Saturday, July 18, 2009

Kitty by Jennie Tremaine (Marion Chesney)

Title: Kitty
Author: Jennie Tremaine
Genre: Romance/Historical/Edwardian
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 0440149819
Format: Mass Market Paperback,
List Price: Out-of-print
Reviewed: December 25, 2008
Rating: 4 stars (3.6)
Warnings: None

Synopsis: Shy, Kitty Harrison's miserly father dies, revealing her to be an heiress. Lord Peter Chesworth needs money to restore his beloved estate and asks for Kitty's hand, professing a love he didn't feel. He believes her to be as pushing as her mother and treats her quite callously after the vows are said. Kitty retreats further into herself, shocked and dismayed by the unlovely turn her life has taken. Then, someone decides she's better off dead.

My Opinion: Typical Marion Chesney, witty and darkly amusing at times, with tidbits of history and mockery of the upper class eccentricities. I didn't find it all that romantic; Peter was a cad at first and it was hard to believe he would fall in love with Kitty. The attempts on Kitty's life were more interesting than anything, really. It took me a little longer than usual to solve the mystery.

Overall, 3.6 stars for wit, historical fact-dropping, and because I like Marion Chesney's often mocking look at the upper classes.

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