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After a five year drought Ms Kinsale again delivers her special magic.,
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This review is from: Lessons in French (Mass Market Paperback)
First of all let me start by saying that this is the first book in this genre I've read where there are four, yes FOUR, full pages of tributes from highly respected authors/writers of this genre. Not platitudes. You know how sometimes on the front of romance books you see that prescriptive drivel, "Another great winner from the New York Times Bestseller...." etc.? Well these are nothing like those. These words of praise are from authors like: Lisa Kleypas, Elizabeth Hoyt, Anne Stuart, Jennifer Ashley, Madeline Hunter, Joanna Bourne, Loretta Chase, Mary Jo Putney and many more. All of them in praise of the writing and the writer.
I have read and keep on my bookshelf six of Laura Kinsale's books. Those other's of hers that I don't have I only lack them because I can't get hold of them - they are either out of print or are too expensive for me to buy on the used book market. No two books are really alike (although there are a couple that are linked by characters). It's what makes her writing special. She's a storyteller who produces books for the mass market and with each new book has challenged herself technically - either with the complexity of the setting or a peculiar writing technique (e.g. using quite well researched medieval and Quaker language in two books).
This book is a first for her, I think, in that it's her first humour-based book. And the challenge she sets is to make the setting quite preposterous and yet so utterly believable! And she pulls it off - with bells on!
Callie, our heroine, isn't vacuous or flippant. Her country pursuits are serious pursuits, to her and to the local community she lives in. Trev, our hero, is an utter and complete and unreliable and compelling and madcap wastrel and the reader really should frown at him as a suitable suitor for our heroine but Laura Kinsale does such a terrific job of endearing you to the two of them and each of the, sometimes surreal, situations they find themselves in that you're swept along with the whole thing and find yourself wondering with them how the heck we're going to get out of this or that situation. Rollicking fun!
This book is nothing like previous books. There's no heavy undertone or 'the moral of this story is...' here. Nor is there the very fine attention to detail you find in early Kinsale books - some of the behaviours of our hero and heroine are far beyond the pale of the aristocracy they are both purported to be, but you can overlook those slights because you are so engrossed in the adventure and the sheer fun of the story.
Ms Kinsale has emerged from her five years sabbatical with a light heart and a book full of sunshine and smiles... and a dusting of lurve.
Bless you, luv.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2013 08:24:48 BDT
Rena Ruadh says:
You have described Ms Kinsale's books so incredibly well and I agree with you totally. I am lucky enough to have all of her books on my shelf (and no, I don't intend to sell any! *lol*), am now off to buy this one!
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