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The Masqueraders (Historical Romances Book…

The Masqueraders (Historical Romances Book 4) (original 1928; edition 2009)

by Georgette Heyer (Author)

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"Such a daring escape ... could cost them both their hearts ... Their infamous adventurer father has taught Prudence Tremaine and her brother Robin to be masters of disguise. Ending up on the wrong side of the Jacobite rebellion, brother and sister flee to London, Prudence pretending to be a dashing young buck, and Robin, a lovely young lady ... Then Prudence meets the elegant Sir Anthony Fanshawe, and Robin becomes the mysterious hero of the charming Letitia Grayson, and in order to have what they truly want, the two masqueraders must find a way to unmask themselves without losing their lives ..."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)
Title:The Masqueraders (Historical Romances Book 4)
Authors:Georgette Heyer (Author)
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2009), Edition: Reprint, 338 pages
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The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer (1928)



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This is ridiculous but still quite entertaining. Either I missed something or else Heyer doesn’t really do a great job of explaining why Prudence and her brother Robin need to be in disguise, nor why they’ve decided the best way to do this is by crossdressing. But Robin is an escaped Jacobite with taste for drama, their respective heights make passing possible, and eventually Prudence refers to having often worn boys’ clothes (a detail I thought should have been established much earlier). It seems that they are both capable of, and comfortable with, disguising themselves thus, and I found the key to enjoying this book was to just roll with it.

Also Prue’s romantic interest is a type Heyer writes so well: perceptive, unflappable, competent, with a sense of humour and an appreciation of level-headedness in others. He’s a good match for Prue, who is, in spite of -- or perhaps, because of -- her unconventional and adventurous upbringing, quite sensible herself. Sensible people pushed into madcap adventures is something else Heyer has a flair for. ( )
  Herenya | Jul 17, 2019 |
I contrive! One of the best Heyer novels I've read so far. A grand, hilarious romp. ( )
  JBD1 | Mar 11, 2019 |
This is a Georgian not a regency, which I like much better, but not a bad book like Powder and Patch. I'd read this before but I thought it was due for a re-read. Not bad but the romance wasn't as satisfying as I thought it would be. I found Anthony Fanshaw somewhat boring and too perfect. Nothing shocked him, which was more than a little unbelievable. However, the two main characters were interesting and the heroine was delightful. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Oct 5, 2018 |
First an admission. I maybe wasn't paying attention at the beginning, I took this with me to the blood donor session and it's possible I missed something, but for the first 50 odd pages I was very very confused. Then, finally, the penny dropped and I realised that Robin & Prudence were masquerading as the opposite sex and were then Kate & Peter. At which point I read the first 50 pages again and it all made a lot more sense. Clearly this one needs you to pay attention!
This starts with Kate & Peter taking refuge in an inn and rescuing an eloping heiress who has since changed her mind about her beau. Having saved the day onto the scene arrives Sir Anthony Fanshawe (who does NOT want to marry Letty) and the book sets off. These 4 are the key characters and the rest of the book follows their somewhat eccentric adventures. Set after the Jacobite uprising, the reason for the disguises becomes clearer as the book progresses, Robin & Prudence have been involved on the losing side.
This book features a particularly outlandish character, Robin & Prudence's father. He's clearly a rackety type, having dragged them across Europe, owned a gaming den, taken multiple names and generally not been a credit to his family. He turns up in London society claiming to be the long lost brother and now heir to an estate. Even his children are surprised and can;t tell if he is who he now claims to be or not. Is he or not hangs in the balance for a fair portion of the book, but in the end it does all work out.
It's fun, it's a bit far fetched, but none the less enjoyable for that. ( )
  Helenliz | Jul 18, 2018 |
A historical romance, set after the Jacobite Rebellion.

Mr Peter Merriott and his sister Kate are on their to London to stay with my Lady Lowestoft. On the way, they chance on an eloping couple - but the lady is having second thoughts. They rescue the lady, and take her back to London with them. Staying with Lady Lowestoft, the Merriotts are introduced to Society - apparently on the instructions of their father. It seems the Merriotts are not what - or indeed, who - they seem. They are indeed brother and sister, but Peter is rightfully Prudence, and Kate is really Robin...

Making a stir in Society, Robin/Kate is attracted to the rescued heiress, and Prudence/Peter attracted to the heiress’ official suitor. Then their father turns up - it seems he is the (missing) heir to a Vicounty - or so he claims. It’s difficult to know for sure; the family have always been adventurers and lived by their wits. What is known is that Robin and his father took part in the Rebellion and Robin at least is under attainder.

After various ins and outs, all is resolved happily.

Great fun to read, I can recommend this one.
  Maddz | Apr 24, 2018 |
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Prudence and Robin Tremaine, are children of the notorious and brilliant Viscount of Barham, find themselves on the wrong side of the Jacobite rebellion. The brothers have been dissemblers since they were children. And in this age of slippery politics, they need to be. Their infamous adventurer father has taught Prudence and her brother Robin to be masters of disguise. To escape detection, the Viscount sends his offspring on the road to London, each masquerading as the opposite sex. Prudence pretending to be a dashing young buck, and Robin as a lovely young lady.

During the travelling to London to meet their eccentric and rather wayward father, they take a break for a meal, and overhear what is clearly a reluctant elopement... and decide to get involved. It quickly becomes clear that the brother and sister are not exactly what they seem to be... For they it is nothing to rescue the charming Letitia Grayson, a rich heiress from her abductor. But once committed to their masquerade, they must see it through. And now, with their own Iives at stake, they hid in the very limelight of London society.

As Peter Merriot, captivating Prudence became the favorite companion of dashing and elegant aristocrat Sir Anthony Fanshawe, her guise that become highly inconvenient when she falls for him, even though discovery of her true identity meant death. Just as it seemed as though her mad pose might succeed, she was challenged to a duel. Prudence knew it would not he long before this tall, sleepy-eyed gentleman fathomed her desperate secret. The two masqueraders must find a way to unmask themselves without losing their lives?
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