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 to find that his twin, Evelyn, has disappeared without trace.
Christopher - Kit - is forced into an outrageous masquerade by the tangled affairs of his wayward family: his rigid uncle, Lord Brumby, the surprisingly wily Sir Bonamy Ripple, the formidable old Lady Stavely and Evelyn's betrothed, Cressy.
But in the face of Evelyn's continues absence, Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit ...In this typically wonderful and sweeping romance, Georgette Heyer shows all the skill that made her the queen of historical fiction for over fifty years - and won her a huge audience that continues to this day.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 02/06/2005
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099476337
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Review by riverwillow
A delight. Kit Fancot rushes home from Switzerland because he's worried that something bad has happened to his twin brother, Evelyn, Earl of Denville, to find the Evelyn has been missing for more than a week. Kit's frivolous and spendthrift mother convinces him to masquerade as Evelyn at an important dinner which will help him seal his engagement. Of course one dinner quickly stretches into days and weeks as Kit, sometimes hilariously, pretends to be his brother, uncovers the depths of his mother's debts and, of course, falls in love. The book starts off slowly as Heyer sets the scene, is quite formulaic, and doesn't hit the high notes of some of her other books, but is still a good read.