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Subject: Lessons in French - Kinsale
Date Posted: 2/13/2010 5:45 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2009
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What did you ladies think?

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 7:21 PM ET
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I really enjoyed it, but it's not your average Kinsale work.  She classified it as "light" romance, but I call it "Kinsale light", which is a classification all its own.  I personally don't think the woman could do light romance if her life depended on it.  It reminds me of some other books I've read before.  Once In a Blue Moon by Penelope Williamson, a bit Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory, some Brockway - So Enchanting & The Bridal Season, and a little bit of her own Seize the Fire.  She does imperfect characters well, but we already know that.  What she doesn't do is write light romance without her signature angst.  Not that her stories would be bad without it; I just have yet to see any that don't have it.  It's always there, but I think the stories without so much emotional depth tend to drag more than the ones that are somewhat lacking in it - like Flowers from the Storm & For My Lady's Heart.  Were they less emotionally intense, I think they would be a little tedious.

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 7:25 PM ET
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Oh I'm so glad you liked it since we have similar tastes! If its a combination of all of the above mentioned novels - I'm  guaranteed to like it since I love all those books! Also, I understand it includes a love triangle which of course you all now know I like lol:-) I still have not tried For My Lady's Heart and I know its one of your favs. I'm a bit intimidated by the idea of the heroine - but know I will like it once I get invested.

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 11:16 PM ET
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Margaret,   I think you would like the book I just finished.  It was so different than I imagined it would be from the cover description.   Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas.   It is not as wordy as a Kinsale, but equally well written.  Lots of intense interaction between the male and female characters.  Lots of angst and deep psychological examination of marriage and love and so forth.  I put it on my keeper shelf.  

Now I have to go figure if I have Lessons in French on my WL or if it is available....

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 9:08 AM ET
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Pamela, I've read it and did enjoy it but didn't love it. We had a big discussion about it a while back after I finished and posted that I didn't love it as much as I had hoped. However I agree that it was beautifully written and I definitely plan on reading some of her others. Kim LOVED Not Quite a Husband:-)