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Masqueraders [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)

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A delightful romantic adventure from one of the best-known and beloved historical novelists of all time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (28 Feb 2011)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! 19 Jun 2010
This is only the second Georgette Heyer book I've read and it was very different to my first, The Talisman Ring, in setting, language and plot. The Masqueraders is set just after the Jacobite Rising of 1745 and follows the adventures of Prudence and her brother Robin. Along with their father (referred to by his children as 'the old gentleman') Robin had been involved in the failed Jacobite rebellion and is now in danger of being hanged. To prevent him being captured, the brother and sister have created new roles for themselves - Robin has disguised himself as the beautiful 'Miss Merriot' and Prudence has become the handsome young 'Peter'. All very Shakespearean! Not surprisingly, this leads to a number of misunderstandings and narrow escapes.

Things get even more interesting when Prudence, still posing as Peter Merriot, begins to fall in love with Sir Anthony Fanshawe - and then 'the old gentleman' arrives on the scene, claiming to be the lost heir to the Barham fortune.

I found the story confusing and difficult to follow at first. I spent several chapters trying to work out exactly why Prudence and Robin had found it necessary to masquerade as people of the opposite sex and what they were hoping to achieve. It also took me a while to get used to the Georgian-style dialogue, with all the egads, alacks and other slang terms of the period.

After a few chapters, however, various parts of the story started to fall into place and then I had no problem understanding what was happening. I ended up really enjoying this book. There were many things that made this book such a success for me. I thought the Georgian setting, with its powdered wigs, card games, sword fights and duels, was perfectly portrayed.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Anyone lumping Georgette Heyer with the baby-pink-jacketed paperbacks crowding the Romance shelves is missing the point. This is P.G. Wodehouse (for the comic timing) meeting Jane Austen (for the subtle analysis of character.) Heyer's historical research is impeccable, whether in this novel, about the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion in the 18th century, or, in a book like "An Infamous Army", about the Battle of Waterloo. Add to this an irrepressible sense of humour and a sure talent to recreate a period faultlessly (Heyer kept a linguistic historian's notebooks of period expressions and turns of phrases, her biographer Jane Aiken Hodge tells us) and you understand why Georgette Heyer's books have never been out of print. "The Masqueraders" is one of her earlier novels, more dashing and romantic than the later, wryer and more sardonic Regency stories which made her name. Yet it contains great one-liners (usually in the mouth of Lord Tremaine, Robin's and Prudence's adventurer father) and Heyer manages to make us believe in this entertaining masquerade of the siblings posing each as a member of the opposite sex. There are wonderful shades of Mozart's Da Ponte operas: very true to the period indeed. Strongly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Persevering 8 April 2009
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Heyer's romance fiction is known for its lightness of touch and quick witted dialogue. This novel, in which brother and sister Prudence and Robin get embroiled in deceit and a kind of complex Shakespearean role play, suffers in the first instance because this normal lightness is missing.

It takes a while for this book to get into its stride. The plot is ambiguous and you have to persevere before all becomes clear. It also seems to be set at a slightly earlier period than most of her romance novels and the language is a little torturous until you catch its rhythms and cadence.

It is however worth persevering with. Heyer's characters are always finely drawn and delightful to get to know. Her sharp wit and eye for detail are showcased beautifully in this convoluted tale of switched identities, highway robbery and Jacobite rebellion. There is, naturally a healthy dose of romance to leaven the mix. Here readers get two for the price of one, following the complex patterns of both the brother and sister's romantic entanglements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp with great characters 11 Sep 2005
By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is one of the last Georgette Heyer novels that I got round to reading - it seemed hard to get hold of at local libraries. Having now read it, I can't understand why it is not more popular as I believe it's one of Heyer's better books. Although in some ways it bears similarity to Powder & Patch in terms of language (and I wasn't too keen on that book), the plot is far more enjoyable and twisted.
It helps to know that the two characters we meet at the beginning, Mr Peter Merriott and Miss Kate Merriott, are actually sister and brother in disguise. "Peter" is actually Miss Prudence and her brother, who was involved in the Jacobite rebellion and is therefore in some danger, disguises himself as a woman. Heyer gives us a few clues as to how this is successful - Robin (the brother) is unusually short for a man, it's the era when women painted their faces, he wears tight corsets, but overall this is a slight weakness in the plot, as is the thought that a woman dressed in man's clothes would pass for a man over a period of several weeks. One just glosses over it, however, and enjoys the fun of the masquerade as Prudence, dressed up as Peter Merriott, gets involved in London society and visits Gentlemen's clubs, challenges a man to a duel and finds herself in love with a very tall man who has befriended her - as Peter. Her brother Robin also falls in love with a young lady he rescued and it's the tortuous ways in which the young couple perform their masquerade which adds to the fun. Their father appears who is the mastermind behind their plans, and claims that he is a Viscount; there is much humour in the scenes with him as he is such an egocentric character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Typical GH read
Published 4 days ago by thoughtsjm
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC HEYER
Classic Heyer. I love all her Regency books.
Published 29 days ago by Tringlass
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable to have this book read to me
Published 1 month ago by Anne
4.0 out of 5 stars In Which the Lovely Young Lady is Dressed as a Man and the Handsome...
However, once I became engaged, I began to enjoy the story, while kinda enduring the manner in which the characters spoke. I loved the "mountain" - Sir Anthony Fanshawe. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judge Tabor
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic Georgette Heyer - a good story, nicely read.
Published 2 months ago by LK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not to miss good story
Published 3 months ago by EmilyEdwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story.
I wasn't sure whether to buy this book but, having borrowed it from my library, I realised it was yet another good story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Elizabeth Lucas
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN AND CHARACTERFUL
its good but GH has written better stories
the old gentleman is a brilliant character typically the era is described wonderfully.
well worth the read.
Published 4 months ago by Jacqueline Jiminez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous...
I have read this book many many times, and in 35 years it has never failed to intrigue me and make me laugh. Without doubt one of Georgette Heyer`s best.
Published 8 months ago by donaldronald
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book
Like all her Regency Romances this is a thoroughly good read and I would certainly advise anyone who loves historical novels to read this.
Published 8 months ago by Dorothy
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