These Old Shades

These Old Shades[Download] ➹ These Old Shades ➾ Georgette Heyer – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Under the reign of Louis XV, corruption and intrigue have been allowed to blossom in France, and Lord Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon, known for his coldness of manner, his remarkable omni Under the reign of Louis XV, corruption and intrigue have These Old PDF or been allowed to blossom in France, and Lord Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon, known for his coldness of manner, his remarkable omniscience, and his debauched lifestyle Society believes the worst of Justin, who is clearly proud of his sobriquet, Satanas In a dark Parisian back alley, he is accosted by Leon, a young person dressed in ragged boy s clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian The Duke buys Leon, a redheaded urchin with strangely familiar looks, who is in fact Leonie, and she serves him with deep devotion The Duke suspected the truth about his page she was really none other than the wicked Comte de Saint Vire s legitimate daughter, deprived of her heritage by the comte s dastardly desire for a male heirAmong the splendours of Versailles and the dignified mansions of England, Justin begins to unfold his sinister plans, and Leonie shoulds play a fine part in Duke s long over due schemes to avenge himslef on the Comte de St Vire The duke s plan was simple parade delicately handsome Leonie in front of his enemy and transforming her into the toast of the town, before his innocent ward reclaim her birthright, destroying her true father in the process But the duke hadn t expected Leonie s breathtaking transformation or the tender emotions she awoke and he d already set his dangerous scheme in motionWhile, titian haired Leonie, ward of the dashing Duke of Avon, has all Paris at her feet Yet her true origins remained shrouded in mystery And neither the glittering soirees nor the young aristocrats who so ardently courted her could still the question that plagued her young heart Just one man held the secret, the one she feared most in the world the iron willed Comte de Saint Vire, deadly enemy of the Duke He would give her the answer for a price But could she betray the man she secretly, helplessly loved And could this proud young beauty hear to face the truth when it came. Okay, I am officially a Georgette Heyer reader now I can see why she is touted as the best of the best when it comes to historical romance This book was thoroughly enjoyable I tell you, Avon is a very singular hero I have read few books with a hero whose dialogue was so expressive, yet ironic at the same time His wit is so sharp that it could cut diamonds What s really interesting is that Avon is considered the worst of the worst when it comes to being a debauched rake, yet you never see h Okay, I am officially a Georgette Heyer reader now I can see why she is touted as the best of the best when it comes to historical romance This book was thoroughly enjoyable I tell you, Avon is a very singular hero I have read few books with a hero whose dialogue was so expressive, yet ironic at the same time His wit is so sharp that it could cut diamonds What s really interesting is that Avon is considered the worst of the worst when it comes to being a debauched rake, yet you never see him looking or acting anything less than elegant I really admire that Heyer was able to convey this about him without going into his dirty deeds All that occurs before the book begins In fact, so much is conveyed and not expressly shown in this story, and done with remarkable skill I have to say that I read this story, looking to Ms Heyer to teach me as a writer the ability to create powerful dialogue that shows and does not tell Avon is quite the character He is definitely a dandy and a fop, wearing bright colors, dripping with lace and jewels, and high heeled shoes He even carries a fan that he uses But he is a man of his time, with a masculinity that is not questionable And to think we don t have to see him bedhopping to believe in his masculinity I thought that Ms Heyer did a fantastic job in showing Avon s transition from being a cold man with a heart of stone to a loving person You see this in his manner changing towards friends and family And you see it in how he interacts with Leonie, who gives him her steadfast, unconditional love from the very beginning.Avon is bent on revenge, but he exemplifies the saying, Revenge is a dish best served cold He waited over twenty years to obtain his revenge on his enemy When the tool of his revenge stumbles into him on a Paris street, it takes a while for you to see how he she plays into it Avon concocts a shallow, bored, remote demeanor that is very misleading The whole while, he is feeling and seeing everything that goes on around him He sees right through Leon s facade, realizing that she is a girl Her unique coloring, Red hair and black eyebrows, immediately brings to mind his worst enemy, Saint Vire Yet it takes the reader a little while to put the puzzles together You are not bored though, as the story unfolds and you get to realize what Avon s plan is For the lines in this story are so laugh out loud funny, you might want to be careful where you break out this book I m sure people thought was I was crazy in the moments I read this story in public, because I would burst out into hilarious laughter As for the revenge plot, you have to read this book until nearly the very end to see how marvelously and skillfully Avon executes his plan for revenge I have to say, Bravo And to be honest, it couldn t have happened to a better person One of my favorite characters in this story is Rupert, Avon s younger brother Why Because he made me laugh so hard He had the best lines I firmly believe that Loretta Chase must have thought of him when she wrote Bertie in Lord of Scoundrels, although Rupert is not nearly as unintelligent as Bertie is portrayed to be Rupert does a very good job as serving as comic relief in a story that would have been quite dark without these moments of humor Because of his contribution, I cannot even consider this a dark read This is also in part to the back and forth dialogue between characters which has the cadence and the humor that endears comedic movies of the 1930s and 40s to this reader and movie buff The scene with the horse that Rupert borrowed and its livid owner who comes to Avon s home for redress was laugh out loud hilarious Definitely like a scene from 1940s slapstick comedy at its best Some of the characters that add to the wonderful atmosphere are Fanny, Avon s sister, Marling, her staid husband, and Hugh, Avon s less staid, but certainly moral friend, who often disproves of Avon s behavior, but is a steadfast friend all the same.Leonie is a character that I liked, although at times her ingenue nature was a bit much for me The older I get, the less I really enjoy the very young, vivacious, extremely audacious mannered heroines I did not let that lessen my enjoyment of this story, for Leonie is the perfect foil for Avon This older, very jaded hero needed a very young, sweet heroine with a zest for life He would not have fallen in love and committed to a happy ending as a happily married man otherwise In fact, I think his cold heart would have grown colder through the years, probably pushing everyone away who loved him, had it not been for Leonie s advent