Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Review - Lessons in French

Title: Lessons in French
Author: Laura Kinsale
Publishing Date: February 2010
Genre: Historical
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Warm
Book Disclosure: Received an ARC copy for review from a publicist.

Callie Taillefaire at the age of twenty-seven has resigned herself to be a spinster. She has been jilted not once, not twice, but three times at the altar. Callie didn't mind for herself, as she never really loved those men, but she did want to please her Papa. Callie's heart is still tied to her childhood sweetheart, her next door neighbor Trevelyn. Trevelyn went away to France after Callie's father caught him doing unspeakable things to his daughter. Ten years have passed and Trev's mother is on her death bed. He comes back and finds he also still has feelings for Callie.

Lessons in French is a definite gem of a book. It has a very light-hearted vibe to it that I found pleasantly refreshing. But it's also balanced by a touch of angst, and the two go hand in hand to create an enchanting read. Callie is a heroine that readers are going to fall in love with. She is terribly shy and is often embarrassingly awkward in social situations. Callie has a bull, Hubert that she has raised since he was a baby and he is almost like a pet dog.

When Trev appears back in her life, mayhem and havoc ensue. Callie and Trev were always getting into trouble going off on one adventure or another. Trev was always the ringleader, tasking Callie with some impossible role which she delights in playing. Callie can never seem to resist Trev's charms, and she is so lucky to have all his attention. But both don't think they are worthy of the other and that is where the angst comes into play. Lessons in French is a solid comeback for Ms. Kinsale.

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This book can be purchased in print or kindle format from Amazon.


Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Do you think Trev is inexperienced as I think he is?

Leslie said...

Ringleader is a good word for Trev. :)

nath said...

Everyone enjoyed it, so I got it :D You ladies are just bad, bad influence :P

Kristie (J) said...

I won a copy at AAR and I started it yesterday (had to read Sullivan first after looking high and low for it and finally finding it)
No matter who hard I tried, I couldn't get into My Lady's Heart, but up until that book I loved everything Laura Kinsale wrote so I'm looking forward to this one!!

Hilcia said...

I got my copy yesterday, and I'm hoping to get to it this weekend. :)

~ames~ said...

I love Laura Kinsale, so I'm going to be reading this soon. I'm glad you liked it Jill.

Jill D. said...

Oh how I have neglected my comments!!

Katie - LOL, what do you mean? Trev, inexperienced? So you think it was all a front...

Leslie - Well, it just seemed like he was front and center admist all the theatrics, so ringleader seemed appropriate :)

Nath - LOL, I hope you don't regret this purchase. I hope you enjoy it!

Kristie - Yay!! I am so glad you were able to find Sullivan!! That is great news. I hope you enjoy Lessons in French. I am hit or miss with Kinsale and Lessons in French was a hit for me. Shadowheart was a miss, in fact I didn't even finish it.

Hilcia & Ames - Oh, I do hope you enjoy it. It's a nice read. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you though of it :)

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

I believe Trev is a virgin. A bunch of us have asked Laura on Twitter if it's true but she won't say.

The whole scene where he says he has never breached a woman and waited in body and soul for Callie has me believe that.

Jill D. said...

Katie - Hmmmm.... I can see what you mean, it is alluded to a little bit, now that you mention it. But I didn't really give it too much though. Too bad Laura won't say. Inquiring minds want to know :)

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Mho will be interviewing Hubert next week. I'll make sure he asks. ;)