Powder and Patch

Powder and Patch When Cleone Charteris returns from finishing school she is determined to attract the attentions of Philip Jettan her childhood friendFor her he would do anything Plainspoken country gentleman Phili

  • Title: Powder and Patch
  • Author: Georgette Heyer
  • ISBN: 9781402219498
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Cleone Charteris returns from finishing school, she is determined to attract the attentions of Philip Jettan, her childhood friendFor her, he would do anything Plainspoken country gentleman Philip Jettan won t bother with a powdered wig, high heels, and fashionable lace cuffs, until he discovers that his lovely neighbor is enad with a sophisticated man about toWhen Cleone Charteris returns from finishing school, she is determined to attract the attentions of Philip Jettan, her childhood friendFor her, he would do anything Plainspoken country gentleman Philip Jettan won t bother with a powdered wig, high heels, and fashionable lace cuffs, until he discovers that his lovely neighbor is enad with a sophisticated man about town But what is it that she really wants Cleone Charteris sends her suitor Philip away to get some town polish, and he comes back with powder, patches, and all the manners of a seasoned rake Does Cleone now have exactly the kind of man she s always wanted, or was her insistence on Philip s remarkable transformation a terrible mistake

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  • Georgette Heyer

    Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer s greatest asset.Heyer remains a popular and much loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.


  • This is Georgette Heyer's second-published novel, originally published under the title The Transformation of Philip Jettan in 1923. Philip, a straightforward, plainly dressed country gentleman, gets totally shot down by Cleone, the girl he loves, for not being sophisticated enough. So he gets in a huff and hares off to Paris to learn how to be a charmer in the Georgian period which means white wig, makeup (face powdered, rouge, strategically placed beauty patches on the face), fancy clothes and [...]

  • This is the third book GH wrote & she completed it in an incredible three weeks! I've always been all over the place with this novel.There are a lot of things I like about it but the assertion by the author that woman want to be mastered (um, no we don't!) And until I read the (awful)I thought this was GH's least likeable heroine & that Philip (one of GH's "sweet" heroes) really deserved better.But I've now been married a life time over thirty years to a lovely fellow who takes no intere [...]

  • Totally silly.If it weren't for the fact that this book clocks in at only 183 pages, I would have consigned this to the "did-not-finish" shelf. However, by the time I got fed up enough with it to actually stop reading, it lacked only a few chapters to finish, so WTH.I suppose having a good majority of the book in French might possibly have something to do with my dislike of the novel. Don't get me wrong - French is a beautiful language, and long, long ago I even took it in high school. But for t [...]

  • I started off really liking this book as I'm a huge fan of Georgette Heyer. It's one of her shortest novels and flies along as an easy read. It begins in the countryside with a couple of families. Cleone is the daughter of one such family. She has no siblings and is almost isolated from all persuits outside of the village she lives in. Philip is the only son of another of the village. His father was a great dandy in his day and lived life to the full. However, once he married he settled down and [...]

  • I think the saving grace for this book was that it was a short read. Once again I am addicted to the over the top, melodramatic language of the era and the pleasure it brings me is why I will always come back to the genre! It is what I enjoyed here as well. However, there was something missing from the story, albeit it was better than the first book, The Black Moth. This is the second book by this author and it shows signs of her greatness to come

  • I’ve only begun reading Heyer’s books as of late last year and can honestly say that so far every single one has been a source of pure delight. No surprise- Powder and Patch followed suit in keeping me well entertained. This book, sweet, short, hilarious, with its oh-so-French flair was completed in one sitting.The book is about Philip Jettan, son to the extravagant Maurice and nephew of Tom. The latter are both highly fashionable men, who are well known in high society; whereas the good-nat [...]

  • This is my first Georgette Heyer and I really regretted that I started with this book. I should have heeded the warnings of my friends about this novel, but I already bought it so I just went ahead and read it.Let's discuss Cleone. I was actually more forgiving of her at the beginning of the book, because to a certain degree, I kind of understood her desire for Philip to be more "polished." I considered it as a product of her society back then. Considering the historical context, I think it was [...]

  • This early novel is set in the Georgian period, as Heyer discovers wit and plays around with it. I strongly suspect that she had been reading Pelham as well as a great deal of eighteenth century novels, as she gives us a young country hero whose beloved rejects him because he has no polish. So he sets out to become the most polished of beaux . . . and teach her a lesson.

