The Shadow and the Star

The Shadow and the Star

by Laura Kinsale
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Shadow and the Star 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Crystal_ More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good surprise. The characters are multi-dimensional and the story is goes from delicate to heart-wrenching to mind-sweeping.It is one of those touching magical books that make you believe in the power of communication and realistic enough not to give us an easy happy ever after ending but the impression that love is built over time, patiently and has to be worked on constantly. It is a delicious labour though and this author gets it right.
Anonymous 11 days ago
The very best book I've read in a long time!
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I read probably 75 romance novels a year...I'm a bit sheepish to admit. This one has been my favorite of the last 15 months. I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish. Kinsale does an extraordinary job with the main couple, secondary characters, plot, and setting. The story of Sam and Leda will stay with you. FYI: this a sequel to The Hidden Heart.
SunDancer1 More than 1 year ago
This was my first read from this author but, it won't be the last. The story shifted back between the past and the present filling in very nicely all the blanks about the early lives of the main characters. The authors writing of the supporting characters were so smoothly incorporated that, they were also an intergral part of the book. To see such a beautifully described male find such a stong partner when both has so much against them was heart-warming. I won't give away any spoilers. Just wished we could have witnessed more of the ever after possibly see a future little shadow/star in the making.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, made me cry at some points.
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srbSH More than 1 year ago
His psychological scars have shaped his life with the Ashland family for whom he's an indispensable amanuensis. A man with golden looks, who has picked his surname out of a book, Samuel Gerard is tirelessly devoted to Lady Tess and to her daughter Kai, Lady Catherine, whom he dreams of marrying. To this end he has built his fortune in the shipping trade. From his teens he has become part of the Japanese subculture in Hawaii and has trained in shadow arts with the Japanese Master Dojun to develop rigid self-control and physical mastery. In parallel chapters the novel tells Leda Etoile's story: an orphan brought up to behave as a lady and know all the strictures of society, she's now an impoverished seamstress trying to get by. Leda has wistful notions about love and is disturbed by nightmares of a presence in her garret. In London after almost two decades to reconnect with society, the ladies and Samuel meet Leda at a fitting with the modiste she works for. Leda is taken with Samuel who looks at her intently. He is the shadow in her room, by night stealing priceless Japanese swords, hiding them in her room until he places them in bondage houses so that the police can close them down. Leda is pulled into the Ashland household as Samuel's secretary and to advise him how to court Kai. But that's a lost cause on three counts: Kai thinks of Samuel as an adored brother; there's a pull towards Leda that Samuel can't resist; and their naïve, major indiscretion leads to marriage. He's the man for her: Leda reveres and admires Samuel because of, not in spite of, his past; and she gives him her love in an offbeat, ladylike, and determined way. After a thrilling, final confrontation with two Japanese clans, and saved by the intervention of Leda and a shark, Samuel finally throws his reserve to the wind and knows that only she is the woman for him.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the heroine was very cute with her overly polite speech and the hero was great with his matter-of-fact observations. I would have liked to have them really work out the issues and understand each other, although I did buy that they would fall in love. I'd give it the full five stars except that I felt they hadn't ironed out the problem at the bottom of it all by the end. Otherwise, very fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had not read a romance novel in years. This story was wonderful. Thoughtful writing and true romance. Respectful of the true feelings between man and woman.