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. It’s Laura Kinsale at the top of her game – or anybody else’s, for that matter. I read Flowers From the Storm 4 times and each time was as heart wrenching as. flowers from the storm Oh yeah, and I read Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm and never looked at linguistics, illness, communication.

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Hmmm, what to say about Th From the Storm? Sometimes the muse rocks. The odd tidbit of original inspiration for Flowers came from a great-aunt of mine. When I was fairly young—7 or 8? My grandmother, her sister, brought her to live at home for the next ten years. Forgive me, I was young and afraid of her. My grandmother always insisted that she could understand what was said to her, and stood by her to the end.

Many years later, many—out of nowhere, the thought came to me that my grandmother had been right. That my great-aunt had been trapped behind a wall. It was a stunning realization. I spent a fascinating period researching brain damage while writing Flowers from the Storm. A one-time bleeding in the brain caused by a malformed blood vessel. He never had another one, I promise.

I deliberately made him left-handed because left-handers have an atypical layout of speech centers in the brain, and often recover better from aphasic injuries. One of the many strange and wonderful facts Floweers stumbled across in my research on the brain: Dtorm you know that sailors who spend long periods at sea, away from their wives, have a higher-than-normal percentage of left-handed children?

The story, the language, the emotional intensity: I often wonder if I actually wrote that book or if it wrote itself while I was reading all those medical texts! Comments closed due to spam. Feel free to email me or make contact on Twitter or Facebook. All opinions are welcome, positive or negative, but civility and polite language are required for comments to remain.

Political or religious references are not allowed, unless directly related to the book under discussion. I do answer questions but I seldom give interpretations about my books or characters, because I enjoy hearing what readers see in them. These comments and discussions replace my old forum at The Terrace.

Book discussions may contain spoilers. I am a bookseller at Borders. I just wanted you to know that I just did a staff pick display and I whenever I do those, Flowers From the Storm is my first choice. This book is one of my all time favorites. It showed me that Romance can be so much more. Thank you, Laura, you rocked my cerebral world.

Erin, thanks so much. I am an avid reader. I read a book daily. I read Flowers From the Storm 4 times and each time was as heart wrenching as the first. I seem to feel what they feel and cry when they cry. Thank you for writing it.


I know I will read it again and again. I have told all my friends about you and they are now tuned in to your books. Wow, Patricia, a book a day! That is the best compliment for a writer, when a reader feels what the characters feel. Thank you for telling your friends, too. We need to be patient, as only in the smallest increments does his comprehension improve. We, like Maddy, are impressed with his determination as he regains the ability to communicate.

This is one book that gets better every time you re-read it!

I want to cheer! By this time I was a total fan, reading every word I could find anywhere about upcoming books to get a clue for your next book. As has been said before by many, it is one of the all time best books ever. After the fun of reading French Lessons, I went back and re-read Flowers from the Storm, my original copy with its fabulous Fabio-chested cover requiring discreet book-folding in public.

Of course, this book is my all-time favourite. I was learning more about trauma to the brain and at the same time, enjoying a beautiful love story. Thank you, Laura Kinsale. Lfowers dare you to resist that eloquent beckoning hand and grocery store bouquet. Tiger Woods ; it would take something as world-shattering as a stroke to re-orient his mental and emotional atorm to genuine fidelity.

Even more random was the occurrence since I donot usualy kinale romance novels.

And what a delightful surprise. For a classic reader like me, it was sort thee a jolt. But, this one will forever remain my favourite of hers. Flowers in the Storm was the first book by you that I read.

This made rading the book difficult because it was emotionally exhausting. However, it is one of my very all time favorite books. I always look forward to finding one I do not have, and am looking forward to French Lessons. I gave this book to my mother for Christmas. Kinasle think any reader who is expecting a formulaic or cheesy, historically inaccurate, typical romance, is in for a huge surprise the minute they pick this one up.

It truly transcends the genre and takes romantic storytelling to a whole new level. I floeers so thrilled you are writing again! Flowers has long been my very favorite romance novel.

Flowers from the Storm

Christian and Maddy, perhaps not the best of people on their own, are perfect as a pair; they fit together like puzzle pieces whose ragged edges fill each other out. There is the sense always of the eloquence of their story, which melds beautifully with the lean, elegant prose.

Watching Feom and Christian learn and grow while remaining true to themselves is simply…incredible. By the way, is Christian influenced in any way by Evariste Galois, the 20 year old mathematical genius who was killed in a duel the day after he crafted his famous proof which indicated that there are no general equations for polynomials above degree 4? I read this book after reading a recommendation by Diana Gabaldon, one of my favorite authors.


I was in no way frmo. Christian was my first experience with a disabled hero. He was truely flawed and his recovery and personal growth were wonderful. Maddy was conflicted, innocent and intelligent. I loved her moral compass which helped Christian find his. I felt that I could not breathe when he could not. I felt like screaming in frustration when no one could understand him.

But more—oh, far more—I felt like rejoicing when he got Churchill in his pocket. When he wept over his daughter. When he saw the legendary hound… and many other times too numerous to put here. I loved this so much that when my husband—who reads even more than I do—asked me to suggest a good fictional novel to break the monotony of his college cirriculum, I reccommended this one.

Since he is a pyschology major, I figured it would appeal to him. He carried it with him whenever he left the house until he was finished, unmindful of bare-chested Fabio on the cover. Afterward, he told me that he understood flowees Laura Kinsale is my all-time favorite author.

She is a master storyteller. If a historical romance can win over a man… wow. I had always been an avid romance reader in my early teens, twenties and thirties but for one reason or the other which escapes me at this pointI went on a 10 year hiatus of not reading these kind of books. One serendipitous flowerx, I found myself in the romance section of a bookstore.

Gossamer Obsessions: “Flowers from the Storm,” by Laura Kinsale

I think nostalgia brought me there. And this flowrrs beckoned to me No, it was not the Fabio cover, but the new one that spoke to me…. Hmmm, I wonder what romance novels are like these days, I thought to myself. After buying this book, I went home to read it.

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Little did I know that this book would open the door once again to my romance reading addiction. I felt quite stunned while reading this book and felt that the quality and poignancy of romance novels have improved by leaps and bounds. I absolutely love it. Thank you for the wonderful book and thank you for the marvelous love story, so perfect and beautiful…in summary, thank you for your enormous talent.

I have been reading romance novels since I was a teenager. Over the years I have gathered favorite authors and will often pick up their books based on name alone, without reading an excerpt.