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Laura Kinsale

Autor/a de Flowers from the Storm

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Obres de Laura Kinsale

Flowers from the Storm (1992) 1,005 exemplars
The Shadow and the Star (1991) 475 exemplars
For My Lady's Heart (1993) — Autor — 462 exemplars
The Prince of Midnight (1990) — Autor — 401 exemplars
Shadowheart (2004) — Autor — 363 exemplars
Uncertain Magic (1987) — Autor — 346 exemplars
Seize the Fire (1989) — Autor — 333 exemplars
Lessons in French (2010) — Autor — 332 exemplars
Midsummer Moon (1987) — Autor — 328 exemplars
The Dream Hunter (1994) — Autor — 313 exemplars
My Sweet Folly (1997) — Autor — 299 exemplars
The Hidden Heart (1986) — Autor — 266 exemplars
Pelo Teu Coração (2020) 3 exemplars
Flores da Tempestade (2016) 2 exemplars

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"All the shame of that moment when she had read his last letter washed over her again, the shattering realization of her foolishness, her loneliness, of her secret treason." ahh gods my heart!

My Sweet Folly has one of the best epistolary opening chapters - maybe ever! . . . and then Kinsale swiftly pulls the rug out from under you, after your heart has expanded 3 sizes and you want MORE intimacies only letter-writing can fulfill (I actually liked that the rug was seized from under us promptly, because I dislike when the You've Got Mail con goes on too long - it's just not my preference). The epistolary element doesn't disappear entirely, but the function changes.

I liked this book but when the novel shifts into a gothic tale, it took a while for me to get back into the flow. This is my over-arching Kinsale journey 3 books in: her prose doesn't captivate me for extended periods even though I am aware how beautiful the writing is. I did love Follie, she was such a flirt and I adore how her personality just shines in her letters to Robert and in her interactions with the people around her. Robert's time with The India Trading Company looms heavily over my experience of this book in that it seemed to exist too benignly for me.
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s_carr | Hi ha 15 ressenyes més | Feb 25, 2024 |
This was my first Kinsale - strategically chosen as the first so I could get a taste of her writing before reading some of her more beloved books. I really liked it; her humor was a delight to read and I enjoyed the cast of characters in this story.
s_carr | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Feb 25, 2024 |
additional review think-y thoughts: I have to get this out of the way - My favorite character in this story is Maddy (and her father). I've read some real bullshit takes on Maddy and her character arc. I'm sorry, who was it that wouldn't bow to the king of England? Oh that's right Maddy-fuck-your-aristocratic-worldy-nonsense Timms (Maddy would NEVER say or think that lol because she is a better person than I could ever be). So when people call her annoying or pious, I'm calling it sexism and bullshit. I do not know what romance readers want anymore when they say "I like strong heroines! Just not any of the ones that are actually strong or steadfast!"

I am uncertain about how I feel in regard to the romance between Maddy and Christian - it felt rushed? Which sounds weird considering this book is over 500 pages. I guess the romance-y moments didn't trigger the romance-y feelings within me until the last few chapters of the book and that is where it felt rushed (to me). Romantic, yes! But rushed (for me). And look! This is a me issue! I have never connected strongly and emotionally with Kinsale's prose. And I do not say that to mean she writes "bad prose" rather, her style does not move me the same way something from Judith Ivory or Sherry Thomas or Patricia Gaffney moves me. I am often impressed by Kinsale's technical achievement (and I was here!) but it just never takes me further than a deep appreciation for her craft.
initial reactionary review: This was such an emotional ride for me! I was anxious and incapable of sitting still then entire time and I have more thoughts about why this ended up a 4 star read for me and not a 5 star - all of which doesn't really matter because this is an important book and I am glad I read it! But those thoughts will have to wait until after the hihos!
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s_carr | Hi ha 53 ressenyes més | Feb 25, 2024 |
more to come once thoughts have simmered longer, initial thoughts: as I have said in updates, the sense of time and space is just excellent and I love Kinsale's characters - like top-notch intrigue! Buttttt as for the plots - of which there are always too many (for me, I should specify) - those intricate threads tend to be wasted on me. BUT! I look forward to reading Shadowheart because I am fascinated by Allegretto (yes, I am aware of all the CWs for Shadowheart).
s_carr | Hi ha 14 ressenyes més | Feb 25, 2024 |



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