These Old Shades Author:Georgette Heyer The Duke of Avon is an infamous rogue. So when he buys a boy beamed Leon off the streets of Paris from the young orphan's loutish brother, who intends to beat Leon, it is certain that something more complicated than charity is at play in the Duke's mind. — While the Duke muses on the resemblance between Leon and an old foe, the boy becomes his gr... more »ateful page. There is only one complication to the new arrangement - Leon is, in fact, a girl named Leonie. Even Avon realizes his lodgings are no place for a young woman, and it amuses him to entrust Leonie to his sites, who will educate her as a lady.
Leonie prefers pants, but she learns to wear a hoop skirt and to curtsey. (She refuses to learn the art of the needle, however.) In no time society is dazzled by the Duke of Avon's beautiful and devoted ward. But the dark secret of her past makes Leonie the pawn in a terrifying intrigue that presents a formidable challenge to her and to all who love her.« less