Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"It was past two o'clock when the job-chaise turned into Hill Street ..."

False Colours by Georgette Heyer is an amusing Regency period novel about identical twin brothers Kit and Evelyn, Lord Denville. Kit comes to London from Vienna based on a hunch that something has happened to his brother and finds him missing on the eve of meeting the family of his new fiancee, Cressy. Kit's mother, a light-hearted and spontaneous woman, gets her mind set that Kit should impersonate Evelyn for the one night in order to protect his honor and the honor of Cressy, her goddaughter. Kit finally agrees but when Evelyn doesn't show up even after the dinner, Kit has to decide his next step.

The characters in this book are fun and complex and the story is far-fetched but also believable. The only problem I had with this book was funnily the same problem that I had the other day with The Maltese Falcon -- the slang. There were times in this book when I couldn't quite understand what they were getting at because of the heavy use of period slang. But the story was fun to follow and I appreciated that the characters were smart and resourceful.

I have a few other of Heyer's books in my TBR pile, one more period novel and two historical fictions. I look forward to starting another one!

Wishing someone could step in for me sometimes,

Buy False Colours on Amazon or find it at your local library.

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