A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

TBR Challenge: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

on June 19, 2019

(I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’m going to go ahead and publish what I have and hopefully add to it later.)

The theme: historical

Why this one: I’m trying to focus on those books in my TBR I would really hate to still have there when I die!

It can be fascinating to read historical romance in which medical or psychological issues that are better understood now are shown in a completely different context. In Flowers from the Storm, it’s more than fascinating — it’s excruciating. Having your speech and movements incapacitated by a stroke must be terribly frustrating, even when people somewhat understand what’s happening and can accomodate you. But imagine it being taken as a sign that you’ve lost your mind, and need to be penned up and chained, with no privacy or dignity or any kind of help in coming to terms with what’s happened to you.

That’s what Kinsale does here, and because she’s such an excellent writer, she does it within an inch of its life.


One response to “TBR Challenge: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

  1. JaneO says:

    This was one of the most powerful books I’ve read. I’m not sure I could read it again—it took three tries to read it in the first place. But it is really, really good.

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