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Flowers from the Storm

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  10,021 Ratings  ·  952 Reviews
The Duke of Jervaulx was brilliant - and dangerous. Considered dissolute, reckless, and extravagant, he was transparently referred to as the "D of J" in scandal sheets. But sometimes the most womanizing rakehell can be irresistible, and even his most causal attentions fascinated the sheltered Maddy Timms.

Then one fateful day she receives the shocking news - the duke is lo
Mass Market Paperback, 533 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Avon (first published 1992)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

I'm going to start with a warning - this is probably the worse review I've ever written because of how deeply, how emotionally I connected with the hero. My review is a cheesy, rambling, hot mess, so read at your own risk.

With any book I read, I hope to connect with the hero and heroine, to feel what it is the author is trying to convey. Well, I didn’t have to try hard at all with this story, and no matter how many times I’ve attempted to write this review, I find myself in tears. And, as odd
Duchess Nicole

“God forgive, Jervaulx - that I sh'd love thee."
"That I should love thee.

Out of all of the Historical romances I’ve read, this is the one that stands out as the most unconventional of them all. What a brave author to have tackled this subject, and what a remarkably insightful, tender way to do it.

Archimedea Timms is a Friend…a Quaker…a quiet, devoutly religious and pious woman who grew up in that lifestyle. She knows no other way
Dec 26, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

5 Maddygirl stars.

I loved this one. Tortured hero, innocent heroine, Society, expectations, fear, love, hate, tears, laughter ...

The Duke of Jervaulx was brilliant - and dangerous. Considered dissolute, reckless, and extravagant, he was transparently referred to as the "D of J" in scandal sheets. But sometimes the most womanizing rakehell can be irresistible, and even his most causal attentions fascinated the sheltered Maddy Timms.

Then one fateful day she receives the shocking news - the duke
Written January 14, 2015

5 Stars - It had it all - A stunning AMAZING epic story

Who dare to start an 19 hours long audiobook? I heard the rumors that in this case there was a great male narrator (Nicholas Boulton) doing this historical romance even better.

And, was it worth it?
Well, I didn't need more than a few minutes to know this would be an fantastic adventure to take part in. There are for sure a lot of heart stopping moments and I cried, yelled and lost my breath more than once. — But gosh,
Aug 06, 2009 K. rated it did not like it
Laura Kinsale’s “Flowers From the Storm”
(From my thread discussion topic post “ on Amazon’s “Historical Romance Forum” sometime around Feb. ‘09 (unchanged))

I recently finished reading "Flowers from the Storm" by Laura Kinsale. This is a well-loved book by many and remains high on the "keeper" shelves out there. So how come I can't figure out why so many people fell in love with this couple? I just don't get it. I found the book to be "all suffering, all the time" (i.e. an over-abundance of serio
Jun 04, 2014 julio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to julio by: Alexis Hall
Shelves: to-review

deliciously dark and somewhat in my black-hearted sweet spot. love me a humbled bad-boy, and love to hate a puritanical idiot unable to resist the promise of an orgasm.

and jesu—what an orgasm.

about the most erotic hetero love scene i can ever remember reading.
Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
Flowers From The Storm, by Laura Kinsale: 5 Perfect Stars


* Nurturing
* Serene
* Spartan
* Quiet
* Forthright
* Spiritual

And a Quaker.

“Prim and decent, chaste, careful, loyal, moderately brave in some things, a lion in a few, and when he touched her, she fluttered—nice feminine flutter, modesty and passion.” ~ Christian Langland, the Duke of Jervaulx


* Damaged
* Tortured
* Extravagant
* Rakish
* Devious
* Hedonistic

And, a nobleman.

“He was the Devil looking at her out of gentian eyes. It’s easy to
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

It's official - this is my favorite story, ever!

I first read Flowers from the Storm in 2009 and fell in love with Christian and his Maddygirl from their very first words on the page, but it's such an emotional story that I couldn't bring myself to read it again, though I thought of it often. That said, when my sweet friend, Lady Wesley, raved about the amazing narration given this story by Nicholas Boulton, I just had to give it a listen.

And I am so, so glad that I did!

Honestly, I can't even beg
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Approximately twenty-eight years ago, a young girl picked up a book from her mother's box of books out of boredom. Her life was changed. Ever since then, her favorite type of book has been historical romance. She has read a lot of it. There have been many that she has enjoyed. But some books just stand out. This is one of them.

