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Lessons in French Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2010
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"Heartbreaking, poetic, and desperately hopeful -- Lessons in French just might be Laura Kinsale's best yet. A Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Romance
"One of the most beloved authors of the genre returns with a lighthearted, joyous love story... [Readers] will delight in the engaging characters, Kinsale's sparkling sense of humor and the pure joy of reading a romance crafted by a master. " - The Romantic Times
"The characters crackle with energy and life." - Coffee Time Romance
"Playful and amusing." - Romance Reader at Heart
"A classically romantic and elegant read. " - Barnes and Noble Heart to Heart
"A lighthearted romantic romp. " - Mrs. Giggles
"From one of the genre's much-admired historical authors... a worthy valentine for the season. " - BookPage
"Kinsale takes us on a journey of intrigue. " - Affaire de Coeur
"Lessons in French has everything a reader is looking for in historical romance. " - Thoughts from an Evil Overlord
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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
- strong male character who is definitely flawed, unsure, and 3 Dimensional. It's in her heroes that her strength lies - they aren't cookie cutter ciphers but do things that are unwise or even self destructive (just as a normal person does). You don't have the usual historical hero who is wealthy, knowledgeable, self assured, super intelligent, a 'rake', and utterly perfect - and then falls for random spirited girl. Instead, you have a 'wounded' man who finds a light at the end of the tunnel with someone who can understand his pain.
- female lead who isn't the prototypical "spitfire" who says and does dumb things just so she can be rescued from her own 'spirit.' Instead, Kinsale often gives her heroines quiet strength and dignity. That's what really draws me to Kinsale's protaganists - that sensibility. The heroes and heroines play the same game we all have to play - not knowing the true feelings of the other or why they do what they do.
- Obsessive love. It's complete and unconditional and Kinsale is really good at making the reader feel the depth and commitment (and reasoning) that the male character is so in love with the female character.
- A lot of pathos and depth to the characterization of many of the people in the book. No one is purely bad or good and many are just doing what people do normally - be selfish or unobservant. Kinsale is wonderful at plumbing psychological depths and characters don't act irrationally just to create a 'situation' that moves a plot.Read more ›
There's something about stories of first love that we romance readers can't help but be drawn to. Add to that a second chance at love and we just have to find out what happens. Will they finally get their HEA (Happily Ever After)? For Callie and Trev the road to HEA is filled with one detour after another. It's an adventure of laughter, love, friendship, narrow escapes, hiding from the law and waking up in the arms of your true love.
It's been nine years since Trev left. In those nine years Callie has had three fiancés along with three broken engagements. She is now twenty-seven and unsure of her future. She has recently come out of mourning for her father, the late Earl of Shelford. With her cousin Jasper now the earl and his wife Dolly wishing for both Callie and her younger sister Hermione gone from Shelford Hall, Callie no longer feels welcomed in her own home. It looks as though Callie's hope lies in her sister marrying someone willing to allow Callie to live with them. Not exactly the brightest of futures. Then Trev comes back and her world is turned upside down as she is once again caught up in his adventures.
Callie is a wonderful heroine. She's practical but has this fantastic whimsical side where she daydreams of romantic and humorous scenes of her life as she would imagine it.Read more ›
If you are a Laura Kinsale fan (as am I) you will probably buy this book. I certainly recommend that you do so, as waiting for her work is a little like waiting for rain in the desert - you take what you get.
I really liked the characters in this book; Trev and Callie are great fun, full of the quirkiness that makes them fully drawn and interesting; like someone you might like to get to know. I never fully felt as if I knew Trev, until the end, and didn't feel as if he was drawn with as much detail as Callie was. Still, he is a complex and interesting hero - full of flaws and human frailties that make him more compelling. Callie, too, the wallflower that purposefully dresses poorly and spends her time at parties contemplating her toes and daydreaming, is interesting, fun and very human. Secondary characters including Trev's mother, Callie's cousin-in-law and others are well drawn and make for a good read.
The plot however, seems to bounce all over the place. Is Trev a good guy or a bad guy? Should Callie trust him or not trust him? Some plot twists - including hiding a prize bull with laundry - are both funny and clever, but others just remind me of the old Abbot and Costello routine "Who's on First". I'll probably read it again just to see if the plot makes better sense on a second reading, and hope that Laura is hard at work on something else which I look forward to - but also hope she manages to avoid tangling up the silk lines of her plot so much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Laura Kinsale writes the best angst novels I've ever had the pleasure to read, and I was expecting something along those lines with this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yu
Ms Kinsale's books are always a treat. LIF reminds me of her first books, with lovely humor and romance. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SummerRose
Callie has a secret. Years ago, she was in love with her childhood sweetheart, Trevelyan -- the handsome and spirited son of her aristocratic French neighbors. Read morePublished 10 months ago by bluestategirl
It's beyond my scope of reasoning why the AUDIBLE narration does not connect with the book. Worse yet is that monotone 2nd grader Amazon has narrating their books... Read morePublished 11 months ago by NancyQ-C
A delightful, humorous romp with engaging characters. Missed 5 stars because of some tiresome plot faults, but all in all a good read.Published 15 months ago by JS
Yes, this book is delicious. The hazy, lazy, fog that descends upon Callie when Trev is near, especially when close enough to touch is beyond fantasy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Judge Tabor
This has been an on-again, off-again read for two months now and I'm finally calling it quits.
The hero is indecisive, the heroine seems unengaged at salient points, the... Read more