I've been wanting to read Lady of the Butterflies for about a year and was afraid that I had built up the book too much in my head. When I finished reI've been wanting to read Lady of the Butterflies for about a year and was afraid that I had built up the book too much in my head. When I finished reading, I realized that it was well worth the wait.
Lady of the Butterflies is about a woman who really existed: Eleanor Glanville, who was a Entomologist in the 17th century who studied butterflies. The book was part historical fiction, part romance, with Eleanor falling deeper and deeper in love with Richard Glanville, best friend of her husband Edmund.
Another relationship that this book focused on was Eleanor's friendship with James Petiver, who she corresponded with about the study of butterflies. Out of all the characters in this book, James was my favorite. I loved his passion for learning, he won my heart right away.
Of course, this being the 17th century, the term 'witch' was thrown about and anyone (especially a woman) who did anything out of the ordinary was labeled one. All it took was one person to start the rumor and it took off like wildfire. Unfortunately, this happened to Eleanor, all because of her love of butterflies and nature. It made me mad that a woman couldn't take up an interest without people thinking she's batty.
The book dragged in places, but I never lost interest. By the end, I was sobbing like a baby by a absolutely heartbreaking scene. I was content with the ending, which was both happy and heartbreaking.
Historical liberties were taken, such as the character of Richard - which from my brief research - who was abusive and out of his freakin' mind, but in the book he was a more romantic character who had bouts of a dark personality. That seemed to be the only thing that bothered me, but I managed to focus on this fictional version of Richard.
Very satisfying historical fiction book about a very strong and intelligent woman....more
Due to his impending marriage, Charles II marries off his mistress Hope Matthews to Captain Robert Nichols, unless the Captain would like to lose hisDue to his impending marriage, Charles II marries off his mistress Hope Matthews to Captain Robert Nichols, unless the Captain would like to lose his home and land. Neither have a choice and are wed the day they meet.
Robert is your typical hero haunted by events of his past, while Hope has had not such an easy life before becoming mistress to the king. Both are stuck in this limbo relationship: a farce marriage. Legally bound, but not really belonging to each other.
I really like Libertine's Kiss, which comes before The King's Courtesan, which is why I picked this up. I liked it just as much as Libertine's Kiss, and de Veres and Elizabeth even pop up every now and again, and they are delightful.
The relationship between Robert and Hope was intriguing and was a different scenario that I've never encountered before. Their set-up was complicated. At first, all they did was argue, mostly due to Hope being hurt that Charles deceived her into marrying, but they eventually find a common ground and grow to like each other all with the possibility that Hope could be summoned back to court hanging over their heads.
I definitely recommend both this and the Libertine's Kiss if you're tired of regencies and are looking for something different. The unique storyline and time period had my attention from the beginning. It was a fast read that I finished in a day. I look forward to the next book....more
I just have to start this review out by saying: I hope Susanna Kearsley never, ever stops writing. This is only the second of her books that I have reI just have to start this review out by saying: I hope Susanna Kearsley never, ever stops writing. This is only the second of her books that I have read, but it's another 5-star winner! I'll be rereading this sometime soon, no doubt!
Having said that, Marianna, like The Winter Sea, is another time-slip historical novel. Julia Beckett has been drawn to Greywethers since she was a kid, and as an adult decides to buy it. As Julia settles in, things start to happen that make Julia think she is starting to crack up.
She finds herself drawn into the past, literally, as Mariana Farr, a young woman who lived at Greywethers in the 17th century. During these time slips, she is Mariana Farr; sometimes she can control it, sometimes she can't, but soon Julia finds herself more invested in the past than in the present. She realizes that the two are more intertwined then she would think.
I was so emotionally invested in Mariana, and I love that. I couldn't stop reading: torn between finding out what happens as soon as possible and never wanting the story to end.
I found the way Julia slipped into the past absolutely fascinating, but I don't want to give too much away. And as fascinating as it was, it was also a tad terrifying. I don't know how I would manage if that happened to me.
