"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen."
A missing twin Something is very wrong, and the Honourable Christopher "Kit" Fancot can sense it. Kit returns to London on leave from the diplomatic service to find that his twin brother Evelyn has disappeared and his extravagant mother's debts have mounted alarmingly.
. . . no, wait. Cute and marriageable identical twins:
Yeah, something like this, but in Regency costume. *fans self vigorously*
Anyway. The younger and more sensible twin, Christopher (Kit), senses Something is Wrong with his twin and returns to London from foreign parts, only to find that his brother Evelyn has disappeared without a trace, and it's imperative that Evelyn show up at a dinner to meet his wealthy fiancée's family. Unfortunately for K ...more
This novel was so cute! Ah, I just want to give it and everyone in it a big hug! <3
False Colours seems to be one of those less popular Heyers, because I had rarely heard of it, knew nothing of what was going to happen, and generally did not know what to expect beyond twins switching places and family shenanigans. But it was all so much fun!! What a wonderful ride!
I just loved the feels of this book: so sweet, soothing, heart-warming and gentle, all interlaced with Heyer's si ...more
I'm gratified to say that Georgette Heyer's books hold up so well for me (I never liked Charity Girl & hadn't read Why Shoot a Butler before) as I work through my goal of rereading all of them on Good Reads. (well maybe not My Lord John & Helen – a reader can only suffer so much)
This is one that has improved with time & I have now given it a rating of 4.5*
GH shows her trademark careful plotting & tying up of loose ends. Kit is one of my favourite GH heros – kindly, witty, han ...more
Though this one is not my favourite of the lot, it has a few things I much admire. Kit, for instance, with his ingenuity and tact is a superb character. Secondly, The Fancot Twins together do ca ...more
Omigod this book was SO FUN. It was just pure delight and put a smile on my face more than once. Which felt a bit silly because I was listening to an audiobook, usually on public transport, and sitting there grinning like a fool to myself. But I didn't care because it was awesome. What could be more fun than twins switch places?
Oh right, hot twins switching places. In Regency England. And having to pretend to be engaged. And actually falling in love. And all the many complications such a s ...more
Kit Fancot, the younger of a pair of identical twins, comes home to London from his diplomatic post in Vienna because he has sensed that something is ...more
I actually enjoyed the first eighty or so pages of this novel, but by the time it became abundantly clear that the novel would consist of Kit spending his days with his mother, the novel quickly too one a nails-on-chalkboard feeling. It’s extremely slow and lacking ...more
Christopher “Kit” Fancot has a nagging feeling that something is very wrong. While on leave from the Army, he decides to surprise his family with a visit. When he discovers that his twin brother, Evelyn has disappeared and ...more
In False Colours, like other of her adventure-flavored romances (The Unknown Ajax, The Toll-Gate, or The Talisman Ring for example), the central romance is resolved between half and three-quarters through the book (60% in this case, I checked). Unlike those others, however, ...more
It wasn't so much the depiction of the constraints and roles which were forced on women in Regency England--it would be hard to read historical fiction at all if you couldn't put that to one side a little--it was the depiction of Ki ...more
This novel is at its best when the masquerade happens, but beforehand and afterward, there are conversations that go on for upwards of thirty pages and more--as if Heyer had lost her sense of timing that is so tight in her earlier books, and got complacent. Many love this one, but I can't reread it without heavy skimming; the heroes are more like the younger brothers of some of the other novels, and the heroine one of the plain ...more
Kit, a diplomatic secretary in Vienna, is the rational younger twin to Evelyn, the impulsive and rakish Earl of Denville. Sensing through the twins’ bond that Evelyn is in trouble, Kit hurries home to England, but when he arrives in the middle of the night, he discovers that Evelyn has disappeared.
What is ...more
Cressida, l ...more
Not as perfect as Arabella or Beauvallet, but certainly not anywhere near as drecky as Powder and Patch either!
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I'm sorry, this book was legit boring. This is the first Heyer book I actively gave up on and it pains my heart... I just felt like the story dragged on and on, and the characters that were propelling the story weren't doing much for it.
Maybe someone else will enjoy it more than I did? That being said, every author has their book that doesn't quite cut it in terms of some readers. I'm also coming to the part where I've read all her 'hits' and her 'sleeper hits'. It was only time until I foun ...more
My English review
Sally MacKenzie m’avait dit que Georgette Heyer était une de ses auteures préférées et c’est vrai que quand j’ai su la sortie de celui-ci, j’ai tout de suite été intriguée. Je n’ai lu qu’un roman d’elle, que j’avais bien aimé sans avoir un réel coup de cœur et j’étais curieuse de voir ce qu’il en serait de celui-ci. Pourtant encore une fois, j’ai le même sentiment pour ce livre. Ce n’est pas qu’il n’est pas bon, parce que l’histoire est très agréable à lire, ...more
"C'est grâce à Jane Austen que j'en étais venue à m'intéresser à Georgette Heyer et grâce à Milady que je peux en découvrir un nouveau régulièrement. Celui-ci n'a pas fait exception."
Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Kit Fancot fait la surprise d'une visite à sa mère mais la trouve bouleversée. En effet, il apprend que son frère jumeau a disparu alors même qu'il devait assister le lendemain à un dî ...more
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In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.
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There was a quizzical gleam in the gentleman's eyes, but he said in accents of deep reproach: "Come, come, Mama - !"
"It may be very well for you to say Come, come, Mama," she retorted, "but when you faithfully promised to return not a day later than -" She broke off, staring down at him in sudden doubt.
Abandoning the portmanteau, the gentleman shrugged the greatcoat from his shoulder, pulled off his hat, and mounted the remaining stairs two at a time, saying still more reproachfully: "No, really, Mama! How can you be so unnatural a parent?"
"Kit!" uttered his unnatural parent, in a smothered shriek. "Oh, my darling, my dearest son!”
The colour deepened a little in her cheeks, but she replied lightly: 'Well, she talked so much like someone in a bad play that I became carried away myself! Besides, I had to say something to convince her! I could see she didn't quite believe me when I said I wasn't going to marry your brother.'
He let his breath go in a long sigh, and walked forward, setting his hands on her shoulders, and saying: 'You don't know how much I have wanted to tell you the truth! Cressy, my dear one, forgive me! I've treated you abominably, and I love you so much!'
Miss Stavely, who had developed an interest in the top button of his coat, looked shyly up at this. 'Do you, Kit?' she asked. 'Truly?'
Mr Fancot, preferring actions to words, said nothing whatsoever in answer to this, but took her in his arms and kissed her. Miss Stavely, who had previously thought him unfailingly gentle and courteous, perceived, in the light of this novel experience, that she had been mistaken: there was nothing gentle about Mr Fancot's crushing embrace; and his behaviour in paying no heed at all to her faint protest could only be described as extremely uncivil. She was wholly unused to such treatment, and she had a strong suspicion that her grandmother would condemn her conduct in submitting to it, but as Mr Fancot seemed to be dead to all sense and propriety it was clearly useless to argue with him.”