into his life Leonie is the character that everyone loves I suppose she might be considered a Mary Sue by some, but again, I don t quibble, for this story needed a character like her for it be successful Also I reject the notion that an old fashioned, feel good story doesn t have its place in the world They most certainly do And at the end of the day, the escapades of this hoyden do make you smile and feel good.This novel gave me a very good look into 18th century life in France and England, for which I was grateful It is said that Heyer s book stand up against the most stringent historical accuracy sticklers She is a testiment to the genre of historical romance, which is always taking hits as being low brow fiction I wonder why this has not been made into film, for I feel it would make a wonderful movie And it has an appeal outside of those readers who enjoy romance.This book was a joy to read, and it has made me an eager fan of Heyer I would love to readof her books, and since I ve heard that she had some older, sensible heroine one of my favorite types in historical romance , I expect to enjoy those books just as much, if not .For those romance fans who haven t read Heyer, take it from me You really should give her a try I don t think you ll be disappointed La vengeance est un mets que l on doit manger froidRevenge is a dish that should be eaten cold Credited to Charles Talleyrand, French diplomat 1754 1838.Revenge and a Cinderella type plot make a great combination in These Old Shades, one of Georgette Heyer swell known historical novels, set in the later 1700 s The half French Duke of Avon is walking down the street when a small body hurtles into him He looks into the face of this young urchin and suddenly sees the potential foLa vengeance est un mets que l on doit manger froidRevenge is a dish that should be eaten cold Credited to Charles Talleyrand, French diplomat 1754 1838.Revenge and a Cinderella type plot make a great combination in These Old Shades, one of Georgette Heyer swell known historical novels, set in the later 1700 s The half French Duke of Avon is walking down the street when a small body hurtles into him He looks into the face of this young urchin and suddenly sees the potential for taking revenge on the man who has been his mortal enemy for twenty years So he buys the curly red headed young orphan off the boy s loutish older brother, takes him home and cleans him up, and presents him to Paris society as his new pageSome limited spoilers follow It soon turns out that this boy is not a boy after all, but an impish 19 year old girl So L on becomes L onie, as the Duke takes her to his sister in England, charging her to teach L onie manners and train her to act as a young girl in high society should Various shenanigans ensue, as L onie resists fitting herself into the mold society expects, and the Comte Saint Vire, the Duke s old enemy, takes some drastic and potentially lethal steps to try to avoid the noose he can see headed his way.I ve been tempted to knock this book down a star or two for a couple of things in the plot that really irk me The twenty year age difference between the Duke and L onie he calls her infant, for heaven s sake , which everyone in his family handwaves because they think the two fit so well together The insistence that blood will out everyone can tell L onie is well born because of her looks and natural grace, while a boy born to peasants but raised in high society still looks and acts boorish and wants nothing so much as to leave Paris and live on a farm.But in the end, this book was just so much darn fun to read that I have to award all the stars L onie is small and passionate and absolutely hilarious, given to calling people names and flying off the handle when they anger her He is a pig person I hate him I am glad that I bit him, and threw the coffee over him Justin, the jaded Duke of Avon, is one of those mastermind type of characters I adore, weaving his revenge plot while everyone else around him tries to figure out what his intentions are and why he s doing what he is And yet the suave Duke gets tripped up by this irreverent young girl he s taken in, who sees him clearly but adores him nevertheless He acts languid and casual around others, but every once in a while you see his true determination and strength of character show through his posing He s also snarky and sarcastic and has a dry sense of humor M sieur, you will think I come upon a strange errand, but I have a wife De Faugenac beamed at Avon, and nodded several times I felicitate you, m sieur, said Avon gravely Yes, yes A wife It will explain all It always does, answered his Grace She eats her heart out for your so lovely, your so enchanting, your so elegant Avon held up his hand M sieur, my policy has ever been to eschew married women But but what do you mean, m sieur My wife pines for your page She cannot sleep a night until she knows that he is hers It seems that madame is destined to spend many sleepless nights, said Avon.The humorous dialogue, mixed with a suspenseful story of revenge and the cat and mouse game between the Duke of Avon and his enemy, the Comte Saint Vire, was just a pleasure to read.Interesting note This book is a semi sequel to Heyer s first novel, The Black Moth which is old enough that you can get it for free on Gutenberg and other sites Apparently Heyer wanted to do a sequel but the characters didn t quite fit what she wanted to do in this book So she renamed them and changed some of their characteristics and backstory, so that the new characters are shades of the old ones Hence the name of this novel, which came from a Victorian era poem that appears at the front of this book in some editions The poem reads in part Whereas with these old shades of mine, Their ways and dress delight me And should I trip by word or line, They cannot well indict me. Austin Dobson Epilogue to Eighteenth Century VignettesAll the stars If you desire to do good to la petite, send her to me My dear father, I have never desired to do good to anyoneWhen I first started this book this was my reaction to my fellow reading buddiesDoesn t the writing feel off It s not as flowing as my other experience with Heyer. And way too many French words phrases That made me curious so I checked the publishing date, turns out this book was published in 1926 almost 40 years before my favorite book of hers, Frederica So it was oneIf you desire to do good to la petite, send her to me My dear father, I have never desired to do good to anyoneWhen I first started this book this was my reaction to my fellow reading buddiesDoesn t the writing feel off It s not as flowing as my other experience with Heyer. And way too many French words phrases That made me curious so I checked the publishing date, turns out this book was published in 1926 almost 40 years before my favorite book of hers, Frederica So it was one of her earlier works and maybe that was the reason it felt different to me We do grow withexperience, authors are obviously no exception.If I think of the story as a sort of parody, then this is a great one It was funny with two likeable leads but it was also over the top and frankly unbelievable at a lot of times.I liked both of our leads Justin, Duke of Avon was a somewhat reformed scoundrel with a nickname of Satana Satan Or so we were told Because I didn t see him be a Satan at all He was arrogant yes, pompous sure, vindictive