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Midsummer Moon
     

Midsummer Moon

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by Laura Kinsale
 

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All the king's horses and all the king's men could not surpass the intellect and beauty of Merlin Lambourne. As the infamous Napoleon's deadly army grows ever closer, Lord Ransom Falconer frantically searches for an inventor who can create a new way to defeat the advancing forces. He unexpectedly finds that only the lovely Merlin is adequate for the challenge. Drunk

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Midsummer Moon 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ransom Falconer, the Duke of Damerell, went to a remote household to locate an inventor named Merlin Lambourne. Many under cover men had died to bring word of the activities involving the enemy, the French. One report had mentioned a remarkable invention by Mr. Merlin Lambourne that could change the tide of the war! However, Mr. turned out to be a very lovely and very innocent Miss!

Merlin knew little to nothing about the outside world. All she cared about was making her flying invention work. She had no idea what 'Duke' meant about one of her inventions. She was alone in her home a.k.a. lab, with only Thaddeus and her hedgehog for company. Her mind was busy with experiments and equations. She had no time for being transferred to another location! Setting everything back up somewhere else would take too long.

Ransom finally found the invention, a box one could speak into and another person with a duplicate box could hear them! Merlin was a genius! With or without her consent he would get her to a safe place. Thaddeus agreed, especially when he found out Merlin was no longer as innocent as she once was (there was something definitely in the salt).

***** Thus begins one of the best books I have ever read in my life! I purchased this book as a paperback in 1987. I read and reread it until the pages fell out. Now I never have to worry about wearing out the book! HOO-RAY! It is in electronic form! I cannot recommend this author highly enough! Laura Kinsale IS the best of the best! *****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most delightful books Kinsale has written. It is a feminist reimagining of every romance in which the hero is perfect and saves the day. Merlin and her hedgehog save England from certain invasion by the French and Ransome from himself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read everything she's published and one of the things I love is her ability to take a not perfect heroine and a not perfect hero and make them perfect for each other. Asperger's is something I deal with everyday and to see those traits and be able to laugh at them and find Merlin all the more loveable for them was delightful. The stuffy, imperfect hero just ices the cake. Afterall, we are all jusr imperfect broken people trying to stumble through this life, hoping to find love and joy along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im really reaching the bottom of the Lara Kinsale barrell. The only characters i liked in this book and who didnt violate any number of ethical principles involving considering the feelings of others were a French opera dancer and a hedgehog. Well, the hedgehog was a bit violent but the hero deserved a little straightforward animocity to knock him into shape. Not that it worked, since he and the heroine persist in acting like nitwits. It's incurible. They deserve each other. Now if only they'd accepted that 200 pages earlier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As much as I love Laura Kinsale's writing usually, something about this book really bothered me. On my second reading, it occurred to me that Merlin displays several symptoms of Asperger's--narrowly-focused intelligence, lack of social skills and general dismissal thereof, a tendency to get so caught up in her work that she neglects everything else, conversations that wander off on tangents, poor facial and name recognition. Granted, Ransom has no reason to know this, it being the 19th century. But he still proceeds, throughout the book, to do every single thing that is guaranteed to frustrate, confuse, and outrage Merlin, all in the name of taking care of her little cloudcuckoolander self. She is an inventor, she would respond to clearly-delineated reasoning, but not once does he try to see things her way, to actually *talk* to her, to *explain* why it's important that he marry her, why he's so terrified of her flying machine, etc. And near the end, when he pulls the classic "Oh, you've hit your head and can't remember me? We're totally engaged!" gambit, that was when he lost me for good. I'll stick with the rest of Kinsale's novels, and leave this one be.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get into this story line! The characters were without substance specially the heroine! I cannot believe this book is the work of Ms. Kinsale!