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The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
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Feb 07, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, romance, authors-kl
Read from June 12 to 14, 2013 , read count: 3

This is the second Kinsale which grabbed me hard and wouldn't let go. (The first was Flowers from the Storm.) Samuel Gerard has been brought up in Hawaii by a family of English aristocrats who rescued him from childhood abuse; trained by their Japanese butler in the ways of the ninja, he wants nothing more than to marry his foster sister and live chastely with her...until he meets Leda Etoile, a young and proper London woman who has fallen on hard times.

The plot is on the bizarre side (hey, it's Kinsale), but the hero and heroine have wonderful chemistry, and the historical details are solid; I particularly enjoyed the bits set in Hawaii, since I know a fair amount about Hawaii in the late 1800s. I also really liked how Leda's conventionality and innocence rang perfectly true for her time, without making her unsympathetically prudish, and how Kinsale worked out the consequences of a particular scene between Leda and Samuel.
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