Avon, Jun 2003, 6.99, 560 pp.
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.
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.
This report 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.
This report prepared by MH