I discovered Georgette Heyer's books in my teens and I can still remember the first one I read, it was The Talisman Ring. I was swept away by the adventure, the romance and the humour, and as soon as I'd finished it I wanted more. I read as many Heyers as I could find in quick succession, and I love them all, but my favourite is Cotillion.
Cotillion is, to me, a perfect book. It has wit, it has sparkle, it has endearing characters, it has some very funny scenes - I always laugh out loud at the end, when Dolph is popping in and out of cupboards - and, best of all, it takes the cliches of romantic fiction and stands them on their head. So successfully does it do this, that by the end of the book, no other outcome seems possible.
I cheer for Kitty throughout the book because she is determined to have some fun and not, NOT, to be a poor little squab of a dowdy. She's resilient, she's enterprising, she's a good friend, and she deserves to be happy. How could anyone not fall in love with her?
And then there's Freddy. Ah, Freddy! Just the sort of man you need if you find yourself caught outside in the rain.
If you haven't yet read this wonderful book, then what are you waiting for?! You have a treat in store.
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