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False Colours

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,163 ratings  ·  250 reviews
The young Earl of Denville was missing. Handsome and eligible as the titled elder of the renowned Fancot twins was, no one would forgive him if he failed to appear before his fiancee's family. For even though they did not love each other, he could hardly embarrass the charming Cressida Stavely at her own engagement party. And if the match were wrecked, it would dash the la ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Arrow (first published 1963)
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Tadiana
This book is about a cute set of identical twins:
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. . . no, wait. Cute and marriageable identical twins:
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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
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Belle


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 sit
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Christina
How can False Colours possibly be considered a romance novel when the main character spends eighty percent of his time with his mother, fifteen percent with his valet, servants, and friends, and a pitiful five percent with his beloved?

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
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Daisiemae
May 19, 2008 Daisiemae rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency Romance Lovers
Recommended to Daisiemae by: www.queuemyreview.com
When I picked up False Colours by Georgette Heyer, I knew to expect a well-written, regency romance filled with laugh out loud humor and well developed characters. This is a fast-paced book of misunderstandings and mistaken identities that kept my interest until the last page.

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
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Suzanne
Apr 04, 2009 Suzanne rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mothers with twin boys?
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I read all of Georgette Heyer's books in my teens and enjoyed most of them thoroughly. Now, twenty years later, I've decided to re-read them since they've been enjoying an upsurge in popularity and have been re-released in such an attractive format. I could not remember if I'd read this one or not, and now I realize why I found False Colours so forgettable. The main character, Kit, spends most of the novel, not in witty banter with his lady-love, but with his mother. I’m 110 pages into the book ...more
Jacob Proffitt
It's always hard for me to review a Georgette Heyer book. She's one of my favorite authors and I've read most of her books many times. Which makes it difficult to feign objectivity or even to avoid gushing like a little girl.

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,
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Olga Godim
This is a quiet book: no romping and no hilarity, although the premise might’ve supported such excesses. In this tale of two identical twins, all the preconceptions are turned on their heads.
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
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BJ Rose
What a delightful romp!! Kit Fancot comes home unexpectedly from Vienna because he ‘has a feeling’ that his twin in his trouble – and he’s right; Evelyn has not been seen or heard from for almost 2 weeks, and no one knows where he is. To make matters worse, he’s supposed to attend a family dinner the very next night – the family of the woman he recently proposed to! The twins’ Mama decides that Kit should masquerade as his brother ‘just for the night’, and Kit has the devil of a time trying to p ...more
Wealhtheow
After a disquieting feeling that his twin brother is in trouble, Kit Fancome rushes back to London. There, he finds that his brother Evelyn has disappeared, and no one has seen him for a week. Even worse, Evelyn has arranged to meet his fiancee's family the very next day--and if he doesn't show, the wedding will almost certainly be cancelled. Kit agrees to stand in for his flighty brother for a single night...but in fact, must continue the pretence for weeks. And as he spends more time as Evelyn ...more
_inbetween_
The critic quote in the blurb nails it again by saying that with Heyer you don't just choose a book, you choose a world, and most stay there. Maybe that's why I keep re-reading her now - I think it's different to eg. Dodd where either I kept wanting more erotic romance or to find her redeeming herself or me scratching my wounds. While I keep saying how every single thing is pale and small upon re-reading my most important favourite author, I never don't want to pick up the book again.

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Kelly
I quite enjoyed this! As I always do Heyer. I breezed through it in about two days. The plot was even thinner than usual this time, but it really didn't matter. The characters were so charming that the plot was really just an excuse to show them off. It's a twin masquerade plot- one doesn't show up to be presented to his potential fiancee's family, the other one has to take his place.. wacky hijinx and romance ensues. The usual cast of great supporting characters and dialogue is present and spar ...more
Hannah
In spite of (or because of?) the slow moving nature of the storyline and the absolutely unconscionable financial attitude of the mother character, I enjoyed this Heyer very much indeed.

Not as perfect as Arabella or Beauvallet, but certainly not anywhere near as drecky as Powder and Patch either!




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Sherwood Smith
Mistaken identity is one of the best engines for comedies of manners.

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
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Christopher
Jul 12, 2014 Christopher rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sigmund Freud
If "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "Oedipus Rex" had a literary offspring, it would be Heyer's "False Colours." The former because the romance - the very little of it that exists in the book - largely consists of the hero courting his brother's betrothed while pretending to be him. He's one of Heyer's kinder heroes, and I felt bad for him. And the latter because the book is not so much about a hero or a heroine as it is about a mother. A mother who is one of Heyer's more absurd creatures (which is sayi ...more
Melliane
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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,
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Jessica
I love the male characters that Heyer creates. However, this book was much slower and less witty than her other books. I had a really hard time getting into this book and only finished it out of sheer will-power.
Kathy
I read everything Georgette Heyer when I was young and I adored her. This time around I just wished everyone shut up and get on with the story. I hope it is me, not her.
Alice
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Les Fourberies de l'Amour?
"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."

