The Masqueraders
The Masqueraders
The Masqueraders
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"A treasure beyond price. The Masqueraders is a wicked delight, worth more than its weight in gold." --Anne Stuart Such a daring escape... Their infamous adventurer father has taught Prudence Tremaine and her brother Robin to be masters of disguise. Ending up on the wrong side of the Jacobite rebellion, brother and sister flee to London, Prudence pretending to be a dashing young buck, and Robin a lovely young lady. Could cost them both their hearts... Then Prudence meets the elegant Sir Anthony Fanshawe, and Robin becomes the mysterious hero of the charming Letitia Grayson, and in order to have what they truly want, the two masqueraders must find a way to unmask themselves without losing their lives... "What with elopements, rescues, duels, and cards, the story goes excitingly; and finally the magnificent but dubious father proves himself a Viscount. It is a picturesque and engaging story." --THE SPECTATORPRAISE FOR GEORGETTE HEYER: "Our Georgette Heyer display of the Sourcebooks reprints has been a huge success, not only to those early fans like myself, but to many new readers who appreciate her style and wit." Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." Publishers Weekly"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." Katie FfordeWHAT READERS SAY:"Heyer manages to make us believe in this entertaining masquerade of the siblings posing each as a member of the opposite sex. Very true to the period indeed. Strongly recommended.""Such a great book-the ultimate romantic, swashbuckling, identity-swapping fantasy.""A must-read for Heyer fans.""Anyone who loves Shakespeare's Viola (and who thinks Shakespeare didn't give her enough to do in Twelfth Night) will enjoy Georgette Heyer's heroine Prudence.""I wore the cover out on this one almost forty years ago. Believe me, Ms Heyer stands the test of time!"


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| 5 out of 5 Stars!


It seemed remarkable that Heyer could have two siblings of

marriageable age exchange apparent genders (supposedly so one of them could

escape being caught for a crime) and go out into London society, with

no hint of sexual "impropriety".Much is made of their androgynous

qualities.It reminded me a bit of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", but

without anyone of the "wrong" gender falling in love with either of

them.Instead the main lover sees through the disguise.

Heyer seems to enjoy having her characters cross dress -- Leonie in

"These Old Shades" does so for most of the book, but she is presented

as more of a child.Masquerades in general intrigue the author, as in

"False Colors" where one twin takes the place of another for most of

that book.These situations seeem to be ones Heyer can arrange to great

comic effect.

The language here seems more intensely distinctive than in some of the

others, with lots of very funny archaic expressions rather than just

the occasional word or phrase for effect.

I would not say that this is a typical Regency novel, but it's very

amusing and a fun read.There are some terrific swashbuckling scenes

of duels.

The first chapter is hard to get into because

of all the different names whizzing by (because of the cross dressing).

Just push on.I would also love to see a movie!

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


I was astonished reading this book because of its wit, humor and character insights, but the romances in the book aer also first-rate.A brother and sister, children of a renegade, dress up as the opposite sex and have adventures in London, with the added complications of falling in love while being the wrong gender for a good heterosexual couple.The love affair between the young woman playing a dashing young man, and her "friend," a giant of a man, takes your breath away because they become friends first as men. No spoilers here, but as their love develops, you can't help feeling that they are perfect lovers for each other.The young man dressed as a woman takes on another secret role to woo the young woman he loves.The entire book is one of the most sweet, funny, deep, rich, and insightfully satisfying romances ever written.

The book demonstrates Heyer's adept portrayals of the varieties of human nature. In particular, the young people's father is an egomaniacal a mad genius who uses his children as his puppets to attain the social position he desires.We never know whether to trust him or to fret that his shenanigans will get his children thrown in jail or killed.

Finally, the book is laugh out loud funny.You are in the Arden Forest or duelling on the Twelfth Night.The dialogue is on a par with Shakespeare, in my not very expert opinion.Heyer was at her most adept with language in this work, and her loving characterizations soar through the reader's imagination.Pure joy!

| 4 out of 5 Stars!


I just want to join the bandwagon.

While I've long since given up on the romance-series novels (ie, Harlequin and Silhouette), I keep going back to Georgette Heyer, even decades after I read my first one way back in the early 60s. Her stories are hopelessly romantic, unfailingly optimistic, endearingly entertaining and one hundred percent fiction. She writes the most delightful escapist literature and I am always happy to escape into her happy, romantic, make-believe world.

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


  I have to admit I was confused at the beginning of the masqueraders.The brother and sister are masquerading as . . a sister and brother.And they're not switching identities either.The spot where Heyer makes the masquerade apparent didn't click for me, because the brother's name is Robin.So I was trying to figure out whether the "brother" is masquerading as a female and the "sister" -- well, was the "sister" a male or female?I wasn't sure.I checked the reviews before continuing reading.

My next question is HOW can this be a romance if the "brother and sister" are actually sister and brother????But it somehow works.Georgette Heyer is brilliant.The book is very entertaining.

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


I've enjoyed most of the Heyer novels I've read, but this is my favorite.Sometimes her novels, though great, may move a little slower in the middle.This one engaged me completely from cover to cover.My other favorites I highly recommend: "Sylvester" and "The Grand Sophy."

| 5 out of 5 Stars!


This rather short book had all the right elements to make it work.A likable hero and heroine who were meant for each other, gender bending comedy, high risk adventure, and a bit of a mystery to unravel.

The hero is very serious (yet not dull, thankfully) and so is the heroine and you know right off that they are perfect for one another.That said, she is masquerading as a man and her brother as a woman.Needless to say, falling in love for both of them proves both problematic and amusing.They have lived a life as wandering adventurers with their father --- following questionable causes (thus the disguises) and masquerading as anything but what they really are.The plot point being, they aren't really sure what they are.When their father tries to claim his rightful place in English society, even his own children aren't sure what is a lie and what is truth.

What keeps the hero and her brother likable is that despite their almost con artist life, they are genuinely good people and a tight knit family.Conversely, having scruples also gets in the way of true love for our heroine which our hero is more than capable of handling.

One my favorite GH stories and highly recommended.

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