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Flowers from the Storm Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2003
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About the Author
Laura Kinsale is a winner and multiple nominee for the Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America. She became a romance writer after six years as a geologist -- a career which consisted of getting out of bed in the middle of the night and driving hundreds of miles alone across west Texas to sit at drilling rigs, wear a hard hat, and attempt to boss around oil-covered males considerably larger than herself. This, she decided, was pushing her luck. So she gave all that up to sit in a chair and stare into space for long periods of time, attempting to figure out What-Happens-Next. She and her husband David currently divide their time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Texas.
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Laura believes that a romance novel can be more. More fascinating characters than you ever anticipated. More unexpected depth. Emotion to engage your heart and your mind. Stories that keep you awake and words you will remember long after you close the book.
Whenever readers list their "Desert Isle Keepers," the books they couldn't live without, Laura Kinsale's award-winning historical romances are included near the top.
You've heard of Nick and Norah...well, now you can listen to Nick and Laura. Find out all about my audiobooks, read by the incomparable Nicholas Boulton, at www.hedgehoginc.com
I personally chose Nick to narrate my books, and it's been phenomenal. Not only does he have the World's Wickedest Sexy Voice, he's brought a true artist's creativity and respect to my books. Every single audiobook is a unique work of art in itself--these are very, very special recordings. Many listeners have said it's like reading one of my novels again for the very first time--that's an amazing compliment to Nick's ability to bring my characters to vivid life.
His mesmerizing performance of For My Lady's Heart was a 2014 Audie Finalist. (The Audies are the Oscars of the audiobook world) And Flowers from the Storm? Well, just listen to the sample clip on Audible www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Flowers-from-the-Storm-Audiobook/B00D5IJ5T6
Even if you've never tried an audiobook, Nick Boulton will wow you. Go to http://www.hedgehoginc.com for a list of my currently released titles, audio samples and links to the story of how I chose Nick for my narrator. Or just go straight to Audible.com.
Why a puppy for an author photo? There have been a few fake author pages on the web purporting to be Laura. So whenever you see a picture of Ventoux the Peter Pan of Great Pyrenees dogs, you know it's authentic Laura Kinsale.
Top Customer Reviews
When first we meet Christian Langland, Duke of Jervaulx, he is too handsome and charming for his own good, dissolute, completely reckless and full of hubris. He also happens to be a mathematical genius. He is working on a paper detailing a new mathematical theory with an unlikely partner - blind Quaker John Timms whose daughter Archimedea (Maddy) is his eyes and caregiver. Maddy is both fascinated and repulsed by the duke and his wild, worldly ways (he actually flirts with her!). When word comes that he has perished in a duel, both the news and her reaction to it shock her, as she weeps for this man she thought she did not even like!
Months later, Maddy and her father find themselves at Blythedale Hall, an insane asylum for the well to do where Maddy will assist her Cousin Edward who runs the place. On rounds to meet the patients, she is stunned to discover a disheveled, wild-eyed Jervaulx among the inmates!Read more ›
The challenge lies mostly in the language of the book. For many authors it would be enough to have a Quaker character with all of the "thee/thou" language. Kinsale starts with not only the Quaker language but Maddy's struggle to be a Quaker falling in love outside of her faith. THEN, Kinsale creates a most unusual hero - a regency rake who's a mathematical genius. THEN, our hero has a stroke and we spend much of the book looking at (and hearing) the world through his impaired facilities. Both his speech and his hearing are damaged and the reader has to guess at what he says and hears. It can be done but it requires careful reading.
Bottom-line: An unusual romance that is worth the extra effort - but it is important to go into this reading experience prepared for a different experience.
In comes Maddy. She realizes that Christian is not mad, but is trapped inside his own mind, unable to speak. She has some sort of ephinany that it is God's Will that she help this man. So she does. Sort of. Christian sees that she is the only one who can help him, and is desperate for her. But she seems too scared to really be helpful. She is constantly letting other people tell her what to do & how to do it.
They take Christian to a competency hearing, trying to take away his title & money & lands. He fails. His aunt says she won't send him back to the madhouse if he marries some stupid young girl. Of course he agrees, but ends up running away at the wedding, taking Maddy with him.
This is where I started to hate Maddy. She is a self-righteous, narrow-minded, weak, stupid woman. Christian needs her help badly, but all she can do is condemn him for his past actions, criticize him for the way he lives, and try to get out of her decision to help him. She claims to love him, but she won't compromise one little bit on anything for him. She consistently tries to leave him, even after they are married-by her choice-while Christian stuggles with everything. He can barely speak or write, and he's lost his sense of self. But he does his best to deal.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't judge the book by its description. The idea of reading about a Quaker and an angry mute doesn't sound exciting, but all expectations were exceeded. I loved this book. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jennifer
When you read an historical romance novel you can be sure of several things - there will be a hero and heroine who meet and fall in love, and they will have a happily ever... Read morePublished 1 month ago by New Yorker
I found the contrast of a strong spiritual commitment opposed to the luxurious excesses of wealth a good conflict that will appeal to many. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DS
As someone with a postgraduate degree in creative writing, I've had difficulty finding romance novels that don't chafe with cliche and clumsy prose. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel M Girouard
I remembered reading this novel during my last year in high school. Fabio was on the cover, and my friends who were avid romance novel readers convinced me, a big sci-fi reader, to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Yaya
I love this story, the characters are genuine and the way they meet unique. I've read hundreds of romance novels but this is one of my favorites.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Felt the termoil of the duke quite realistically.
Without giving away the plot, I found myself struggling along with him.
I've read a few other reviews of this book—mostly quite favorable, but a few that thought the hero, Christian, was simply amazing; while the heroine, Maddy, was a whiny drag. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Glidden
It's a well written historical romance and better-researched and more ambitious than the norm. The characterization of Christian is interesting and provocative, portraying a man in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sam21