After participating in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, Robin and Prudence, brother and sister, become engaged in a swashbuckling, romantic adventure. Our hero and heroine must cross-dress and switch genders if they are to escape prosecution a humorous move that allows Heyer to explore the manners and language affectations of the period as the two romp through the elite saloons and clubs of London. But what the two don't foresee is that they might fall in love along the way: Prudence with the elegant and dashing Sir Anthony Fanshawe, and Robin with the charming Letitia Grayson. Can the two unmask themselves without losing their lives?
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Great Story let down by the narrator
Yes, I did enjoy it but it could have been so much better.
The Old Gentleman who is witty, funny and completely over the top.
All of the Heyer canon are brilliant even with a bad narrator and abridged, although that is a real sin.
No, just to reiterate that narrators make a real difference to a book and even if you have read it before it can still be spoiled.
Very different from the 'Regency' books
Anyone who has only read/heard Georgette Heyer's books set in the early 18thC, the years around Waterloo, will find everything about this one different. That goes for clothes to behaviour to even the language and forms of speech. I think this shows how skilled she was - 1746, the aftermath of Culloden, sits almost as close to Pepys, the Great Fire of London etc as it does to post-Waterloo and Ms Heyer brings us to a very different world. The plot involves an Adventurer and his son and daughter who have lived on their wits across Europe since the younger two's childhood. The brother and sister adopt cross-gender disguises to avoid arrest after the failure of the '45, but find themselves in the heart of London society (a society long before any thought of Almacks). Their father then stuns them by arriving in London very publicly, taking what to them is a very dangerous gamble. There is humour, but not as much as other books, there are sword fights, villains and highwaymen, and there are some well drawn characters in Prue (the sister), Sir Anthony, the seemingly indolent onlooker, and personally I love John, the manservant, who deserves a medal. My favourite scene, which is the reason I've read the book more than once over the years, is the denouement of my Lord's claim (no spoilers). I have to agree with the other reviewers though - the reading is never more than adequate but you do get used to it, after a slow start, as the book progresses.