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Cousin Kate Characters Õ 2 è 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 aVe 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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Iting 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 confide. 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

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Cousin KateWhen 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 ha. 35★ The end of the 60s beginning of the 70s had uite a craze for Gothic fiction Daphne Du Maurier's had cemented it's place as a modern classic the works of the prolific Victoria Holt were widely read Some established authors wanted to add their own twists to this fad Agatha Christie tried her hand at a Modern Gothic with I reread this last year it remains one of my favourites from Christie's later works Unfortunately GH's attempt at a Regency Gothic wasn't uite so successful According to my trusty Kloester GH was very unwell when writing Cousin Kate hated the final outcome The original synopsis certainly sounds a far superior novel see page 364 in KloesterThe story started well with a plucky but impoverished heroine Kate Unfairly dismissed from her job as a governess she comes to visit her former nurse Sarah Nidd her colourful family Sarah thinks her late employer's half sister Minerva can't refuse to help a niece in such desperate circumstances Sarah is uite correct but what is Lady Minerva's motive what is wrong with Sir Timothy Lady Minerva's son Toruil Is he merely spoilt highly strung or is there something All that scene setting greatWhat didn't work for me;I can see why Philip fell for Kate but not the other way around I worked on that by picturing him looking like Colin Firth circa PP Mind you picturing Firth as Darcy fixes just about everything for meview spoilerI like my heroes heroic Phillip wasn't I have faith in Kate she would have rescued herself the stray dog from Toruil Phillip couldn't even persuade Kate to remove herself from a place of obvious danger hide spoiler