Flowers from the Storm

he Duke of Jervaulx was brilliant- and dangerous. Considered dissolute, reckless, and extravagant, he was transparently referred to as he " D of J " in scandal sheets. But sometimes the most womanizing rakehell can be irresistible, and alway his most causal attentions fascinated the sheltered Maddy Timms.

Eventuall one fateful day she receives the shocking news- the duke is lost to the world. And Maddy knows it is her destiny to help him and her only chance to convince he true man behind the wicked facade.

But she never dreamed her gentle, healing touch would alter his life and her own so completely- and bind them together in need, desire ... and love.
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Flowers From the Storm
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Published May 27th 2003 by Avon (first published 1992

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She is there to volunteer time with the patients at the facility, and there is where they begin a journey together to help him save his cognitive speech abilities ( the primary disability he suffered) and regain his social standard in life ( he 's a duke).

These people do go for " all emotional self-torture, all thi time " when it omes to what they consider a good story, but that 's just not me I guess.

Afterall, it does n't ake much work to remain " miserable and undecided, " and that 's exactly how I interpreted this read the whol way for the eroine.

he hero does come to some self-improvements, but I flucuated between truly caring for his character or just feeling sorry for the way the heroine constantly demonized him and his way of life ( ton society).

I 've actually committed myself to read at least one more book of her 's to perhaps find the " good one " for me.

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Well, I didn ’ t have to try hard at all with this story, and no matter how many times I ’ ve ttempted to rite his review, I find myself in tears.

So how does one review a book like tha, one that hits so close to home that it literally ould be your own story?

Part of what give th story so hard for me to rite about is that I ’ m married to a Maddy, the protagonis of th ook, my husband being a an who uses God as the ruler by which everyone is measured, and no one, especially not me, measures up.

Especially, as you might see, I might ’ t eem to write a coherent review of Flowers from the Storm, and trust me, I ’ ve spent months trying.

And as silly as it might sound, I ’ ve been afraid to rite a review, because if you ’ ve read this book and didn ’ t like it, or if you believe as Christian ’ s sister and Maddy did, that he was deserving of the “ punishment ” God set upon him, then you believe those things about me, reall, because ook is my life.

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Flowers From The Storm, by Laura Kinsale: 5 Perfect Stars

“ Prim and decent, chaste, careful, loyal, moderately brave in some hings, a lion in a few, and when he touched her, she fluttered—nice feminine flutter, modesty and passion. ”~ Christian Langland, the Duke of Jervaulx* Damaged* Tortured* Extravagant* Rakish* Devious* HedonisticAnd, a nobleman.

But God had taken the Duke of Jervaulx down to the level of Maddy Timms.

From an equal vantage, the Devil smiled at kittens and her… and Maddy felt the prick of it on her heart like a tiny claw that seized at her for safety. ” ~Archimedea Timms, aka: MaddyAll wrong for each other.

Save for the Duke and her friend ’ s mutual love of mathematics, they ’ d reall have met at all.

I am born a Friend, Jervaulx.

Thou art born a nobleman.

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his is one of them.Because of how much I hated the nove, this is th moderatel long review.

If you intend to understan why, keep reading.Laura Kinsale just does n't write enough books for me.

I wasn ’ t going to write him off just yet.With Laura Kinsale, you don ’ t just get an entertaining romance.

I wante some identification with her as a person of faith, but at the same time, I sai that she gives people of faith a bad name because of her legalistic and judgmental way of life.

It was hurtful how she denied the love she felt for Jervaulx, as if it was an ugly thing.

It hurt me to read because I ca see deep down that Jervaulx needed her so much, and she needed him, and loving someone can be intense and powerful ( and yes, inconvenient) without being an obsession or leading to doom and destruction.

In his own way, he did believe in God, but seeing faith in such an ugly way pushed him further away from God and into th life that didn ’ t have much meaning outside of his scientific pursuits.

She didn ’ t appear to get what it was like to be him, to realize that he as one step away from being trappe in an asylum for the est of his life.

The scenes between Maddy and Jervaulx where their feelings are budding, blooming and coming to full life were the essence of romance.

It ’ s what makes my heart beat fast when I read romance books.

While Jervaulx and Maddy didn ’ t make sense to someone on the outside looking in, who lacked insight, it makes perfect sense to me.I put this book off for a ong time, but it as a case of reading it at exactly the right time.

I have been going through a horrible book slump, feeling apathetic about reading.

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5 Maddygirl stars.I loved this one.

hen one fateful day she receives the shocking news- the duke is lost to the world.

And Maddy knows it is her destiny to help him and her only chance to ind he true man behind the wicked facade.

Christian, the Duke of Jervaulx is a brilliant mathematician.

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