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But there's also something to be said for having a book where there are some genuine laughs, and where the characters have problems, but not ones that leave the reader prostrated in a teary heap on the floor. Sometimes you want something light and fun, and Lessons in French is that, but it's light and fun with substance, which for me is a perfect combination. Once again I read along with the audiobook narrated by Nicholas Boulton. He does such a brilliant job with these books, bringing all the characters to life and adding such emotion to my reading experience.
And, on a shallow note, you haven't lived until you've heard his beautiful, sexy voice whispering sweet nothings in your ear. Especially when they're in French. Aug 21, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kinsale is the gold standard in historical romance! Jan 20, Katie babs rated it really liked it. Other than being at odds with these relatives, Callista loves to raise livestock, including her favorite bull, Hubert, who she treats more like a pet than a farm animal.
Callista and Trev used to be teenage sweethearts. She was given French lessons from the Madame. Trev taught Callista very different lessons in French that is until her father caught them intimately together in a carriage. Callista was heartbroken because Trev left England without a word. He arrives unannounced during a ball and re-acquaints himself with Callista. Trev went to France to search for his family property that was lost during The Terror, as well as fighting at Waterloo.
He has returned home to Shelford to see his mother and hide from the law.
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He turns to Callista for help. Trev wants to be friends with Callista again because he has missed her all this time. To make matters worse for Trev, Sturgeon and he had a past together. Callista is torn between Trev and Sturgeon because on one hand, Sturgeon can give her the stability she has always wanted, but on the other, she cares deeply for Trev even though she thinks he only views her as a friend.
Trev tries to show Callista that what he feels for her is more than friendship, but because she thinks she has nothing to offer except her fortune, and because Trev is dashing and has been on many adventures, he would never want to settle down with a boring nobody like her. When she finds out, it maybe too late for them because not only does she have to figure out a way to get Hubert back, but juggles two men who want her for their own reasons.
Lessons in French is a delightful romance that pulls you in, where you are surrounded by the sites and sounds of rustic England after the Napoleonic Wars. I would say this is part adventure, part comedy as Callista and Trev team up together. Callista is a wonderful heroine who has wit and intelligence, even though she maybe lacking in looks and overall sparkling personality.
Her reasons for letting Sturgeon court her may turn off some readers, but she has her reasons for doing so. I must hand it to Laura because she really makes Trev shine. Trev may seem experienced, but has an innocent quality to him. Lessons in French is like a breath of fresh air, that twenty pages into reading, I stopped and thought, this is the reason I read historical romance. Feb 21, Bark rated it it was amazing Shelves: My March local reading group selection.
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Her book Flowers from the Storm was one of my favorite reads back before I overdosed on long, angsty, historical romance novels. She has always had a problem making chit chat with men and now at 27 she has given up on marriage and is content to remain a wallflower, move in with her younger sister and continue her quiet life contentedly breeding her prized bulls. He spots her and immediately heads straight her way and sets her heart all a-flutter with his charm. Callie and Trev were on their way to becoming way more than friends when her dad put an end to it.
No daughter of his was going to be soiled by the likes of Trev. Will she be able to resist? Seriously, did I just ask that question?
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I can see that even though Trev has a shady past that is following him and that he is probably going to keep secrets for far, far too long, he really is a big softie when it comes to making Callie happy. And Callie deserves happiness. Actually, her love for one of her bulls nearly brought me to tears a time or two.
Trev and Callie were fabulous together; two truly likable characters that were meant to be together despite all of the obstacles and everything the ton had to say. There were moments when they mistrusted each others true feelings and where they withheld things that should have been said. I may even dig out another historical romance from the pile soon.
View all 5 comments. Me ha gustado mucho. DNF about halfway through. I did not like this. I guess this was supposed to be light and sweet and funny, but I just couldn't see it. And also, there will be ranting. I need to vent. You have been warned… The good first: I absolutely adore Nicholas Boulton.
He's a wonderful narrator. His voice is really wonderful, and he does an incredible job. And now for what bugged me and please keep in mind I am easily irritated, so take everything I say with a grain DNF about halfway through. And now for what bugged me and please keep in mind I am easily irritated, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Everyone else I know loved this one, so it really has to be me: You'd think I would've liked a day-dreaming, head-in-the-clouds woman who still pines for her first love.
I don't enjoy reading about women with self-esteem so non-existent that they will never cease beating you over the head with the fact that they are old 28 in this case , ugly she has red hair, pale skin that tends to flush when she is embarrassed, and big boobs. She's so ugly, boring, dull, and insipid, how could anyone love her?!? Where keeping livestock is really just the sensible thing to do But I don't care. Call me unfeeling, but I don't enjoy being continually reminded of the heroine's "faults" and just plain hideousness. I gotta say, I honestly don't blame any of the men who jilted her Also, she is… Well.
