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By Georgette Heyer

"Sparkling"-Independent on Sunday

"A literary bubble bath...Take a pleasant and frothy dip one of the gayer points of the author's favourite and good labored Regency period."-Sunday Tribune

Almost an heiress
Country-bred, lively Kitty Charings is close to inheriting a fortune from her eccentric mum or dad - only if she marries one among his grand?nephews. Kitty has spent her secluded lifestyles pining for the good-looking, rakish Jack, who's good conscious of her attachment.

A plan of her own
But while Jack fails to answer his great?uncle's ultimatum, Kitty hatches a technique of her personal - a counterfeit betrothal to mild?mannered Freddy Standen (who neither wishes nor wishes the money).

A impossible hero
And whilst Kitty's beneficiant center ends up in all types of unintentional issues, there's just one guy who can rescue her from greater than one dreadful repair, decide up the items of her plotting and within the strategy her heart...

"Thus starts Cotillion, arguably the funniest, so much captivating of Georgette Heyer's many pleasant Regency romances." -

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Ho! ’ stated Mr Penicuik. ‘So that’s what he intended, is it? good, good! Then I’ll thank him to maintain his nostril out of what don’t hindrance him! What’s extra, I won’t have you ever educating the woman to be mealy-mouthed! now not whereas she lives below my roof! i've got relatively adequate of that from that Fish! ’ ‘I needs to realize, sir, that my cousin will be possibly well-advised to version her dialog relatively upon leave out Fishguard’s instance than upon that set her by—I conjecture—Jack,’ again Hugh, pointedly enunciating each one syllable of the governess’s identify. ‘Gammon! ’ stated Mr Penicuik rudely. ‘It ain’t Jack’s instance she follows! It’s mine! I knew the way it will be: I shan’t get a wink of sleep this night! Damme, I by no means knew a fellow flip my bile as you do, Hugh, with that starched face of yours, and your prosy methods! If I hadn’t made up my brain to it that—Never brain that! I did make it up, and that i won’t return on my be aware! by no means have, by no means will! in spite of the fact that, there’s no explanation for Kitty to be in a rush to determine which of you she’ll have, and if she takes my suggestion she’ll be patient whether—Not that both of ’em merits she should still, and in the event that they imagine they could retain me dangling on their whims they'll very quickly realize their mistake! ’ With those unexpectedly venomous phrases Mr Penicuik once again tugged on the bell-rope, and with such violence that it used to be no longer extraordinary that not just the butler, yet his valet to boot, seemed within the Saloon sooner than the echo of the clapper had died away. Mr Penicuik introduced his selection to retire to the library, including that he had had sufficient of his kinfolk for in the future, yet could see them back upon the morrow, unless—as used to be greater than probable—he was once then too sick to determine someone however the health care professional. ‘Not that it’ll do me any stable to determine him! ’ he stated. He uttered a pointy yelp as he was once hoisted out of his chair, cursed his valet, and forged a malevolent examine Lord Biddenden. ‘And if I have been to sleep all evening, and get up with out a twinge of this damned gout, I nonetheless wouldn’t are looking to see you, George! ’ he declared. Lord Biddenden waited until eventually he were supported out of the room earlier than looking at, with an important glance: ‘It isn't really obscure what has solid him into this ill-humour, after all! ’ ‘Didn’t invite you,’ stated Dolphinton, exhibiting his realizing. ‘Oh, carry your tongue! ’ exclaimed Biddenden, particularly exasperated. ‘My uncle needs to be in his dotage! A extra ill-managed business—’ ‘Ill-managed indeed,’ acknowledged Hugh. ‘There has been a wish of delicacy which needs to be excessively unpleasant, to not you, yet to our cousin right here! ’ ‘She isn't our cousin! ’ ‘My expensive brother, we've considered her as our cousin ever due to the fact she was once in her cradle. ’ ‘Yes, i do know we have,’ stated Biddenden, ‘but you heard what my uncle acknowledged! She’s no longer! ’ Hugh acknowledged arctically: ‘That used to be now not what I intended. i'm satisfied so that it will say that the sort of suspicion hasn't ever crossed my brain. ’ ‘Coming it fairly too powerful, Hugh,’ acknowledged Biddenden, with a quick giggle. ‘You disregard your organization! ’ stated Hugh, permitting annoyance to lend an part to his voice.

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