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"I believe that the best word to describe Midsummer Moon is "adorable", and I mean that as a compliment...Will the hedgehog survive? (SPOILER:  Yes, it will.)"
-SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com

"I would pick this one up. You have two intelligent characters who know what they want and are willing to fight for it. Also the relationship between Merlin and Ransom should not be missed by anyone." - Night Owl Romance

" If truer-than-life characters in vivid, sometimes-heartstopping situations set against historical events is something that interests you, I suggest you run-don't walk!-to pick up a copy of this book." - Romance Reader at Heart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: e-reads.com (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158586322X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585863228
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,890,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 1999
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I've read lots of other reviews for this book, and most people don't like it at all. Conversely, books other people adore, I either find mediocre (like A Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux) or downright hateful (like The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss). I'm a big Laura Kinsale Fan; I have yet to read a book by her I didn't like, but I have to say, this is one of my all-time favorites.
Maybe it's because it's one the best "funny" romances I've ever read. People like Jill Barnett, Rebecca Paisley and Geralyn Dawson have written historical romances with a decidedly humorous bent, with ditzy, sweet heroines and forbidding, stern heroes. For some reason, all the books I've read by the authors above have irritated me. Midsummer Moon is the one of the few humorous romance I've been able to thoroughly enjoy. I found Merlin's absent-mindedness hilarious without verging into ridiculousness, and I thought the chemistry between her and Ransom was wonderful. I also loved the fact that Ransom finally gave up trying to change her--it's significant that Merlin finally gave up trying to resist him only then.
But is it a particularly realistic book? No. Will the liberties taken with scientific fact irritate you? Perhaps. Will Merlin irritate you? Maybe. But as far as "humorous" romances go, I say this is the best I've read so far, and it's one of my favorite romances from a very talented author.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By R. Kelly Wagner on October 3, 2001
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OK, I'll admit - my absolute favorite thing about this book is that the real hero is Merlin's pet hedgehog. Oh, there's a human hero, of the usual tall, dark and handsome type, for love interest - but it's the hedgehog who really saves the day. He's a perfectly natural hedgehog, not an anthropomorphized animal - he just does his hedgehogly thing. As the human slave to three pet hedgehogs, I got a great kick out of him.
Let's see. Merlin hasn't invented quite as many things as Ayla (you may remember Ayla, from the "Clan of the Cave Bear" series - Ayla domesticates the horse, Ayla domesticates the dog, Ayla invents the slingshot, Ayla invents the sewing needle, Ayla invents the cotton gin - no wait, that was someone else...) but she has her share - the telephone, and, more importantly to the English forces arrayed against Napoleon, the hang glider.
This is the only romance novel I've ever even tried to convince a guy to read, and the guy liked it. He missed a bit, not being as familiar with all the "conventions" of Regency era romances as most regular readers of them are, but he still enjoyed it.
My tastes in romances are pretty particular- I have high standards I demand of the writing, and clumsy or poorly written books turn me off. Kinsale will never fall into that category - she, along with a precious few others - Mary Balough, Edith Layton... writes well enough that if her books weren't pre-stigmatized as romances, they'd be among our better-written novels by contemporary novelists.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2001
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I wasn't impressed with Midsummer Moon the first time I read it. Merlin is ditzy and that makes her rather annoying at times. I also felt that the sexual tension between Ransom and Merlin was weak. And Kinsale's attempt at humor was too forced occasionally. I told myself that I was indifferent to this book, and yet I couldn't forget it. The second time I read it I enjoyed it a lot more. Midsummer Moon's charm is subtle, it takes a careful reading to appreciate it. The complexity of the characters in this book was wonderful; they transcend their stereotypical roles. I especially loved the secondary romance between Ransom's ne'er-do-well brother Shelby and his wife Jacqueline; I found the story of the rebirth of their love to be more emotionally satisfying than Ransom and Merlin. I would love to read a novel/novella devoted to Shelby and Jacqueline.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2002
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I agree with another reviewer: when I first read this book, several years ago, I thought it was pretty "fluffy." However, it improves upon re-reading. There is more depth to the complex family dynamic than I first noticed. Ransom's relationship to his brother became more poignant on second reading. The mother's walk-ons became more humorous. And Ransom's behaviour toward the children in the story became more telling... Even at first read, I appreciated that she was more object-oriented than relationship-oriented. It takes an actual act of will to decide that the social domain - politesse, hierarchy, etiquette, etc - is too trivial to waste attention on. In the multiple intelligences model, Merlin's interpersonal intelligence might not approach average. But she has other, redeeming talents, her mathematical and intrapersonal intelligence clearly among them. And I like that she does not obsess over sex. Her relationship to Ransom just does not occupy a significant proportion of her consciousness. The sex is pleasant, true, but taken as a whole with his drawbacks, it isn't clear that Ransom will be a net asset to her life's work. Like the heroine of Prince of Midnight, Merlin is refreshingly practical, in an abstract way. This is a book that improves with age. If you read it in a romance junkie way, you'll miss its whimsy.
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