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Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer
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Powder and Patch (original 1923; edition 1964)

by Georgette Heyer

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Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Pan Books (1964), Mass Market Paperback
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The Transformation of Philip Jettan = Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer (1923)

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I like all Georgette Heyer books to some extent, from very much to middling. I disliked this one a lot. It's a Georgian, not Regency so I miss the language of the Regency books but beyond that is the way the hero is suppose to "master" the heroine if you can call her that. She is a ninny but according to Heyer, that's to be expected of women. They're not creatures of reason and logic. GRRR. I think I've read this before but I can't imagine I liked it the first time either. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Oct 5, 2018 |
It was short, quick read. Philip is in love with Cleone, but she won't have him because he's coarse and countrified, so he goes to London to learn how to be a fop, and succeeds beyond anyone's expectations. Six months later when Cleone sees him again she's angry at him for being a gadabout and frivolous with his affections. Luckily for Philip, Cleone gets herself into a nasty entanglement and when he is able to free her of it they both realize how silly they've been and that they are meant to be together. Ah, happy ending. ( )
  bekkil1977 | Feb 9, 2018 |
This is Heyer's second novel, and I think it shows her as not yet being the fully formed artist she becomes.
Phillip is a country bred man; plain and with few airs and graces. Near him lives Cleone, who is the love of his life. All is well until a man from town arrives and with his polished ways shows Phillip up. He leaves to get a polish in Paris, having been sent away by both his father & Cleone, working in sympathy.
Polish duly acquired - and this is the middle section of the book, he arrives back in London shortly after Cleone has been taken there for the season. At this, there is much talking at cross purposes, both trying to conceal feelings behind a mask of society airs, flirting, and generally getting in a pickle when a good, honest conversation would have sorted the thing out in 5 minutes.
The principles themselves are a tad annoying. Especially Phillips continual slipping into French, mine wasn't up to most of this, I was continually guessing what was said based on what happened before and after, and filling in the gap. The older generation are the better drawn characters. Phillip's father & uncle & Cleone's aunt are the sensible heads in this romance.
It was good, but not great. ( )
  Helenliz | Feb 6, 2018 |
Subtitled: 'The Transformation of Philip Jettan'. Storyline plodding at first and rather improbable; segues into a delightful transformation of Philip from a somewhat boorish provincial into a polished tulip of society. The dénouement becomes a bit too prolonged for my liking and somewhat tedious. Overall, 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 |
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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" by Georgette Heyer without the last chapter of the original.
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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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Georgette Heyer is unbeatable! ?SUNDAY TELEGRAPH For her, he would do anything? Plainspoken country gentleman Philip Jettan won't bother with a powdered wig, high heels, and fashionable lace cuffs, until he discovers that his lovely neighbor is enamored with a sophisticated man-about-town? But what is it that she really wants? Cleone Charteris sends her suitor Philip away to get some town polish, and he comes back with powder, patches, and all the manners of a seasoned rake. Does Cleone now have exactly the kind of man she's always wanted, or was her insistence on Philip's remarkable transformation a terrible mistake? What readers say: "Charming, charming, charming. And highly readable!" "Witty dialogue and well-developed storylines?even Jane Austen could do no better." "Scintillating and very human love story by an author of exceptional talents." "Ms Heyer's effervescent wit and obvious ability to tell a good and humorous story is already evident, making Powder and Patch an enjoyable and worthwhile read." "This story sparkles with witty dialogue and wonderful descriptions of costumes and festivities of the 1700s. I re-read it at least once a year and I enjoy it as much as the first time, again and again!… (more)

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