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These Old Shades.

Georgette Heyer. 1926/2002. Read by Cornelius Garrett. 10 tapes. 11 hrs. Chivers North America. 0-7540-0791-x. $84.95. Vinyl; plot, author, reader notes. JSA *

Justin Alastair, Duke of Avon, proudly lives up to his nickname, Satanas. But one day he happens upon a boy being abused. Avon is struck by the boy's unusual coloring, titian hair and dark brows, and buys the boy for a pittance. He makes Leon his page. Leon is deeply grateful to his Monseigneur and pledges his very life. But Avon is aware of Leon's dark secret: Leon is really Leonie, born of noble and legitimate parentage, though she doesn't know the latter. At first, Avon sees her as a means of revenge against his greatest enemy, her natural father. Then he gets to know her and suddenly he wants revenge for Leonie herself. She is a spitfire. At 19 she is both young for her age and wise beyond her years. She worships Avon and her joie de vivre puts color into his life. They are a well-matched pair.

The narration is nearly flawless. Garrett moves effortlessly from sardonic to hysterical, from set-downs to the vapors, each moment captured with aplomb. Highly recommended for all fiction collections. An excellent example of the Regency romance genre. Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA
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Author:Israel, Jodi L.
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Date:Sep 1, 2002
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