This last week I purchased 43 Georgette Heyer ebooks for my Kindle, this means I have spent the last week delved into the world of Historical England, renewing my acquaintance with old friends (and dealing with the shock my bank account went into with the individual purchases, it caused fraud alert to listed and basically broke my debit card). I am a huge Georgette Heyer fan having spent most of my teen years devouring her novels. While it has been years since I have read some the titles I just purchased (reviews will be forthcoming on some) I know that anything I pick up from her I will enjoy and I usually read 2 or 3 a year anyways. This started me thinking about what is it that makes one novel or author a definite reread every year and what makes others a one time deal. Not that I am saying that every book has to fall into the favorite category because I do enjoy most of the books I read, but it is that special something that means it will be devoured again and again that I have been thinking about.
For me there are certain authors that it is a given I will be reading some of their books each year, Georgette Heyer, David Eddings, Kerryln Sparks, Lynn Kurland, Julia Quinn, Terry Pratchett, and, of course, Jane Austen are just a few on the list. For those of you wondering about the amount I read (which even I admit can be ridiculous) I only review about one in five books that I read, Novel Reaction.com is supposed be about the joy of reading and I decided that if I reviewed every book I read I would come to dread the task (it would feel more like homework than the fun sharing I want it to be). That being said, I reread a lot that doesn’t get posted on here in addition to other fun reading (and not so fun homework reading) that I do. But really, what is it that draws me in time and time again? For me, it is all about the characters. Obviously I already know what is going to happen with the story line but if a character is witty, if the author can make me laugh, then there is a good chance I am going to wear out my copy of the book. So what is it that creates a favorite book for you? Who is it that you go back to again and again? Or am I the only one who rereads (which I have had people tell me that they dont’ reread before)?
I fell in love with Montgomery when he was a teenager in When I Fall In Love and he was firmly convinced that Jennifer was from Faery. Well, Montgomery has finally put all of that behind him, working hard to live up to the reputation of his father and older brothers (and it is alot to live up to).
Montgomery is given Sedgwick Castle by his father, a suspcious gift at best as it has holes in the walls and ceilings, guardsmen who are less than stellar and cousins who refuse to leave and are plotting Montgomery’s demise. But, it is Montgomery’s to call home so as he moves in to repair the walls and work on the relatives he is shocked when a fairy, wings included, appears on his drawbridge.
Persephone, known as Pippa, figures karma owes her after her apartment burns down with all her carefully collected vintage clothing and sewing machines in it. Pippa is showcasing her designs at a children’s party hosted at her sister Tessa’s English castle in a final attempt to get her clothing design career to take off. On the night of the party, as Pippa is wearing her faery costume, she crosses the bridge of the castle and finds herself in the moat of a very different looking castle.
Montgomery is everything a knight should be: honorable, chivalrous, and not afraid to kick some serious trash when needed. Pippa is a devoted sister who is a closet HEA fan (Happily Ever After). As Pippa struggles to adjust to 1229 living, she starts to realize there are definite perks to staying with Montgomery. Montgomery doesn’t feel like he has anything to offer a woman from his time period, let alone someone from the future. As each struggles to deal with their growing feelings for each other a threat from within the castle threatens their very lives and makes each evaluate exactly what they want in life.
I enjoyed One Enchanted Evening, it felt a lot like coming home because I have become so familiar with Montgomery’s family and time period. Nothing shocking or super unique about this novel as compared to her other stories but it was great to visit old friends and to see Montgomery his own love. Did anyone else get the feeling that John is going to be the next one to get a story? I highly recommend anything by Lynn Kurland!
New site up in addition to the new book, I LOVE the new site look! Lynn Kurland
Title: One Enchanted Evening
Author: Lynn Kurland
Page Nos.: 369
Release Date: April 2010
Available for purchase: Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com
I thought I would start with one of my favorite books A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland. I usually don’t enjoy time travel books because I have a hard time believing they are real. (Yes, I know, I read romance novels but I struggle nonetheless.) One thing I really like about Kurland’s books is the fact that she doesn’t glamorize the time period. Modern Elizabeth finds herself transported back to medieval Scotland. Elizabeth is immediately put into a dungeon pit full of bugs and a woman is burned as a witch at one point in time because she displeased her laird.
Kurland’s wonderful description of the time period allows one to see what it must have been like, the good and the bad. This book is the first in series that is great and clean (except for Stardust of Yesterday and This is All I Ask is fairly descriptive of physical abuse main character experiences). Elizabeth is also almost raped in one scene and they describe lifting her skirt but nothing beyond that. There is some brief nudity (James sleeps in the nude) but it is done more in the keeping of the time period than anything else. There are some references to the couple having sex but no description of the act itself and they only have it after they are married.
I highly recommend all of Kurland’s books and eagerly await her next book.