Favorites From… Carolyn Crane

Carolyn Crane
Hey Jen!!

Thanks so much for having me over to your recommending event! And how fun to do this.

Okay, a little background: I didn’t grow up reading romance, a fact I see as totally pathetic and sad. Oh, how my teen years would’ve been improved by some good romances.

But, oh well, I’m one of those people who came to romance later in life, entering through the door of urban fantasy and fantasy, which led me to paranormal romance, and then my ultimate love historical romance, which is what I read for pleasure, but would never be able to write in a million years.

Anyway, since my historical romance reading life started in 2008, I missed out on the great 1990’s Fabio era of books, these books people swoon over when you say their name on Twitter. But little by little I’ve been digging back and trying them out. Some of the oldies leave me thinking wtf!! (The Windflower, for example.)

Others have left me breathless. Panting for more. Amazed out of my head!

One of these amazing books is Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale. Is the greatness of this book old news to everyone here? Is posting about this like announcing George W. Bush won an election? Are there other people like me who haven’t read it? Because it was just startling to me.

First published in 1992, the tale begins when the brilliant, dashing, rakish math genius, the scandalous Duke of Jervaulx, captures the eye (and pious disapproval because he’s a yummalicious rake) of sheltered Maddy, a Quaker goody two-shoes who assists her mathematician father.

Nothing comes of the brief interaction, but then Jervaulx is struck by an illness that leaves him unable to speak. People think he’s crazy and throw him into a horrible asylum. His mother thinks he’s being punished for his wicked ways.

The Duke of Jervaulx is alone in the world.

Maddy, who so looked down on him, is the only one who realizes he’s not the monster everyone thinks he is. She alone understands him, she alone can rescue the super-hot and damaged duke from the clutches of evil people. OMG, if you haven’t read this book, don’t even listen to my sucky description. It is so exciting and good.

Honestly, when I was reading this, I would often exclaim to my husband, OMG, I can’t believe how amazing this book is!!

He, of course, gave me massive crap for the Fabio-esque cover – yes, this is the edition I found at my trusty USB. Well, it was worth it. I can’t remember the last time I was so heart-racingly compelled by a plot and a hero and heroine.

So that is my recommend. A blast from the past. I hope, if you pick it up, that you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thanks so much to Caroline Crane for sharing her flashback recommendation! I asked Caroline to be a part of this feature because I loved her Disillusionist trilogy. They are original and engaging and they shocked me with great plot twists. The story follows a hypochondriac heroine who ends up using her illness as a weapon. Plus, a great love triangle develops.  If you haven’t read these books, I strongly suggest you give Mind Games a try. I’ll bet you can’t stop there.

So, do you want a blast from the past?   I’m giving away an ecopy of Flowers from the Storm via Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  If you can receive an ebook from them, you are eligible to win. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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  1. I still love the old school romances, just not as often. They are now more of a reading palate cleanser.

  2. I was late to the romance party as well, so I have a lot of catching up to do! I’d love to start with Flowers from the Storm.

  3. Hey, Jen, thanks so much for having me here! Who doesn’t love to spin on about books. What a fun event, letting authors just be readers.

  4. You turned me on to this book fairly recently, and I adored it! So crazy and angsty. When you’re reading, you truly wonder how this could have an HEA. So good!!

  5. Hi

    I read many historical romances in the 90’s and I am not sure how I missed this one. Loved the tortured hero!

    Thanks for the chance

  6. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I love the ol’ skool romances! It’s so fun to read one and then a current one and see how the trends have changed.

    Sorry that cover is just fantastic. LOL

  8. I do enjoy the classics and this one has been on pretty much everyone’s favorite list, so I really think I should get to reading it. 🙂

  9. I definitely enjoy old-school romances. Sometimes there’s a book I really, really want to read and it makes me sad to find it out of print.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have lots of old school romances in my library that I keep. This book has such a great blurb. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  11. I love old school romances sadly sometimes they are hard to find. Fortunately some are coming out for e-readers.
    Thanks for a chance to win a book that’s sounds like a great read, even if it is old school, lol

  12. Absolutely – they’re classics. I love switching genres from historical to paranormal to romantic suspense. Thanks for the recommendation on Flowers from the Storm.
    Damaris (Maris)

  13. I do like old-school romances. They are timeless and can be read over and over.

  14. Yes, as long as it’s well written with a story I’m game to read anything!

  15. Yes, I do.

  16. I wasn’t reading romances during the era you mean, but I do still enjoy the romances that are “old school” for me, such as Georgette Heyer.

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