These Old Shades
"Heyer was one of the great protagonists of the historical novel in the post-war golden age..." —Philippa Gregory
Considered the book that launched Gerogette Heyer's career, These Old Shades features two of Heyer's most memorable characters: Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon, and Leonie, whom he rescues from a life of ignominy 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.
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"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."
"Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen."
"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to."
"Absolute monarch of the Regency romance."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing
I really liked the humour in “These Old Shades”. I’ve observed several times how certain readers compare Georgette Heyer to Jane Austen, but to me she echoes P. G. Wodehouse with her “light” approach ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sammii507 - LibraryThing
This is a very cute book. While I don't generally hold with books that have the whole "girl disguised as a boy" motif (I think girls look ~more feminine dressed as boys, not less), I was able to ... Read full review