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4.0 out of 5 stars One twin impersonates another in this delightful Regency-era novel
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...
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Laurel Ann

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3.0 out of 5 stars This is not my favourite Heyer book
This is not my favourite Heyer book.
Although ,I normally see her books as a lightweight for of escapism I feel when writing his book she felt she had exhausted her variations on a theme ,and was searching for ideas.
Having said that I did enjoy the book .it is an easy read and follows the escapades of twin brothers who have very different personalities.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One twin impersonates another in this delightful Regency-era novel, 29 Aug 2010
This review is from: False Colours (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. Kit soon discovers that Evelyn's alliance with Miss Stavley is a marriage of convenience for both of them. His trust will be available to him upon his marriage and she will be free of her imposing step-mother. As Kit and Cressy are thrown together they are attracted to each other. By careful deduction and a few blunders by others, Cressy is able to discover that Kit is impersonating his brother. But, she has fallen in love with him of course and keeps his secret. When the prodigal son finally resurfaces with a wild story of where he has been and news of finding true love, the two brothers must either face the scandal of their deception, or depend upon their mother to devise an alternate solution that suits them both.

Originally published in 1963, False Colours has its charms and foibles. Heyer is in true form excelling at historical detail, but the plot, though surrounded by memorable characters finely drawn, was predictable and so formulaic that I was wracking my brain trying to remember other famous brother or look-a-like swapping stories: THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK or PRISONER OF ZENDA, and a vague recollection of Shakespeare using this device too. Because Kit holds back his feelings for Cressy, the romance really takes a back burner until the very end. The most dominate relationship in the book, which took up a chunk of dialogue, was between Kit and his mother. He was noble and admirable. She on the other hand was vapid, silly and careless. Happily, in true Heyer fashion, the two most sensible characters do end up together. But that was telescoped from the beginning. It was just a joy to watch her craft in getting us there.

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm already a fan but..., 27 Sep 2011
This review is from: False Colours (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Kit Comes Through As One of Ms. Heyer's Best Heroes - I Loved Him!, 17 Aug 2014
This review is from: False Colours (Kindle Edition)
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. He won't have access to the family fortune until he is 30 years old and he needs to pay off Mama's debts.

Kit manages very well - indeed, he is one of Ms. Heyer's more likeable heroes. He is not a rake, is perfectly respectable, always a gentleman and very shortly, he finds himself in love with Cressy. Trouble enters when an "abbess" comes to the country estate to accuse Evelyn - rather, in lieu of Evelyn - Kit, of some dishonorable dealings with her light-skirt daughter.

Eventually, Evelyn arrives on the scene and further complications ensue. A lovely read with awesome minor characters as always.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 26 April 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, 28 Feb 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent yarn, 2 Jan 2013
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An excellent yarn with lovely insights into the era. Beautifully written and a very detailed and accurate observation of the period.
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