Lessons in French

Lessons in French

by Laura Kinsale
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Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale

Laura Kinsale's unique and powerfully written love stories transcend the romance genre. In this, her first new book in five years, she delivers a poignant, funny, sexy, Regency romance sure to delight her many fans and attract a whole new readership.

Trevelyan and Callie are childhood sweethearts with a taste for adventure, until the fateful day her father discovers them embracing in the carriage house and, in a furious frenzy, drives Trevelyan away in disgrace. Nine long, lonely years later, Trevelyan returns. Callie discovers that he can still make her blood race and fill her life with excitement, but he can't give her the one thing she wants more than anything-himself.

For Trevelyan, Callie is a spark of light in a world of darkness and deceit. Before he can bear to say his last goodbyes, he's determined to sweep her into one last, fateful adventure, just for the two of them.

Praise for Lessons in French:
"Laura Kinsale creates magic. Her characters live, breathe, charm, and seduce, and her writing is
as delicious and perfectly served as wine in a crystal glass."— Lisa Kleypas
"I loved it! Lessons in French is a delicious new Kinsale that couples the charm of Midsummer Moon with the intensity of Seize the Fire or The Shadow and the Star. Intrigue, drama, secrets, passion, and a grand romance make this a wonderful addition to Laura Kinsale's already excellent repertoire."— Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling author of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
"A rich and rewarding romance from the legendary Laura Kinsale!"—Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of Loving a Lost Lord
"A truly gifted writer, Laura Kinsale is one of the romance genre's brightest stars."—Loretta Chase, New York Times bestselling author of Don't Tempt Me

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402245640
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 286,980
File size: 949 KB

About the Author

Laura Kinsale, a former geologist, is the New York Times bestselling author of Flowers from the Storm, The Prince of Midnight, and Seize the Fire. She and her husband divide their time between Santa Fe and Dallas.


Laura Kinsale, a former geologist, is the New York Times bestselling author of Flowers from the Storm, The Prince of Midnight, and Seize the Fire. She and her husband divide their time between Santa Fe and Dallas.

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Lessons in French 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
Although there were occasional "light" moments, funny or comical were never words I have used in connection with this wonderful author until Lessons in French. Trevelyan Davis d'Augustin is an endearing, but failed hero who time and again has had to find his way out of a pickle caused by his temper or impulsivity. His solutions are often over-the-top intricately staged distractions under cover of which he makes his escape. His childhood best friend, the intriguingly named Callista Taillefaire, as solidly earthbound as Trev is out-of-bounds, could be convinced to join in many of his escapades until Trev was forced to leave. During the ten years without Trev, Callie's interests turned to animal husbandry, raising prize bulls, mucking about in the farmyard while other young ladies were mucking about at balls. But now her cousin Jasper is the head of the family with a wife whose purpose is to push the two Taillefaire women out of her house and into marriage (or spinsterhood). Lady Callie is a self-effacing heiress, and her claim to social fame is that she has been jilted 3 times. She copes by retreating into daydreams. But even those don't help when Jasper loses Callie's prize bull, Hubert, in a wager and she realizes that nothing is hers. Into this mix returns Trev, whose maman is gravely ill, and the two friends fall into familiar patterns. Puzzling to Trev is why the three jilts. Is it blackmail, as he's led to believe? Is Callie's fortune intact? Why won't she believe that he loves her and that she's beautiful. Callie wonders what happened to Trev. Is he married as the scandal sheets say? Their final escapade is to retrieve the bull, but it's also time for Trev to stop hiding under beds, in closets, or even in plain sight. It's time for Callie to come into her own, to speak her mind and rescue Trev. In the Author's Note, Kinsale explains that she wanted to write "light" with this book. Amusing, sometimes downright silly secondary characters help her to this end.
dayzd89 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale is a lovely, refreshing read. I found myself really caring for the characters, especially for Callie and Trev. All the obstacles they faced strengthened their relationship/friendship in the end, and I love the fact that they had history together and weren’t just strangers that looked at each other and immediately fell in love. There is an actual story to their romance, and that is rare to find in books nowadays with the plethora of instant love that ignites between characters. Callie is a sweetheart, and the fact that she has a profound love for animals made me really connect to her. While other people see cows and pigs as dirty barn animals, she sees their intelligence and kindness. But she’s not only loving toward animals; she’s always keeping others in mind and doing whatever she can to help. She’s selfless in a lot of ways, and it really endeared me to her character. Trev is also a sweetheart and unfortunately as one finds out in the novel, people take advantage of that fact. I recommend this novel to historical romance and romance fans alike. It has wonderful characters, witty humor and the right amount of passion to make a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable romp. The characters were delightful. I also liked that the only conflict were the misunderstandings between the characters. I liked how that both were hung up on their own perceived inadequacies and didn't want to be rejected, which felt realistic. P.S. This is the same review I submitted to GoodReads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book because it was the deal of the day and am pretty glad I didn't spend the full $7 on it. Callie, a rich man's daughter, has a youthful indiscretion with Trevelyan, a local French immigrant. Callie's father puts a quick end to it and the parties move forward. Fast forward 10 years. Callie has been jilted 3 times and she can't understand why. She may not be particularly beautiful but she is certainly rich. Still, it doesn't look like she will be marrying anytime soon and so she decides to put her efforts into finding her sister a husband who will tolerate his sister-in-law enough to house her.  Enter Trevelyan. He returns to visit with his dying mother when he runs into Callie. Trevelyan is astounded she hasn't married. Old habits die hard and they pick up almost where they left off - that is, participating in escapades and such.  The most interesting character in the novel is Hubert, the bull. He provides great levity and becomes the focus of Callie and Trev's attention.  
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I've read several Laura Kinsale books, but this is by far my favorite. It's a lovely romance, but it also has a lot of humor. I always love a book that can actually make me laugh out loud, and this book difinately does that. The characters have a lot of depth, and the banter is very witty. The relationship between the two main characters is amusing to watch as it grows. Trevelyan is irresistable! I recomend this book to anyone!
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I have read all of Laura Kinsale's books and loved them all. She is not a "formula" romance writer. She has always managed to make each book distinctive and, in so doing, not everyone appreciates all her work. However, I will continue to keep watching for any new work by Laura Kinsale.
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