False Colours by Georgette Heyer
Publication: Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1963), Paperback, 341pg
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
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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 fiancée-who might know much more about what's going on than she cares to reveal... (from Amazon)
Yes, another Georgette Heyer book! There’s just something about them that makes me feel like I’m surrounded by a snuggly blanket. They’re clever and funny but they ALSO have some really great characters who get into trouble that somehow never seems cliched. Even False Colours, which is a feat considering it deals with Twin Switch, possibly one of the MOST cliched plot devices ever.
However! It works out really great, maybe because the book is from Christopher’s POV (a dude! somewhat unusual for a Heyer book) and he is adorable for reals. His mother is fantastic, too: she’s flighty and a bit stupid, but not in an insulting way (if you know what I mean?). If she were a guy she’d be a kind of absentminded professor sort– anyway, the two of them get into a real tangled mess, and much of the book is them trying to work their way out of it.
This is both hilarious and heart-warming!
The romance is, of course, very sweet and lovely and I adore the heroine, who should definitely win a medal for putting up with Christopher and his family. I also really liked how she was somewhat atypical for Regency times: she’s on the edge of becoming a spinster but she doesn’t seem THAT worried about it, and for most of the book she’s playing an active role in maintaining the hero’s cover. Yay, active heroines!
On the whole, though it uses a super played-out plot device, False Colours was a wonderful read. The romance is sweet, the characters are fully-fleshed out people, and the situations they put themselves in are HILARIOUS. Woohoo!
Read: July 22-23, 2013
Do you like books with twins? I don’t think I’ve read enough of them, especially with one or more of them as the main POV. All I can think of is Harry Potter and Septimus Heap, but the twins in those series are mostly background characters. What’s your favorite twin book?