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"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
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Wendy
The Honourable Christopher "Kit" Fancot, convinced that his (elder) identical twin has suffered some kind of mischance, returns from Vienna to investigate and assist him. His twin, the unfortunately (imho) named Evelyn, is missing and cannot be found, but in the meantime there are pressing social obligations to be met! In particular, there is Evelyn's engagement to a young heiress to secure, and Kit finds himself masquerading as his brother for one evening, in order to make a good impression on ...more
Siria
The couple in this, Kit and Cressy, were likeable enough, but this was definitely not one of Heyer's better efforts. I didn't find her humour as sharp or as well-paced as in other works, and in its absence, the gender politics just became too strong for me to ignore.

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
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Margaret Metz
Heyer is like Calgon, Dove chocolates, fresh baked bread and cuddling with my pets -- it's a guaranteed good time that will melt away my stress and make me feel ten times better than when I sat down. She has a wonderful sense of humor and she has fabulous characters!


I've heard a lot of stories about twins being able to sense when the other is in trouble or pain so this didn't seem like a far-fetched idea to me. It was a lot of fun to see how both (very different) brothers reacted to the situati
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Melanie Greene
Mistaken twins! Flighty parents! Judgemental grannies! Controlling and/or tedious and/or meddlesome relatives! So much fun. Heyer is such the master of the polite farcical romance. The connection between the romantic leads is strong and compelling, and I love how Heyer wove a web that pulled each character deeper into the intrigue but closer to each other at the same time.
Melissa
Very much a comedy-of-manners - one twin masquerading as the other, Lady Denville is a pretty spendthrift, her most ardent suitor and friend is a lovable hedonist, and the boring family relatives drone on about "economizing" and the "precarious" health of their son (who is on a repairing lease).

The slang flies fast and furious in this novel. I consider myself fairly well-versed but even I had to look up a few. So Heyer did her homework.

In previous Heyer novels i complained a bit that the hero
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Sarah
I agree with many of the other reviewers that there was too much of the mum and too little of the romance. The main characters were great as were their conversations (the few that there were). In fact, the romance felt like a side story. I liked the idea of the plot but not how it was fleshed out. There were about 100 pages at the end when I wondered where Heyer was going with it. This was unusual for this author since she tends to wind things up at the very last moment- as in sometimes there ar ...more
Jeffrey
Another one of Heyer's highly improbable but thoroughly entertaining romances with some of her most colorful and unforgettable side characters.
Emily
I was afraid that I could anticipate the entire plot of this one by the end of the first chapter: an arranged marriage, a twin impersonating his affianced brother, socially awkward scenes leading to, as they say on tumblr, FEELS and ANGST when the 'wrong' people fall in love.

Fortunately Heyer takes the angst well in hand and undercuts the unnecessary drama by working with a reasonably insightful cast of characters. This allows her to only put up with the core deceit for so long before the right
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Debbie
A light fun read for vacation!
Nancy
Set in 1817, this story is told mainly from the hero's POV, Kit. Unlike most of Heyer's prior books, this one has more interaction between the hero and his love, as well as the opportunity to see their attraction develop (The Corinthian, Friday's Child, Cotollion, The Unknown Ajax, Venetia, all have a bit more direct interaction between the romantic leads in some degree, I think).

Kit is faced with several dilemmas: his twin's disappearance, his mother's financial circumstances, his feelings for
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Kate McMurry
Review of Kindle Edition of a classic Regency comedy


Georgette Heyer is the queen of Regency comedy of errors, and this story is one of her best. Twenty-four-year old Christopher (Kit) Fancot is the younger of two twin brothers, his twin Evelyn being the present Lord Denville, and his beautiful, affectionate, charming, forty-three-year old, widowed mother, Lady Denville, is the cause of all their troubles. She formed a marriage of convenience to their father when she was very young, and the very
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Maureen E
I had a vague idea when I started this one that I had really disliked it the first time I read it and vowed to never read it again. By the time I finished, I had convinced myself that this was a delusion of my strange brain. But it wasn’t. I went to add it to my Goodreads account, only to discover that it was already there, with a two star rating.

I do not know what was wrong with me. No, seriously. This is now going on my list of favorite Georgette Heyer books. Not only are Kit and Cressy totall
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“You absurd boy! Oh, Evelyn, I'm so thankful you've come, but what in the world has detained you? I've been sick with apprehension!"

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!”
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