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False Colours

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R How can False Colours possibly be considered a romance novel when the main character spends eighty percent of his time with his mother fifteen percent with his valet servants and friends and a pitiful five percent with his belovedI actually enjoyed the first eighty or so pages of this novel but by the time it became abundantly clear that the novel would consist of Kit spending his days with his mother the novel uickly too one a nails on chalkboard feeling It s extremely slow and lacking any sort of propelling force to keep the reader interested in the storyKit s mother Lady Denville reminds me of how Lydia Bennet would act when she was older and had children frivolous racking up debts left and right and always always eye on the prize in this case marriage to someone wealthier The couple in False Colours Kit and Cressy were in reality uite likable but they get so little time together so little play in the novel that the whole point of the story is lostAnd I uickly lost interested in Heyer s novel and wound up skimming the last one hundred pages because I couldn t stand it any longer It s always hard for me to review a Georgette Heyer book She s one of my favorite authors and I ve read most of her books many times Which makes it difficult to feign objectivity or even to avoid gushing like a little girlIn False Colours like other of her adventure flavored romances The Unknown Ajax The Toll Gate or The Talisman Ring for example the central romance is resolved between half and three uarters through the book 60% in this case I checked Unlike those others however the adventure side of False Colours is pretty tame indeed there isn t much for the heroes to do besides wait for Kit s missing twin to show up And there s no malignant force to contend against Indeed all the factors of the dilemma they must extricate themselves from are caused directly or indirectly by the Fancot twins themselves or their motherSo you d think this book would be less enjoyable than others of its kind As you near the end of the book there s no real urgency or threat or danger And the romance is resolved uite satisfactorily thank you very much Yet the ending while a slower pace than you d expect is not only not a dead bore but is really uite enjoyable all the way to the very end Indeed though I ve read the book times than I can confidently state and I know very well how things will resolve I m not even a little bit tempted to simply stop reading once Kit and Cressy declare their devotion to one another or when even Evelyn shows up to tell them where he s beenThe thing is Heyer has populated the book with such engaging characters that you really aren t ready to be done with them until everybody is reasonably well settled The magic of the book is that you like Lady Denville the Dowager Stavely and Sir Bonamy even as you have to acknowledge the faults that cause so many difficulties And Lady Denville shines as a character you can t help but love Her love for her sons and basic good natured care for others is endearing even as you understand that her inability to control her impecunious habits is at the heart of Evelyn s difficultyAdd Heyer s deft hand with dialogue and the book is fun to the very end While not her best work or my most loved this continues to be on my high rotation list because I simply enjoy spending time with these characters Did did this book I d never heard of until a week ago ust ascend into my Top Five Heyer Novels I THINK YESI mean come ON people Identical twins grown ass men twins switching places Stern dowagers Marriages of convenience Boring relatives Large dandies wearing creaking corsets This book had it all As a friend has pointed out this book is one of Heyer s adventure stories and yet had little in the way of an adventure plot because while there were definitely hijinks even dare I say shenanigans the stakes weren t exactly urgent Which cleared the field for some of Heyer s most delightful characters and wittiest dialogue The Dowager Lady Denville mother of the twins is both a clever woman and a bit of an airhead and I adored her Her manipulations of her friends and family all for their own good of course dear one were perfection I also adored her devoted longtime admirer Sir Bonamy which his glorious detailing of the fine meals he enjoys and his fantastical dressing gowns The twins are charming you can see why they would be sought after husbands for young ladies and Cressie the proposed bride is a delight herself The reader of this audiobook Phyllida Nash sounds like Judi Dench and did a bang up Still Life with Chickens job with all the voices Not only that but she seemed on the verge of breaking into a laugh herself on several occasions which was perfect for this story Just an Aob all around A lovely light easy read ust like all Georgette Heyer s romances This one stars one of her best male leads in Kit who is half of a pair of identical twins Identical that is in appearance but not apparently in character and charm Her books are still the best Regency romances out there and they are certainly standing the test of time To me they are the literary euivalent of comfort food This book is about a cute set of identical twins no wait Cute and marriageable identical twins Something like this but in Regency costume fans no wait Cute and marriageable identical twins Something like this but in Regency costume fans vigorouslyAnyway The younger and sensible twin Christopher Kit senses Something is Wrong with his twin and returns to London from foreign parts only to find that his brother Evelyn has disappeared without a trace and it s imperative that Evelyn show up at a dinner to meet his wealthy fianc e s family Unfortunately for Kit and Evelyn their charming lovely mother is a complete spendthrift and unless Evelyn marries Cressy he won t be given control of his own fortune and won t be able to pay off Mama s massive debts