Because of how much I liked this book, this is a very long review. I apologize if you don't like long reviews. The short of it is I loved this book very much. If you want
Jun 04, 2011 Eastofoz rated it liked it
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Jun 30, 2012 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who are interested in thought-provoking romance
The more we love a book, the harder it is to write the review, right? I have to, with this one. This is not, by any means, an average romance book. It's the kind of romance which I would recommend to those who think romance books have so little to offer. The book is so much more than two people from two different world who break all the rules, find their way to each other, and live HEA. From a woman's perspective, I say this book was too sad, too sweet, too emotionally intense. It's an epic love ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Jean rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The premise sounded great and it received rave reviews. As a work of fiction it was brave, detailed and uncompromising in its depiction of characters who were true polar opposites falling in love. I liked the stark depiction of the Victorian asylum, the inadequacy of health services and rehabilitation, the constant jockeying of mercenary relatives, and political manoeuvring of the upper classes. However, for me, as a romance it failed. I found Christian ...more
Slowly the realization came to her. "He isn't mad. He is maddened."

4.5 stars.
The Saint and the Sinner. The Pilgrim's Progress. Paradise Lost and Found. This one is DEFINITELY on my favorites shelf, despite some quibbles. I've read it numerous times. I've considered keeping a copy stashed in the bathroom. More recently, I listened to Nicholas Boulton's wondrous narration.

Try my quiz!

Contents: Several sex scenes, somewhat explicit. Some swearing and pr

5 Stars!! Brilliant and emotionally draining!

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There are so many great reviews for Flowers from the Storm, namely one from UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick, who was the friend who recommended this book to me, so I’m not going to get too much into the story, just read her review . Thanks for the rec Dhes, I loved it!

I will say this though, it's a profound story, and while it surrounds tragic circumstances at its core, it's also amusing, passionate, sensual and hopeful. A truly unique opposites at
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
This would have been five stars, if not for Maddie and her obsession with her religion. She started out more open minded, then became less so, which I found strange, since she was supposedly growing more in love with Christian the farther along in the book. Sometimes she's also a little too mean for my liking...I just felt so bad for Christian, I wanted to protect him and put him in this little bubble of safety. I seriously felt his pain as if it were my own.

This is one the most UNIQUE romance
Ana M. Román
Jun 28, 2016 Ana M. Román rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Es un libro que a quien le guste este género debería leer, es difícil que no lo disfrute.

Después de haber leído tantísimos libros del género encontrarse con algo mínimamente diferente ya es un logro. Este va mucho más allá.

Sus personajes se salen por completo de la norma. Un duque que sufre una apoplejía perdiendo la capacidad de hablar y al que encierran tomándolo por loco y una cuáquera. Es la primera vez que me topo con unos personajes como estos. Ademá
Oh, how to review this and not say something that's been said 100 times by all the other reviewers?

The powerful, brilliant and oh-so-sexy The Duke of Jervaulx has a stroke of sorts, but his family thinks he's lost his mind and shuts him away for his own good - and no one to believe he's not insane and dangerous - until Quaker Maddy Tims comes to Blythedale to help her uncle.

"She lifted her head. He wasn’t a two-year-old. He had not lost his reason. He isn’t mad; he is maddened."

That's about a
Apr 03, 2016 Noemí rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pues me ha gustado muchisimo...creo, si no me equivoco que es el primer libro que leo de esta autora y tengo que decir que me gusta como escribe..La historia me ha encantado al comienzo sufrí y mucho( yo soy muy sufría pa estas cosas) madre mia!!!!sólo pensaba que sacaran al duque de ese sitio. ufff cada vez que salía el Gorila me ponía mala,que corae me daba ese tío y la familia del duque también...por no hablar de los mete mierdas que relación de M y C me ha gustado verdad qu ...more
Feb 07, 2010 Bill rated it it was amazing
On Amazon, K asked me why I thought this book was romantic. She doesn't. this was my reply:

I have been thinking about this for a few days. At first I thought isn't this like trying to describe why chocolate cake tastes good. But that is a sensation. Identifying a book as romantic is a mental process, so I ought to be able to do this.

I don't think we are debating whether FFTS is a romance. Its focus is the love between two people and it has a HEA ending. That makes it a romance. It does have othe
Jan 11, 2010 Felicia rated it really liked it
I did NOT want to read this book, I mean, a Quaker chick?! A dude who can't speak?! Bleck!

Well, this is a hot mess of awesome, everything but the kitchen sink is thrown into this dense plot, but in a GOOD way! Characters are great, plot very taunt and gripping (not talking about the sex scenes either, HAR HAR ;) ) I enjoyed it thoroughly and have several other books by the author on my Kindle, including Shadow and the Star, a Victorian romance where the guy is a child prostitution survivor and a
Marisa Sauco
La historia es bonita y muy original. Pero, por momentos, la lectura se me hizo un poco lenta.
La construcción de los personajes principales es exquisita. En mi opinión, lo mejor de la novela.
Nov 30, 2010 TJ rated it it was amazing
This book is the PERFECT example of the old cliche' "you can't judge a book by its cover". I was confused by the effusive praise for this story, thinking it just another dime store romance... judging by the cover. Never has that cliche hit home so strongly as when I started reading. Ms. Kinsale has taken an ordinary historical and completely turned it into a deep and riveting story with a richness seldom seen in this genre. In fact, I think the publishers have done a huge injustice to such a fin ...more
I’ve put off writing this review for a couple of weeks. Partly because I’ve been a bit busy and wanted to take the time to do it justice, and partly because it’s such an emotionally complex story that I felt a bit drained after listening to it and needed to have all my braincell (!) in gear in order to be able to think straight!
Even now, I’m not sure that’s the case, but here goes.

