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False Colours
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on 27 April 2017
These books are good to read, very well written and historically very accurate especially as to the clothing and manners of the day.
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on 29 June 2017
Very satisfactory
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on 13 March 2017
great read
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on 10 April 2017
Service and book all excellent
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on 5 March 2015
very funny
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on 4 October 2017
Very good
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on 27 July 2015
Classic Heyer !
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on 7 March 2007
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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on 29 August 2010
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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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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