Sunday, October 28, 2012

Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes (Review)

About the book:  Filled with the mystique of London society and the charming beauty of the English countryside, A Flight of Fancy explores what it means to find the true source of happiness and love amid the distractions of life. Readers will love the next installment in this rousing Regency series from accomplished author Laurie Alice Eakes.

Cassandra Bainbridge has twice set aside her scholarly pursuits--once for the London Season and once for her wedding preparations. Love seems a wonderful alternative to study, until disaster strikes. When an accident brings an end to her betrothal, she heads for the country to recover from both her injuries and her broken heart. There she pursues her love for ballooning and envisions a future for herself as a daring aeronaut. But when her former fiancé slips back into her life, what course will she choose?
About the author: Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, A Necessary Deception, Heart's Safe Passage, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian.

My thoughts:  I enjoy a good Regency story now and then because it was a gracious period of history packed full of events and mysterious intrigue that shaped much of society and the politics of nations leading up to modern times.  The social mores of the period are somewhat contrived and hard to believe in today's world of permissiveness and wanton living.

Flight of Fancy
involves a slightly rebellious young lady who wanted to break out of the mold society has placed her in as a woman.  The story is set in England and the time period is 1812 and the politics involved the Luddite rebellion and uprising against mill owners.  But the "story" of the book is a young lady and a young "Lord" who are in love.

The story includes mystery, rebellions/uprisings, blackmail, love, injury, accidents, broken hearts and other emotional workings.  It is a good story and gives you a glimpse into the window of Regency lifestyles and a touch of English history.  I enjoyed my visit with our friends in
Flight of Fancy and hope to be able to read more of Laurie Alice Eakes works in the future.

Engraving 1812: Leader
of the Luddite rebellion
Now a touch of history:  Since a major theme in Flight of Fancy centered around the Luddite uprising in Britian in 1812, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what this movement specifically was about.  Here is a link with some information that you might find interesting

“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

DISCLOSURE:  I was provided a complimentary copy of Flight of Fancy by Laurie alice Eakes by Revell of Baker Publishing Group
to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

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