In an age of slippery politics, Robin and Prudence Tremaine, the children of the notorious and brilliant Viscount of Barham, find themselves on the wrong side of the Jacobite rebellion. The Viscount sends his offspring on the road to London, each masquerading as the opposite sex.
In her guise as a young gentleman, Prudence attracts a mentor in Sir Anthony Fanshawe, who soon uncovers her true identity and becomes an accomplice in their escape. Robin and Prudence rescue the lovely Letitia from an unwanted elopement, and Robin, disguised as a lady, becomes her confidante. The plot unwinds with a great deal of adventurous doings sword fights, narrow escapes, blackmail, and highwaymen until Robin must reveal his true identity and woo Letitia in earnest. But when she finds out the truth, will she accept an adventurer for a husband? Or will his masquerade be Robin's undoing?
"The Masqueraders" by Georgette Heyer is my first foray in to Heyer's romance writings (the second by her I have read to date) and I will say this is meant to be nibbled and each morsel to be savoured and delighted in. Each word, each scene, and each character will stay with you through the end. I definitely felt the need to take my time with this book, I think it has more to do with the fact that I haven't read a period book with the time frame's language in a while and it's easy to get carried away with the language. I loved each and ever bit of it. I can see why Heyer's popularity has maintained through the years, she is an amazing author and worthy of each and every reprint. "The Masqueraders" is witty, sparkling, laugh-out-loud funny and romantic.
If you haven't read this, I recommend it especially if you are an Austen fan or just love period books.
Disclaimer: I am a hobby reviewer and this book was provided to me by Sourcebooks at no cost to write an UNBIASED review.