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Kate Malvern never expected to see this kind of splendour again.

After her father's death, Kate was left an orphan, striving to make ends meet as a governess until her Aunt Minerva rescues her from poverty.

Kate hardly knows what to expect at the grand house of Staplewood. Her uncle lives in one wing, while her handsome, moody cousin, Torquil, occupies another; guests are few and far between, but even family dinners are rigidly formal. And, over it all, Minerva's word is law.

But the sudden arrival of Cousin Philip throws Minerva's control over the household into doubt, and Kate begins to suspect the shocking reason for Minerva's generosity. She has no one to confide in but cousin Philip - but for reasons unknown, he seems to have taken an instant dislike to her....

Cousin Kate is a rich and classic Georgette Heyer novel, replete with the sparkling humour, memorable characters and intricate plots that have made her the queen of the Regency romance novel.

©1968 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wonderful characters and rapturously romantic." (Katie Fforde)

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  • judy tregurtha
  • 10-07-2021

Cousin Kate

Good narration, but not one of Heyer 's best writings. I enjoy her recency romances.

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  • Ruby G
  • 27-05-2021

Good story

A good thoughtful georgette Heyer read although let down by mis pronunciations by the narrator.

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  • C M Silver
  • 09-08-2021

Terrible Narration

Stopped quite early on, not being able to continue due to the terrible narration, which threatened to totally lacerate an incredible Heyer book, much enjoyed in print. The voice is too old, and unrefined for Cousin Kate. DISAPPOINTING

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-2021

Classic Heyer, beautifully narrated

A great story, well read. What more can I say? I'd buy it if I were you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-2021

Cousin Kate

So pleased that the entire Georgette Heyer canon has been re released.
This story is one of her later books, part Regency Romance, part thriller. Setting the story almost entirely in one location adds to the feeling of claustrophobia and tension. No trips to Almack's!
Well narrated in the main, until the end when the two main character's voices changed slightly and became clipped reminding me of "Brief Encounter" which was weirdly anachronistic.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 05-05-2021

Georgette Heyer's darkest book

Extremely well written as always but with a darker, more tragic plot than any of her other Regency novels. Good narration too.

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  • M. Andersen
  • 04-05-2021

Better than the older recording

I disliked the "little girl" voice for Kate on the older recording. This one is more according to how I imagined her when reading the book. However sometimes Philip's voice could almost be confused with Kate's, and that was strange. The other voices were well read.
This book is darker than most of Heyer's other Regency novels and while the storyline and characters are well developed, there is little of the usual fun or laugh out loud situations.

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  • Grandma- Gateshead
  • 03-05-2021

Wonderful narration and brilliant story

This narrator ranks among the best I have encountered and the story is very exciting.

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