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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380761327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380761326
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Would you like to convert someone who says romances aren't "real" novels? This book is the one that will do it! Flowers from the Storm is one of the best books in the genre. Christian Langland, Duke of Jerveaux is the ultimate hero. A brilliant mathematician and a complete rake, Christian is a man of contradictions. When a stroke leaves him permanently unable to speak, his family believes him to be mad and relegates him to a sanitarium. Fortunately, Maddy, a righteous Quaker and do- gooder, recognizes that Christian is not insane--he just can't talk! Maddy may not be the most likable heroine you'll encounter, but she has depth and character, and is probably one of the few people you could imagine who would have the patience and understanding to accept and live with Christian's intense anger and frustration. This is a book that defines the word "keeper."

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.

Customer Reviews

This story is very well written with meaningful dialog, richly drawn characters and an intricate plot.
The story has a lot of "thee/thou" language, and Christian's internal dialog that is read as impaired thinking or speech.
I understand and sympathize with Maddy's conflicting feelings about her faith and her growing love for Christian.
P. Shropshire

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159 of 165 people found the following review helpful By baltimore0502 on October 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You know a book has a lot to live up to when you read things like "One of the world's most cherished love stories!" and "Probably the best historical romance ever published" and "One of the greatest love stories of all time" not to mention "A watershed in romance fiction". This book and this author (whom I've never read) seem to be much revered by readers and authors alike, so when this book was re-issued in June, I was glad of the chance to read it and see for myself what all the fuss was about. And let me tell you I was not only blown away, but I'll be searching out Ms Kinsale's other books for sure! A great book, compelling characters and a story to make you smile and weep and worry and hope that all will be well in the end!
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!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson Hennekens on October 30, 2001
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"Flowers from the Storm" is a most unusual romance. Indeed, take away the silly cover and it probably could be placed in the literature shelf. The book certainly includes the growth of a relationship but it is so much more complex than 99% of the romance market. Indeed, it was a bit more of a challenge than I wanted at times (I read it while ill) but I'm glad I stuck with it.
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.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2000
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I read Flowers from the Storm after reading about 20 other romance novels. What impressed me about Flowers was that for the first time in a romance novel, I encountered an author who assumes that romance readers have intelligence. Not only does she challenge her readers to follow the Quaker thee/thou speech, she also puts her readers inside of Jervaulx's mind and forces us to see and hear the world through his stroke-damaged perceptions--a world where simple English words have little meaning. She then takes this one step further, challenging us to follow along with her, by letting us feel Jervaulx's frustration and rage and letting us hear what he hears as he tries to understand Maddy's thee/thou Quaker speech. Ingenious! I've read somewhere that Kinsale's greatest skill is in taking a hero that no one could love and making you want to lick his boots by the end of the story. This is never truer than in Flowers from the Storm. This book needs to be reprinted!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Trisha A. Howell on August 24, 2003
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Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm well deserves its status as a romantic classic. This very unusual and well developed romance between a notorious rake and a young Quaker woman in post-Regency England deeply explores situations and emotions that are rarely present in romance and does so with great feeling and sensitivity.
Christian Langland, Duke of Jervaulx, lives a dissolute life of pleasure. His only constructive pursuit involves his love of mathematics, which he shares with Mr. Timms, a blind older Quaker man who is nearly as great a mathematical genius as Christian is. Together they are collaborating on work to present to the London Analytical Society, of which they are both members.
Mr. Timms' daughter, Archimedea, nicknamed Maddy, does not care for the Duke, whom she sees as reckless, extravagant and utterly worldly. However, she is disturbingly impressed by his energetic presence and intensity when she finally meets him, and later when she hears that he is dead, she feels surprisingly affected by the loss.
Unbeknowst to her and to many others, Christian is still alive. After inexplicably experiencing a collapse (stroke?) that renders him unable to speak, to write or at first even to think clearly, his family sends him to a country asylum run by Mr. Timms' cousin Edward.

Having run out of funds, the Timms' go to live at the asylum where Maddy helps care for the residents. Maddy is extremely attached to her father and would rather spend most of her time caring for him, but one day she is astonished to encounter Christian, and surprisingly she is the only one who can calm his frustrated rages. She then experiences a spiritual "Opening," a strong deep intuition that God wants her to serve as his nurse.
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Laura Kinsale is a New York Times bestselling author and both winner and multiple nominee for the Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America. Her novel FLOWERS FROM THE STORM was chosen by readers of Glamour Magazine and the Washington Post as one of the Greatest Love Stories of All Time.

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.


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