certainly but then he s a freaking DUKE Isn t it common for Dukes to be like that Anyhow, the Duke of Avon despite his many flaws was superbly hilarious He was quick witted and his tongue was sharp but never rude, the perfect combination for one civilly funny hero.L on L onie was, you could say, simple minded but it never felt like stupidity Oh sure, she blindly worshipped the Duke but I guess that s understandable seeing as he might have literally saved her life As in the life of Leonie.They did shared quite a few scenes where their chemistry was extremely on point but then I d remembered the two decades age difference and I was a bit pulled out of the story I m not one for much older guy teenage girl His calling her infant really bugged me too.All in all it was enjoyable but about 100 pages too long My very first Buddy Readwith all these beautifulsRachelle Frankie Marguerite what a wonderfully odd book I had so many different kinds of guilty feelings that popped up while enjoying this but the end result was that it turned out to be far from a guilty pleasure it was pure pleasure, perfectly free from guilt guilt s such an ugly, ungainly emotion anyway, who needs it.one of the basic premises of the novel should have disgusted me to no end that aristocrats should be solely with other aristocrats, and the base born should be with their ilk only never the two s what a wonderfully odd book I had so many different kinds of guilty feelings that popped up while enjoying this but the end result was that it turned out to be far from a guilty pleasure it was pure pleasure, perfectly free from guilt guilt s such an ugly, ungainly emotion anyway, who needs it.one of the basic premises of the novel should have disgusted me to no end that aristocrats should be solely with other aristocrats, and the base born should be with their ilk only never the two shall meet even in the case of aristocratic bastards, the poor things that attitude is not just displayed by literally every character, it drives the narrative forward there s no getting around the idea one just has to accept that this was a sign of the times if there s going to be any enjoyment it was a struggle for me, particularly as the novel has a bit of a cameo from Madame de Pompadour, whose very existence and power within the court of King Louis XV is a slap in the face of such nonsense still, that divide constitutes the rules of the game, and since I wanted to play this game, I had to accept its rules.our hero Lord Justin Alastair aka Satanas is the worst kind of condescending, high handed, fashion obsessed snob the sort who revels in his poor reputation and who takes an unseemly pleasure in cutting insults, fake smiles, and cold revenge he is good to his friends and family, in his way, but is loathe to have that goodness recognized indeed it seldom is, as the recipients of his goodwill nearly always focus on his nasty insults rather than his quiet generosity and of course, he has a sordid history as a shameless rake, one which he embraces all of those things should have made me despise him, and I did at least in the beginning but then, shockingly, I recognized myself in him minus the fashion obsession the blackened coal that I have in place of a heart began to warm to him and soon I was hanging off of his every word and deed as if they were my own to love oneself is certainly the beginning of a lifelong romance.our heroine Leonie should have driven me up the wall with her juvenile antics and especially her insanely, insipidly worshipful attitude towards Lord Alastair it was really too much but Heyer does such a splendid job in surrounding that sycophancy with other layers Leonie is, in a way, a natural there is no pretense to her she is also given to bloodthirstiness and violent displays of temper, which I found delightful and she has a backstory that hints at physical abuse and neglect, and above all a history of abandonment, that adds tragic layers to what could be a purely annoying character while her personality traits made her character act much younger than her years, that background helped to create a character who was also suffused with a sort of melancholy, and a familiarity with despair she is a surprisingly rich and original creation.the title should have annoyed me because it has nothing to do with the actual story, but is rather a sly jest made by the author in acknowledgement that this book is sort of a remake these old shades of past characters, now reborn I usually dislike authorial cutesiness but I love the title it is weirdly resonant, despite being basically a quip.I neglected to read the back cover of the novel before starting it, so I may be one of the few Heyer fans who didn t realize that Leon was actually a girl disguised as a boy I gradually figured it out, but it took some time that oversight combined with the portrait of Lord Alastair as an arch and distinctly effeminate although deadly dandy made the first quarter of the book a strangely homoerotic experience it was rather creepy jaded older queen buys a young man right off of the streets and proceeds to make the boy his page, and then trots him out to be drooled over by high society but it was also rather fun it is a testament to this book s charm that the fun wasn t reduced an iota when Leon became Leonie this was a really satisfying book and I am looking forward to readingby the author This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I really enjoyed this frothy, fun tale of an orphan and her rescuer There was a bit of an ick factor in the much older man and the innocent ingenue, but it s the same story in all of Heyer s books It is a standard trope that the lady is always younger, but in most of her books, the couple isclosely allied than these two The Duke is 40ish and Leonie only 19 Another offputting thing is that, because of the hierarchy of society in the 1700s, the class system was strictly adhered to Leo I really enjoyed this frothy, fun tale of an orphan and her rescuer There was a bit of an ick factor in the much older man and the innocent ingenue, but it s the same story in all of Heyer s books It is a standard trope that the lady is always younger, but in most of her books, the couple isclosely allied than these two The Duke is 40ish and Leonie only 19 Another offputting thing is that, because of the hierarchy of society in the 1700s, the class system was strictly adhered to Leonie and Justin could not wed, if she was of a different class or was illegitimate This wasgrotesque to me than the age difference.Anyhoo, they meet cute, as Leon is being chased by his older brother to avoid a beating Justin saves Leon, by buying him, ugh , I forgot that icky part The Duke cannot help but notice what unusual features Leon has and knows, probably from first meeting, that Leon is actually Leonie As I was reading , I thought this would make a great movie There is another swashbuckling scene in which Leonie is kidnapped and spirited away by carriage and by boat from England to France, while being chased by the Dukes brother Rupert, Imminently filmable, not to mention all the gorgeous gowns and hairdos and all manner of frippery I digress, as in all Heyer s books, the Duke becomes a better human being and all Leonie s wishes come true Update I have it on good authority that this is an accurate representation of me while thinking of this book or should I specify, the hero By the way