meilufay’s #CBR4 review #93 These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
This is absolutely one of my favorite Georgette Heyer novels. It is almost a sequel to her first novel, The Black Moth. Almost all the main characters are here but with different names and slight adjustments to their back stories (hence the title). It’s a swashbuckling historical romance in the vein of Scarlet Pimpernel and Alexandre Dumas and is absolutely delightful to read. Georgette Heyer is one of the most elegant and witty prose writers I’ve ever come across. She’s like a cross between Jane Austen and PG Wodehouse but with an air of sophistication and an exquisiteness of taste that is all her own. This book is an excellent example of why Heyer’s writing has been so admired by various more famous writers such as A.S. Byatt. But this book is not just well-written – it’s blessed with one of her best plots and most memorable characters. It’s a book that will make you laugh and cry and which you will close with a smile on your face. If you are only going to read one Georgette Heyer novel, then I nominate this as one of the contenders for that slot.