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Flowers from the Storm

Written by: Laura Kinsale
Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to narrate her classic romance Flowers from the Storm - cited by readers of The Washington Post and Glamour magazine as "one of the greatest love stories of all time" - creating a fresh and unique work that brings all the power and intensity of the original to audio.

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Fantastic

I don’t often write reviews, but I felt compelled after listening to this book. Flowers from the Storm was beautifully written. The storyline held me captive from the beginning. The narrator was amazing.

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Kinsale and Boulton have outdone themselves

I cannot choose which of Kinsale's books I've enjoyed reading the most, but the talents of Kinsale and Boulton have combined to make this a gripping story. Never have I read, or listened as in this case, for hours straight through until the book was finisshed. The story is the longest I have come across, but Kinsale's plot never waivered into impossible drama nor the characters stuck in maudlin and repetitive self-dialogue. Boulton was so flawless in his narration and convincing in all of the character voices, that at times I only came out of being caught up in the story because a character would come to life that I would wonder at his range.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 2013-10-01

~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

After listening and loving the book "My Sweet Folly" I knew I had to listen to other books by Laura Kinsale.

"Flowers From The Storm" is a captivating romance with heart. The characters seem so real & true to life and main characters of Christian and Maddy are written with integrity and dimension. The story weaves a tale of "in sickness and in health" as it shows how romantic opposites in many aspects of life can triumph through adversity.

This book is not for you if you are looking for lots of sex scenes. Its more of a genuine romantic story that is passionate, compelling, and emotional rather than fantasy or cutesy fun.

Also, the narrator is WONDERFUL!! Can't say enough about him!

Definitely, definitely did I say definitely worth a credit? Yes!!

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  • mkremer
  • 2015-03-07

Flowers from the storm

I enjoyed this book so very much ! The story was so different then I thought. Lot of ups and downs so your where not sure how it was going to. This is the first book of Laura Kinsale I have read and I will read more of her books

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  • Mary
  • 2015-03-04

Not your average love story, so much better.

At first I thought it was dull, but it was just opening like a flower. I didn't want it to end. It is worth the read. Treat your self.

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  • T. Dunas
  • 2015-02-25

Flowers from the Storm

I'm impressed with Laura Kinsale Her writing style is well developed with interesting plot twists and well developed characters. Altogether, this was an entertaining and interesting book and I will be looking forward to reading more titles by this author.

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  • Sundancer
  • 2015-02-25

Simply stunning!

LK and NB are a perfect match. Political power, wealth, great love, beauty, sickness, sin, life's challenges - gyou name it - this book has it all! It's a simply marvelous story that struck home with me. I highly recommend this book! Enjoy!

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  • Beatrice
  • 2015-02-23

Made me cry at different points.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Would recommend to a friend. It is an outstanding book of love, courage, and heartache.

Which scene was your favorite?

The love that came through following the near hopeless situations.

Any additional comments?

The entire book is moving.

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  • BVerité
  • 2013-07-02

Exquisite in every way!

The most famous of Laura Kinsale's novels, Flowers From the Storm certainly lives up to the hype and more! This is my second time to hear the book, and I enjoyed it so much more this time.
The story is compelling and beautiful. A different type of love story, as is most of Kinsale's work. The narrator is amazing, and brings the characters to life.
The story revolves around a plain Quaker girl and the mad worldly Duke she rescues from insanity. It's incredibly touching and never boring. Both characters grow and learn from their relationship. It's a breathtaking book from start to finish.
I highly recommend this book to romance and historical fiction fans!

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  • Lia
  • 2013-09-02

Wow!! What A Fantastic Book

You know a book has a lot to live up to when you read things like "One of the world's most cherished love stories!" and "Probably the best historical romance ever published" and "One of the greatest love stories of all time" not to mention "A watershed in romance fiction". This book and this author (whom I've never read) seem to be much revered by readers and authors alike. , I was glad of the chance to listen to it and see for myself what all the fuss was about. And let me tell you I was not only blown away, but I'll be searching out Ms Kinsale's other books for sure! A great book, compelling characters and a story to make you smile and weep and worry and hope that all will be well in the end!
When first we meet Christian Langland, Duke of Jervaulx, he is too handsome and charming for his own good, dissolute, completely reckless and full of hubris. He also happens to be a mathematical genius. He is working on a paper detailing a new mathematical theory with an unlikely partner - blind Quaker John Timms whose daughter Archimedea (Maddy) is his eyes and caregiver. Maddy is both fascinated and repulsed by the duke and his wild, worldly ways (he actually flirts with her!). When word comes that he has perished in a duel, both the news and her reaction to it shock her, as she weeps for this man she thought she did not even like!

