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False Colours by Georgette Heyer

False Colours (1963)

by Georgette Heyer

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I love all of Georgette Heyer's regency romances. These books are witty and fast paced. Very like Jane Austen.
  mldg | Apr 1, 2019 |
Twins switch places, with the usual entirely to-be-expected consequences. Another good romp from Heyer, though, with some excellently funny moments. ( )
  JBD1 | Nov 3, 2018 |
Never know what to expect with a Heyer novel. Sometimes they’re enthralling, occasionally boring, while others fit somewhere in between those two extremes. “False Colours” fits in the latter category, in my opinion.

The Heyer novels that best suit my taste are those with an adventure of some sort. “False Colours” lacks adventure, instead featuring, for the most part, people talking in one room or another.

These types of scenarios offer little excitement, suspense, or unexpected twists-in-the-tale, but I liked this book's main concept of one twin taking the place of the other to “save face”. Humour is rife throughout the novel, especially during dialogue exchanges.

The characters are all likeable, my favourite being Lady Denham, mother of the 24-year-old twins, though young enough to pass for their older sister.

Stylistically, I cringed at the number of adverbs and would’ve appreciated fewer long-winded sentences. I listened to an audiobook version and at times wondered if the narrator needed to pause for oxygen.

In short, this is a light read, lacking in excitement, but is fun in the most part. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Aug 9, 2017 |
A brother impersonates his Twin to rescue him from a social scrape and prevent humiliating his potential bride. The story is cleverly conceived but not well-written. There are too many long "periods" of description and explanation as if the reader is a booberkin. Heyer normally wrote much more succinctly. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jul 1, 2017 |
Late one evening, Kit Fancot returns from Vienna, arriving at his twin brother Evelyn's London house. Kit's twintuition tells him that some accident has befallen Evelyn, and sure enough, his mother informs him that Evelyn is several days late returning from a trip. Normally, this wouldn't be a matter of much concern, but Evelyn is supposed to dine with his future in-laws the next day. Sure that Evelyn has not suffered a serious hurt, Kit jokes that, if Evelyn doesn't turn up, Kit will have to take his place -- but his flighty mother decides that his joking solution is just the thing, and cajoles him into filling in for his brother for just one evening. What Kit doesn't know is that this minor imposture will embroil him in a lengthy charade -- or that he's likely to fall in love with his brother's fiancée!

Heyer is always good fun, and this may be one of my favorites so far. ( )
  foggidawn | Apr 8, 2017 |
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It was past two o’clock when the job-chaise turned into Hill Street; and, as the watchman wending his way round Berkeley Square monotonously announced, a fine night.
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When the charming but irresponsible Lady Amabel, Countess of Denville is left a young widow the problem of her mounting debts becomes acute. So she is lucky to have such resourceful twin sons as Evelyn and Christopher Fancot to steer the family through a desperate intrigue to restore the Denvilles fortunes. The danger is that, at times, the family's pressing financial needs are almost overshadowed by the even greater demands of young hearts. But, just when disaster seems certain, their adorable Mama, quite unpredictably, saves the day.

The Honourable Christopher "Kit" Fancot, on leave from the diplomatic service in the summer of 1817, is startled to find his entrancing but incorrigibly extravagant mother on the brink of financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed to find that his twin, Evelyn, the new Earl of Denville, has disappeared without trace. 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 last hope of getting his lovely, improvident mother out of debt.

The incorrigible Lady Fancot persuades her younger son to impersonate his twin -- just for one night, she promises. Kit, appeared at the party just in time to double for the missing Earl. With his intelligence he succeeded in deceiving all present. Kit - is forced to continued the outrageous masquerade by the tangled affairs of his wayward family: his rigid uncle, Lord Brumby, the surprisingly wily Sir Bonamy Ripple, the formidable old Lady Stavely and Evelyn's betrothed, Cressy. But in the face of Evelyn's continues absence, Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit.... And with his superb manners he not only charmed Cressy's formidable grandmother, but made Cressy herself wonder if she could love her fiance after all... The masquerade sets off a tangled sequence of events that engage Kit's heart far more deeply than he'd ever anticipated with his brother's fiancee--who might know much more about what's going on than she cares to reveal...
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The Honourable Christopher Fancot is forced into an outrageous masquerade by the tangled affairs of his wayward family.

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When the incorrigible Lady Fancot persuades her son to impersonate his twin (just for one night, she promises) the masquerade sets off a tangled sequence of events that engage Kit's heart far more deeply than he'd ever anticipated with his brother's fiancee--who might know much more about what's going on than she cares to reveal...… (more)

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