Mariana was a gorgeous book, flawlessly interweaving past and present. How everything flowed and tied together was absolutely masterful. The ending was just perfection, that even after I finished the book and went to bed, I turned the lights back on several times to read the last few pages. I just want to read the rest of Susanna Kearsley's books right now!...more
I'm pretty regency-ed out when it comes to historical romance. I've been on a break lately from the regencies and have ventured into other time periodI'm pretty regency-ed out when it comes to historical romance. I've been on a break lately from the regencies and have ventured into other time periods. Libertine's Kiss takes place during the Restoration period, which I am not too learned in, so it was welcomed.
Libertine's Kiss tells the story of William de Veres and Elizabeth Walters, childhood friends who come across each other years later under different circumstances. De Veres, a staunch supporter of the Royalist cause, seeks shelter from a young woman one night after being injured. He does not recognize the young Puritan widow as his childhood friend, but Lizzy recognizes him instantly, however giving no indication who she is.
Due to her helping de Veres, Lizzy ends up getting in trouble with Cromwell and loses all of her lands. Once Charles II is restored to the throne a few years later, she decides to try her luck with a meeting with the King to get her lands back. This is where she once again reunites with de Veres, now Lord Rivers.
De Veres takes it upon himself to help Lizzy acquire her goal when he realizes that all she lost was because she had helped him.While at court, Lizzy and de Veres' relationship heats up, but she realizes how broken he is inside. He uses drink and women to drown out the pain of his past and Lizzy sets it upon herself to rescue him.
Libertine's Kiss was not your typical fluffy romance. There is immense complications due to both of their pasts. The two of them are constantly going in different directions when it comes to their goals and future plans and due to this, their relationship hits many snags.
In the midst of this, we get a glimpse of the sparkling court of Charles II, which was most refreshing.
Overall, a solid historical romance. Recommended to anyone looking for a romance set in a less than typical setting. ...more
I LOVED this book. It has been on my wish list for ages. I would read the synopsis, stare at the cover and read reviews over and over. Needless to sayI LOVED this book. It has been on my wish list for ages. I would read the synopsis, stare at the cover and read reviews over and over. Needless to say, I was pining for this book. You can imagine how giddy I was when I had the opportunity to read and review the reissue for Sourcebooks. It's been a while since I've been this excited to get my hands on a book.
This book has everything: historical romance, contemporary romance, rebellion, tragedy. All the good stuff.
Author Carrie McClelland set out to do research for her latest novel, only to find herself in a completely different place than she originated – in more ways then one. As Carrie sits down in a cottage in Scotland, with a view of the very inspiring Slains Castle, to write her novel, she is surprised how fast the words are coming to her, until she starts realizing that what she's writing is hitting a little too close to historical fact. At first, Carrie convinces herself that she has come across certain names and dates without realizing it, but soon she can no longer deny that something odd is happening. Has she inherited a memory? And is it of her ancestor, Sophia Patterson, who lived in Slains Castles during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1708?
Carrie's heroine, Sophia, has traveled to Slains Castle to live in the company of the Countess of Erroll, the sister of her late uncle. Sophia finds herself thrust into a different world. She finds Slains to be a busy place, full of people full of secrets. And with the fact that anyone could be a spy of the queen, Sophia is wary, but finds herself drawn to a certain Mr. Moray. Here the historical romance ensues.
As Carrie works her way through her novel, she discovers things about herself right along with her heroine. She finds her own romance, which is fortunately a little less complicated than Sophia's.
One of the running themes I loved in this book was genealogy. Genealogy is a huge hobby of mine. In the past year my family tree has grown drastically. I could understand why Carrie's father was so into researching his family. Genealogy is fascinating because not only is it history, but it is the history of you. The fact that Carrie was uncovering long lost family secrets and names had me geeking out a bit.
I recommend this to any historical fiction lover. I found myself zipping through, but at the same time I never wanted it to end. Don't you hate that? A+ storytelling! ...more