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3.0 out of 5 stars One of the few disappointing Heyer books, 6 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Powder And Patch (Paperback)
I am a really big fan of Georgette Heyer's work, but this book was a disappointment. Originally entitled "The Transformation of Phillip Jettan" the story is about a young man who is in love with his neighbour Cleone Charteris but she wants someone a little more exciting. When a newcomer arrives in their locality and shows Cleone all the areas in which Phillip is wanting she rejects Phillip.
And then the book became disappointing. Phillip went to France to learn to be a painted dandy - and thus to become the opposite of what he was before. There are various interesting events like him fighting a duel and then his reacquaintance with Cleone but overall this didn't work for me. The misunderstandings between the young couple were irritating.
Probably part of the reason I didn't like this book is that Phillip turned himself from a traditional Heyer hero into a painted fop, the traditional Heyer butt of jokes. I found myself disliking Phillip and finding Cleone stupid, shallow and annoying.
The book receives 3 Sterne from me as it's written with the usual Heyer excellence but there are a score of better books by this author.
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2011 07:04:04 BDT
Nell says:
I read my first GH many many years ago when I was about 12 and over the years read them all. GH was still publishing when I first started reading her novels and some I read more than once. But I do know the history of Heyer's writing and Powder and Patch was a very early attempt and would be interesting, if only to show the development of her novels. As such I do not find this particular review lacks insight and is not particularly helpful.

My only complaint about Heyer, for which she really cannot be blamed, is what has become of the 'Regency' novel today.
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