Thursday, 22 November 2012

Flight of Fancy

Back Cover: 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?

Review: Poor Cassandra. She really should have been born in the 20th century. A girl like her would have a doctorate in chemistry and would be happy as a lark staring down a microscope or mixing up some strange chemical concoction. Unfortunately for her, she's stuck in an era where ladies of proper birth are expected to sew, dance, sing and not worry their minds over 'manly' topics like politics, science, and foreign languages.

Despite her habits of wearing overly-large glasses while reading, scratching out chemical formulas on every random scrap of paper, and daydreaming about sealants and different silks for her balloons, Cassandra has the ardent love of her childhood friend, Geoffrey Giles. Their relationship is - passionate. The two can't be in the same room without sparks flying, and their rather 'passionate' interactions threaten to scandalize society and give their mother's heart failure.

This book is all about romance, but there is also a good deal of history about the Luddites and the burning of the silk mills around the time of the industrial revolution. Eakes wove Cassandra's and Gile's romance through this time period and brilliantly incorporated a scheme to draw the couple into this drama.

I really enjoyed the drama in this book and it was a well written book. A must read for fans of historical, Christian romance.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

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