These Old Shades (Alastair)

These Old Shades (Alastair)

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These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer is a historical romance novel originally published in 1926. This book is followed by Devil's Cub. It is set during the Georgian era and follows the story of Justin Alastair.

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  • Grace Jiang
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Georgette Heyer is a legend in the historical romance genre for a good reason. These Old Shades is a wonderful example of her work - and timeless."
  • Steven Ramos
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a decent makeover story with a nice romance theme. It is historically based, and has a good theme."
  • Alice Ray
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "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."
  • Johnny Ortiz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "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!"
  • Emma Baker
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "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."
  • Russell Nguyen
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "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"
  • Jessica Bryant
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is written more like a classic romance before they started getting all about the physical. I enjoyed reading an actual story of people's lives."
  • Francisco Paredes
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I love these novels!!"
  • Lawrence Diaz
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Really good old historical romance about the Duke of Avon, and it's not raunchy at all, like most "romance" books today. Very clean, without a ton of "detail" about acts. Great book."
  • Timothy Fowler
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "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."
  • Anna Foster
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I have always enjoyed historical romances. One of those that I enjoy quite a bit is These Old Shades. A very good read"
  • Kathryn Brewer
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "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."
  • Lucy Mao
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "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."

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