When browsing through Sourcebooks’ online catalog, I was intrigued by the various titles written by Georgette Heyer. According to Sourcebooks, Heyer is know as the Queen of Regency romance. In fact, a blurb from Publisher’s Weekly boasted that “Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen.” I have to admit, as I began reading Cotillion, I kept the comparison in mind and found myself wondering if Ms. Heyer could step up to the plate. After all, any comparison to dear Jane is high praise indeed!
I felt Cotillion began rather slowly, but after the first several pages I was hooked. Though I may have begun reading somewhat critically, I ended with complete enjoyment. Cotillion tells the story of young Kitty, an orphan without wealth nor status who stands to inherit a fortune from her rather eccentric guardian under one caveat: she must marry one of his great nephews. Kitty longs to go to London, concocting a sham engagement to do so, and soon finds herself in the middle of various romantic and often humorous entanglements. A cotillion is an intricate dance of a variety of steps; thus the novel is aptly titled!
Cotillion is a charming, delightful story, a book I happily recommend. I myself plan to look for more Heyer books at the library!
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….
Linore Rose Burkard says
I enjoyed your post on Georgette Heyer. She is one of my favorite authors. Since you LOVE Jane, and now like Heyer, I thought you might enjoy some of the free resources on my website for regency fans, of which I am one. I’ve got some articles on the Regency World in which Jane lived, and a few others, AND I’m soon adding more. And as I said, they’re FREE. So swing by my resources page and download whatever you like.
Blessings, and Happy Reading!
Carrie, Reading to Know says
Hmm…I hadn’t heard of her before. Intriguing. Thanks for the post!
I haven’t heard of her either, but these books sound great! Thanks for the review!
Stephanie's Mommy Brain says
Heyer is one of my favorite authors. I love Regency romance – a little too much since I tend to neglect all my responsibilities when reading one. One of the things I like most about Heyer is that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be caught her books. I’ve read “Christian” romances with much more objectionable content.
Linore Rose Burkard says
For clean content in romance, there’s a new Yahoo group called, “The Sweetest Romance,” where nothing but clean is allowed. I’m a member, and we call ourselves the “clean freaks,” but only as it applies to wonderful, clean romance.
To join the group, go to Yahoo groups, and type in, The Sweetest Romance.