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Flowers from the Storm Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2003
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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."
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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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Halfway through this book, I read the ending. I'm sorry I did of course, but at the time I thought the tension of the story, the obstacles in the way of the HEA were so insurmountable that I needed to know, RIGHT THEN, that the author hadn't broken that rule. Time and distance have made me realize I was afraid the author would give me a happily ever after I couldn't accept, that wouldn't make me happy, however happy the heroine and hero were. This book wrenched me out of my comfort zone. I think it's superb.
Jervaulx is a golden boy, titled, wealthy, handsome and brilliant, a polished sophisticate at the top rungs of English society. It's all ripped from him when he suffers a stroke, and ends up being considered, and treated as, a madman.
Maddy TImms is the Quaker daughter of a mathematician Jervaulx collaborated with as a hobby. She's naïve, sheltered, and implacable about her faith. I believe she falls in love at first sight with Jervaulx, but he lives outside the bounds of Maddy's life. She won't recognize such a feeling for him.
Maddy becomes Jervaulx's nurse. And now they each have a journey. Jervaulx must claw his way back from the abyss. Maddy feels a calling to help him, even as helping him seems to pull her further from her life and the values she holds dear.
I hope you love this book as much as I do!
Quite an ingenious plot.
I adored this book, and I think it earned the title, "One of the World's Most Cherished Romances of All Time," one hundred percent. It was original and the characters were vibrant, witty, and surprising! Laura has a way of making you think. She writes for the shrewd reader, leaving it to them to read between the lines. I love that. So many authors write so plainly that the enigmatic aspect is destroyed. Or the characters are too analytical, leaving nothing to the imagination, and the pages are full of monotonous reflection versus action.
Some have said the plot was slow... Well, I will say it is challenging (as are all of Laura's books), with the thee-thou language being the least of it! (Try reading For My Lady's Heart). I would not call it slow, however. The fact remains that this is a great novel apart from all the hype many other authors try to stuff into their books to hold the reader's interest. Be warned, this book is no attempt to appease such a reader. Laura writes her CHARACTERS' story, with little regard for the petty criticisms she may receive for writing outside of the box.
Intriguing, poetic, unforgettable. SOOO much more than a mere romance or an entertaining read. This book is an EXPERIENCE. I recommend it wholeheartedly.