and rescue the family from certain disgrace and he and Cressy both understand it s going to be massive debts and rescue the family from certain disgrace and he and Cressy both understand it s going to be marriage of convenience So of course Kit is pressured by Mama into pulling the old switcheroo except Evelyn keeps not showing up and Kit keeps getting thrown into Cressy s company and you can pretty much guess where it s going from here But like most all Georgette Heyer books the fun is in the ride and the witty dialogue not so much in whatever surprises there are to be gleaned from a genre so littered with tropes Unfortunately the dialogue in this book didn t charm me as much as Heyer s dialogue usually does Partly it was because this book contained too much talk and too little action and romance there s 50 pages of exposition at the start But mostly it was because too little time is spent with Kit and Cressy and their budding relationship and way too much time is spent with their foolishly extravagant Mama If you agree with Kit and Evelyn and apparently pretty much every other character in this book other than their late and unlamented father that a lovely silly 40 something woman trying to act like a 20 year old who is utterly unable to manage her finances and who spends money she doesn t have like there s no tomorrow is charming and delightful and that she needs to be coddled and understood but in no case put on a strict financial budget then maybe you ll enjoy this book than I didIt s too bad because I thought the basic plot had real potential and I thought Cressy and Kit were a clever and entertaining couple other than his unfortunate tendency to indulge his motherA soft 3 stars There were some fun parts but too few and far between. Ence he succeeded in deceiving all present Kit is forced to continued the outrageous masuerade 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 masuerade sets off a tangled seuence of events that engage Kit's heart far deeply than he'd ever anticipated with his brother's fiancee who might know much about what's going on than she cares to reveal. ,

R thank you so much for helping me Lady Denville Oh my sons I love you both EUALLY Let s have some UAILS to celebrate the return of Evelyn Kit Eve it s okay bro I can handle Mama s debts Evelyn No no It s my responsibility Kit No seriously I got this Lady Denville Wait I have a better idea but let s not have uails after all Evelyn Oh oh Mama is wearing her mischievous face again Kit Oh by the way Eve sorry for falling in love with your fianc e I know she s technically yours so Evelyn Oh noooo It s okay You can have her Lady Denville Ah I LOVE MY SONS GROUP HUUUUUGSeriously it s like that the whole time They loved each other so much and they were all so kind Lady Denville seriously stole my heart though she was the sweetest most adorable Mama ever and she was such a crack up Still relatively young she s 43 the widowed Lady Denville is incredibly beautiful has an incredible amount of suitors dangling after her spends an incredible amount of money and has an incredible amount of debts True she is also incredibly silly and she s not terribly bright but also has an incredibly big heart and incredibly engaging manners She s the perfect definition of a lovely pea goose Super cute and impossible to hate And her notions of economy oh my gosh please we must take a moment to appreciate them Spending Your Money Wisely by Amabel Fancot Lady Denville1 The first rule to remember is that if you can pay your interest YOU ARE OKAY Interest paid life is GOOD 2 Economy is so super overrated Did you know that the less you try to spend the you will actually end up spending Think about it If you buy a cheap ugly dress to save money you ll find yourself totally incapable of actually wearing it so you ll end up buying that expensive gown anyways and thus have paid wayyyy than you would have in the first place if you d only stuck to the expensive gown Cheap gown expensive gown expensive than ust expensive gown3 Let s also not forget the element of luck here For all you card players and gamesters out there THE LUCK WILL TURN ONE DAY I mean it Paradox Bound just has to right It can t stay bad forever4 Okay so if you do actually find yourself indebted at some point and you have nothing to stake be sure to have some copies of all those ugly heirloom brooches and familyewels that you never wear Life savers those I tell you5 And finally well remember some principles of kindness When you already owe a ton of money to your milliner and she s trying to sell you another hat that you really can t afford You buy the hat Because it s only nice to spend at those places where you already owe a ton Like oh yeah sorry I owe you hundreds and hundreds of pounds let me compensate for now by adding another one of your charming creations to my collection ladydenvillelogicThe book is FILLED with her hilarious little comments and notions on spending money and you re ust there like oh my goodness she can t be serious but it makes you laugh at the same time because she s ust so adorable And her devotion to her sons She would literally die for them if she had to And the best part Her sons so totally feel the same way heck they are at their wits very end trying to find a way out of the enormous mountain of debts without creating a scandal False Colours is a lot comedy of manners and family oriented than romance but I loved Kit and Cressy a lot nonetheless and thought they made a charming couple definitely perfect for each other The story is almost entirely told through Kit s point of view and Cressy only plays a secondary role in the book but she was definitely admirable and everything I saw from her I liked She was bright intelligent wasn t afraid to stand up to people and speak her mind but remained lady like and proper the entire time and never crossed the line of becoming a hoyden I also loved her sense of humour she was always ready to laugh and thought everything a good oke rather than