A Flight of Fancy (Daughters of Bainbridge House Series #2)

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Her head is in the clouds. His feet are planted firmly on the ground. Can love cover the distance?

Cassandra Bainbridge may be a bit of a bluestocking, but when Geoffrey Giles is near, love seems a fine alternative to passion for Greek and the physics of flight. With his dashing good looks and undying devotion to her, the earl of Whittaker sets Cassandra's heart racing with his very presence. It seems his ...

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Overview

Her head is in the clouds. His feet are planted firmly on the ground. Can love cover the distance?

Cassandra Bainbridge may be a bit of a bluestocking, but when Geoffrey Giles is near, love seems a fine alternative to passion for Greek and the physics of flight. With his dashing good looks and undying devotion to her, the earl of Whittaker sets Cassandra's heart racing with his very presence. It seems his only flaw is his distaste for ballooning, the obsession that consumes so much of her thoughts.

When a terrible accident compels her to end her betrothal, Cassandra heads for the country to recover from both her injuries and her broken heart. With time on her hands and good friends to help her, she pursues her love for ballooning and envisions a future for herself as a daring aeronaut. But when Lord Whittaker slips back into her life, will she have to choose between him and her dream?

Praise for A Necessary Deception, book 1 in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series

"Eakes seamlessly blends romance and intrigue, faith and history, into a story that readers won't want to put down."—Booklist

"Masquerades, English manners, romance, and intrigue abound in this historical series. Regency romance aficionados and fans of Nicole Jordan will adore this."—Library Journal

"Eakes weaves the fine silk threads of historical richness, dangerous intrigue, and forbidden romance into a flawless literary tapestry . . . that will leave readers breathless."—Louise M. Gouge, award-winning author of At the Captain's Command

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of the Midwives series, A Necessary Deception, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800734671
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Daughters of Bainbridge House Series , #2
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 811,881
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, A Necessary Deception, Heart's Safe Passage, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

    It is the age that balloons were making an appearance and Cassan

    It is the age that balloons were making an appearance and Cassandra Bainbridge is determined to view the world from the sky above than face being grounded on the earth; After an accident brings a change in plans as far as her betrothal goes, Cassandra Bainbridge instead finds herself seeking to pursue her scholarly pursuits instead, in the book, 'A Flight of Fancy', that explores what is the true meaning of happiness and finding distractions when life seems literal upside down for everyone.

    A new installment of the Regency series, 'A Flight of Fancy' was a fun read that is set in 1812; The book sets itself apart from other Christian romance, in that the main character really sets apart other heroines in she has this passionate love for books, the Greek language and above all ballooning; She is described as wearing spectacles and bookish, and Cassandra really came across as set apart from her peers (and very headstrong) and able to hold her own when circumstances calls her to be able to in her life.

    'A Flight of Fancy' is not a light heart read...Set against the background of the Luddite rebellion, this is a book that you either will really like or really hate, depending on what you are looking for in a Regency book.

    Laurie Eakes has provided a very well thought out book that is intelligent with the main character's, Cassandra, living up to her scholarly background with discussion of ballooning and math formulas, capturing the sometimes non-linear complications of relationships on all levels, along with the general nuances and mores of the time setting.

    This is an intelligent book, that for some, looking for a formulaic romance, might be bored, but if you are looking for something that is indepth, suspenseful with no clear cut antagonists, 'A Flight of Fancy' is well worth the time and investment to read.

    In a way, I can describe this as a nerdy, geeky, Christian, romantic novels that filled all the expectations and more with an intelligent character that lives up to her character build up, well researched background for the story and the relationships are well thought and seems more characteristics than the simple formula of boy meets girl, boy loses girl and in this, girl decides to not just wait around and decides to take up an adventurous hobby.

    I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  • Posted October 20, 2012

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    Come Fly Away!

    Oh, so few books keep you truly guessing until the very last page, and give up their secrets grudgingly one titillating hint at a time. But Laurie Alice Eakes has mastered both intrigue and suspense, dramatic and expertly timed to sweep you to the very heights of anticipation and passion in this thrilling Regency romance.