  • Not one of the first-rate ones. Very problematic. Pre-makeover Philip is sufficiently sullen and immature that the makeover into a silver-tongued devil isn't very convincing. Cleone never has a single likeable moment; a sensible man would have forgotten her as soon as he met an interesting woman. (You can tell the author senses this, because the preface makes such a big deal of "for us Jettans, there is always only one great love.")The scene in which Cleone accidentally gets engaged to two men i [...]

  • I loved this cute little book. I really want to bump it up to four stars, so it's technically a rating between three and four. I could see this as a movie: A guy likes a girl, a girl likes a guy. Girl wants more than what he is, guy wants to change for her. Guy changes but only because he wants to impress her. Girl sees guy and realizes that she always wanted that was right in front of her. Guy pretends to be the guy she wants, girl becomes sad. Throw in a dash of humor and a lol-zy ending and y [...]

  • 3.5 stars for my first reading of this charming, fast read; read this with the Heyer fan club group here on , and as always learn as much from our discussions as from the book itself- a very smart group and a joy to read with!I have to say this was one of the shortest Heyers we have read and kind of hard to categorize- I would say it's a coming-of-age story with a romance at its heart. Our hero Philip Jettan is a down-to-earth, honorable, manly country squire type who has no patience for the fus [...]

  • My 17th Georgette Heyer The question is as old as time: do you want a good guy or the bad boy?Philip Jettan, a handsome and sturdy but tongue-tied youth, is rejected by his true love because he is a country-bumpkin so he travels to Paris is become an accomplished flirt and a fashion sensation. Upon returning to England, he decides to take a little revenge on his beloved Cleone, but things go awry.The book overflows with description of clothing, it concerns itself with the games played between co [...]

  • Hilarious. "Powder and Patch" is simply hilarious! This was my second Heyer novel, after "The Black Moth" and I think I enjoyed it even more! The humour in there is just flagrant; the way Heyer satires the Polite Society and the high classes is simply genially and hilariously done! I enjoyed this novel from beginning to end, loving the hero Philip and wanting to slap Cleone many times. I understand how some people say that the characters are plainly annoying, I guess it all depends on what mood [...]

  • "Georgette Heyer and Jamie Glover are an excellent mix!"Overall *****Performance *****Story *****Jamie Glover does a fantastic job with the voices! Loved it! I was reticent when I began thinking that if this wasn't read well, it would be an extremely dull four hours. But this narrator did excellent, I can't imagine anyone else doing better for this particular Heyer, which is one of my favorites. It's witty and fast paced, I'll want to listen to this again!

  • A farce trying to be humorous but it wasn’t. I was not entertainedORY BRIEF:Phillip is happy with his simple life as a country farmer. He doesn’t wear fine clothes. He has no desire for the social life. Phillip and Cleone love each other. Henry comes to town and flirts with Cleone. Cleone is impressed that Henry is well dressed. Cleone tells Phillip she wants him to gain polish and to dress better. Phillip goes to Paris to transform himself. He learns French and how to fence, dress, and be e [...]

  • Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer is an exceptional story of the purity of the Regency period that we love so dearly. If you are a fan of Jane Austen and haven't read Miss Heyer yet then what are you waiting for.Cleone Charteris is a young lady of fine manners and undeniable beauty. As with most young ladies of this time however, she is also a bit of spoiled snob. She is of marriageable age and the young man who would give his life in order to protect hers is much to plain and common in his ap [...]

  • Powder and Patch is an interesting change from Heyer's other books, and unfortunately, the change isn't entirely positive. Philip Jettan, the main character, is in love with a girl named Cleone, but she tells him she doesn't want him until he learns a bit more address; Philip disdains the frippery of the fashionable world. After a young man who does have the address Philip lacks pays court to Cleone, Philip hies himself to France to learn how to be a fashionable gentleman. He succeeds and eventu [...]

  • Chronological order was definitely not the best choice for my 2012 Georgette Heyer Reading Challenge.I made it through The Black Moth relatively painlessly, but this one really went downhill halfway through - which, ironically, was the point at which the plot kicked in.While Phillip's dandifying was the premise of the book, the constant and nearly impenetrable Regency slang following his transformation just wasn't worth the effort needed to decipher it.I'm a big proponent of historical accuracy, [...]

  • This Georgian era set novel is one of Georgette Heyer's earliest works published as "The Transformation of Philip Jettan" under the pseudonym Stella Martin. I would not have wanted to attach my name to this work either if I were her. This is possibly her worst novel ever. The writing style is simplistic but peppered with mostly unintelligible French phrases. The plot doesn't flow very smoothly. The relationships don't feel natural or even interesting. It's a classic misunderstanding plot that wo [...]

