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When young and beautiful governess Kate Malvern finds herself unemployed in Regency England is surprised to receive an invitation to live with a distant aunt Minerva Broome who she has never met Rescued from penury by her aunt Minerva hardly knows what to expect at majestic country home of Staplewood a Elizabethan manor Her aunt uncle and cousin welcome her to their estate buy her new clothes and provide all the amenities a Young lady of uality should h. In Cousin Kate one of Georgette Heyer's later books written in 1968 46 years after her first book The Black Moth was published Georgette tried a Gothic spin on one of her historical romances with distinctly mixed resultsKate Malvern alone in the world at age 23 has just lost her governess job because the wrong guy made a pass at her can't get another job and has no money and nowhere to go except her old nanny's home which isn't a good permanent solution for her Her devoted and loving nanny Sarah Nidd secretly writes a letter to Kate's one relative that seems likely to be of help Kate's aunt Lady Minerva Broome Minerva a extremely determined and managing type swoops in to carry the startled Kate off to Staplewood Minerva's manor where she lives with her elderly ailing husband Sir Timothy and her also ailing son 19 year old Toruil who is drop dead gorgeous but also sulky spoiled and strangeAt first all seems reasonably good Sir Timothy is kind although distant Toruil seems to enjoy Kate's company and Lady Broome is overwhelmingly generous with new clothing and presents for Kate Toruil's older cousin Philip soon shows up and sparks fly between him and Kate even though she resents him because of Reasons But odd incidents keep occurring at Staplewood Toruil's erratic behavior is becoming of a problem and Minerva Broome's generosity to Kate starts to feel suffocating especially since people keep hinting that Minerva has ulterior motives And for some reason Kate's letters to Sarah Nidd are never answered and she starts to feel isolated and uncomfortable Philip wants to be there for Kate but Kate isn't sure that that's the right solutionThe marriage between Heyer's lighthearted Regency romance sensibilities and darker Gothic suspense never uite fell into place for me Heyer takes on the problem of mental illness in this plot and writes about it with sympathy but I don't think she really understood it well enough to do it justice which is a problem when almost the entire plot is focused on this one issue Heyer takes the easy way out of this one in the end and the very ending is one of those odd abrupt ones that occasionally pop up in her novelsI thought that the romance although it was a secondary plotline was rather charming Both the heroine and hero were appealing well aside from Kate's penchant for second guessing herself and others dithering around unnecessarily and feeling like she owes to Lady Broome than she should For a heroine who was otherwise fairly mature and strong minded this was frustrating behavior But other than this Kate is excellent in a crisis and has a good sense of humor and some of the secondary characters especially her old nurse Sarah Nidd and her father in law old Mr Nidd were original and delightful I would have enjoyed this book if it had been about the Nidds than the unfortunate Broome familyBuddy read with the Georgette Heyer group

review Cousin Kate

Cousin KateAve The life in the grand household is so very different from a life spent following the drum in the Peninsular But surely other households are homelike Kate's uncle lives in one wing handsome moody cousin Toruil in another cousin Philip appears to have taken her in instant dislike thought the guests are few even family dinners are formalHowever things are not as they seem strange things start to happen in the manor and Staplewood soon turns from an inv. I love Georgette Heyer but was afraid I wouldn't enjoy this book with its low 35 rating But it was very entertaining Heyer's books are a guaranteed good time and this was a pleasant surprise because it was unlike her other other books Cousin Kate was a darker read with a conniving villain mingled with some very strange eventsKate was an adorably sweet heroine with a kind heart I loved that she wasn't a push over and wasn't afraid to speak her mind Heyer's heroines are always strong independent types and Kate didn't disappoint 35 stars rounded up

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Read Cousin Kate ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ [Ebook] ➧ Cousin Kate Author Georgette Heyer – Gwairsoft.co.uk When young and beautiful governess Kate Malvern finds herself unemployed in Regency England is surprised to receive an invitation to live with a distant aunt Minerva Broome who she has never met Rescu WheIting stately house to a cold and gloomy mansion with a dreadful secret Slowly however as strange events unfold Kate begins to realize that her aunt's apparent benevolence hides an ulterior motive To assure succession of the title her aunt intends Kate to marry her cousin Toruil until his increasingly bizarre behavior culminates in violence and tragedy And when Kate begins to suspect the shocking reason for Minerva's generousity she has no one to confid. I have the weirdest relationship with this book The first time I read it I hated it To the extent of giving it away I thought Kate was a doormat and Toruil was awful This time I have no idea what I was thinking because Kate is bright and sensible and clever and altogether interesting Toruil is still awful but in a Gothic way I still don't love it but I'm amending my rating to match my new opinion Cousin Kate represents a departure from Heyer's usual historical romances and historical um historicals It's got all the trappings of a Gothic novel complete with heroine trapped in an old manor and a charming madman But it's not uite there The old manor isn't on some wind blasted heath and it's not haunted; it's actually uite lovely thanks to the efforts of Lady Broome Kate's aunt view spoilerI'm not sure if this is a spoiler so I'll tag it Toruil's insanity is frightening but you also feel tremendous empathy for him hide spoiler