Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Flight of Fancy

A Flight of Fancy
(The Daughters of Bainbridge House)
Laurie Alice Eakes
ISBN: 978-0800734671
October 2012/352 pages/$14.99

Her head is in the clouds. His feet are planted firmly on the ground. Can love cover the distance?

Cassandra Bainbridge may be a bit of a bluestocking, but when Geoffrey Giles is near, love seems a fine alternative to passion for Greek and the physics of flight. With his dashing good looks and undying devotion to her, the earl of Whittaker sets Cassandra's heart racing with his very presence. It seems his only flaw is his distaste for ballooning, the obsession that consumes so much of her thoughts.

When a terrible accident compels her to end her betrothal, Cassandra heads for the country to recover from both her injuries and her broken heart. With time on her hands and good friends to help her, she pursues her love for ballooning and envisions a future for herself as a daring aeronaut. But when Lord Whittaker slips back into her life, will she have to choose between him and her dream?


Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, A Necessary Deception, A Flight of Fancy, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats. Learn more about her at her website.


I discovered Laurie Alice Eakes last year and thoroughly enjoyed the three books I reviewed of hers, and I was delighted to meet her in person at the ACFW conference in September. A Flight of Fancy is another endearing Regency novel. Cassandra is a woman ahead of her time as she determines to be on the forefront of the exciting new world of ballooning. I alternately admired and cringed at her boldness, which bordered at times on foolishness--at least according to the man to whom she had been betrothed. Eakes has created dynamic and believable characters that are easy to like. Romance and adventure abound as personalities collide in this novel set two centuries ago.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Kyle Stephen said...

Nice find. Conflict between love and dream. Seems interesting.

Deborah Lynne said...

Linda - I read your blog a week or so ago about a book called, Queen of the Wave by Janice Thompson. Your blog made me have to buy it. I did. And like you, I don't read historical -- but THANK YOU so much for sharing that book with your readers. It was great.