As with my reviews for The Prince of Midnight and Midsummer Moon, the short version of this review is “It’s absolute
Nov 25, 2015 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indispensable, maravillosa, conmovedora, tierna, original.
Una de las mejores novelas románticas históricas que he leído. Es una auténtica joya.
Dos protagonistas que vienen de mundos totalmente distintos. Se mezclan incomprensión, desesperación, paciencia, comprensión y amor absoluto.
Lo tiene todo, me ha dejado sumergida en una nube de perfección lectora de la que será complicado salir :)
La Kinsale, no es que lo borde, va más allá con esta joya.
Must indispensable!!
Lover of Romance
Mar 09, 2016 Lover of Romance rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review
The Duke of Jervauix, is a Lord of the realm....a rake, but a very brilliant man. He has a love for science. When Maddy Tims meets the man her father works with on certain scientific endeavors, she is very intrigued by this man. But then one fateful day, she learns of some horrible news....that he has passed away. Maddy feels the loss even though she only had one interaction with Jervauix. When she joins her cousin to help with r
Mar 05, 2009 Dina marked it as to-avoid
From K. @ Ami:
'I recently finished reading "Flowers from the Storm" by Laura Kinsale. This is a well-loved book by many and remains high on the "keeper" shelves out there. So how come I can't figure out why so many people fell in love with this couple? I just don't get it. I found the book to be "all suffering, all the time" (i.e. an over-abundance of serious issues and long drawn out angst).

A brief synop.: [SPOILER - BUT IT'S THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE NOVEL!:] The hero begins the story (litera
Feb 01, 2016 Emmy rated it did not like it
Warning: Unpopular opinion time

I'm sorry, I have to call it at 38%. I really wanted to love this. Regency era. Man with a disability has to learn to overcome it with the help of a woman and they fall in love in the process. So much potential. But there was so much wrong with the execution.

So, let's recap the first 38% (mild spoilers). Christian, Duke of Jevaulx, starts in bed with a married woman he got pregnant. And he tells her to sleep with her husband so he thinks it's his. -_- Great start
Historical Fiction/Romance I am speechless

I remember reading this about 25 years ago, not old enough, nor experienced enough, to appreciate the heartrending depths of this story. Now, after thirty years of marriage, this book cuts to the bone, and I am typing this with tears in my eyes.

This is a character study, brilliantly done. The study of a man, in the prime of his life, suddenly unable to communicate. The study of a woman, raised to shun all worldly possessions and temporal joy. And a study
May 20, 2016 Calpurnia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favs, romántica
Todavía estoy en ese momento en que terminas uno de estos libros que te dejan fulminada, no sé si es bueno opinar en plena nube de agustismo-supremo pero no puedo dejar de compartir mi éxtasis lector. Este libro tiene todo lo que me gusta y va directo a la carpeta de favs: trama interesante, tensión, enaguas, conflictos religiosos, alta alcurnia y sobre todo amor. Amor y desencuentros, obstáculos y sufrimiento, cómo me gusta sufrir, así sí. NiñaMaddy qué cuáquera eres hija mía, te comprendo porq ...more
Miranda Davis
May 26, 2016 Miranda Davis rated it it was amazing
I told myself not to pick this up yet but I was thumbing through it and got caught up about halfway in. The duke has been stricken, Maddy has sprung him from the horror of an insane asylum and spirited him off to his ancestral castle with the help of his two good friends, one of whom, a minister, convinces her to marry the duke to save him from his evil in-laws. So I started reading where the rake starts reforming and the Quaker prissy prim petticoats starts enjoying debauchery, though she strug ...more
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“The baby closed its mouth, staring at him with hope and small hiccups.

“Jesus,” he said. He lay down on the bed, pulling the pillow under his head, and drew the whole bundle of coat, shawl and infant up against his shirt. A tiny hand closed tight on the lace. One sob erupted, and then changed midbreath to a soft sigh.

Women, he thought sardonically, sinking in the bedclothes, with sleep revolving and closing in his head. He moved one finger, feeling a cheek as soft as down.

What’s your name?

Ask the girl. Remember that…


It was wrong. I must leave thee now.

Don’t cry. Don’t cry, little girl… I’m so tired. I never deserved you, did I? Maddy… but I loved you.

I always loved you.”
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