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.
One of my all-time favourites from Georgette Heyer. I read this book first when I was a teenager and still read it when I need a really good "read".
Pure Georgette Heyer! I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it for Georgette Heyer fans.
I have just started reading Heyer books and I love them. This is a wonderful story. Will read all her books.
I think I can sum up this book as "unhinged idiot child is obsessed with creepy, condescending weirdo".
He freaking snaps his fingers at her and has her sit at his feet like a dog, and she threatens to kill herself if he sends her away or leaves her.
The relationship is so grossly imbalanced as to be unpleasant and uncomfortable, not least because he's more than twice her age. He hides things about her (her parentage) from her and calls her "my infant".