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These Old Shades is considered to be the book that launched Georgette Heyer's career and helped usher her into becoming the Queen of Regency Romance. 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.

A thrilling tale of long-awaited revenge...

The Duke of Avon 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 makes "Leon" 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.

What People Are Saying About These Old Shades:
"A story in the grand tradition of romance, where love...reclaims one thought to be beyond all hope of redemption."—STEPHANIE LAURENS, New York Times bestselling author

The Georgette Heyer Signature Collection is a fresh celebration of an author who has charmed tens of millions of readers with her delightful sense of humor and unique take on Regency romance. Includes fun and fascinating bonus content—a glossary of Regency slang, a Reading Group Guide, and an Afterword by official biographer Jennifer Kloester sharing insights into what Georgette herself thought of These Old Shades and what was going on in her life as she was writing.

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These Old Shades