A great Heyer romance. I love these so much that I re-read them from time to time. Somehow ended up with 2 copies of this one. A classic romance.
Heyer abandons somewhat the comedy of manners that she is so well-known for and enters the darker realm of the gothic novel. The heroine of the piece is Kate Malvern, a penniless orphan, who has just lost her latest job as a governess and her home. An aunt that she knows little of offers her a home at Staplewood Manor. Her aunt, Minerva Broome, wants Kate to act as a companion and friend to her young cousin, Torquil, who happens to be a charming and clever young man but who is troubled by frequent mood swings and bouts of depression. All too soon Kate discovers that all is not well at Staplewood Manor. There is an atmosphere of secrecy and deception. And Kate soon finds that she doesn't know whom to trust or what to do. In Kate Malvern, Heyer has created a witty, courageous and gallant heroine that engages the reader. The avid Georgette Heyer fan may miss the lively light hearted romps she is most famous for, but I can recommend this book as a wonderful read, especially for its gallant heroine.
As always, Georgette Heyer creates lovable characters and an entertaining story.
A little different from her other Regency romances, in that seems to be a combination of her mysteries and romance, set in rRegency England. All of the usual excellent repartee, with a little tension from the mystery. The sons in all of the households Kate lives in, are nothing but trouble for her. This last one, her cousin is the worst, and the best, for he brought her together with the man she learned to love. Read it to find out what her cousin did to make life so miserable.
Wonderful, typical Heyer read. Engaging and amusing characters in a lovely setting.
This edition is not the one posted. It is an older copy published in 1973, and the ISBN number had been marked out by someone. It's in fairly good condition, a bit yellowed and someone has taped a small tear on the back cover, but it's in decent shape.