A surprising invitation Kate Malvern is rescued from penury by her aunt Minerva, who brings her to stay at Staplewood. But the household is strange and strained; Kate's uncle lives in his own private wing, and her handsome, moody cousin Torquil lives in another. A dark family secret As bizarre... show more
A surprising invitation
Kate Malvern is rescued from penury by her aunt Minerva, who brings her to stay at Staplewood. But the household is strange and strained; Kate's uncle lives in his own private wing, and her handsome, moody cousin Torquil lives in another.
A dark family secret
As bizarre events unfold and Kate begins to question the reasons for her aunt's unexpected generosity, she has no one to confide in but her cousin Philip. Sympathetic though he may appear, will he tell her what she most needs to know – before it's too late?
Publish date: 2005-11-22
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
This was a very strange Heyer. It wasn't entirely without charm, but there were flaws a plenty. Let us begin with those (there are spoilers coming, so be warned): First, this was supposed to be Heyer's version of a "gothic romance," but, yeah, there was absolutely NO SUSPENSE whatsoever. The suspe...
My main gripe with "Cousin Kate" was its length, but having said that, the description of life and the way people lived and interacted is worth exploring. Perhaps it's more a reflection of the pace I've come to expect in more modern books.What sets this one apart from her other Regency novels is the...
2.5 starsGothic attempt by Heyer. Secondary characters are fun, but Kate & Phillip know each other far too briefly and interact so rarely that their marriage proposal seems odd and rushed. CRAZY evil aunt. Poor crazy son. Eeek. Hits all the Gothic notes. Fun as an example of the genre, but a far cry...
Idgaf, im a sucker for a good gothic romance.
Unlike most Heyer’s romances, which are light-hearted romps, this novel is sad, almost tragic, with a brooding atmosphere of Gothic horror and a cast of characters to match. The protagonist Kate is a penniless young woman of twenty-four. Her parents are dead, she doesn’t have any other relatives, an...
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