Powder and Patch
To win her hand, he must become what he despises . . .
Cleone Charteris's exquisite charms have made her the belle of the English countryside. But Cleone yearns for a husband who is refined, aristocratic and who is as skilled with his wit as he is with his dueling pistols . . . Everything Philip Jettan is not. As much as she is attracted to the handsome squire, Cleone find...more
Philip, a straightforward, plainly dressed country gentleman gets shot down by Cleone, the girl he loves, for not being sophisticated enough. So he gets in a huff and hares off to Paris to learn how to be a charmer in the Georgian period ... which means white wig, makeup (face powdered, rouge, strategically placed ...more
But I've now been married
If it weren't for the fact that this book clocks in at only 183 pages, I would have consigned this to the "did-not-finish" shelf. However, by the time I got fed up enough with it to actually stop reading, it lacked only a few chapters to finish, so WTH.
I suppose having a good majority of the book in French might possibly have something to do with my dislike of the novel. Don't get me wrong - French is a beautiful language, and long, long ago I even took it in high school. But for t ...more
The book is about Philip Jettan, son to the extravagant Maurice and nephew of Tom. The latter are both highly fashionable men, who are well known in high society; whereas the good-natured ...more
Let's discuss Cleone. I was actually more forgiving of her at the beginning of the book, because to a certain degree, I kind of understood her desire for Philip to be more "polished." I considered it as a product of her society back then. Considering the historical context, I think it was ...more
I could see this as a movie: A guy likes a girl, a girl likes a guy. Girl wants more than what he is, guy wants to change for her. Guy changes but only because he wants to impress her. Girl sees guy and realizes that she always wanted that was right in front of her. Guy pretends to be the guy she wants, girl becomes sad. Throw in a dash of humor and a lol-zy ending and y ...more
Cleone is the daughter of one such family. She has no siblings and is almost isolated from all persuits outside of the village she lives in.
Philip is the only son of another of the village. His father was a great dandy in his day and lived life to the full. However, once he married he settled down and ...more
The question is as old as time: do you want a good guy or the bad boy?
Philip Jettan, a handsome and sturdy but tongue-tied youth, is rejected by his true love because he is a country-bumpkin so he travels to Paris is become an accomplished flirt and a fashion sensation. Upon returning to England, he decides to take a little revenge on his beloved Cleone, but things go awry.
The book overflows with description of clothing, it concerns itself with the games played between co ...more
Very problematic. Pre-makeover Philip is sufficiently sullen and immature that the makeover into a silver-tongued devil isn't very convincing. Cleone never has a single likeable moment; a sensible man would have forgotten her as soon as he met an interesting woman. (You can tell the author senses this, because the preface makes such a big deal of "for us Jettans, there is always only one great love.")
The scene in which Cleone accidentally gets engaged to two men i ...more
Jamie Glover does a fantastic job with the voices! Loved it! I was reticent when I began thinking that if this wasn't read well, it would be an extremely dull four hours. But this narrator did excellent, I can't imagine anyone else doing better for this particular Heyer, which is one of my favorites.
It's witty and fast paced, I'll want to listen to this again!
Cleone Charteris is a young lady of fine manners and undeniable beauty. As with most young ladies of this time however, she is also a bit of spoiled snob. She is of marriageable age and the young man who would give his life in order to protect hers is much to plain and common in his ap ...more
I made it through The Black Moth relatively painlessly, but this one really went downhill halfway through - which, ironically, was the point at which the plot kicked in.
While Phillip's dandifying was the premise of the book, the constant and nearly impenetrable Regency slang following his transformation just wasn't worth the effort needed to decipher it.
I'm a big proponent of historical accuracy, ...more
I liked Philip better before he changed, he was much more manly and attractive soundi ...more
With most books I read, I prefer to like the main characters. I actually didn't like Philip or Cleone very much at all. Until the end, anyway. (Gosh, you can have the "new" Philip... give me the "original"! - lol)
Still, though, it was a good book and I do plan to read some more ...more
Phillip is happy with his simple life as a country farmer. He doesn’t wear fine clothes. He has no desire for the social life. Phillip and Cleone love each other. Henry comes to town and flirts with Cleone. Cleone is impressed that Henry is well dressed. Cleone tells Phillip she wants him to gain polish and to dress better. Phillip goes to Paris to transform himself. He learns French and how to fence, dress, and be en ...more
The charm of Powder and Patch, as with many of Heyer's other novels, is her discourse on the social customs of the time, revealed through character exchanges and descriptions of dress and mannerisms for both ladies and gentleman. There is certainly a lot of great description of the clothing an ...more
You can tell that all goes around one idea, that:
there’s naught under the sun so unreasonable as a maid in love
Even if you feel that that is unfair you will laugh. You will laugh also when you read what meant to be a fasionable gentleman in an 18th-Century England and France.
This book is totally thoughtful.
And don't forget about Philip's chin! ;-) [If you know what I mean ;-) ]
Anyway, I really don't think this is a strong Georgette ...more
Powder and Patch is not one of Heyer’s best-known or best-loved novels, though it’s very entertaining. It also had an interesting journey to publication–both times.
The novel begins with the history of the Jettans, bringing us up to about the 1750s and the present squire, the widowed Sir Maurice, who had a misspent youth in London and Paris, but has settled down in the country, raising his son Philip at his estate in Sussex. Philip scorns everything ...more
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.