  • Well written, of coarse it's Georgette Heyer. I strongly disliked Cleone, the love interest of the main character Philip. I found her insipid, stupid, self centered and boring. I hate it when the object of a man's affections has nothing to recommend her except her beauty. Not all women can or should be like Jane Eyre, but they should be something more than just nice to look at, she could at least have been kind.I liked Philip better before he changed, he was much more manly and attractive soundi [...]

  • This book was better than Georgette Heyer's first book The Black Moth. In here, she does concentrate on both the heroine and the hero. Phillip Jettan prefers the backwater of his life. He is also enamored of a neighbor's daughter, Cleon Charteris. Then Cleon meets man about town, Sir Henry Bancroft. Now Phillip looks uncouth to her. She demands he learns the correct manner of address and dressing. Hurt, after a mock duel in which he is bested, Phillip retreats to Paris. Meeting Cleon some times [...]

  • I'm not entirely sure what I think of this book. It was a pretty fast read for me, a lot faster than I expected, actually. And I must say that I really enjoyed it! Well other than the parts where Philip was in France. With most books I read, I prefer to like the main characters. I actually didn't like Philip or Cleone very much at all. Until the end, anyway. (Gosh, you can have the "new" Philip give me the "original"! - lol)Still, though, it was a good book and I do plan to read some more books [...]

  • Imagine The Scarlet Pimpernel minus the French revolution and any sense of adventure. You still have a masterful hero, but the plot doesn't last long. Phillip Jettan comes from a long line of bad boys. However, he just wants to live and work on the family farm! When his sweetheart spurns him for not having more town polish, he heads to France to learn polish. Upon returning, he presents the perfect gentlemanbut is that what his beloved really wanted? Entertaining and brief, but a bit sexist. I l [...]

  • Philip Jettan is in love with Cleone Charteris the daughter of one of his neighbours. But Cleone does not appreciate Philip's good qualities - his reliability, sobriety and steadfastness. She yearns for someone a little more polished with society manners and fancy clothes. Philip's father, Sir Maurice, would like to see his son become a man of the world. Between them they persuade Philip to go to London to visit his Uncle Tom who is very much a man about town. Tom vows to transform his dowdy nep [...]

  • Everytime I read a Georgette Heyer novel I think its my favorite so far as I do with this one. If you haven't read a Heyer novel start off with this one as its shorter (about 200 pages) than her others novels and gets straight into the love conflict early on (not as slow as her other novels). Cleone is a beautiful country woman who has an admirer Philip Jettan but he has not toured Europe or become a Gentleman as per her standards. He does not like to be a painted puppet as he put it. When Cleon [...]

  • Powder and Patch is a lighter piece of fluff for Georgette Heyer, and much shorter in length than the majority of her novels. The book centralizes on two characters, Philip and Cleone. Here is the synopsis:The charm of Powder and Patch, as with many of Heyer's other novels, is her discourse on the social customs of the time, revealed through character exchanges and descriptions of dress and mannerisms for both ladies and gentleman. There is certainly a lot of great description of the clothing an [...]

  • This book is delightful. So funny and witty. The characters, dialogues, descriptions. There are all Heyer's components.You can tell that all goes around one idea, that:there’s naught under the sun so unreasonable as a maid in loveEven if you feel that that is unfair you will laugh. You will laugh also when you read what meant to be a fasionable gentleman in an 18th-Century England and France.This book is totally thoughtful.And don't forget about Philip's chin! ;-) [If you know what I mean ;-) [...]

  • This was a fast, fun read that sported sword play, swooning and a young woman being chased by several young suitors and being engaged to all of them. I usually don't read romance but this one wasn't so painful as I thought it would be. The writing wasn't exactly my cup of tea but it didn't require much thought, something I think I need now and then between those big novels that I think I need to read!

  • The one star reviews make me a little sad, but I tend to understand them. However, while Cleone is certainly not my favourite Heyer heroine, I did enjoy the book for its sweet lightheartedness, and I also developed a little crush on Philip/Philippe. 5 years of school French under my belt came in handy, or my pleasure would have been crucially dimmed, I'm certain. So even if I usually prefer the Regency ones among Heyer's novels, this is definitely among my personal top ten. As no. 10. ;)

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