Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
How had I read Georgette Heyer all these years and missed Cotillion? I was sure I'd read all the major books, but lo, here I finally meet Kitty and Jack and *Freddy* (best non-alpha hero I've seen in ages!). It's not a typical marriage of convenience scenario this time around. Not that I'd know a normative arranged marriage in the first place...
My favorite scenes are of Freddy taking Kitty, his country cousin and recent fiancee, to sightsee in London, all the while muttering under his breath about the outrageous prices museums charge to look at perfectly awful (and damaged) Greek statues. He'd rather go shopping, like a sensible Pink. With the wrap-up, marriages abound and the unexpected fourth nuptial is one of the best surprises of the story. Yes, four weddings! Hugh Grant would have made an excellent Freddy, back in the day.
“I daresay Freddy might not be a great hand at slaying dragons, but you may depend upon it none of those knight-errants would be able to rescue one from a social fix, and you must own, Meg, that one has not the smallest need of a man who can kill dragons!”
“No one could have called Mr. Standen quick-witted, but the possession of three sisters had considerably sharpened his instinct of self-preservation.”
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