Flowers from the Storm Book Summary and Study Guide

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Avon, Jun 2003, 6.99, 560 pp.
ISBN: 0380761327

In 1827 aristocratic mathematician and renowned rake Christian Langland suffers a stroke that leaves him unable to communicate though he feels his mind functions in every other capacity. His relatives, not wanting to deal with the ailing duke, see an opportunity to take over his wealth. They have him committed to a lunatic asylum.
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Daughter of a mathematician whom worked with the now restrained Christian, Quaker Archimedea “Maddy” Timms spends time doing good deeds including visiting poor souls in the asylum. She met Christian before under different circumstances, but now with him imprisoned in his body and the asylum, she tries to provide solace. She realizes his mind is okay and makes efforts to help him. As their relationship strengthens its turns to love though his aristocratic family and her Quaker friends detest that this couple belongs together.

FLOWERS FROM THE STORM is a reprint from one of the best Regency romances of the past decade. The tale provides the audience with a different look at the era then normally seen. The lead characters are the keys to the gripping plot. Amanda struggles between her deep faith and her prohibited love for an outsider. Christian behaves like a stroke victim frustrated with his inability to communicate especially verbally. Amanda talks (and listens) like a Quaker and Christian's thoughts reflect his trouble comprehending what someone says and his frustration with his failure with language. Though that adds authenticity, readers need to adapt to the communications of the lead duo that is worth the effort.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

Christian Langland is the rakish Duke of Jerveaux and a brilliant mathemitician. After a stroke leaves him unable to speak, his family thinks he is mad and commits him to a sanitarium. Maddy Timms, a spinster Quaker woman, is the only person who realizes he is NOT mad; he's just unable to speak. Christain's rage and frustration is matched by Maddy's understanding and compassion as he enlists her help.
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Chapter Analysis of Flowers from the Storm

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Regency era Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   different religions Struggling with whom?    -   Cousin Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding In love with caretaker or teacher    -   Yes Falling in love with    -   Nurse Disability or addiction?    -   physical disability/sickness/injury

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   arrogant Unusual characteristics?    -   Physically sick

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   doctor/medical Effect of sexing    -   confused Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture What % of story is romance related?    -   60%    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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