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 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)
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A gentleman was strolling down a side street in Paris, on his way back from the house of one Madame de Verchoureux. He walked mincingly, for the red heels of his shoes were very high. A long purple cloak, rose-lined, hung from his shoulders and was allowed to fall carelessly back from his dress, revealing a full-skirted coat of purple satin, heavily laced with gold; a waistcoat of flowered silk; faultless small clothes; and a lavish sprinkling of jewels on his cravat and breast.The gentleman in question is Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon, known by friends and enemies alike as Satanas--the devil. On this particular evening, the dangerous rake crosses paths with Léon, a red-headed youth of low birth who is fleeing a certain beating at his brutal brother's hands. On a whim, Avon buys the boy and makes him his page. It soon becomes clear, however, that Léon is not what he seems, and that Avon has an ulterior motive for bringing him into his household. Set in pre-Revolutionary France, These Old Shades follows a twisting course as young Léon (or is it Léonie?) is swept up in a dangerous mystery: how to account for the page's amazing resemblance to the sinister Compte de Saint Vire, for example; and why will this man go to any lengths to get the youth in his power?
Georgette Heyer's historical romances tend to fall into two different camps: later novels such as Cotillion, False Colours, and Sylvester feature larger-than-life comic characters and romantic pairings more akin to Beatrice and Benedick than Hero and Claudio. Earlier works such as These Old Shades, however, tend to be darker, tinged with mystery and overshadowed by very real menace. What both types share is Heyer's fine storytelling and encyclopedic knowledge of Regency mores and manners--her books are the next best thing to a time machine. These Old Shades's greatest asset, however, is the charming Léonie: beautiful, brave, and loyal to a fault, with a fondness for swordplay and pistols and a delightfully incomplete grasp of the English language. Heyer herself was so fond of this character that she featured her in two more novels, Devil's Cub and An Infamous Army. --Alix WilberFrom the Publisher:
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Descripción Fawcett Crest, 1988. Soft Cover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine, NF. Allan Kass Ilustrador. Fawcett Crest paperback Historical Romance, . 1st printing . 1st book in Alastair Trilogy. . A near fine copy. Bright glossy wraps with attractive artwork. A reading crease at hinge & one on spine . Light edge wear. No stamps or marks. Text block clean, unmarked, tight , age toned pages. STORY LINE->> Amid the glittering intrigue of 18th century Paris , a dazzling young beauty hunts the truth about her hidden past. Just one man held the secret a deadly enemy of her guardian the Duke of Avon. He would give her the answer- for a price.The Devil's Cub is a sequel to this story. Default shipping in U.S. 1st class mail. For other options & multiple buys contact wrappers. Nº de ref. de la librería 007619
Descripción Signet New American Library, 1988. Soft Cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good Plus. 1st print. Georgian romance. 18th century Paris. 1st book in Alastair Trilogy. Spine creased . No stamps or marks. Cover bright with hinge crease & light handling wear. Moderate edge wear and chipping. Supple ivory pages. Clean and tight. Prequel to Devil's Cub. => An innocent beauty gives a jaded lord a most startling lesson in love. Nº de ref. de la librería 008639
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