Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

Book Review – These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer


Virginie Says…


These Old Shades is a book that has pretty much everything. It’s got love (of course) as well as jest and intrigue. The May/December romance is interesting – the young heroine is able to bring redemption to the cold ‘hero’ of the story (I think the word evil came to mind quite often while I was reading the book).

One thing I realized while enjoying These Old Shades if the fact that the book is suitable for a wide age range, men included. I don’t think that only women will enjoy the story. Come on, ladies! Now is the chance to get your husband/boyfriend/male friend interested in reading!

It’s nice to find a book that you want to frantically flip through to find out what is going to happen next, yet want to read slowly so you can savour every word at the same time.


Set in the Georgian period, about 20 years before the Regency, These Old Shades is considered to be the book that launched Heyer’s career. It features two of Heyer’s most memorable characters: Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon, and Leonie, whom he rescues from a life of ignomy and comes to love and marry.

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.


9 thoughts on “Book Review – These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

  1. I got the impression it was way more than 20 years before the Regency, because Devil’s Cub, the story about Leonie and Avon’s 25yo son, is also pre-Regency. So I’d set TOS around 1750/1760 or so, and DC around 1775/1785 or so. DC is pre-French Revolution, after all.

  2. O.K., tell the truth: did you read this because it’s on the 4 month challenge to read something by Heyer, or is to read something by Heyer on the challenge because you wanted to read this book? And don’t worry, if it’s the latter, I totally wouldn’t hold it against you. 🙂

    • lol..I actually wanted to read the Heyer! Plus, when Sourcebooks calls, I answer! 😀

      And I also put Heyer in the challenge because I had to read a Heyer :p

  3. I am packing this to take on holidays, and I am really looking forward to reading it.

  4. Hi:) I’m supposed to get a review done for this one too (yikes- I’m falling so behind!) I’m just at the beginning of the book, but it’s good already! Thanks for the review- sounds like I’m really going to enjoy this one:)

    BTW, I’d like to include The Lover’s Path, by Kris Waldherr, for your challenge. I’d put it for the : Art themed book since it is an illustrated themed book and it’s part of a Tarot Series creation by the author. Plus the book is part of a museum collection. See my review here:

    Let me know if that’s ok:)

    • Hey Lucy,

      That’s fine with me! I totally forgot to do a challenge post on Sunday like I normally do! Oops – it’s been busy around here! Will do that today 🙂

  5. I’ve actually got some updates for TFMC! Are you planning on having an update posting anytime soon? 🙂

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