this book only gets better and funnier with each re read I do Love these crazy people forever I enjoyed These Old Shades. I think Heyer writes vivid, opinionated characters and she captures the Georgian period beautifully I must admit though, I m not sure this book is for everybody There s a lot of yakking These characters talk, talk, and eventalk Heyer doesn t directly tell you what her characters are up to either, so you have to get to know them by what they say Some of the dialogue is pretty hilarious, and some of it is kind of repetitive To me this makes the characters mo I enjoyed These Old Shades. I think Heyer writes vivid, opinionated characters and she captures the Georgian period beautifully I must admit though, I m not sure this book is for everybody There s a lot of yakking These characters talk, talk, and eventalk Heyer doesn t directly tell you what her characters are up to either, so you have to get to know them by what they say Some of the dialogue is pretty hilarious, and some of it is kind of repetitive To me this makes the charactersvisceral, but it can also slow down the action You definitely get to know the two lovers I thought the Duke was a hoot He has somewhat questionable morals, and in truth he starts out as the villain of the story He s carrying around a twenty year old grudge that he simply MUST get even for He s very clever though and amusing, and let s not forget smooth, so you can t help but root for him I have to admit, in the beginning he sort of gave me the impression of being a perv with the way he takes young Leon under his wing, but then you find out he has a whole different agenda Of course, some of myskeptical impressions of the Duke, may be due to the fact that Leonie was so na ve and worshiping, I thought she was a child Of course later on you find out she kept a lot of things to herself When she feels comfortable, a lotpersonality comes to the surface and she gets a lotlippy LolAfter I finished this I realized that the Duke and Leonie are polar opposites Where she is trusting, he is cynical Where she is impulsive, the Duke is calculating She is innocent, and the Duke is not They truly do compliment each other It s no wonder they fall in love.Of course not all was peachy There were some eye rolling moments, like Heyer s snobby assertion that being noble and refined is something you re born with and will show even if you are raised by a pig farmer Thus it cannot be learned which I think is a bunch of hooey But I m sure there are some blue blood nobles out there who d disagree Yet this antiquated view actually fits perfectly with the period and gives a true aristocratic vibe, which in many ways is preferable to the politically correct views that seem to infiltrate historical fiction now So for my review, I give 1 2 I thought this book was a lot of fun I will forever think of the Duke as a young, smooth talking Peter O Toole and Leonie as Milla Jovovich from The Fifth Element lolSpeaking of movies, how come they ve never made a book or miniseries from one of Heyer s books I think her books would be perfect for the Jane Austin crowd This is one of my favorite romance novels, ever I am not even afraid to review it here on this pretentious book site, I love it so much I have worn through my copy of it It is lovely beat up and bent back to the pages of all my favorite parts The Heyer hallmarks are all here great characters, hilarious plot, breaking the genre rules, a somewhat effete hero but in a manly way The main character, Leonie, is absolutely adorable I don t even care if others find her annoying, she makes me la This is one of my favorite romance novels, ever I am not even afraid to review it here on this pretentious book site, I love it so much I have worn through my copy of it It is lovely beat up and bent back to the pages of all my favorite parts The Heyer hallmarks are all here great characters, hilarious plot, breaking the genre rules, a somewhat effete hero but in a manly way The main character, Leonie, is absolutely adorable I don t even care if others find her annoying, she makes me laugh I ve been reading this book since I was 13 and I still feel that way.This book actually has some great layers There s real darkness and fear and complexity in the characters It isn t just the farce that it could be Far from it There s real mystery and a deep sympathy to the hero, Justin Easily the first book hero I ever fell in love with He s quite gothic, but with that Regency sprinkling of humor that I love Think Mr Rochester but polished And hilarious Whatever, shut up I love Georgette Heyer This was one of the books that really helped along my love for 18th 19th century Brit lit I think I m too much a product of my time Having a hero who was 40yrs and a heroine who was 19, combined with the hero constantly calling her infant and for 80% of the story portraying her as very young, innocent, and wide eyed, I couldn t and didn t want to buy into their romance If you liked Val from Hoyt s Maiden Lane series, you re going to love our hero Justin, definitely an inspiration for him I was a big fan of Justin and his wit, he s constantly miles and moves ahead of everyone else I think I m too much a product of my time Having a hero who was 40yrs and a heroine who was 19, combined with the hero constantly calling her infant and for 80% of the story portraying her as very young, innocent, and wide eyed, I couldn t and didn t want to buy into their romance If you liked Val from Hoyt s Maiden Lane series, you re going to love our hero Justin, definitely an inspiration for him I was a big fan of Justin and his wit, he s constantly miles and moves ahead of everyone else Leonie was kept so young, guileless, and precocious without much emotional maturity growth, I have to be that person and say I wasn t a big fan of the heroine The father figure falling for the young girl who hero worships him but written very well with tangled weave drama GAH I adore Georgian period romances The ridiculous extravagance and theatricality of action and costume are simply divine I thought you disliked melodrama, my friend I do but I have a veritable passion for justice You ve nourished thoughts of vengeance for twenty years Other pluses which definitely made this a win Heroine disguised as a boy, swordplay as well as hoydenish behaviors overlaid with a sweet na vet and an older sworn bachelor and renown rake charmed back into life GAH I adore Georgian period romances The ridiculous extravagance and theatricality of action and costume are simply divine I thought you disliked melodrama, my friend I do but I have a veritable passion for justice You ve nourished thoughts of vengeance for twenty years Other pluses which definitely made this a win Heroine disguised as a boy, swordplay as well as hoydenish behaviors overlaid with a sweet na vet and an older sworn bachelor and renown rake charmed back into life s pleasure from the malaise of ennui It s Pygmalion with farentertaining circumstances The button of her foil came to rest below his left shoulder Touche, said Avon That was rather better, infant Leonie danced in her excitement Monseigneur, I have killed you You are dead You are dead You display an unseemly joy, he remarked I had no notion you were so bloodthirsty If you like historical romances, brats, and an age difference then you really can t go wrong, here I feel rather silly that the title was so off putting to me that I failed to read it earlier And yes, I comprehended the ancient Greek concept of shade, but dismissed the opportunity Rather stupid of me, to be honest

