Let's Talk About Laura Kinsale's Flowers From The Storm -- Carrie Feronby Erika Tsang
Every year, so many wonderful books are published that we readers of romance never really have to go back and find all the classics. But what a shame it would be if romance fans ever forgot Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale. When it was first published in 1992, I wondered if a book with a solo Fabio on the cover was one that I would enjoy? What sort of book was this?
However, once I dived in, I quickly realized that this book was special in so many ways that almost a quarter of a century later it haunts me. Although I loved the Quaker heroine Maddie Timms, it is the hero the Duke of Jevaulx who carries this book. When we first meet him, he is a powerful and brilliant man who seems invincible. Later this larger than life character is trapped inside his own body, frustrated by his inability to communicate, mistaken for a madman in a time where problems with the brain were less understood. The journey the hero and heroine take in this book is slow to develop, powerful and ultimately haunting. I loved it, and I hope fans who were not even reading in 1992 will pick it up and discover its stormy magic.
— Carrie Feron