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Flowers from the Storm | [Laura Kinsale]

Flowers from the Storm

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.
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Publisher's Summary

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to narrate her classic romance Flowers from the Storm - cited by readers of The Washington Post and Glamour magazine as "one of the greatest love stories of all time" - creating a fresh and unique work that brings all the power and intensity of the original to audio.

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    Ann Hawkins Auckland, New Zealand 11-14-14
    Ann Hawkins Auckland, New Zealand 11-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Short fuse

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    "Refreshingly different, impeccably delivered."

    Great combination of imaginative story-telling accompanied by outstanding narration. I liked this book so much that I sought out more titles by the same writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. A. Newsome Cincinnati, OH USA 10-15-14
    C. A. Newsome Cincinnati, OH USA 10-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful!"

    Laura Kinsale is one of my favorite authors. I've always loved this story and the way Kinsale portrays the Duke's slow recovery from his stroke as well as society's misconceptions about his condition. Maddy's Quaker upbringing provides one of the few believable plot devices I've seen in romantic fiction for her initial distain for the handsome duke. The narration is wonderful. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of Kinsale's books as narrated by Nicholas Boulton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 10-09-14
    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2003

    NKBH

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    "Not Your Usual Romantic Novel"

    I have never been a reader of romantic fiction, but I picked up Flowers from the Storm on an Audible sale. I started listening to this wonderful complicated story and fell into the characters with great joy and had to listen to complete book in one weekend. The Duke's struggle was so very real especially listening to him struggle to get out each word. It is well worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-01-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Beautiful story...beautifully read!"

    As a book reader I would never have chosen a Kinsale book, as an Audible listener I was exposed to a review of her works and took a chance. I am so thankful because this is the most beautiful story, beautifully written and beautifully narrated. So if you haven't...take a chance!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra L. Agus Eau Claire, WI 03-22-14
    Sandra L. Agus Eau Claire, WI 03-22-14 Member Since 2012

    At home mother of three girls. I love reading and romance is my favorite category. A little paranormal also thrown in is nice ok too.

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    "AMAZING"
    If you could sum up Flowers from the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Stunning, emotional and moving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to choose between Christian, the Duke, and Maddy Timms. But she stays strong and tries to keep to her principles. Even through all the madness around her.


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?

    Mr. Boulton is an amazingly talented narrator. His performance with the Duke 's illness was so remarkable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Near the end when the Duke spoke in front of Quakers meeting. It was very moving. It always brings me to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Laura Kinsale's books are wonderful and well worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charyle Howard, PA, United States 02-16-14
    Charyle Howard, PA, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "FAV ROMANCE EVER!"
    If you could sum up Flowers from the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    A FOREVER KEEPER


    What other book might you compare Flowers from the Storm to and why?

    wow, can't think of one


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?

    the duke


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    being a bad quaker, can be a really good thing!


    Any additional comments?

    This book has led me to buy all her books, and keep them, and also in audio. It is a book, and author I recommend to any romance reader!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl San Diego, CA, United States 12-19-13
    Cheryl San Diego, CA, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I expected."

    The story starts off as the typical historical romance, which I like. Then it takes an unexpected turn. I spent the rest of the story wondering if anyone else would understand what was wrong with the Duke. Great story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mercy Boujarwah Pittsburgh, PA United States 11-17-13
    Mercy Boujarwah Pittsburgh, PA United States 11-17-13
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    "An Absolutely Absorbing Story!"
    Would you listen to Flowers from the Storm again? Why?

    I have already listened to it more than once! Nicholas Boulton's performance is a masterpiece! I am generally inclined to stay away from male narrators, but Mr. Boutlon is in a class of his own!


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?

    I loved his performance of Christian. The halting speech, his very struggle, is clear in Mr. Boulton's performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot rave enough about this book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bookworm2bookworm Chi Town, IL USA 11-12-13
    bookworm2bookworm Chi Town, IL USA 11-12-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Brilliant story and brilliant narration!"
    If you could sum up Flowers from the Storm in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking; Romantic; Sensual


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That would be the heroine, Maddy Timms. The conflict she went through between her religious beliefs and the responsibility and strong attraction to Jarvaulx was extraordinarily written, which tells me that the author did her homework when it came to the knowledge of Quaker Beliefs.It was fascinating watching her character grow and develop right in front of me!


    What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

    Nicholas Boulton was brilliant as each character emerged, especially the hero. He made me cringe as I felt the frustration The Duke of Jervaulx was going through; he made me laugh as I listened to the Duke's friends and servants; he melted my heart as he read the sensual scenes....*sigh*...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene in which Maddy tries to bring some dignity to Christian by dressing him in his own clothes and then realizing that she had him all dressed in his riding clothes complete with spurs, is heartbreaking as he is devastated to realize that he's not to leave his cell....


    Any additional comments?

    This is without a doubt one of the most romantic stories I have ever read [and I have read a lot of them], but it’s not just that. This is a love story of epic proportions; a story of conflict of not so much good and evil, but of one’s inbred religious beliefs versus one’s faith in humanity.I applaud the author for her brilliant writing of Christian's speech impairment which made me acutely aware of his pain, frustration and impotence.As for narration…The voice of Nicholas Boulton was mesmerizing as he read every character in the book to perfection. He was brilliant as Christian, showing me the frustration and rage so well written by the author, and as Maddy, with her thee/thou Quaker speech. And then he acted out to perfection Christian’s friends, Maddy’s father, Christian’s Aunt….and on and on…What a range this man has! Awesome job Mr. Boulton!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PattiC2 maine 11-06-13
    PattiC2 maine 11-06-13

    reviews for fun

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    "Wonderful!"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to in a long time. I hated it to end. The combined talents of the author and the narrator make it a wonderful listen. I found myself very emotional. I can not honestly say that there have not been many books to bring me to tears. I would be amazed if whoever reads this book is not as touched by it as I was. Anyone have any kleenex?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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