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Georgette Heyer , Phyllida Nash
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Feb 2002

The Honourable Christopher 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 financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed to find that his twin, Evelyn, has disappeared without trace. Christopher - Kit - is forced into an outrageous masquerade 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 ...

In this typically wonderful and sweeping romance, Georgette Heyer shows all the skill that made her the queen of historical fiction for over fifty years - and won her a huge audience that continues to this day.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075405487X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754054870
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.9 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,398 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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"Sparkling" (The Independent)

"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight)

"A writer of great wit and style . . . I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A wonderful thrilling Regency romance by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intricate romance 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars False Colours 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm already a fan but... 27 Sep 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis 11 Nov 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 26 April 2013
By MUN13
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okay by Ms Heyer's standards...though not as good as The Grand Sophy...or Friday's girl etc.
Sweet Regency novel with the usual identity twists etc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An original regency story 24 Mar 2013
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I am an ardent Georgette Heyer reader. I know no other author who can literally transport you into another period so effortlessly and completely, due to her infinitely detailed research and attention to detail. She is much much more than a writer of mere "recency romances"'.
This is the story of a twin who takes the place of his brother for one night and the complications that follow. It is one of her lighter stories, but well thought out and enjoyable.
I would recommend it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 28 Feb 2013
By TimG
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I like Heyer novels in general and this one ranks somewhere in the middle for me - good fun, I happily re-read it every year or two, but it's not a favourite.
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I was very pleased to be able to add to my collection of Georgette heyers novels She was the greatest writer of Regency books ever.
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