‘One of my perennial comfort authors. Heyer’s books are as incisively witty and quietly subversive as any of Jane Austen’s’ Joanne Harris
Kitty Charing’s life-changing inheritance comes with a catch.
Her eccentric and childless guardian, Mr. Penicuik, is leaving Kitty all of his vast fortune – but with one condition. She must marry one of his five grand-nephews.
However, Kitty’s clear favourite – the rakish Jack Westruther – doesn’t appear at all interested in the arrangement. To make Jack jealous, Kitty impulsively convinces his cousin, the kind-hearted and chivalrous Freddy Standen, to enter into a pretend engagement.
But the more time she spends with Freddy, the more Kitty wonders whether Jack is the right choice after all…
‘Fabulously witty’ Stephen Fry
‘Georgette Heyer is second to none’ Sunday Times
'One of my favourites . . . a clever subversion of a romantic trope, with a typically ingenious Heyer-style heroine, a marvellously Wodehouse-ish hero. To be read in the bath, with scented candles burning' Joanne Harris