These Old Shades by Georgette HeyerThese Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

These Old Shades

byGeorgette Heyer

Paperback | October 1, 2009

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Heyer was one of the great protagonists of the historical novel in the post-war golden age? " -Philippa GregoryConsidered 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.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 Fforde "Absolute monarch of the Regency romance." Kirkus Reviews"
Georgette Heyer's novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades. English Heritage has awarded Georgette Heyer one of their prestigious Blue Plaques, designating her Wimbledon home as the residence of an important figure in British history. She was born in Wimbledon in August 1902. She wrote her first novel, The Blac...
Title:These Old ShadesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.99 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1402219474

ISBN - 13:9781402219474

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clearly an early classic. Meyer writes an early classic that will become a template for innumerable historical romance novel.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sublime My absolute favourite Heyer novel. Have read this book about 20 times since I was a young girl. Never tire of the wonderful story line and of course a great ending.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This is a great story by a fabulous author. The story takes place in the mid 1700's. Avon and Leonie are wonderful characters whose interactions are sweet, funny, touching and always delightful. The secondary characters are also well developed and add greatly to the tale. These Old Shades and it's sequel Devil's Cub are books that once read, you will find yourself repeatedly going back to for another read. The attention to details of the period, the beautiful writing and the touching romance are so vivid the story transports you to another time and place.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always delightful This is a perfect escape into romance, adventure, and great writing! All Georgette Heyer novels are excellent stories and this is one of her best. It is followed by her "Devil's Cub" which makes a perfect conclusion to this story.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best by one of the best This is probably my favourite Greeter novel.s , turns, betrayal and live, right up there with Baines Orzy's
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favorites! I think I was 13 or 14 when I started reading Georgette Heyer: love her characters and her plots. This, and the sequel Devil's Cub, has one of my favorite heroines, Leonie. The supporting cast is well-drawn as well. A great first read of Heyer, if you're just starting out.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from These Old Shades Hurray for another excellent Heyer novel! Set in the time of Louis XV’s reign in France, the Duke of Avon, a distinguished English noble known for his no-heart aloofness, succumbs to what appears as accomplishing a good deed- though, for everything there is a purpose... The story originates with the Duke of Avon claiming a street fight with a young hoodlum late one night. After some ruffling, the Duke discovers that the boy is actually running from his brother. The Duke ends up saving the boy from this terrible fate by purchasing’ him for a price- literally. The young man (figuratively speaking) becomes the Duke’s page- his name, Leon. Leon owes his (?) life to the Duke and is forever thankful to him. He shows his gratitude through honorable service and total loyalty- he absolutely adores the Duke and is totally awestruck by him. The Duke has his reasons for having purchased this ‘page’…there is much similarity between this young man and his notorious rival, the Comte de Saint-Vire. What is the relation exactly? The Duke soon finds out and is ready to accomplish his mission. Leon primed and prepared by the Duke’s sister, will be presented in due time for his ‘debut’… In all his nobility, the Duke, who is renowned for his grandness and, is an honoured and well received guest among the Royals. Everyone in high circles knows who he is; though his popularity is more due to the fear he brings along with his shrewd and calculating ways. As it would seem there is an alterior motive for the Duke taking such time to care and prepare Leon…will he use the page as a revenge or payback towards St-Vire? And what is so strange about this Page? Hmmm…These Old Shades is intriguing, comical, historical and entertaining, all in one. You have got to get this book! For anyone who loves Heyer, this book will fulfill more than it promises. The period and characters are wonderfully described- it’s 18th c France and England at its best. There’s even mention of the Duke’s encountering Louis XV, the Queen, Madame De Pompadour, and other favourite historical figures. Set in my very favourite historical period, These Old Shades is destined to top my Heyer list.
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