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What the community says about These Old Shades (Alastair)
- "I found this book to be very tedious and was not one that captured your attention from the very beginning. It was not what I expected in the way of 18th century romance books. I found the characters to be weak and for lack of a better word - unlikable. Of course some people may find the book to their liking but for me, I struggled to get through the book."
- "If you are looking for a historical romance, I would put this book near the top of your list. The book takes place in 18th century France and has some great depth in the characters that Georgette has created. It almost felt like he was living there when he wrote the book!"
- "The Duke is known for his coldness of manner, his remarkable omniscience, and his debauched lifestyle. Late one evening, he is accosted by a young person dressed in ragged boy's clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian. The Duke buys "Leon" and makes the child his page. "Leon" is in fact Leonie, and she serves the Duke with deep devotion. When he uncovers the true story of her birth, he wreaks an unforgettable revenge on her sinister father in a chilling scene of public humiliation."
- "finally! Read my very first GH novel and I have to say it folks, it was a chore...Actually, the word tedious comes to mind. I must have picked this book up and put it down over a 2 year period until I made a concerted effort "to stick with it"...By the 28% mark, things started happening, but just barely... Perhaps I'm not cool enough to appreciate her work but I gotta say it fellow read"
- "The author seems to capture the essence and feel of the era through her writing fairly well, which helped keep me immerse. I did find the plot to be more than a bit questionable, however, as anything that hinges on another character "buying" another and then having the two fall in love afterwards leaves a bad taste in my mouth."
- "A really good book and the historical era was interesting to me. This wasn't the most romantic romance book ever, but the author is very talented and after the first quarter of the book it was a good read. I wouldn't call it the 'best' or a 'favorite' but it's a very solid book."
- "I did not expect this book to have such dark undertones, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I could not stop reading through the duke's trail of destruction. I would have preferred the romance part to be more overarching and overt, but this is a good read for when you want to really get engrossed in a book."