The honourable Christopher Fancot, on leave from the Diplomatic Service in the summer of 1817, is startled to find his entrancing but incorrigibly extravagant mother on the brink of financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed that his identical twin, Evelyn, Earl of Denville, has disappeared without trace.
Christopher, or Kit, the respectable brother, is forced into an outrageous masquerade by his wayward family's tangled affairs. But in the face of Evelyn's continued absence, even Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit.
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Entertaining Romantic Comedy in Regency England
- Andrew John Rae
Anyone who had nothing better to do than read my few reviews is going to reckon I have no discrimination - I've given straight 5s to virtually all the Georgette Heyers. That's because they are good. This is another slight surprise. A good book but not one I rated as one of her greatest. The usual Heyer cast of characters; twin brothers Kit and Evelyn who look and sound identical but are very different in character, their completely daffy and feckless but loving mother whose grasp of economics is non-existent, a classic Heyer heroine in Cressy; not especially young, not especially beautiful, but with warmth, common sense and a real sense of humour. They are all leavened by a elderly grandmother used to laying down the law, some gloriously awful relatives and a rather nice anti-hero in the way of a grossly overweight and lazy elderly friend of the Prince Regent. The icing on the cake is the rather over the hill lady of easy virtue who puts in a virtuoso, and very funny, appearance towards the end. The plot? One twin goes missing at a vital time in his life, the other steps into the breach, misunderstandings, twists, turns and confusion and a nicely convoluted happy ending. Typical Heyer really and very enjoyable. The slight surprise? How much better it was listening to it rather than reading it. After more years than I care to remember lovingly revisiting my dog eared paper backs, dragged around the world with me since my teens back in the dark ages, I'm loving the commute to work playing them in the car. The reader is Phyllida Nash, and once again she really brings them all the life with all the voices individual and believable Try it yourself - see if you don't love it!