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Subject: Kinsale / Flowers from the Storm
Date Posted: 11/23/2007 8:31 PM ET
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I've read a few of hers before.  Loved Shadowheart.  Heard so much about FFTS that I had to read it, especially since I had a stroke last year at 43.

 

I think Christian is only 32 in this book when he has the stroke.  Actually, sounds like a TIA followed by a CATASTROPHIC stroke.  I'm guessing an embolism rather than a hermmoragic stroke, or he would have died or been in a permanent coma (like Sharon).

 

This author is a genius in the way she portrays his stuggle, despair and frustration.  I'm finding the first 100 pages almost painful to read.  I've never cried at the beginning of a book before, though often at the end.  Now I'm starting to understand why the docs called me "lucky"--even though a large part of my brain was affected, it didn't affect an area that controls any particular function such as movement, speech or understanding.  The most touble I had was some short-term memory deficit which has largely been overcome now. 

 

I'm hoping it gets happier, but I've developed a whole new respect for Kinsale. 

Date Posted: 11/24/2007 8:21 AM ET
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I really enjoyed this book, but did find it to be a bit emotional.    Definitely not your typical romance novel.  I think I read this book because it was in the top ten of all time on one of the romance sites.

Date Posted: 11/24/2007 9:59 AM ET
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I like emotional; it's just that this one seems to be hitting a nerve.

Date Posted: 11/24/2007 1:08 PM ET
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That one was definitely an emotional roller coaster!

What's this about me being dead or in a coma?

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 6:20 PM ET
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It does get happier, but Maddy is starting to annoy me.   She still wants to leave him even after her marriage.  How could she be so heartless as to abandon a basically helpless man who depends on her?  In Shadowheart, Elena was cruel too.  Perhaps Kinsale writes cruel heroines? 

 

Glad I chose  a long weekend for this heartwrenching book.  I think I need something "light" to read after this, even though I don't normally like "light".  Dark and tormented is usually for me. 



Last Edited on: 11/25/07 6:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/25/2007 6:31 PM ET
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According to Kinsale's site, she read a lot of medical textbooks to write this and her aunt had a stroke when Kinsale was 7.  According to her, Christian had a hemmorage caused by an aneurysm.  My brother's girlfriend died from this type of stroke at age 38.  Had a bad headache, took some meds and lay down.  Never got up again.  Unfortunatley, my brother was the one who found her on the floor when he got home.  So sad.   This is the same type of stroke the main character (Ned) on Six Feet Under died from.

 

I suppose that since people often don't survive this type of stroke, one could say that Chrisitian (in the book) is lucky as he seems to be recovering fairly well now, although it was a slow start. 



Last Edited on: 11/26/07 7:58 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/28/2007 8:30 PM ET
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Finished the book today.  It was fantastic--Kinsale at her absolute best!  I went ahead a wrote a review for it, which I normally only do for the outstanding books.  Definite keeper.  No one will be able to pry it out of my hands. 

 

Need something a little less intense now.  Am going to try a Contemporary (which I NEVER read).  Behind Closed Doors is next.



Last Edited on: 11/28/07 8:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1