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20 February 2010

Book Review: Lessons In French by Laura Kinsale

Title: Lessons In French
Author: Laura Kinsale
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
Paperback: 480 pages
ISBN: 9781402237010
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance


About the novel:

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.

My Review:

Lessons In French
is a deliciously delightful historical romance novel that will leave the reader wanting to read more of Kinsale's novels. While this novel is a light read, it is not lacking in plot, character development or romantic story. The soon-to-be-late Earl of Shelford discovers his daughter Callie and her lover Trevelyn in an uncompromising situation and immediately rectifies the situation with Trevelyn returning to France and Callie being left unhappy. While Trevelyn was away Callie was jilted by three lovers and while her father made certain reparations were made, providing Callie with her own money, she never got over her love for Trevelyn. One night while at a ball she sees him again after so many years apart. His mother is gravely ill and he has at long last come home to care for his mother and with the aid of Callie, helps to restore the sorry state of disrepair Dove house has fallen into. Trevelyn, Duc de Monceux thought he was coming back to England to aid his mother and to his surprise ended up with far more than he bargained for. Will Callie and Trevelyn finally be allowed to be together or will the cruel hand of fate once again step in and separate these two lovers? Kinsale has once again proven why historical romances are such a delight to read and while Lessons In French may not be her deepest and most complex novel, it is indeed an intriguing read that will sweep the reader off their feet and transport them to another time.

About the Author: Laura Kinsale has a fabulous website and can also be found on Twitter.

I received a complimentary copy of Lessons In French by Laura Kinsale from Sourceboks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I enjoy historical novels of all genre. Thanks for a fine review.

Bill ;-)

Hope you'll check out my book giveaway:

China said...

Oh, so it's a novel. My google reader only showed the title of the book so I came here thinking it's a book about learning French... (I'm interested in langages)

Mary said...

Nice review - I look forward to reading this book!

Geri said...

I think I need a little getting "swept off my feet" and although historical romances aren't my thing...I will give this one a try based on your review...thanks,Jennifer.

Joanna said...

Sounds interesting. I love historically based novels, especially before bed with chocolate milk. Happy SITS Sharefest!!!

stacybuckeye said...

This one is already on my wish list. Glad you liked it!