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    These Old Shades eBook ↠ These Old PDF or remarkable omniscience, and his debauched lifestyle Society believes the worst of Justin, who is clearly proud of his sobriquet, Satanas In a dark Parisian back alley, he is accosted by Leon, a young person dressed in ragged boy s clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian The Duke buys Leon, a redheaded urchin with strangely familiar looks, who is in fact Leonie, and she serves him with deep devotion The Duke suspected the truth about his page she was really none other than the wicked Comte de Saint Vire s legitimate daughter, deprived of her heritage by the comte s dastardly desire for a male heirAmong the splendours of Versailles and the dignified mansions of England, Justin begins to unfold his sinister plans, and Leonie shoulds play a fine part in Duke s long over due schemes to avenge himslef on the Comte de St Vire The duke s plan was simple parade delicately handsome Leonie in front of his enemy and transforming her into the toast of the town, before his innocent ward reclaim her birthright, destroying her true father in the process But the duke hadn t expected Leonie s breathtaking transformation or the tender emotions she awoke and he d already set his dangerous scheme in motionWhile, titian haired Leonie, ward of the dashing Duke of Avon, has all Paris at her feet Yet her true origins remained shrouded in mystery And neither the glittering soirees nor the young aristocrats who so ardently courted her could still the question that plagued her young heart Just one man held the secret, the one she feared most in the world the iron willed Comte de Saint Vire, deadly enemy of the Duke He would give her the answer for a price But could she betray the man she secretly, helplessly loved And could this proud young beauty hear to face the truth when it came. Okay, I am officially a Georgette Heyer reader now I can see why she is touted as the best of the best when it comes to historical romance This book was thoroughly enjoyable I tell you, Avon is a very singular hero I have read few books with a hero whose dialogue was so expressive, yet ironic at the same time His wit is so sharp that it could cut diamonds What s really interesting is that Avon is considered the worst of the worst when it comes to being a debauched rake, yet you never see h Okay, I am officially a Georgette Heyer reader now I can see why she is touted as the best of the best when it comes to historical romance This book was thoroughly enjoyable I tell you, Avon is a very singular hero I have read few books with a hero whose dialogue was so expressive, yet ironic at the same time His wit is so sharp that it could cut diamonds What s really interesting is that Avon is considered the worst of the worst when it comes to being a debauched rake, yet you never see him looking or acting anything less than elegant I really admire that Heyer was able to convey this about him without going into his dirty deeds All that occurs before the book begins In fact, so much is conveyed and not expressly shown in this story, and done with remarkable skill I have to say that I read this story, looking to Ms Heyer to teach me as a writer the ability to create powerful dialogue that shows and does not tell Avon is quite the character He is definitely a dandy and a fop, wearing bright colors, dripping with lace and jewels, and high heeled shoes He even carries a fan that he uses But he is a man of his time, with a masculinity that is not questionable And to think we don t have to see him bedhopping to believe in his masculinity I thought that Ms Heyer did a fantastic job in showing Avon s transition from being a cold man with a heart of stone to a loving person You see this in his manner changing towards friends and family And you see it in how he interacts with Leonie, who gives him her steadfast, unconditional love from the very beginning.Avon is bent on revenge, but he exemplifies the saying, Revenge is a dish best served cold He waited over twenty years to obtain his revenge on his enemy When the tool of his revenge stumbles into him on a Paris street, it takes a while for you to see how he she plays into it Avon concocts a shallow, bored, remote demeanor that is very misleading The whole while, he is feeling and seeing everything that goes on around him He sees right through Leon s facade, realizing that she is a girl Her unique coloring, Red hair and black eyebrows, immediately brings to mind his worst enemy, Saint Vire Yet it takes the reader a little while to put the puzzles together You are not bored though, as the story unfolds and you get to realize what Avon s plan is For the lines in this story are so laugh out loud funny, you might want to be careful where you break out this book I m sure people thought was I was crazy in the moments I read this story in public, because I would burst out into hilarious laughter As for the revenge plot, you have to read this book until nearly the very end to see how marvelously and skillfully Avon executes his plan for revenge I have to say, Bravo And to be honest, it couldn t have happened to a better person One of my favorite characters in this story is Rupert, Avon s younger brother Why Because he made me laugh so hard He had the best lines I firmly believe that Loretta Chase must have thought of him when she wrote Bertie in Lord of Scoundrels, although Rupert is not nearly as unintelligent as Bertie is portrayed to be Rupert does a very good job as serving as comic relief in a story that would have been quite dark without these moments of humor Because of his contribution, I cannot even consider this a dark read This is also in part to the back and forth dialogue between characters which has the cadence and the humor that endears comedic movies of the 1930s and 40s to this reader and movie buff The scene with the horse that Rupert borrowed and its livid owner who comes to Avon s home for redress was laugh out loud hilarious Definitely like a scene from 1940s slapstick comedy at its best Some of the characters that add to the wonderful atmosphere are Fanny, Avon s sister, Marling, her staid husband, and Hugh, Avon s less staid, but certainly moral friend, who often disproves of Avon s behavior, but is a steadfast friend all the same.Leonie is a character that I liked, although at times her ingenue nature was a bit much for me The older I get, the less I really enjoy the very young, vivacious, extremely audacious mannered heroines I did not let that lessen my enjoyment of this story, for Leonie is the perfect foil for Avon This older, very jaded hero needed a very young, sweet heroine with a zest for life He would not have fallen in love and committed to a happy ending as a happily married man otherwise In fact, I think his cold heart would have grown colder through the years, probably pushing everyone away who loved him, had it not been for Leonie s advent into his life Leonie is the character that everyone loves I suppose she might be considered a Mary Sue by some, but again, I don t quibble, for this story needed a character like her for it be successful Also I reject the notion that an old fashioned, feel good story doesn t have its place in the world