How to say this… Not very bright in my opinion. See, at some point, her dad discovered her and her "best friend" he who couldn't possible love her because she is so ugly making out. Next thing you know, he disappears without a word. The thought that her daddy dearest threatened him out to leave her alone not once enters her head. Or, take one of her suitors: Girl, he already jilted you once and wants to marry your only for your money. What did you expect?
That he was nice and decent after all? I just can't… 2 The "hero": I'm still a bit fuzzy on his exact backstory.
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It seems inconsistent to me, because his lies kept changing. But then, I didn't finish it, so I really can't say how things turn out. Also, I'm sorry, but I don't admire a man who doesn't have the guts to have an honest conversation halfway through a book, however uncomfortable it might be. Whenever she wasn't complaining about how unworthy she is, he was doing the exact same thing he has secrets! She wouldn't love him! At which point I figured, good riddance.
Also, let's talk about their first time: I am still not sure who was the virgin in that room, but before anything happens we are treated to a lovely monologue on how great his restraint is and how his cold and unfeeling nature has kept him from getting emotionally involved and how thankful the girl should be that he managed to keep it in his pants until now. But really, a naked girl in his bed is really just not something he can ignore. She is just so beautiful which she still won't believe at that point that he has to have her and slam into her without any care. So romantic… 3 Smaller things that annoyed me: The bucolic animal humor and ridiculous things happening with bulls, pigs, fowl… Le sigh.
Not my kind of funny, I guess. My French is far from perfect, but there were some words and phrases that just sounded incredibly off to me Maybe at some point, when I'm in a better mood, I will get back to this. But for now, I am irritated beyond measure. I need some good comfort-read now where nothing upsets me.
I find myself surprisingly 'meh' about this book. It's a sweet romance about young lovers reunited years later, and I thoroughly enjoyed that part. I became annoyed, however, with some of the comedy -- the bull being stolen and the livestock show were just distractions to me. Also, the way Trev kept popping in and out of Callie's house, his mother's house, and the hotel were irritating. But something always stopped me in the breach. But I seem to be yours, Callie.
Laura Kinsale is a beautiful writer, though, and I enjoyed the book overall. How am I to take that? And the idea of Sturgeon vexing you is enough to dispose me to murder. Do you comprehend me? Not the best book, though, even though I love Kinsale. The first half was great -- fast paced, funny, sweet, and with fabulous main couple. However, in the second half, the heroine's inability to trust in Trev's love -- fueled by her low self-esteem -- got very old. After he gave his heart to her for the nth time, only to be stomped upon, distrusted, and rejected - and replaced with an unworthy suitor -- I wanted to toss the book against the wall.
I laughed in the first half. I liked the bull scenes. I just felt annoyed in the second half. As another reviewer said: Dec 24, Wicked Incognito Now rated it it was amazing Shelves: I got to the end and really wanted to cry. Not just because it was over and I think Laura Kinsale is the romance novel priestess, but because it was so darn touching! There were, unfortunately, quite a few misunderstandings. But they went down well. Didn't give me too much heartburn, and the characters were just so darn flawed and likeable that I couldn't help love the story through and through. Aug 08, Kimberly Carrington-Fox rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 09, Ruth rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really enjoyed this.
I loved the rural setting - it's so easy to forget that Regency society would have only spent a relatively short portion of the year in London, and that this was the period in English history when farming, animal breeding and agricultural innovations were rapidly developing as a precursor to the Industrial Revolution.
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It makes such a refreshing change to have a Regency HR set outside London, and actually set in the fields and cowsheds of the aristocracy, whose wealth was e I really enjoyed this. It makes such a refreshing change to have a Regency HR set outside London, and actually set in the fields and cowsheds of the aristocracy, whose wealth was essentially dependent upon the land and income generated through agriculture.
The heroine's grand passion is breeding prize bulls and is generally considered highly knowledgeable locally. She is socially awkward, rather unattractive, and uncomfortable with any man other than her father, and the hero, aside from local farmers and when discussing animal husbandry. The hero, meanwhile, is not really a hero at all, likes to get into trouble and then run from it, and has accumulated a fortune from a rather dubious career. The two of them grew close as teenagers, and developed a friendship among multiple adventures.
He made her rather dull life exciting and fed her vivid imagination, and she acted as a moderating influence and faithful co-conspirator. The plot, the characters and the language are all so enjoyable in this one. So many "light" HRs are fluffy and fun, with silly plots and characters, but although this is also quite light, it also is quite sad in places. You get to really taste the disappointments both the hero and heroine have experienced. I think the author described it as poignant, and it is such a great way of describing it. This isn't going to be a very long review because I don't really feel that there's anything new that I haven't said in a previous review.
I've either loved or really enjoyed pretty much everything that Laura Kinsale has written and nothing changes here. I must admit I prefer the tortured heroes and big adventures but there's still something lovely about her more lighthearted books. Lessons in French isn't the most memorable story and doesn't have the most memorable characters but it all still ga This isn't going to be a very long review because I don't really feel that there's anything new that I haven't said in a previous review.
