False Colours: Review and Q&A

In False Colours, Kit Fancot returns to England from Vienna to find that his twin, Evelyn, has disappeared at an inopportune time. Evelyn is supposed to meet his future in-laws for dinner and if he doesn't show it will be a terrible social faux pas. Their mother, Lady Denville, needs this marriage to take place more than anyone; she's over her head in debt. With Evelyn married to a respectable lady, he'll finally receive his inheritance and get his mother out of the hole she's dug herself into. But if he doesn't show up for dinner...

Lady Denville gets a brilliant idea. Kit should impersonate his brother for one night. No one will know. But soon Kit has more than he bargained for when his mother invites the clever Cressy Stavely and her dragon of a grandmother to Evelyn's estate for a holiday. Kit finds it harder and harder to keep up the charade as he falls for the lady herself. And what's going to happen when his absent twin finally returns?

Although I enjoyed False Colours, I did want there to be a more developed romance between Kit and Cressy. He seemed to discover that he was in love with her rather fast. However, it was a lot of fun. The female character are some of the strongest in romance. The Dowager Stavely was a force to be reckoned with and Lady Denville makes Shopaholic's Becky Bloomwood look like a amateur. Cressy and Elizabeth Bennett could take over the world if they got together. She's no dummy.

Sourcebooks has been re-releasing many of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances. False Colours is one of the latest. It was originally published in 1963.

Now some questions from the Weekly Geeks:

Carrie K: I love Georgette Heyer. Do you think she accurately portrays the era? What are you the happiest about that is taken for granted in the time period of the book that is no longer?

Heyer must have put a huge amount of research into her books. She mentions names of famous people, details the fashion and uses the slang of the period. The slang drives me crazy though! It seems pretty accurate to me. In this book, there was a lot of discussion about the men's mistresses, some of the men having many mistresses at one time. The wives knew about them and had a 'oh well, boys will be boys' attitude about it. I'm glad that this is no longer acceptable.

Becky: What is your favorite Georgette Heyer? What is your favorite thing about her writing?

I've only read 3 so far but I really loved Cotillion. Not only do I find her writing to be well researched but it's fun as well. They're entertaining and well written. I feel as if I was there.

Bybee: I've never read any Georgette Heyer. What's her speciality? What's the big attraction? Which one should I start with?

Georgette Heyer is known as the Queen of Regency Romance. They are well written and well researched. Her most respected book is probably An Infamous Army which has a detailed account of the Battle of Waterloo. The romance is usually quite innocent but has unusual plot twists. Just my opinion, but Cotillion is my favorite. I'd start with that one.

Suey: Ah... a Regency romance. So if I love Pride and Prejudice, will I love this book/author?

No one can hold a candle to Pride and Prejudice but Heyer is certainly in second place behind Austen. I think any fan of Austen would enjoy Heyer's books. Plus, there are over 50 of them. That's a lot of Regency!


  1. I just won a copy of Heyer's books and I chose False Colours. I think I made a pretty good choice!

  2. I loved Cotillion, too! I'll have to look for . . . okay, forgot the title of the Waterloo one, but I'll figure it out. That was really fun reading!

  3. Oh, the identical twin one! I think my favorite Georgette Heyer is Faro's Daughter but it's been awhile.

  4. Oh, there were dozens of great 'Heyer's!' Personal favorite, THE BLACK MOTH. Drat. Going into no-Heyer withdrawal.

  5. I haven't read any Heyer yet, but my friend Penny, who has read most if not all of them, recommended The Unknown Ajax as the best introduction when the time comes (i.e., when the TBR pile can support another book without toppling over).

  6. This one sounds great. I don't have False Colours but I do have Cotillion and am glad to hear that's one of your faves.

  7. Great review Chris. I added a link to it on the ARC Challenge page on my blog.


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