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Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale

January 27th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from “It was quite settled by now. She was born to be a spinster. The gentlemen would have to declare their undying devotion to other ladies. Callie would be too much occupied with developing a delicate constitution and a dependable recipe for tapioca-jelly.”

She is, after all, Lady Callista Taillefaire, jilted three times in spite of her fortune and her father’s best efforts to find her a husband. Now her greatest desire is to win the silver cup at the agricultural fair with her gigantic prize bull, Hubert. But when Callie’s only old flame returns from his long and mysterious absence in France, her quiet spinster life turns upside down.

Dark-eyed, elegant and a magnet for trouble, Trevelyan d’Augustin has given Callie lessons in more than his language in the past. Her father put a harsh and humiliating end to any dreams of romance with a French émigré scoundrel, however, and Callie never thought to see him again. Swallowing his pride, Trev has finally come home to care for his failing mother, but his secrets and misdeeds follow him.

Callie soon remembers that nothing is ever peaceful with Trev around. The enormous Hubert vanishes into thin air, one of her former jilts comes back to woo her in a most determined manner–and her bull takes the town by storm! In the midst of these misadventures, Callie finds herself falling in love again with the worst possible man for her…

This was my first time reading a Kinsale book and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.  I really enjoyed Lady Callista’s character and you had to admire her pretty upbeat attitude despite being jilted 3 times.  Trevelyan was also an intriguing character as there are hints through out the book that his background wasn’t quite as he stated so you are kept wondering until near the end.  If you like some humor thrown in with your romance then this is a great book to check out.  Even some of the lesser characters like the cook or Trev’s friends from his sordid past will give you a chuckle.  The one negative was I thought the book could have been shorter.  There were a couple points in the story that I felt it could have been nicely resolved but then it kept going.  Thankfully the humor and likeable characters kept me from getting bored.

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One Response

  1. Meg

    Sounds like a fun romance — and I’m a sucker for the rekindling of old loves. :)

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