Lessons in French isn't the most memorable story and doesn't have the most memorable characters but it all still gave me the warm fuzzies. I do have a soft spot for the heroine, Callie, and her daydreams that she liked to indulge in. I'm not quite sure what to do now - this was my last LK book - I've now read everything!
I guess I'll have to go back and listen to my favourite parts on audio! Aug 14, Cassandra Dexter Colby rated it really liked it Shelves: Humor, amor y enredos. Una novela deliciosa con un protagonista canalla y adorable. Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Bolton are the perfect match and this audiobook is so very lovely. Lady Callista is a 27yo heiress who ended up a spinster after being jilted three times. Trevelyan is a neighbor from a french family that run away from the revolution and lost all their titles and properties.
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When they were young, Calli and Trev were caught by her father making out at the carriage house and unhappy with the prospect of seeing his daughter married to a french emigre, her father expelled Tre Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Bolton are the perfect match and this audiobook is so very lovely. When they were young, Calli and Trev were caught by her father making out at the carriage house and unhappy with the prospect of seeing his daughter married to a french emigre, her father expelled Trev from the property and made him run away from their town.
He comes back ten years later full of secrets, but his heart betrays his coldness once he hears that Lady Callista never married. They get reacquainted and a great friendship is born, but his past does not allow him to propose and she needs to marry to leave her home that now belongs to a cousin and his horrible wife. The story is filled with fun scenes and a very willed bull. Me ha encantado, pero Aug 20, Giedre rated it it was ok. The last Kinsale book on my list, and, what can I say, it was boring.
Kinsale has written some really fine historical romances, but, overall, her novels are very hit and miss with me. Jan 27, D. I had mixed feelings about this book, but overall I really did like and enjoy it. It was the first Kinsale I've ever read, though I do have a copy of Flowers From the Storm waiting patiently on my shelf.
It worked well as a light comedy, though a times I felt confused about what was going on. Either too much action was going on too follow or it seemed like characters were saying or thinking one thing and doing another. Often Callie and Trev seemed to be having these internal angst moments where I had mixed feelings about this book, but overall I really did like and enjoy it. Often Callie and Trev seemed to be having these internal angst moments where they swore it was too tormenting to be near each other, and then go right along with their witty banter and flirtations.
Either I was seriously misreading or they were being over the top. I really did like all the characters though, especially Trev and Hubert the bull. For a bull, Hubert had a lot of personality, even if he mostly was just stubborn and ate buns. Admittedly, I have a soft spot for farm animals. Trev, on the other hand, I didn't want to like, but I couldn't help it sort of like Callie.
He bungles almost everything up, and makes more messes to cover for those. Here comes the spoiler Something that did bother me though was that Trev was supposedly a virgin if I managed to interpret that part of the story correctly. I don't know what it's supposed to add to the story, especially since it's rather awkwardly tossed in there. Also, it's not believeable. Trev wasn't in love with Callie until they met again, so what was he saving himself for? Especially with so many chances? It just seemed too contrived for me. Nevertheless, Lessons in French was a fun, light read for me which I would recommend to anyone else who likes historical romances.
Jan 26, Terra rated it really liked it. Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale is an adorable Regency story that is sure to tickle your fancy.
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A story of the magic of love being time tested and still able to stand up to the task. A story of the English breed lady and the French scoundrel that will show there are indeed no bounds where true love is concerned. Lady Callie is not a stunning beauty especially in a plain dress and muck boots that she wears to take care of her cattle.
She is however a gem of the highest quality on the inside. Sh Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale is an adorable Regency story that is sure to tickle your fancy. She has a tender heart and is quite shy so that when there is a ball she is the wallflower that blends in with the background quite nicely. Having been engaged and jilted three times, she has finally come to the conclusion that at the age of seven and twenty she will become a spinster rather than put up with the fickle temperaments of men. Trevelyn has finally come into his birthright and is a Duke of little import.
Having gone to France, fought in the battle of Waterloo and unsuccessfully tried to get back his ancestral home, Trev has realized that it is time to go back and see his mother before she passes from a life of loneliness and heartache. What he is not prepared for however is the woman he has loved since childhood still being available and emotionally wounded. Our author has done a wonderful job at not only showing us that true love has no bounds but that what one person might perceive as plain and dull is another person's sparkling gem.
This story is adventurous, daring, comical while heart wrenching as brought about by the cruelty of human nature. But, as with most stories written with a hidden message, it is a story of determination, patience and the ability to forgive that brings about an ending much worth waiting for. Feb 15, Miki rated it it was ok. I was so excited to discover that Laura Kinsale had at last written another book!
Most of her earlier books are among my favorites and I frequently recommend them to others. Lessons in French is a pale shadow of this author's earlier books. This one, while supposedly a return to her "lighter" style of writing, never quite made it.