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Posted May 16, 2014
Lynn Kurland's 16th book in her de Piaget series is a medieval r
Lynn Kurland's 16th book in her de Piaget series is a medieval romance with a touch of mystery. Kurland's, Dreams of Lilacs story continues the adventures of the children of Rhys and Gwennelyn de Piaget. Readers who are familiar with the series, know that it is highly character driven and does not involve time travel as some of Kurland's other books do. It is a straight forward love story from a different time. Kurland, who is well known for her fantasy titles, has done as excellent job returning to her historical romance roots with this book. A great addition to a long running series.
What I liked:
Isabelle was a quite a young woman. When she finds out that her family is in danger, she goes to drastic lengths to help them. Even cutting her hair and pretending to be a boy to secure passage on a ship to France. I loved the shipwreck twist in the plot and Isabelle's amnesia. It provided a great way for her to meet her hero, Gervase. I thought Isabelle was cunning and clever. She may not have been the daring beauty her sister Amanda was, but she had her own strengths and I was glad that Kurland allowed her to see her worth and challenge her ideas about herself. To me that was one of the best parts of the novel.
Gervase was one of my favorite kinds of heroes. He was an honorable man, but a bit broody. Having once been an knight of France, he was injured in a fire that almost took his life. This had left him on edge, feeling somewhat unworthy and dealing with his disabilities in by being hard to get along with and grumpy. He wasn't an alpha male character, he didn't press his will upon Isabelle, but he garnered respect and gave off a sense of authority that felt right for the character. The mystery surrounding who was trying to kill him and how it tied in with what was happening with Isabelle's family was intriguing though somewhat easy to figure out.
I loved the secondary characters from Isabelle's brothers, Miles and Robin to Gervase's brothers who Isabelle ends up tutoring. I thought the mistaken identity angle of Isabelle, a lady, working as scullery maid was fun and added a great deal of humor to the story as well. When the brothers arrive to save their sister from her plight, things get even more interesting as they get in on the mystery surrounding Gervase as well. Kurland proves once again that a story involving family is always appealing in this kind of genre. Now I have to go back and read all the others about this amazing bunch of people.
What I didn't like:
As I said, there was a bit of predictability to this one, in the fact that there are very few reasons why someone is out to kill a Lord. In historical romance it is generally to take his title and lands and has to be someone closely associated with him. I liked the mystery aspect of the story, but it was a bit light. Most of this book is centered securely on the romantic elements and left little time for the mystery.
I liked this one a lot and I want to read more of the de Piaget books now that I have had a taste of this interesting family. I thought that the hero and the heroine were well suited for each other and that their relationship developed in a slow and satisfying manner. There isn't much heat, but it isn't necessary with all of the other good things about it.
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Posted July 10, 2014
DREAMS OF LILACS by Lynn Kurland is an interesting Romance. #16
DREAMS OF LILACS by Lynn Kurland is an interesting Romance. #16 in the "de Piaget Family" series, but can be read as a stand alone. The saga continues to France. Isabelle de Piaget, is escaping her overbearing, overprotective family only to be shipwrecked off the coast of France and rescued by Gervase de Seger, a brooding Lord.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Together they find passion, buried secrets, and love. From the French court to blossoming romance, their circumstances are perilous to say the least, especially in the area of the heart. An interesting tale of buried secrets, with a bit of mystery and a sweet romance. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
Heat rating: sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted June 6, 2014
highly recommended. Especially if you have read any de Piaget story.
Excellent romance. I love the way Lynn Kurland just sneaks you into the story so that you are hook. If you have read any of the de Piaget books, you'll know it will be exciting to the end. Great for quick summer reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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It was nice to finally let Isabelle get her "happily ever after".
I really like Miles and was so happy to see him more active in this story.
Now I'm dying to see if anything happens with Joscelin.
It's just a great diverginary book.
Posted May 10, 2014
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