Print (e-book) & Audio
Title: Flowers From The Storm
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Laura Kinsale
Narrator: Nicholas Boulton
Publisher: E-Book: Harper Collins, 2009
Audio: Hedgehog, 2013
Source: Purchase, $1.99 e-book & $3.99 Audio
Pages: 565 (listening hours 18+)
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
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 womanizing rake can be irresistible, and even his most casual attentions fascinated the sheltered Maddy Timms, quiet daughter of a simple mathematician.
He’s the Duke of Jervaulx…powerful, rich, and intelligent and locked in a lunatic asylum.
Christian Langland, The Duke of Jervaulx, is a brilliant mathematician and so is the father of Maddy Timms. Mr. Timms and Christian collaborate on a paper to be presented to an austere assemblage. At first Maddy thinks him an egomaniac and rude human, as she sees his interactions with her father her opinion softens but she is totally shocked when she and her father go to stay with her uncle at his insane asylum and find the Duke a patient. The young Duke has had a stroke (Apoplexy) and appears to be wild. Maddie makes it her mission to help him overcome his affliction. This is the story of her efforts and the Duke’s progress.
This book is revered by many as the quintessential Historical Romance and for good reason. Originally published in 1992, it is brilliantly realized by the author’s use of prose and her ability to evoke the emotions surrounding the duke’s affliction. The romance is slow to bloom and passionate. There are terrible trials and much suspense about the outcome of both the duke’s life and the romance. Christian is certainly one of the most tortured heroes in romantic novels, perhaps he is at the top of the list. That he may or may not recover is always a possibility throughout the book.
Currently this book is only $1.99 for Kindle and $3.99 on Audible when you buy the Kindle book. I chose to listen to this book mainly as I was challenged to do so by a friend who said that Nicholas Boulton, the narrator, was one of the best. I shall forever defer to this friend’s judgement for Mr. Boulton’s narration was absolute perfection. That makes the book 5-stars and the narration 5-stars.
If you are hungering for a wonderful romance, here it is.