They most certainly do And at the end of the day, the escapades of this hoyden do make you smile and feel good.This novel gave me a very good look into 18th century life in France and England, for which I was grateful It is said that Heyer s book stand up against the most stringent historical accuracy sticklers She is a testiment to the genre of historical romance, which is always taking hits as being low brow fiction I wonder why this has not been made into film, for I feel it would make a wonderful movie And it has an appeal outside of those readers who enjoy romance.This book was a joy to read, and it has made me an eager fan of Heyer I would love to readof her books, and since I ve heard that she had some older, sensible heroine one of my favorite types in historical romance , I expect to enjoy those books just as much, if not .For those romance fans who haven t read Heyer, take it from me You really should give her a try I don t think you ll be disappointed La vengeance est un mets que l on doit manger froidRevenge is a dish that should be eaten cold Credited to Charles Talleyrand, French diplomat 1754 1838.Revenge and a Cinderella type plot make a great combination in These Old Shades, one of Georgette Heyer swell known historical novels, set in the later 1700 s The half French Duke of Avon is walking down the street when a small body hurtles into him He looks into the face of this young urchin and suddenly sees the potential foLa vengeance est un mets que l on doit manger froidRevenge is a dish that should be eaten cold Credited to Charles Talleyrand, French diplomat 1754 1838.Revenge and a Cinderella type plot make a great combination in These Old Shades, one of Georgette Heyer swell known historical novels, set in the later 1700 s The half French Duke of Avon is walking down the street when a small body hurtles into him He looks into the face of this young urchin and suddenly sees the potential for taking revenge on the man who has been his mortal enemy for twenty years So he buys the curly red headed young orphan off the boy s loutish older brother, takes him home and cleans him up, and presents him to Paris society as his new pageSome limited spoilers follow It soon turns out that this boy is not a boy after all, but an impish 19 year old girl So L on becomes L onie, as the Duke takes her to his sister in England, charging her to teach L onie manners and train her to act as a young girl in high society should Various shenanigans ensue, as L onie resists fitting herself into the mold society expects, and the Comte Saint Vire, the Duke s old enemy, takes some drastic and potentially lethal steps to try to avoid the noose he can see headed his way.I ve been tempted to knock this book down a star or two for a couple of things in the plot that really irk me The twenty year age difference between the Duke and L onie he calls her infant, for heaven s sake , which everyone in his family handwaves because they think the two fit so well together The insistence that blood will out everyone can tell L onie is well born because of her looks and natural grace, while a boy born to peasants but raised in high society still looks and acts boorish and wants nothing so much as to leave Paris and live on a farm.But in the end, this book was just so much darn fun to read that I have to award all the stars L onie is small and passionate and absolutely hilarious, given to calling people names and flying off the handle when they anger her He is a pig person I hate him I am glad that I bit him, and threw the coffee over him Justin, the jaded Duke of Avon, is one of those mastermind type of characters I adore, weaving his revenge plot while everyone else around him tries to figure out what his intentions are and why he s doing what he is And yet the suave Duke gets tripped up by this irreverent young girl he s taken in, who sees him clearly but adores him nevertheless He acts languid and casual around others, but every once in a while you see his true determination and strength of character show through his posing He s also snarky and sarcastic and has a dry sense of humor M sieur, you will think I come upon a strange errand, but I have a wife De Faugenac beamed at Avon, and nodded several times I felicitate you, m sieur, said Avon gravely Yes, yes A wife It will explain all It always does, answered his Grace She eats her heart out for your so lovely, your so enchanting, your so elegant Avon held up his hand M sieur, my policy has ever been to eschew married women But but what do you mean, m sieur My wife pines for your page She cannot sleep a night until she knows that he is hers It seems that madame is destined to spend many sleepless nights, said Avon.The humorous dialogue, mixed with a suspenseful story of revenge and the cat and mouse game between the Duke of Avon and his enemy, the Comte Saint Vire, was just a pleasure to read.Interesting note This book is a semi sequel to Heyer s first novel, The Black Moth which is old enough that you can get it for free on Gutenberg and other sites Apparently Heyer wanted to do a sequel but the characters didn t quite fit what she wanted to do in this book So she renamed them and changed some of their characteristics and backstory, so that the new characters are shades of the old ones Hence the name of this novel, which came from a Victorian era poem that appears at the front of this book in some editions The poem reads in part Whereas with these old shades of mine, Their ways and dress delight me And should I trip by word or line, They cannot well indict me. Austin Dobson Epilogue to Eighteenth Century VignettesAll the stars If you desire to do good to la petite, send her to me My dear father, I have never desired to do good to anyoneWhen I first started this book this was my reaction to my fellow reading buddiesDoesn t the writing feel off It s not as flowing as my other experience with Heyer. And way too many French words phrases That made me curious so I checked the publishing date, turns out this book was published in 1926 almost 40 years before my favorite book of hers, Frederica So it was oneIf you desire to do good to la petite, send her to me My dear father, I have never desired to do good to anyoneWhen I first started this book this was my reaction to my fellow reading buddiesDoesn t the writing feel off It s not as flowing as my other experience with Heyer. And way too many French words phrases That made me curious so I checked the publishing date, turns out this book was published in 1926 almost 40 years before my favorite book of hers, Frederica So it was one of her earlier works and maybe that was the reason it felt different to me We do grow withexperience, authors are obviously no exception.If I think of the story as a sort of parody, then this is a great one It was funny with two likeable leads but it was also over the top and frankly unbelievable at a lot of times.I liked both of our leads Justin, Duke of Avon was a somewhat reformed scoundrel with a nickname of Satana Satan Or so we were told Because I didn t see him be a Satan at all He was arrogant yes, pompous sure, vindictive certainly but then he s a freaking DUKE Isn t it common for Dukes to be like that Anyhow, the Duke of Avon despite his many flaws was superbly hilarious He was quick witted and his tongue was sharp but never rude, the perfect combination for one civilly funny hero.L on L onie was, you could