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Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer

Powder and Patch

by Georgette Heyer, Stella Martin

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Subtitled: 'The Transformation of Philip Jettan'. Storyline quite plodding at first and rather improbable; segues into a delightful transformation of Philip from a somewhat boorish provincial into a polished tulip of society. very amusing, albeit a light read. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Sep 24, 2017 |
A forthright and honest young gentleman goes forth into the world to gain the polish his sweetheart demands. He becomes the beautiful and caressed darling of society, and when his childhood sweetheart encounters him next, he behaves like a light-minded fop. She's horrified, and of course he's just pretending--they end up happily married. A fluffy story at best.
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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A young 'country bumpkin' goes to France to learn to be a gentleman. One of Heyer's earlier books and not one of her best, but still a good light read for anyone who likes historical romances. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
One of Heyer's earlier stories. It was first published by Mills and Boon in 1923. It had the original title The Transformation of Phillip-Jettan, and was later re-issued under the title Powder and Patch by Heinemann in 1930 and by numerous other Heinemann printings thereafter. It is typical Heyer in its style and a delightful romance of eighteenth century England that I have enjoyed reading more than once. Heyer went from strength to strength in her subsequent historical romances and she is still unbeatable in this area of writing, even these days. She is the author that numerous modern authors of historical romance try to copy, in vain! It is not one of her best stories, but it is an enjoyable read as long as you accept the silliness of the hero believing that 'fine feathers make fine birds'. It is a relaxing change from the never ending so-called romantic stories that sell themselves with endless sex scenes. The authors of them won't be remembered, Georgette Heyer will. Her stories ended at the bedroom door (even a long time before they were anywhere near it) but that's why they are so intriguing - we have to use our own romantic imagination about what happened thereafter. ( )
  dragonflydancing | Aug 2, 2015 |
Philip Jettan hates the way many other young men dress and behave, but adopts their type of persona in a bid to win the love of his life, Cleone.

“Powder and Patch” is a light-hearted tale featuring plenty of humorous dialogue and likable characters. There’s little in the way of suspense and, despite the outcome being quite predictable, it’s a good-fun read. Georgette Heyer’s female characters are especially entertaining. I liked Jennifer the most, but sadly she’s only an “extra”.

The only thing I dislike about this novel is the overuse of French language. I am pro-language learning myself, I hasten to add, but I believe that if a book is written in English then that’s the only language that should be used, except for people’s titles and names of places where appropriate. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Oct 13, 2014 |
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If you searched among the Downs in Sussex, somewhere between Midhurst and Brighthelmstone, inland a little, and nestling in modest seclusion between two waves of hills, you would find Little Fittledean, a village round which three gentlemen had built their homes.
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Originally published as "The Transformation of Philip Jettan" by Stella Martin, later republished as "Powder and Patch" without the last chapter of the original by Georgette Heyer.
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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 finds herself dismissing Philip and his rough mannerisms.

With his father's encouragement, Philip departs for the courts of Paris, determined to acquire the social graces and sirs of the genteel -- and convince Cleone that he is the man most suited for her hand. But his transformation may cost him everything, including Cleone...
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In an 18th century of wit, womanizing and powdered wigs, provincial Philip Jettan runs the risk of irreproachability.

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In an 18th-century England of wit, womanising and powdered wigs, provincial Philip Jettan runs the risk of irreproachability. So he leaves for Paris, where his father's hopes and his lover's ideals are realised but with unforeseen consequences.

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