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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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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
Lessons in French is a sweet, humorous at times, take on love between lifelong friends. At times, I could not put down the book for the mystery & romance between the two main... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danielle Gerard
I found this book to be a hilarious Regency romp, with a crazy plot, and a hero and heroine I could really root for. It perhaps runs a little long, but I enjoyed it thoroughly!Published 1 month ago by Julie
Writing was excellent but I did not care for the story. It was mysterious but not seem as exciting as it could have been.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Laura Kinsale is the best writer of romantic fiction I have ever found. She finds what could be a handicap and expands the reader's knowledge of it to the fascination and delight... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Lorrain
Laura Kinsale has a legion the fans and deservedly so. I have enjoyed each of her novels and this one was no exception. From one geologist to another "you rock" (pun intended)!Published 4 months ago by S. Gay Norris
When I think of Laura Kinsale, I think of a heroes on the dark and tortured side. In Lessons in French, the hero is a lighter version (certainly not a lightweight, however). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 7 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 11 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 15 months ago by bluestategirl