becoming offended at every turn a good thing since the family she got tangled with most definitely loved a good laugh I wish the romance had been a bit developed for it wasn t good laugh I wish the romance had been a bit developed for it wasn t beyond we took a few walks in the rose garden and fell in love type of thing but as it wasn t exactly the point of the story and since Cressy wasn t exactly a main character it made sense that it was a simpler less all consuming romance Some parts were a little slow and the overall pace of the book isn t very fast but it made for a charming sunny and appeasing little story and Lady Denville s romance with Sir Bonamy was ust icing on the cake Seriously it was the cutest and most hilarious thing ever Will you think me very saucy if I say that never did a knight thoroughly deserve to win his lady than you dear sir No no protested Sir Bonamy much discomposed Nonsense Very obliging of you to say so but no such thing As a matter of fact I m a baronet Such a fun lovely Regency romp set in the country one I whole heartedly recommend to fans of the genre It s completely delightful and loveableGroup read with the Georgette Heyer Fans group for September 2015 45I m gratified to say that Georgette Heyer s books hold up so well for me I never liked Charity Girl hadn t read Why Shoot a Butler before as I work through my goal of rereading all of them on Good Reads well maybe not My Lord John Helen a reader can only suffer so muchThis is one that has improved with time I have now given it a rating of 45GH shows her trademark careful plotting tying up of loose ends Kit is one of my favourite GH heros kindly witty handsome resourceful he is a GH hero with a career one of her rare younger sonsThe sensing something is wrong with older twin Evelyn now there s a nameis deftly doneFor me this is a fast moving plot partly because I wolfed it down in a day Reviewers who like action in their historical romances may prefer GH s Georgian romances or Beauvallet GH s Regency world is generally an unruffled ordered oneThe characters amusements in this book may be sedate by our standards but Kit Cressy are always busyThey play battledore shuttlecock as an ex not very good badminton player I always pick up on this when it s mentioned billiards Kit also rides goes shootingBut there are a couple of flaws which do detract from the story The Grand Sophy spoiler ahead as wellview spoilerI do find the twin s mother Amabel funny charming It probably helps that I know plenty of people that weren t always MsMr Responsible as parents But as persuasive as the narrative of this book is I do find it always MsMr Responsible as parents But as persuasive as the narrative of this book is I do find it to believe that a woman who absolutely adores her sons wouldn t make the smallest effort to reform her extravagant ways when she realises the burden of her debts will fall on EvelynFinancial difficulties played a large part in GH s own life in common with so many of her characters a lot of the problems are called by burdensome family members not taking responsibility for some bad monetary decisionsDo we give Amabel a pass because she adores her children when we condemn Lord Ombersley The Grand Sophy who is indifferent to his offspringHave to say noPoint 2 is that The Loving Mother accepting Evelyn at only 24 making a loveless marriage and even suggests Cressy rather than accepting one of her her many admirer s offers especially when one of them is uite fabulously wealthy GH does deal with this both by making Evelyn a bit of a financially irresponsible wild child showing the wonderfully named Sir Bonamy Ripple as a figure of fun but I m still not totally CONVINCED HIDE SPOILE. INANCIAL AND SOCIAL RUIN AND hide spoile. Inancial and social ruin and 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 debtThe incorrigible Lady Fancot persuades her younger son to impersonate his twin ust for one night she promises Kit appeared at the party ust in time to double for the missing Earl With his intellig. Well according toThe Georgette Heyer Theory of Regency Romance assuming a very many constants in people s beliefs and perceptions and assumptions based on absurd coincidences and the unfailing and obviously expected conclusion of a happily ever after False Colours is truly Georgette Heyer personifiedThough this one is not my favourite of the lot it has a few things I much admire Kit for instance with his ingenuity and tact is a superb character Secondly The Fancot Twins together do capture my fancy But one feeling what the other goes through is doing it much too brown But again as I said it is The Georgette Heyer Theory of Regency Romance and there ought to be the unbelievable and outrageous to make it an out and out endearing storyIt seems impossible to believe in many things happening in the story in today s times but taking things with a pinch of salt why not After all it is fiction and fiction is supposed to be Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays just that FantasticKit is definitely one well thought after character I liked him to say the least He is intelligent witty and has a sense of humour all the things that are really appreciable Plus the love for his mother and twin is kinda cute For all his simplicity youust can t ignore him He is worth a dozen EvelynsI read at many places about people s opinions regarding Lady Denville being really annoying but I for my part found her amazing I mean she is Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All just so different She sure must be difficult to bear with in real life circumstances a challenge even but there is no denying her being uite adorable For all her carelessness she does love her sons And she can cook up ingenious plans read scarlet feverust to get her way And how she takes things lightly is what really surprises me for how can a person with tremendous debts ever feel so light n without a What a Lass Wants jot of discernible care I couldn t fathomCressy is not one