These Old Shades

These Old Shades

Historical Romances Series, Book 3

eBook - 2009
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Set in the Georgian period, about 20 years before the Regency, These Old Shades is considered to be the book that launched Heyer's career. It features two of Heyer's most memorable characters: Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon, and Leonie, whom he rescues from a life of ignomy and comes to love and marry.The Duke is known for his coldness of manner, his remarkable omniscience, and his debauched lifestyle. Late one evening, he is accosted by a young person dressed in ragged boy's clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian. The Duke buys "Leon" and makes the child his page. "Leon" is in fact Leonie, and she serves the Duke with deep devotion. When he uncovers the true story of her birth, he wreaks an unforgettable revenge on her sinister father in a chilling scene of public humiliation.PRAISE 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 Forde"Absolute monarch of the Regency romance."Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9781402228049
9781402228032
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Booksss14
Sep 05, 2017

This is amazing. So, so good. I was sucked in the minute I opened the book. The whole book from beginning to end is full of wit, humor, sparkle and more. Read it. Trust me, you'll never regret it. And the fact that some of the phrases are French and some are outdated only adds to the utter amazingness of this book. Leonie was hilariously innocent and adoring, Avon was refreshingly blunt and amusing, Fanny (though somewhat annoying) was a sweet little creature and Rupert, well, Rupert was much funnier in this book than in the sequel. I read Devil's Cub before These Old Shades and I think the latter is better, however much I loved the former. This ranks for first right up there with The Grand Sophy and A Civil Contract for me. Very, very good!

bwortman Aug 12, 2016

An enjoyable historical romance, as one always expects from Heyer, but not my favourite. The time period isn't one I purposely seek out in my historical fiction. Leonie comes across as far too naive and innocent (and at times downright stupid) for someone with her background, which left me unimpressed with her. The narrative is highly readable and I don't reject dipping into it but I wouldn't recommend this as a first Heyer to start with.

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Mtrey
Aug 09, 2016

This is the jewel in Georgette Heyer's novels.
Takes a fairly common story line and lifts it to dizzying heights. I adore all the characters involved.
Fanny, Rupert, Justin, Leon(ie), Hugh, and so on.
NB the language is difficult if your not used to old, really old fashion sayings. It took me several years and research to understand certain comments. Worth it!

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macrw3
Feb 14, 2015

Best Georgette Heyer novel! Most of her books are wonderful. Everything in this story is impeccable. I loved everything about it---the characters, the humour, the colourful setting, and the diabolical hero and plot! It's a fun read, both romantic and mysterious.

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green_tiger_1186
Jul 08, 2014

This book is a really good read, although at times, the dialogue can be somewhat difficult to understand. It gives great insight to an interesting era in Europe (France and England). It is romantic, but very minimized. I'd definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a more challenging read.

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lajreader
Apr 05, 2014

This is a terrific book. Adventure and romance in Georgian France and England. Avon is the quintessential rake.....only slightly reformed by love. Leonie is a riot as the young heroine. Devils Cub the sequel is equally good and An Infamous Army, a continuation of Avon's brood is one the best Waterloo novels ever written. Glad to see the library acquiring more Heyers, There is not enough in their collection and she is the Queen of Regency Romance novels.

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Booksss14
Sep 05, 2017

"Ah, bah!" Said the Duchess of Avon.

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