These Old Shades Author:Georgette Heyer The Duke of Avon is merely indulging himself when he rescues a handsome youth from a cruel older brother. But what the Duke doesn't know is that this boy will soon engage his heart as well...for physical appearances aside, the lad is actually a young girl. As she blossoms into a stunning beauty, the Duke finds himself drawn to her. "Nowhere is... more » the society, the flavor and the cant of the regency period more knowingly and delightfully portrayed than in the novels of Georgette Heyer." (The Philadelphia Bulletin)« less
Justin Alastair, the coldhearted Duke of Avon, had revenge in mind as he plucked a flame-haired urchin off the Paris streets. For Avon suspected the truth about his delicately handsome page that "Léon" was really Léonie and 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 heir. The duke's plan was simple: Parade Léonie in front of his enemy and have his adoring, innocent
ward reclaim her birthright, destroying her true father in the process. But the duke hadn't expected Léonie's breathtaking transformation or the tender emotions she awoke especially since he'd already set his dangerous scheme in motion.
I really enjoyed this book. It was so much fun. I loved the mystery of how our hero was going to play the game against his enemies for justice and originally vengeance. Of course since it's a Heyer it takes until the very end to figure it all out. I loved the personalities of all the characters involved. The only challenging part was keeping all the men characters straight. Sometimes their titles were used, sometimes their first names and sometimes their last. Since their were several it was challenging at times but the plot was great.