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False Colours (1963)

por Georgette Heyer

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The Queen of Regency Romance, bestselling author Georgette Heyer, charms readers with this delightful romp of mistaken identity.

A missing twin
Something is very wrong, and the Honourable Christopher "Kit" Fancot can sense it. Kit returns to London on leave from the diplomatic service to find that his twin brother Evelyn has disappeared and his extravagant mother's debts have mounted alarmingly.

A quick-minded heiress
The Fancot family's fortunes are riding on Evelyn's marriage to the self-possessed Cressy Stavely, and her formidable grandmother's approval of the match. If Evelyn fails to meet the Dowager Lady Stavely in a few days as planned, the betrothal could be off.

A fortune in the balance
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 fianc?©e??who might know much more about what's going on than she cares to reveal...

Praise for Georgette Heyer:
"A writer of great wit and style... I've read her books to ragged shreds."??Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen."??Publishers Week
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Continuing the re-issue of the classic romances of Georgette Heyer is FALSE COLOURS, a novel of twins, family problems and falling in love with the right person. Georgette Heyer, hailed as a premiere of the Regency Romance genre for decades now, has never failed to make me happy with her stories. Unlike more contemporary authors, Heyer shows an understanding of the nuances in Regency everyday life that is wonderful to read. Admittedly, for those used to the current trend of popular historical romances with heavy intimacy scenes and scandalous conduct, Heyer's books are more character driven, so they might seem slower. Her tone is definitely more in line with Jane Austen—reflective, detail oriented and period minded.

Mistaken identities are the theme of this particular title, though in all honesty, "misleading identities" is closer to the mark. You have Kit and Evelyn Fancot, handsome good-spirited identical twins. Evelyn disappears and leaves the Fancot family in something of a predicament; conveniently, Kit shows up on leave from his diplomatic duties and agrees to a charade which should have worked since the two are so very similar in looks, but their temperaments are quite disparate. Kit is very even-tempered and more likely to forgive and forget than dwell too long over a matter. Evelyn, the older of the two, is by contrast prone to over thinking situations and dwelling entirely too long.

The cast of characters surrounding them all are at turns interesting, comical and downright annoying—just like anyone would expect of a gathering of family, friends and extendeds. Their mother in particular was annoying; she obviously loved her children, but she didn't heed them and was entirely too taken up with keeping herself happy! They only enabled this behavior. For her credit the mother can tell the two apart instantly, a trick some characters could have used more then once. I was rather fond of the Dowager Lady Stavely, another character of mature years who had spunk and wicked humor.

What might irritate readers unused to the style is that she gives a lot of detail about her characters' back stories by telling the reader in page long (or longer) paragraphs, often in the middle of conversations. This is done to explain the motivations of the characters, but also to give grounding for later when the characters refers to traits or events offhandedly. For instance, in this book we're told early on about the twins' boyhood and life after Oxford; later, a character mentions how alike the two are on the surface but how different they are otherwise. Little explanation is given and it's assumed you remember the differences described in the very beginning of the book. ( )
  lexilewords | Dec 28, 2023 |
False Colours by Georgette Heyer was a slow moving but intriguing historical romance story that pulled me in from the beginning. The extravagant, excitable and most charming Dowager Lady Denville is a spend-thrift without equal and has managed to accumulate humongous debts. Her twin sons, Evelyn and Christopher who love her to bits want to help her clear her debts but the family fortune is tied up in a trust that the elder twin cannot break until he marries. He therefore is courting the sensible and well admired Cressida but when Evelyn goes missing, his twin, Kit, on leave from the foreign service, steps in and masquerades as his brother. Of course Kit and Cressy fall in love but society is expecting the lasting commitment to be that of Evelyn and Cressida.

This twin-swapping masquerade was a fun read, and the author uses plenty of humour and sparking banter to liven things up. She also wisely provides a cast of characters that are fun to read about, as well as a family that cares deeply for one another. And there is the mystery of where Evelyn could be and what is keeping him away from his family.

The author’s careful plotting kept False Colours moving forward slowly although the developing romance was very much on the back burner for most of the book. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but would hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is not already familiar with the author as this is a much quieter book than her usual fare. ( )
2 vote DeltaQueen50 | Apr 10, 2023 |
Something is very wrong, and the Honourable Christopher "Kit" Fancot can sense it. Kit returns to London on leave from the diplomatic service to find that his twin brother Evelyn has disappeared and his extravagant mother's debts have mounted alarmingly.

The Fancot family's fortunes are riding on Evelyn's marriage to the self-possessed Cressy Stavely, and her formidable grandmother's approval of the match. If Evelyn fails to meet the Dowager Lady Stavely in a few days as planned, the betrothal could be off.

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 will greatly affect everyone involved. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Jan 16, 2023 |
I once thought this was a three-star book, but when I wanted to reread it and couldn’t find it, more and more delightful incidents and characters kept coming to mind. So I bought another copy. Four stars. ( )
  muumi | Feb 26, 2022 |
For 10 days I was bereft of Goodreads to tell me what to read. So I bumbled around my online library and found, delightedly I might add, that Heyer had a book there that I hadn't read yet. So I settled in for more brain candy.

The premise had promise. But the explanation of the situation, while thorough and foolproof, took forever. And I wasn't a huge fan of Lady Denville. I was glad when she was left behind in London and appalled when she showed up anyway. It had potential but didn't quite live up to it. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
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Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:

The Queen of Regency Romance, bestselling author Georgette Heyer, charms readers with this delightful romp of mistaken identity.

A missing twin
Something is very wrong, and the Honourable Christopher "Kit" Fancot can sense it. Kit returns to London on leave from the diplomatic service to find that his twin brother Evelyn has disappeared and his extravagant mother's debts have mounted alarmingly.

A quick-minded heiress
The Fancot family's fortunes are riding on Evelyn's marriage to the self-possessed Cressy Stavely, and her formidable grandmother's approval of the match. If Evelyn fails to meet the Dowager Lady Stavely in a few days as planned, the betrothal could be off.

A fortune in the balance
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 fianc?©e??who might know much more about what's going on than she cares to reveal...

Praise for Georgette Heyer:
"A writer of great wit and style... I've read her books to ragged shreds."??Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen."??Publishers Week

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