Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
Isabelle de Piaget is determined to elude her overprotective family by means of a hasty escape to France. But instead of making a surprise visit to her brother there, she winds up shipwrecked on the French coast with no memory of who she is or how she came to awaken in the dark and forbidding castle of an equally brooding lord.
Gervase de Seger rescues—very reluctantly—the bedraggled urchin he finds on the road and puts her to work where he can ignore her. Unfortunately, he soon realizes that her brother is an intimidating lord who is going to be absolutely furious when he learns that his beloved sister has been laboring as a scullery maid. Yet Isabelle may be the one who holds the key to solving Gervase’s most pressing problem: that someone has been trying to finish the task of separating him from his title and his lands.
Finding the truth propels Gervase and Isabelle from the buried secrets of half-ruined keeps to the glittering French court, and to the realization that love can blossom in the most perilous circumstances—and in the most unexpected places of the heart . . .
I absolutely adored this book, a wonderful heroine, grumpy hero, engaging secondary characters and an interesting premise. I am late to Ms. Kurland’s books as this is only the second one I have read, I need to read more!
Isabelle de Piaget is on a mission, she receives a missive that threatens her grandparents if she does not travel to France, she tells her brother Miles that she is going on an adventure, he wants her to wait for him but she leaves before he returns. She disguises herself and boards a ship, but soon a storm tosses them all overboard, with a worried family, Miles travels to France.
While gingerly riding his horse, Gervase de Seger spots a young boy being robbed; he chases the robbers away and brings the boy home with him, not an easy task considering he can barely walk because of a fire at his home. When she wakes, she does not remember who she is, which serves her well even when she begins regain her memories, as she still has a mission to complete, to save her family. Gervase promptly puts her to work in the kitchen believing she is a servant, ahh the games begin.
Dreams of Lilacs is amazing, a story full of humor, some mystery and danger, a strong willed heroine and witty dialog that pulls it all together. I am new to the de Piaget saga but I will definitely change this and read the series.
I love Isabelle, she is a bit head strong but she is fun, intelligent and a charmer. She wants to help others which is why she probably gets herself into trouble as she does everything in her own way. I also like how she wants to stop being “the one who is left” as most suitors come to visit looking for her sister Amanda, and when they find out she is married, they look at Isabelle. She wants to be first in someone’s mind. Her personally shines while she is recuperating at de Seger’s home and wins over Gervase’s brothers with ease and eventually Gervase, of course.
And what can I say about Gervase, he is suffering greatly because of a fire that nearly killed him so is grumpy and surly but reluctantly rescues Isabelle and puts her to work, ignoring the nagging feeling he has that she is not a servant. The two are wonderful together; she is so good for him and brings out the best. The chemistry is there but this is a very tame romance without any hot and steamy scenes, but the author makes this work so well.
The secondary characters are great fun, the brothers add so much to the story, I absolutely love Joscelin, he is so protective of Gervase and would do anything for him, and he liked Isabelle immediately and took her under his wing. I love the relationship between Gervase and Joscelin, they had been through many things together and the bond is amazing. The banter between everyone is so much fun; the author creates this witty dialog that is enjoyable to read and brings you closer to the characters.
The plot progression works well, we watch the relationship grows as Isabelle and Gervase spend more time together and then the pace speeds up when the danger increases as they prevent the threat to both Gervase and several in her family. This is book sixteen of the de Piaget series but I had no trouble keeping up and I did not feel lost. All in all a wonderful story, more tame that many books but the romance is the key.
I give Dreams of Lilacs by Lynn Kurland 4.5 stars!