of my favourite Georgette Heyer heroines I couldn t make up her character well as I could say of Frederica or Sophy or Venetia or Kit from Cotillion Could be my mistake or fault at reading between the lines but being described as reserved in the beginning she is anything but that Please correct me if I am wrongBonamy Ripple was fun to read about What a couple he should form with Lady Denville The scene of his undoing was hilarious What a spot he is in I did like him a lotI also do like the twins chemistry and love for each other I am much inclined to accept the unbelievable gut feelings or whatever those may be that they feel for each other to be true because it gives the story the impetus necessary I liked the Dowager excessively and she was very true to such real life tormentors that do exist Also I liked the secondary characters of Fimber and ChallowOverall Georgette Heyer took good care to plan and plot the story amazinglyust so that you are persuaded to believe in the unbelievable No one can match her wit and humour with the pen What I could actually want was an ending where everything was further elaborated and not Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived just with Kit s plan for the same Also how Evelyn s pursuance of Miss Askham is taken care of could of course give us the happily ever after details of Evelyn s story but then Kit was the hero and he was shown to be achieving that And then some things are best left on their own to be understood by the clever reader There are many things I love about False Colours the hero Kit is one of my favorite among Georgette Heyer s men his mother Lady Denham is one of her most perfect wigeons and the Dowager and Sir Bonamy are delightful secondary characters But the novel makes its way only into my second rank of Georgette Heyer favorites because of the plottingKit Fancot the younger of a pair of identical twins comes home to London from his diplomatic post in Vienna because he has sensed that something is wrong with his brother Evelyn Lord Denham He discovers that Evelyn is supposed to turn up the next evening at a gathering of the relations of a woman he has proposed to Cressida Stavely but Evelyn is missing Kit agrees reluctantly to impersonate Evelyn at the party in order to keep Evelyn s engagement to Cressy from being derailedIt turns out that Evelyn is absent longer than expected so Kit has to take his place for thanust one evening In the process he learns a lot about his mother s disastrous debts and chaotic life and he forms an inappropriate attachment He must unravel the mystery of Evelyn s disappearance and disentangle the scandalous seuelae for the story to reach its happy endingThe setup is well crafted and the first half unfolds very promisingly In the early going I would have liked to have seen scenes showing the untenable situation that Miss Stavely is in rather than simply being told over and over that it is untenable there was a missed comic opportunity in that situation and the scenes would have attached us to the heroine In the second half of the book the story becomes trapped at a country house and the action flags comic minor characters such as Ambrose are underused One or two other characters with crucial roles to play such as Lord Brumby never appear in person There s even a slightly uncomfortable undertone to the character of Evelyn who seems almost bipolar to me The final dilemma doesn t seem to be as major a problem as it is made out to be and its resolution again described and not acted out is only partial and feels like a letdown Nevertheless my love for the hero and delicious scenes like Sir Bonamy s final undoing carry me through and make this a very pleasurable read Cradled by Georgette Heyer s delightful prose and hilarious dialogue I notice the flaws only in retrospect Read it very uickly in one afternoon if you can it s such a frothy confection that there s no chance you ll be overwhelmed by it It s best read at speed because all the oy of this book is in the very silly twin swapping masuerade and the ridiculous secondary characters like corpulent Sir Bonamy Ripple what a
name and fierce 
and fierce match making dragon Grandmama I forget her name already Bonamy Ripple what a name and fierce old match making dragon Grandmama I forget her name already if you ve ever read a Heyer then you know the character I mean If you stop to think about it you ll realise that the plot is ridiculous the pacing uneven and the central romance mysteriously absentI liked it very much but I always like best the light hearted ones where Heyer is as fond of her own characters as you are Everybody h Love love loveThis novel was so cute Ah I ust want to give it and everyone in it a big hug 3 False Colours seems to be one of those less popular Heyers because I had rarely heard of it knew nothing of what was going to happen and generally did not know what to expect beyond twins switching places and family shenanigans But it was all so much fun What a wonderful rideI ust loved the feels of this book so sweet soothing heart warming and gentle all interlaced with Heyer s signature wit and humour The family bonds were so strong and so touching too The Fancots were such a united family wanting the best for each other and trying to out kind the others it was for each other and trying to out kind the others it was sweet Every scene was basically Lady Denville Oh my goodness my sons are the best I feel SO sorry for all the other parents out there who can t possibly have sons as awesome as mine Ah I am SO lucky No oke though she really says that at some point Kit Aww I missed you Mama hugs Let me help you with anything I can even though I hate this masuerade of taking Evelyn s place Evelyn Mama hugs Let me settle your debts Let me help you And Keste. 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 The Thirteen-Gun Salute just when disaster seems certain their adorable Mama uite unpredictably saves the dayThe 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