Flowers from the Storm

Flowers from the Storm

by Laura Kinsale
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Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

The Duke of Jervaulx was brilliant and dangerous. Considered dissolute, reckless, and extravagant, he was transparently referred to as the ′D of J′ in scandal sheets, where he and his various exploits featured with frequency. But sometimes the most womanising rake can be irresistible, and even his most casual attentions fascinated the sheltered Maddy Timms, quiet daughter of a simple mathematician.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061743726
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 64,597
File size: 735 KB

About the Author

Laura Kinsale is a winner and multiple nominee for the Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America. She became a romance writer after six years as a geologist -- a career which consisted of getting out of bed in the middle of the night and driving hundreds of miles alone across west Texas to sit at drilling rigs, wear a hard hat, and attempt to boss around oil-covered males considerably larger than herself. This, she decided, was pushing her luck. So she gave all that up to sit in a chair and stare into space for long periods of time, attempting to figure out What-Happens-Next. She and her husband David currently divide their time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Texas.

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Flowers from the Storm 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
readerWriterJG More than 1 year ago
This is my first Laura Kinsale novel. wow, she is a prolific writer. If you love wounded heros this is the book for you. I loved it. The rehabilitation of the stroke victim was amazingly portrayed. How the character felt and viewed his world as he recovered was so in depth that I was blown away. Sure our leading male hero had to recover some on his own, that is what romantic hero's have to do, show strength of character in the face of adversity and all that.Maddy helped him of course, but vacillating with her conflicting morals to hold our tension. I was angry with her at some point, but the story was well worth that for the end. A delicious ride of hope, and romantic tension.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
Christian Langland, arrogant rake Duke of Jervaulx is a mathematical genius whose fellow theorist is blind Quaker Timms. Archimedea (Maddy) Timms is the go-between for her father - she writes out his equations - and the Duke. Their breakthrough work is presented at the Analytical Society with resounding response. (Maddy has already made up her mind that Jervaulx and his world are distasteful. Her father is more accepting). Plans that were made for the mathematicians' continuing partnership come to naught when the Timmses learn that Jervaulx is 'no longer in this world'. (We know that he's had a stroke, but to the then medical profession he's lost his mind.) Months later Maddy brings her father to her cousin's model sanatorium where she will help out in exchange for their upkeep. Jervaulx is there, shackled, unable to speak; ill kempt, and secretly ill treated; word put out by his family is that he is critically ill (or dead). After making eye contact, Maddy knows her Work is to help him, and for Jervaulx she's his anchor in the storm. This is a wonderful love story and an engrossing look into Jervaulx's muddled perception of the world and how with Maddy's help he makes determined progress to overcome his infirmity. But can they keep the forces against them at bay - his family who wants to permanently commit him to gain power over the estate? her Quakerism and fellow Quakers who want her to leave him? The reader is swept up in a storm of interesting secondary characters and a dense, taut plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first romance novels I ever read, and I am now a romance editor at a large publisher! I can honestly say, hundreds of romances later, that this is still one of the very best books of any genre that I have ever read--Laura Kinsale completely deserves her reputation as an icon in the romance community.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Kinsale did an amazing job with her hero in this one, portraying a man who underwent a devastating stroke. At times when the story was told from Christian's point of view, I almost felt as if I had to work as hard as he did to try and figure out what the people around him were saying and what was going on. His frustration with himself and his situation were brilliantly written, and for a good 7/8ths of the novel he was one of the most sympathetic heroes I've ever read. Maddy, though, is a bit harder to love. She is wonderful in her patience with Christian and her determination to do whatever she could to help him. Her rigidity of faith, though, was disturbing. She was constantly at war with herself over what she wanted to do for Christian and what she believed her religion would find "right", and it caused her to say and do very hurtful things at times, both toward Christian and toward herself. Of course it all comes out well in the end (if all a bit abruptly) and the prologue is delightful, and really, for much of the book I would have said it was a solid 5-star read. Both Maddy and Christian have some less-than-stellar moments toward the end, though, and behave in ways that just seemed a bit over the top to me, so it got bumped down to four; but still, it was a wonderfully written book that will definitely have me looking for more from this author.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was such a good book. Well developed characters. Highly reccomend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very unexpected plot and characters. Vividly and honestly written. I truly enjoyed it.
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I really enjoyed this book--In fact, I've re-read it twice.
ExArkie More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book!  So many highlights - the ill-advised dual, the unspeakable horrors of the asylum, the unorthodox wedding, the legend of  the staghound,  the king's visit and then back to the staghound - this is a wonderful read!  Cannot recommend it highly enough.  ExArkie
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booklover10CM More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
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SunDancer1 More than 1 year ago
This is my second Laura Kinsale novel after Shadow and the Star. I must say, Jane Austen was my favorite but, she has stiff competition. From the first to the last page, she had me rooting for the couple as if they were alive and breathing. I was tempted so many times to flip forward to be assured that things weren't going helter skelter but, I prevailed and duly rewarded from my restraint. Being in the healthcare field, what I especially liked is that the author didn't write a quick cure (especially in that time period) for a person suffering from a stroke. She wrote the main character with realism and dignity and showed that with love and patience and strong will, it is possible for a person to take charge of their life after such a dibilatating set-back. I especially like the fact that thoufh the heroine was staunch in her views of her religion and upbringing. Her love was strong enough for her to have the courage to eventually find a balance that she could except without sacrificing the man she loved. Bravo!!! I will definitely be spending more time with this author's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a truly original story. I kept expecting the hero to all-of-a-sudden be too perfect for words again. I liked that fact that he was always going to be flawed, yet deep and emotional and sexy in the end anyway. I like how Kinsale drops enough hints that allow you to pick up on his sexual magnetism, but treats it realistically. Woman aren't necessarily swooning at his feet after he had a stroke, aside from his former disgruntled flame..with good reason. I like that his past mistakes and flaws weren't actually excusable due to some-yet-to-be-disclosed all-knowing foresight. The hero has to come face to face with who he was and how he looks through the eyes of others, such as Maddy. I was quite annoyed with Maddy, but that's ok. I don't have to see a character as being everything we are all supposed to want to be like to still be interested in their story. I have to say that I was still having trouble buying into their connection at the end of the book, but I think...that the message was love is unpredictable, and what you see on the surface is not the deep part of someone that determines what they seek in others. This was a thoroughly intriguing story and very much out of the romance mold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not really surprised that there aren't more 5 stars, because this story is complicated and real! These characters STRUGGLE, but I think it makes their relationship more believable and rewarding. These aren't two fluffy headed Brits meeting during the season and chasing each other over on the mall. This is a man who has hit bottom and can either give in to oblivion or fight. I can honestly say that I don't know if I even liked the hero for most of the story. He was a jerk and acted dishonorably in the beginning of the story, but he certainly earned my respect at the end (notice how I mentioned respect...I'm still not sure I like the guy). At first I was surprised that these two characters got together (a Quaker and a nobleman?), but I've had some time to reflect and read beyond their superficial character descriptions to the strong wills that both of these characters have and need to be together. Great read! If you're tired of non-sense fluff try Mrs. Kinsale
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romancefanWI More than 1 year ago
The plot was well-thought out and very unusual for a romance novel. But it worked well and the chemistry between the characters was great. I'd recommend you check this one out.
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kayb57 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.