Kris‘ review of Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale, a standalone historical. Sourcebooks Casablanca is reprinting 3 titles by Laura Kinsale in October, though a little birdie told me they’re already showing up in some bookstores.
Merlin Lambourne is a famous inventor-and her life is in danger from Napoleon’s advancing forces. Lord Ransom Falconer, in service of his government, comes to rescue her, bringing her back to his estate where he promises she can work on her inventions and stay safe. But her dream is to build a flying machine, and Ransom is terrified of heights …
This was a cute book. I enjoyed it for the most part. The heroine bugged me a little. She is sooooo naive and innocent it is hard to believe. She was funny in her naiveté but there was no connecting with her because she was so clueless. It is hard to swallow just how sheltered she had been.
She has never left her isolated house in the country. She and her uncle just worked on their experiments and that was their life. She has never seen a child or baby, she has never seen a young man or been courted by one. She knows nothing about titles or that there is a hierarchy in the country besides the king/queen. She knows absolutely nothing about sex or lust or even kissing (never even heard of it). But this book appeals to my love of nerds. I love nerdy characters whether hero or heroine. She is very much the absent minded professor.
Ransom, the hero, was a protector and very arrogant. Which is funny with a heroine like Merlin. He was a lot more alive to me than Merlin because I could relate to his fear and understand his POV. He is petrified of heights and equates heights with falling and dying. So the thought of Merlin finishing her flying machine and trying it out equals her death, which he is trying to prevent. Especially at this point in history when flying was not a thing that people could do. I don’t think that what he did to it was very nice, but I can understand the reaction.
I thought there would be a little more suspense or action and there was not but that was okay, this was not a romantic suspense. So for me it dragged in a couple places. It was a cute fluffy book, and good if you can get past the heroine. I just had a hard time with it. So I would give this one a:
3.75 out of 5
This book is available from Sourcebooks Casablanca October, 2008. But you can buy it here.
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