Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Book Review Club: Lessons In French

by Laura Kinsale
Regency romance, Source Books, 2010

Laura Kinsale has long been one of my favorite romance authors, so I was thrilled to see she had a new book out earlier this year. I bought the Kindle version right away. I was a little surprised to see that it was lighter fare than the books I'd loved in the past, full of angst and flawed characters. But I found Lessons In French to be quite delightful.

Lady Calista's quiet rural life is upset by the return of a neighbor's scapegrace son and her first love. Trev, le duc de Monceaux, aka Thibault LeBlanc, is on the run after being convicted of forgery, but pardoned on the condition he leave the country. His mother is ill and he wants to visit her. When he meets Callie again, he finds that his desire for her is unabated.

I loved both characters. Callie is shy and awkward in company, but intelligent, competent and independent-minded. She has a romantic streak, however, that Trev can always trigger. Trev is a bit of scoundrel, but with a noble streak and Robin Hood tendencies. I've always loved Laura Kinsale's books, so I grabbed this one right away. It's probably her lightest romance, with lots of amusing bits, esp. involving Callie's prize bull Hubert. Trev's mother is also quite funny, with a dry sense of humor. If you like Georgette Heyer, you just might enjoy some Lessons In French!


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Keri Mikulski said...

Love a good romance. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

Teresa said...

Great review, Linda. Thanks for recommending the book.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Keri and Teresa, thanks for dropping by the blog.


Lucy said...

I was loving the review and then you compared it to Georgette Heyer, who's book I reviewed - and loved. I'm going to have to check this one out. :o)

Thanks for the recommendation.

Sarah Laurence said...

Nice summary and thanks for the recommendation.

Anonymous said...

This sounds really good! Love the setting, too!

Linda McLaughlin said...

Lucy, the humor and sound of the shenanigans in the book reminded me of Heyer's romances.

Sarah and Kathy, thanks for dropping by.

Stacy said...

Sounds intriguing. I've only tried a Laura Kinsale once. Maybe it's time for give her another try.

Beth Yarnall said...

Oh! I think I got this one free at the RWA conference. I shipped the books so I won't find out until they get here next week. Can't wait! Thanks for a great review!!!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Don't think I have ever read a romance per se. Funny how we all stay in our little boxes, seldom venturing out.

Barrie said...

I don't read a lot of romance. But...I have a critique partner who is writing one. So, I think I should venture out of my little box (a la Patti of Pattinase' Blogs comment) and read this one.

David Cranmer said...

I've read my first romance novel, enjoyed it, and would consider this for a second.

Thanks for the review.