    Cassandra Bainbridge is enamored with learning Greek and physics as much as she is enamored with the man she used to know as Geoffrey Giles, the second son of Lord Whittaker. But when Geoffrey inherits the estate unexpectedly, Cassandra's dreams of aeronautic pioneering come under jeopardy since she must assume an uncomfortable societal role as the wife of an Earl. Soon, not just her dreams are threatened, but her very life, as accidents and intrigue surround both her and Whittaker.

    Set in the backdrop of the Luddite rebellion, as well as the advent of ballooning science, this beautiful and stirring story shimmers with details of a rich history. Each page delivers compelling scenes with characters as fascinating and accessible as the best of Masterpiece Theater, or even Downton Abbey. Themes of forgiveness abound, from God, from one another, from an unforgiving society, and even from oneself.

    If I read this book over and over the rest of my life, I would still be catching the nuance and layers this master storyteller has woven into this superb novel. If ever there was a story that begs for the big screen, it is this. You will not want to miss one savory moment of Flight of Fancy. It will truly take you up from mundane reality and sweep you away!

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    This was my first of Laurie Alice's books to read. I received it

    This was my first of Laurie Alice's books to read. I received it from the publisher with no requirement to give it a good review. But I'm giving it one because it deserves it. It was full of historical information that gave the story a wonderful fullness. I enjoyed Laurie Alice's writing style too. Her heroine was independent but not to the point of being annoying like some heroines I've encountered. I learned some new things while reading this book and that is always a good thing. 

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Nobody can write Regency England Romances better than Laurie Ali

    Nobody can write Regency England Romances better than Laurie Alice Eakes. And her latest in that series, Flight of Fancy, is just like the title suggests---a delightful, fanciful flight into romance. The main character Cassandra Bainbridge---of the Daughters of Bainbridge series----is a real hoot. She made me laugh. Oh my goodness, she made me laugh.

    I loved Cassandra’s somewhat imperfect nature, her slightly less than perfect looks, her mildly uneven temperament. I get so tired of perfect heroines with stunning looks. Instead, I love a heroine that rises above her disadvantages, and Cassandra Bainbridge is all that.

    Deep down Cassandra is a really sweet girl and quite pretty, but bless her . . . she wears spectacles. And thanks to a tragic accident, walks with a painful limp throughout the book. Now this is a character I can relate to.

    Due to this accident, Cassandra isn’t thinking as clearly as she used to. To give her sore heart a rest, she rejects the man who wants to marry her, and she escapes into her private world of academic and dangerous interests, including the fanciful one of ballooning.

    Throw in a truly wonderful hero, Lord Whittaker, her former fiancé, who is also not perfect, and you have a romantic romp that takes you away from your worries for several hours. Lord Whittaker doesn’t know how to handle his spirited but wounded love, Cassandra, but he tries so hard, and wins my heart as well. At the same time, he is trying to save his mills and his workers’ livelihoods, as well as his mother’s reputation.

    I loved this story for its fun, purity, its story where I just want to see the two characters together. The author uses the brilliance we’ve come to expect from her, as she weaves historical detail into the plot, adding depth without pulling the reader out of vivid scenes. At times I really felt like I was up in the clouds in a balloon with Cassandra and Lord Whittaker.
    Another big thumbs up to Laurie Alice Eakes for a delightful romance that I recommend for female readers between the ages of 13 and 89.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    If you like Regency novels, Laurie Alice Eakes is your go-to aut

    If you like Regency novels, Laurie Alice Eakes is your go-to author. I'm giving Flight of Fancy five stars for several reasons: top-notch storytelling, impeccable historical integrity, believable characters, rich sensory immersion, and fascinating details, especially related to hot air ballooning. If you want to lose yourself in a story, and feel smarter at the end of a novel, pick up this novel, and any of this author's other works.
    ~Jocelyn Green, author of Wedded to War

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    Posted October 30, 2012

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