Months later, Maddy and her father find themselves at Blythedale Hall, an insane asylum for the well to do where Maddy will assist her Cousin Edward who runs the place. On rounds to meet the patients, she is stunned to discover a disheveled, wild-eyed Jervaulx among the inmates! Before the duel could even commence, Christian was struck down by a stroke and is left unable to communicate, with damage to his motor skills and memory. In his frustration, he lashes out like an animal but when he recognizes Maddy, he calms. She is allowed to be his daytime caregiver and he latches onto her like a lifeline. His fear and frustration were nothing short of heartbreaking and the treatment and humiliation he endures from his "attendants" borders on cruel and masochistic - simply horrifying.

Maddy devotes herself to easing his fears, helping him to communicate and, when she learns that he must face a competency hearing (instigated by his greedy brothers-in-law) or lose his title and his freedom for good, she resolves to do what she can to prepare him. But all sorts of misadventures, manipulations and deceptions follow with Christian keeping a death-grip on Maddy while Maddy is torn between helping Christian and keeping to her father and her faith.

I won't say more about the plot, but the characters are so well written that they will make you laugh, cry, and bite your nails with anxiety for them. This book must have been exhausting to write! The author deftly conveys Christian's frustration, broken language and motor skills as well as his needy attachment to Maddy as it grows to love. And Maddy is so devoted to Christian that time and time again, she tests the bounds of her faith against what she feels is right. This is a truly moving, wonderful story that I highly recommend to those looking for more than just sex and light romance. This book is an investment in time and emotions - not a quick, easy read. If you like more complex books and authors like the Bronte sisters, George Elliot, Julia Ross/Jean Ross Ewing, Mary Balogh early Woodiwiss and maybe even Liz Carlyle or Gaelen Foley, I think you will like this book. Very highly recommended!!

Nicholas Bolton was just magical in the delivery of the story. One of the best narrators I have listened too in over 600 hundred books.

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  • M
  • 2013-06-26

What an agreeable surprise....absolutely superb!

This is the third Laura Kinsale book I've listened to of the three that are currently available on Audible. What a great find!

I'd never heard of Laura Kinsale, and decided to buy these books when I saw them in the "people who bought this also bought" section under one of Georgette Heyer's books (one of my all-time favorites). I am so glad I did...

All three of Ms Kinsale's books are unusual but very, very enjoyable. Her characters are flawed, but oh, so real! Not like the picture perfect, often self absorbed characters in many other romances. She puts real emotions into her characters, gives them real goals and aspirations, and expresses them so well that you feel what they feel. The frustration, anger, fear and desperation that the Duke endures at the lost of control over his life is so raw in this book that you just want to cry for him - extremely well done. I also learned quite a bit about how mentally afflicted people, or, as in this case, presumed mentally afflicted people, were treated in the 19th century (glad I live in the 21st!).

The narrator did a fantastic job, and it couldn't have been easy, especially in this book, where so much of the main character's speech was affected by his medical condition. NIcholas Boulton's interpretation of the story, and of the emotions, was extremely well done. He does accents very well too (mainly in the other 2 books). He's one of the best male narrators I've heard to date, and I've listened to a lot of them.

I hope Audible gets more audiobooks by LS and narrated by NB....I will buy every one of them! I haven't enjoyed anything as much since I listened to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, narrated by Davina Porter. Although quite different, all 3 Laura Kinsale books have the same excellence of story and the same quality of narration.

HIGHLY recommended.

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  • Nichole
  • 2016-08-03

I wanted to love it

This started out as a solid 5 star book. I was completely engrossed in this story of a Duke thought to be dead but only hidden away and suffering from a disability. (trying not to spoil things here) And the Quaker girl who is steadfastly helping to heal him with her gentleness and understanding. She was like a ray of sunshine in his dark world.

When things started looking up for the pair I was excited for a happy ending that I knew would come. However, more and more I found myself acting like Jervaulx. Sputtering and yelling at Maddy. Stupid girl! Not understand! Self righteous! Pious! Judgmental! And so on. I was trying to understand her side. I get it. She was a Quaker. She had very strong convictions. She was tricked and told half-truths. She was so far out of her element that she couldn't grasp her new situation and she tried to get out of it at every possible opportunity.

I wanted a HEA and Dammit, Maddy! you made things difficult. Jerveaulx gets 5 stars because I loved that tortured man. Sure, he had faults and wasn't the easiest to deal with but I loved him anyway. Maddy gets 2 stars with her thee, thou, wicked, judging self.

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