Once again, another wonderful novel by Georgette Heyer! I enjoyed reading
this novel of adventure and romance. It is wonderful.
The two protagonists of the story, Prudence and Robin Merriott, are obliged to don disguise
on the instructions of their father, and are sent, as it were, into the lions' den of London. This is because
they were escaped Jacobites of the time and they had lived in other countries of the Continent. For various reasons Prudence's father had wished Prudence to disguise herself.
It is a fascinating
story of loyalty, disguises and a wonderful romance of Prudence (aka Peter Merriott) and
Sir Anthony Fanshawe. Sir Anthony Fanshawe, who to all appearances seemed not likely to
notice anything untoward did become suspicious of Prudence and that she was not all that she
appeared to be.. However, he did fall in love with her which is a marvellous aspect of the story.
Prudence was completely without guile and it is this mark of her character which is also so appealing. She had courage and wit and would even accept a challenge for a duel when called out. Prudence and Robin certainly became prominent in Polite Society which may not have been
Robin was the consummate actor who donned the guise of Kate Merriott to perfection. He was of athletic build and looked the noble genleman in his fashionable attire and nobody would have been wiser for his disguise. As Kate Merriott, he played an often vapid woman. The father wished to embark on a new life in England and claim his title of the Viscount. This in itself is a fascinating aspect of the storyline as he had left the family home many years earlier.
The plot of the story progresses and evolves with duels, cards, rescues, banquets and balls. I loved reading about the times. The costumes are described in great detail and the reader is transported to another time completely. The dialogue is excellent. I loved reading of the characters and their romances and adventures.
Wonderful descriptions of the moonlit countryside are given of England during a night ride with the hoot of an owl or the twittering of a nightjar breaking the silence of the night. A romantic setting is described with a horse trek across the open fields guided only by moonlight and the occasional lamplight in a house window of a town which they would circumvent.
Propriety and respectability are themes which do enhance the novel as it was set in the seventeenth century.
It is a noteworthy book of value.
An entertaining novel of great value and worth! This book does have all of the elements of comedy and drama and characters of some esteem. The romance of the story is lovely.