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Review Date: 7/1/2014
This is an old text that has been reproduced. Very complete but also quite dated. Illustrations are small.
Review Date: 6/29/2014
Lots of drawings to use as designs for needlepoint but I found them either silly or too complicated.
Review Date: 11/7/2015
The fifth book in the Outlander series, and very satisfying--but a reader must begin at the beginning, not start with this one. Diana Gabaldon's research and writing abilities are stunning and would be apparent even to someone reading this book as his/her first experience with the author, but the plot line would not be anywhere near as meaningful without the background from Outlander and the other three books that precede it.
Review Date: 12/12/2014
very happy with this book, using it to plan a trip for next summer, seems to have all of the sights covered and lots of pictures
Review Date: 4/14/2016
Loved it--all of Loretta Chase's books are fantastic and this was was no different. I suggest, however, reading the Scoundrels series in order because it makes the stories even better. This is the fourth in the series.
Review Date: 11/25/2015
This is one of my favorite of the Lord John Grey series, although I love them all. I highly recommend this book to fans of Outlander and Lord John, but would not read this one without familiarity with the characters in the series, because I'm sure it could be confusing. Diana Gabaldon is an amazing author who always surprises and pleases and educates.
Review Date: 6/24/2015
Another great story from master storyteller Diana Gabaldon featuring a wonderful hero, Lord John Grey. This is a book that even those who do not care that much for historical romance will like because it has an interesting setting (18th century aristocracy in England) and a mystery-like plot.
Review Date: 4/9/2016
This is one of, if not THE, best of Loretta Chase's books. Wonderful characters, interesting plot, really riveting.
Review Date: 9/22/2016
This is a keeper. I love the Carsington series but this one is my favorite, I think. I suggest beginning at Book 1, but this could stand alone and if this is the only one you can read, read it. I intend to return to this again and again. It is a lovely happy love story with very strong and good characters.
Review Date: 2/12/2014
This classic story should be on every toddler's bookshelf. It is a wonderful read-aloud book and little ones for years have loved the story and the adorable illustrations.
Review Date: 5/12/2015
Great book by a true expert on heraldry.
Review Date: 6/12/2016
Laura Kinsale's books are always beautiful and unusual. This is one of her very best, involving two very complex characters and a truly exciting plot. The romance evolves and changes and weaves a spell that haunts the reader long after finishing the book. A subplot dealing with a cult-like religious group in 18th century England adds interest and an exotic tone. I highly recommend this book.
Review Date: 11/17/2014
great book, full of very interesting information about the Scottish clans, written in an accessible way
Review Date: 3/25/2015
This book is, as is everything Diana Gabaldon has written, incredibly detailed in both plot and description, and kept me, who thinks of herself as a sophisticated reader, both thinking and learning while enjoying the story. The subject is Lord John Grey, a character Gabaldon introduced in her second of her "Outlander" novels, "Dragonfly In Amber", and his relationship with Jamie Fraser, the hero of the "Outlander" series. It explains some gaps in the plot between books three and four of those books, but can definitely be read alone or at a different point while reading the "Outlander" series. It is by far her best Lord John Grey title in my opinion.
Review Date: 12/12/2015
I have been bingeing on Laura Kinsale books since I read "Flowers From the Storm", all seeking something to read after Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Until Kinsale I had found no books that developed characters of any interest compared to the Outlander characters. Kinsale comes the closest I have found, not really the same and not in the same genre (Kinsale's books are truly romance novels and Outlander defies characterization) but literate, well-written, and with interesting, surprising, and complicated plots. This is so far (after having read four) my favorite of her books, although I also loved Flowers.
The hero of this novel is an interesting man and I grew to love him and his flaws. The heroine is naive and sometimes annoying--Kinsale tends to make women less attractive in personality than her men--but she ends up being persuasive. While I have a picture in my mind's eye of the hero, Sheridan Drake, however, I never could picture exactly what Olympia St. Leger looks like. She is supposed to be plump and not really that beautiful, so it's hard to see his strong need for her. But maybe I misunderstand the description.
Anyway I like this book very much even though sometimes the plot twists, which never cease, caused an emotional roller coaster for me. As always with Kinsale, however, there is a Happily Ever After ending, so a reader knows that the downs will be followed by ups.
I recommend this for hard-to-please literate readers of the type who enjoy classics such as "Jane Eyre" and Jane Austen novels, as well as to the Outlander community, who are always desperate for something to read while waiting for the next installment of the Fraser saga.
Review Date: 1/26/2016
One of my absolute favorite books by Laura Kinsale, a wonderful romance author who truly can write (unlike many others). This one is unusual in its depth and in the plot line. I highly recommend it.
Review Date: 2/20/2014
Love this book, always made me and my son laugh when we read it. Now I have ordered it for my grandson so he can laugh, too.
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