than when brought to life in this.

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