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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099476339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099476337
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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A wonderful thrilling Regency romance by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann on 29 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Georgette Heyer had the fortunate knack of selecting catchy titles for her novels that were a perfect match to what would unfold inside: THE CONVENIENT MARRIAGE, THE UNKNOWN AJAX, BATH TANGLE, DEVIL'S CUB, SPRIG MUSLIN, THE NONESUCH, and on and on. Each title is short, evocative and intriguing. FALSE COLOURS is a perfect example. Anyone with a modicum of military knowledge will recognize the term `flying false colors' or flying a flag of a country other than one's own to deceive the enemy into believing that a ship or fort or field banner is of a friend or allies until they are trapped. That is exactly what transpires in Heyer's Regency-era novel FALSE COLOURS. The Honorable Christopher "Kit" Fancot is pressed into operating under a false flag by impersonating his identical twin brother Evelyn, Lord Denville, who has inconveniently disappeared at a critical moment in the Fancot families lives.

Two years after the close of the Napoleonic Wars, Kit returns to England from diplomatic service in Vienna to meet his widowed mother Lady Denville distraught over the disappearance of his older brother Evelyn on the eve of an important introduction to his future bride and her family. Because of his mother's mounting debts Evelyn must make a quick alliance so he will have access to his family trust. Their future depends upon Evelyn marrying the Honorable Miss Cressida Stavely, an heiress whose formidable grandmother the Dowager Lady Stavely must approve the marriage or the betrothal is off. Lady Denville begs Kit to impersonate his brother for just one evening to win time to locate his wayward brother. He agrees and the masquerade begins.

When Lady Denville invites Evelyn's fiancé and her family to their country estate for a small gathering the hoax must continue.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2001
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This is a fine light-hearted book, beautifully plotted and full of incidental pleasures. The romance is friendly, rather than a grand passion, but that's not really the main focus. It's about family relationships, friendship and kindness, which is a difficult trick to bring off. No villains in this book, just witty, stylish writing and a gallery of delightful characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Trigg on 7 Mar. 2007
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This really is a great story. Kit Fancot arrives at his twin brother Evelyn's home unexpectedly in the middle of the night, to find his mother distracted with worry about the disappearance of Evelyn. Unfortunately Evelyn has a very important social engagement on the following day which must not be missed. Much against his inclination, Kit agrees to an outrageous scheme to prevent the looming disaster. He then retreats to the family country seat in a futile attempt to avoid complications, but as he feared, is dragged into a worse and worse (and funnier) deception. The delight of this book is Kit's mother, who is 43 going on 17, beautiful, exasperating, feckless, a constant trial to her family, servants and friends, and utterly charming. Also Sir Bonamy Ripple, her aging admirer, is very funny - what an apt name. As usual with Georgette Heyer, a charming love story, and with all the usual trimmings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silver Lady on 27 Sept. 2011
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I think this is one of her best Regency romances. Kit Fancot arrives home unexpectedly to find that his twin brother has mysteriously disappeared - just before a vital social event. Kit is certain that his brother is not hurt (it's a twin thing, apparently)and his enchanting Mama persuades him to take his brothers place, supposedly just for one evening - but this is Heyer at her best and things are never that simple.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Javaslublu Books on 11 Nov. 2008
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When the charming but irresponsible Lady Denville is left a young widow the problem of mounting debts becomes acute. So she is lucky to have such resourceful twin sons as Kit and Evelyn. 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2015
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Kit Fancot returns home from his diplomatic job in Europe because he feels his twin brother, Evelyn is in trouble. His feeling turns out to be correct as Evelyn has disappeared just after he proposed to Cressy Stavely. He has been invited to meet her relations on the day after Kit's return and his mother persuades Kit to take his brother's place as they are almost identical. What follows is an amusing story of mistaken identities and a mysterious disappearance which turns out to be much more prosaic than expected.

There are some marvellous characters in this book including one of Heyer's best comic characters - Sir Bonamy Ripple, Kit and Evelyn's mother's life-long admirer. I don't think I enjoyed this book that much when I first read it more than forty years ago but I did thoroughly enjoy it on second reading and appreciated the amusing dialogue and the characters.

I have both the Kindle edition and the audio book edition of this book and I found Whispersync for voice worked perfectly between a Kindle Fire, Voyage and Paperwhite and it was very easy to pick up where I had left off from one edition to the other.
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Wow, I liked this book. Yes, it is a story about one twin - Kit Francot, impersonating his older brother and family heir, Evelyn, who has been missing for a few days and who has some serious social responsibilities in which his attendance is imperative.

Kit, who has been on assignment in Vienna and other parts of the world in service to King and Country finds himself compelled to return to England because he senses something is wrong with his identical twin brother, Evelyn. Specifically, he believes Evelyn has been injured in some way. When Kit arrives home, he finds his beautiful little bubblehead mama in quite a state. It seems that Evelyn has at last decided to get married and the family of the gal he is considering asking for - Cressy Stavley - is gathering together the very next day to be introduced to Evelyn, including Cressy's grandma - the scary Dowager Lady Stavley who intimidates everyone.

Kit, being a tad more serious than the rascally Evelyn, doesn't want to go along with Mama's idea that he impersonate his brother at the gathering. But, because he doesn't know what else to do to save the family's reputation and pride goes forth with the impersonation - thinking to go out of town to the family's country home as soon as possible and remain there until he can figure out where Evelyn is. That's all very well and good until scary grandma decides to bring Cressy for a two week visit to the Francot country estate. Added to the storyline is the fact that Kit's Mama has been running hugely in debt for many years, managing to borrow from Peter to pay Paul, all the while being totally clueless about money and debt. This is apparently what was driving Evelyn to become engaged to Cressy - rather than love.
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