say, simple minded but it never felt like stupidity Oh sure, she blindly worshipped the Duke but I guess that s understandable seeing as he might have literally saved her life As in the life of Leonie.They did shared quite a few scenes where their chemistry was extremely on point but then I d remembered the two decades age difference and I was a bit pulled out of the story I m not one for much older guy teenage girl His calling her infant really bugged me too.All in all it was enjoyable but about 100 pages too long My very first Buddy Readwith all these beautifulsRachelle Frankie Marguerite what a wonderfully odd book I had so many different kinds of guilty feelings that popped up while enjoying this but the end result was that it turned out to be far from a guilty pleasure it was pure pleasure, perfectly free from guilt guilt s such an ugly, ungainly emotion anyway, who needs it.one of the basic premises of the novel should have disgusted me to no end that aristocrats should be solely with other aristocrats, and the base born should be with their ilk only never the two s what a wonderfully odd book I had so many different kinds of guilty feelings that popped up while enjoying this but the end result was that it turned out to be far from a guilty pleasure it was pure pleasure, perfectly free from guilt guilt s such an ugly, ungainly emotion anyway, who needs it.one of the basic premises of the novel should have disgusted me to no end that aristocrats should be solely with other aristocrats, and the base born should be with their ilk only never the two shall meet even in the case of aristocratic bastards, the poor things that attitude is not just displayed by literally every character, it drives the narrative forward there s no getting around the idea one just has to accept that this was a sign of the times if there s going to be any enjoyment it was a struggle for me, particularly as the novel has a bit of a cameo from Madame de Pompadour, whose very existence and power within the court of King Louis XV is a slap in the face of such nonsense still, that divide constitutes the rules of the game, and since I wanted to play this game, I had to accept its rules.our hero Lord Justin Alastair aka Satanas is the worst kind of condescending, high handed, fashion obsessed snob the sort who revels in his poor reputation and who takes an unseemly pleasure in cutting insults, fake smiles, and cold revenge he is good to his friends and family, in his way, but is loathe to have that goodness recognized indeed it seldom is, as the recipients of his goodwill nearly always focus on his nasty insults rather than his quiet generosity and of course, he has a sordid history as a shameless rake, one which he embraces all of those things should have made me despise him, and I did at least in the beginning but then, shockingly, I recognized myself in him minus the fashion obsession the blackened coal that I have in place of a heart began to warm to him and soon I was hanging off of his every word and deed as if they were my own to love oneself is certainly the beginning of a lifelong romance.our heroine Leonie should have driven me up the wall with her juvenile antics and especially her insanely, insipidly worshipful attitude towards Lord Alastair it was really too much but Heyer does such a splendid job in surrounding that sycophancy with other layers Leonie is, in a way, a natural there is no pretense to her she is also given to bloodthirstiness and violent displays of temper, which I found delightful and she has a backstory that hints at physical abuse and neglect, and above all a history of abandonment, that adds tragic layers to what could be a purely annoying character while her personality traits made her character act much younger than her years, that background helped to create a character who was also suffused with a sort of melancholy, and a familiarity with despair she is a surprisingly rich and original creation.the title should have annoyed me because it has nothing to do with the actual story, but is rather a sly jest made by the author in acknowledgement that this book is sort of a remake these old shades of past characters, now reborn I usually dislike authorial cutesiness but I love the title it is weirdly resonant, despite being basically a quip.I neglected to read the back cover of the novel before starting it, so I may be one of the few Heyer fans who didn t realize that Leon was actually a girl disguised as a boy I gradually figured it out, but it took some time that oversight combined with the portrait of Lord Alastair as an arch and distinctly effeminate although deadly dandy made the first quarter of the book a strangely homoerotic experience it was rather creepy jaded older queen buys a young man right off of the streets and proceeds to make the boy his page, and then trots him out to be drooled over by high society but it was also rather fun it is a testament to this book s charm that the fun wasn t reduced an iota when Leon became Leonie this was a really satisfying book and I am looking forward to readingby the author This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I really enjoyed this frothy, fun tale of an orphan and her rescuer There was a bit of an ick factor in the much older man and the innocent ingenue, but it s the same story in all of Heyer s books It is a standard trope that the lady is always younger, but in most of her books, the couple isclosely allied than these two The Duke is 40ish and Leonie only 19 Another offputting thing is that, because of the hierarchy of society in the 1700s, the class system was strictly adhered to Leo I really enjoyed this frothy, fun tale of an orphan and her rescuer There was a bit of an ick factor in the much older man and the innocent ingenue, but it s the same story in all of Heyer s books It is a standard trope that the lady is always younger, but in most of her books, the couple isclosely allied than these two The Duke is 40ish and Leonie only 19 Another offputting thing is that, because of the hierarchy of society in the 1700s, the class system was strictly adhered to Leonie and Justin could not wed, if she was of a different class or was illegitimate This wasgrotesque to me than the age difference.Anyhoo, they meet cute, as Leon is being chased by his older brother to avoid a beating Justin saves Leon, by buying him, ugh , I forgot that icky part The Duke cannot help but notice what unusual features Leon has and knows, probably from first meeting, that Leon is actually Leonie As I was reading , I thought this would make a great movie There is another swashbuckling scene in which Leonie is kidnapped and spirited away by carriage and by boat from England to France, while being chased by the Dukes brother Rupert, Imminently filmable, not to mention all the gorgeous gowns and hairdos and all manner of frippery I digress, as in all Heyer s books, the Duke becomes a better human being and all Leonie s wishes come true Update I have it on good authority that this is an accurate representation of me while thinking of this book or should I specify, the hero By the way this book only gets better and funnier with each re read I do Love these crazy people forever I enjoyed These Old Shades. I think Heyer writes vivid, opinionated characters and she captures the Georgian period beautifully I must admit though, I m not sure this book is for everybody There s a lot of