Isabelle de Piaget must get to France immediately in order to save her grandparents, but she must do so without the overprotective care of her family and survive the perils of medieval England and France in the process. In Dreams of Lilac by Lynn Kurland, Isabelle is able to sneak away from her family by dressing as a lad but while crossing the channel from England to France her ship is sunk in a storm and Isabelle washes ashore without any money or memory of who she is or what she is doing in France.
Gervase de Seger’s rescue of Isabelle from a group of thugs is not the noble chivalrous rescue he would have been able to perform a year ago, due to almost dying in a fire in his castle and breaking numerous bones, Gervase is barely able to move, let alone lift a sword to defend himself. But after rescuing what he thinks is a lad, he takes her home and puts her to work in his kitchen. When Gervase realizes his mistake, he just hopes he can survive Isabelle upsetting every aspect of his life.
Dreams of Lilac is a fabulous addition to the De Piaget series. If you haven’t read a Lynn Kurland book yet, I HIGHLY recommend that you do! Her novels are historically fabulous, not glossing over the reality of living during medieval times, but it is the relationships between her characters that I absolutely love. Her portrayal of the complexities of family relationships, the good with the bad and how those complexities can impact our own view of ourselves is incredible. I have to admit I was shocked when I looked back over my last almost five years of reviewing that I have only reviewed handful of her novels because she is one of my default purchase authors (you know, those authors what you automatically purchase without even reading the book’s synopsis). That being said, Dreams of Lilac is a great blend of mystery, danger, and love. Isabelle is used to standing on the sidelines, considered the less attractive sister compared to Amanda (of Dreams of Stardust) Isabelle is unused to finding herself the center of attention but that is exactly where she finds herself after she is rescued by Gervase. I loved how Isabelle handled herself in difficult situations, unwilling to stand back anymore she rushes headlong into everything that comes her way.
Gervase, once one of the best tourney knights in France and England now can barely ride a horse, let alone hold a sword to defend his keep. Struggling to figure out who almost killed him and come to terms with his new limitations Gervase is definitely not looking for love, especially to a certain beautiful but headstrong noble woman. Gervase is a strong man, brought low by circumstances and trying his best just to get through each day. The only real issue I had with Dreams of Lilac is that I felt that Gervase’s recovery after Isabelle appeared seems a little fast but I understand why Kurland moved things along as quickly as she did. Dreams of Lilac is a stand alone novel but I recommend you read the entire series (not all of which is available in ebook format) to appreciate the fear Gervase feels when finding out who Isabelle’s family is and because they are just a fabulous read.
De Piaget Reading Order
The Christmas Cat (novella)One Enchanted Evening (you can read my review here)
Title: Dreams of Lilac
Author: Lynn Kurland
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 336
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.