False Colours by Georgette Heyer

False ColoursChristopher “Kit” Fancot has returned to London on leave from the diplomatic service to find that his twin brother Evelyn has disappeared, and his extravagant mother’s debts have mounted alarmingly. The Fancot family’s fortunes are riding on Evelyn’s marriage to the self-possessed Cressy Stavely, and her formidable grandmother’s approval of the match. If Evelyn fails to meet the Dowager Lady Stavely in a few days as planned, the betrothal could be off. When the incorrigible Lady Fancot persuades her son to impersonate his twin (just for one night, she promises) the masquerade sets off a tangled sequence of events the engage Kit’s heart far more deeply than he’d ever anticipated with his brother’s fiancee — who might know much more about what’s going on than she cares to reveal.

How can False Colours possibly be considered a romance novel when the main character spends eighty percent of his time with his mother, fifteen percent with his valet, servants, and friends, and a pitiful five percent with his beloved?

I actually enjoyed the first eighty or so pages of this novel, but by the time it became abundantly clear that the novel would consist of Kit spending his days with his mother, the novel quickly too one a nails-on-chalkboard feeling. It’s extremely slow and lacking any sort of propelling force to keep the reader interested in the story.

Kit’s mother, Lady Denville, reminds me of how Lydia Bennet would act when she was older and had children – frivolous, racking up debts left and right, and always, always eye on the prize (in this case, marriage to someone wealthier). The couple in False Colours, Kit and Cressy, were in reality quite likable, but they get so little time together, so little play in the novel that the whole point of the story is lost. And I quickly lost interested in Heyer’s novel, and wound up skimming the last one hundred pages because I couldn’t stand it any longer.

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Book Mentioned:

  • Heyer, Georgette. False Colours. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks, 2008. Print. 341 pgs. ISBN: 9781402210754. Source: Purchased.
Book Cover © Sourcebooks. Retrieved: June 13, 2010.

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