yakking These characters talk, talk, and eventalk Heyer doesn t directly tell you what her characters are up to either, so you have to get to know them by what they say Some of the dialogue is pretty hilarious, and some of it is kind of repetitive To me this makes the characters mo I enjoyed These Old Shades. I think Heyer writes vivid, opinionated characters and she captures the Georgian period beautifully I must admit though, I m not sure this book is for everybody There s a lot of yakking These characters talk, talk, and eventalk Heyer doesn t directly tell you what her characters are up to either, so you have to get to know them by what they say Some of the dialogue is pretty hilarious, and some of it is kind of repetitive To me this makes the charactersvisceral, but it can also slow down the action You definitely get to know the two lovers I thought the Duke was a hoot He has somewhat questionable morals, and in truth he starts out as the villain of the story He s carrying around a twenty year old grudge that he simply MUST get even for He s very clever though and amusing, and let s not forget smooth, so you can t help but root for him I have to admit, in the beginning he sort of gave me the impression of being a perv with the way he takes young Leon under his wing, but then you find out he has a whole different agenda Of course, some of myskeptical impressions of the Duke, may be due to the fact that Leonie was so na ve and worshiping, I thought she was a child Of course later on you find out she kept a lot of things to herself When she feels comfortable, a lotpersonality comes to the surface and she gets a lotlippy LolAfter I finished this I realized that the Duke and Leonie are polar opposites Where she is trusting, he is cynical Where she is impulsive, the Duke is calculating She is innocent, and the Duke is not They truly do compliment each other It s no wonder they fall in love.Of course not all was peachy There were some eye rolling moments, like Heyer s snobby assertion that being noble and refined is something you re born with and will show even if you are raised by a pig farmer Thus it cannot be learned which I think is a bunch of hooey But I m sure there are some blue blood nobles out there who d disagree Yet this antiquated view actually fits perfectly with the period and gives a true aristocratic vibe, which in many ways is preferable to the politically correct views that seem to infiltrate historical fiction now So for my review, I give 1 2 I thought this book was a lot of fun I will forever think of the Duke as a young, smooth talking Peter O Toole and Leonie as Milla Jovovich from The Fifth Element lolSpeaking of movies, how come they ve never made a book or miniseries from one of Heyer s books I think her books would be perfect for the Jane Austin crowd This is one of my favorite romance novels, ever I am not even afraid to review it here on this pretentious book site, I love it so much I have worn through my copy of it It is lovely beat up and bent back to the pages of all my favorite parts The Heyer hallmarks are all here great characters, hilarious plot, breaking the genre rules, a somewhat effete hero but in a manly way The main character, Leonie, is absolutely adorable I don t even care if others find her annoying, she makes me la This is one of my favorite romance novels, ever I am not even afraid to review it here on this pretentious book site, I love it so much I have worn through my copy of it It is lovely beat up and bent back to the pages of all my favorite parts The Heyer hallmarks are all here great characters, hilarious plot, breaking the genre rules, a somewhat effete hero but in a manly way The main character, Leonie, is absolutely adorable I don t even care if others find her annoying, she makes me laugh I ve been reading this book since I was 13 and I still feel that way.This book actually has some great layers There s real darkness and fear and complexity in the characters It isn t just the farce that it could be Far from it There s real mystery and a deep sympathy to the hero, Justin Easily the first book hero I ever fell in love with He s quite gothic, but with that Regency sprinkling of humor that I love Think Mr Rochester but polished And hilarious Whatever, shut up I love Georgette Heyer This was one of the books that really helped along my love for 18th 19th century Brit lit I think I m too much a product of my time Having a hero who was 40yrs and a heroine who was 19, combined with the hero constantly calling her infant and for 80% of the story portraying her as very young, innocent, and wide eyed, I couldn t and didn t want to buy into their romance If you liked Val from Hoyt s Maiden Lane series, you re going to love our hero Justin, definitely an inspiration for him I was a big fan of Justin and his wit, he s constantly miles and moves ahead of everyone else I think I m too much a product of my time Having a hero who was 40yrs and a heroine who was 19, combined with the hero constantly calling her infant and for 80% of the story portraying her as very young, innocent, and wide eyed, I couldn t and didn t want to buy into their romance If you liked Val from Hoyt s Maiden Lane series, you re going to love our hero Justin, definitely an inspiration for him I was a big fan of Justin and his wit, he s constantly miles and moves ahead of everyone else Leonie was kept so young, guileless, and precocious without much emotional maturity growth, I have to be that person and say I wasn t a big fan of the heroine The father figure falling for the young girl who hero worships him but written very well with tangled weave drama GAH I adore Georgian period romances The ridiculous extravagance and theatricality of action and costume are simply divine I thought you disliked melodrama, my friend I do but I have a veritable passion for justice You ve nourished thoughts of vengeance for twenty years Other pluses which definitely made this a win Heroine disguised as a boy, swordplay as well as hoydenish behaviors overlaid with a sweet na vet and an older sworn bachelor and renown rake charmed back into life GAH I adore Georgian period romances The ridiculous extravagance and theatricality of action and costume are simply divine I thought you disliked melodrama, my friend I do but I have a veritable passion for justice You ve nourished thoughts of vengeance for twenty years Other pluses which definitely made this a win Heroine disguised as a boy, swordplay as well as hoydenish behaviors overlaid with a sweet na vet and an older sworn bachelor and renown rake charmed back into life s pleasure from the malaise of ennui It s Pygmalion with farentertaining circumstances The button of her foil came to rest below his left shoulder Touche, said Avon That was rather better, infant Leonie danced in her excitement Monseigneur, I have killed you You are dead You are dead You display an unseemly joy, he remarked I had no notion you were so bloodthirsty If you like historical romances, brats, and an age difference then you really can t go wrong, here I feel rather silly that the title was so off putting to me that I failed to read it earlier And yes, I comprehended the ancient Greek concept of shade, but dismissed the opportunity Rather stupid of me, to be honest "/>
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • These Old Shades
  • Georgette Heyer
  • English
  • 05 January 2019
  • 0099465825