These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

These Old Shades

By Georgette Heyer

  • Publication Date: 2009-10-01
  • Genre: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 59 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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.


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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

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Latest User Reviews

  • These Old Shades

    By FlossieFluShoes
    Elegant charming and very witty. This is a romantic adventure with some suspense. G rated and fun.
  • By far, Heyer's worst heroine...

    By keroberus
    If I could give it no stars I would. This heroine holds no independent thought and from the beginning adores her hero, following him around like a tireless puppy. Leads to a rather one-sided romance that is not only painful to read it is so foreseeable. She's insipid and thoughtless and a total child. Her French accent is irritating at best and through the first seven chapters I was laughing at her, not with her. Ridiculous girl, but it's a good storyline and a strong hero. If you can look past Leonie, which is near impossible because she's practically on every page, you should finish reading it. $11.99 gone to waste for me since I couldn't read past chapter 8.
  • Awesome book, horrible e-book translation

    By Kelthys
    This is, IMHO, the best book written by Ms. Heyer. Tragically, Sourcebooks' translation leaves so much to be desired that I find it impossible to recommend. Several important passages were so badly mangled by Sourcebooks' editing staff as to entirely destroy some of the most delightfully amusing moments (longtime readers of Ms. Heyer will be fully aware of her unparalleled gift for tongue-in-cheek humor).
  • Love this book

    By Janeaustenaddict
    This was the first Georgette Heyer book I had ever read and I fell in love! I'm hooked on her books and this is one of my favorites!