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Summary

Laura Kinsale's best romantic comedy, narrated in Nick Boulton's sexy, wicked voice....

Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

Laura and Nick fans who enjoy a practical, witty heroine will love shy Lady Callista with her cattle and daydreams, and believe dashing Trev will be a lucky man if he can win her back...or perhaps just kidnap her instead!

©2010 Laura Kinsale (P)2014 Hedgehog Inc

Critic reviews

  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
"Boulton's delivery and pacing not only capture the growing emotional and sometimes breathless physical attraction between the star-crossed lovers, but also convey their tantalizingly sharp and witty repartee." ( Audiofile Magazine)
"A rich and rewarding romance from the legendary Laura Kinsale!" (Mary Jo Putney, New York Times best-selling author of Loving a Lost Lord)
"Laura Kinsale creates magic. Her characters live, breathe, charm, and seduce, and her writing is as delicious and perfectly served as wine in a crystal glass." (Best-selling author, Lisa Kleypas)

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Magnificent

Laura Kinsale just keeps getting better. Her wonderful prose are a delight and always a surprise, I laugh out loud. I highly recommend this book

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  • 29-05-16

The Dashing Frenchman & his love

Would you consider the audio edition of Lessons in French to be better than the print version?

Having never read it in print, I can't comment. However the narrator Nicholas Boulton was outstanding and made the book very enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lessons in French?

When Callie cunningly ensnared the true forger & then revealed in her modest way what she had done to Trev. Top girl !

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favourite?

Callie. She was a great heroine & I loved her passion for her cattle.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Life & times of Hubert The Bull

Any additional comments?

I thought the story was great, lots of twists & turns along the way. I thought Trev was a wonderful character & really loved the humour in the book. I am a great Georgette Heyer fan, and had never come across Laura Kinsale, but in this book I think she is better than GH. I thought Nicholas Boulton's interpretation was outstanding. A very well written & thoroughly enjoyable book

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  • 🇺🇸🌸DARA
  • 24-07-14

Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)


I was a little surprised to find this book very different than other Laura Kinsale books. This story is not dark or has characters that are deeply distressed. Rather, it is a lighter more balanced story with characters that are charming, witty, fun, and true to life.

Trevelyan (Trev) is a dashing Frenchman who has loved Callista (Callie) since he was 16. He has a devil-may-care attitude that is endearing and very amusing. Callie is spinster Englishwoman who is practical, loyal, and loves animals. They have a unique “cat and mouse” relationship immersed with clever joking/bantering conversations that are very amusing.

Nicholas Boulton is a top-notch narrator!! (He is the perfect narrator for LK’s books).

This is truly a well written love adventure that is filled with friendship, loyalty, loss, laughter, mischief, fun, love, and even a cow! It's worth a credit.


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  • Tanya
  • 30-03-15

Nicholas Boulton is a God!

Since I can only read via Audiobook the narrator is just as important as the author.
The Laura Kinsale & Nicholas Boulton combination is one of my 2 favorite. I own and have read every book she's released to audio between 3 and 4 times each. I absolutely despise angsty reads and for the most part Laura hits the nail on the head. That said this one is a little angsty/wishy-washy but still amazing.

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  • Cam
  • 27-07-14

Incredibly well written, Superbly narrated

I have always LOVED LK books, but I admit the stories usually have a darker side to them. Characters are never perfect and may even have a physical challenge. Not so here. The hero has done some things in the past he is not proud of, but it is all in the past.
Both the hero and heroine are loyal, sweet and giving making it very easy as a reader to fall in love with them. As always you will also enjoy well developed supporting characters in addition to a main animal, in this case a bull, as depicted in the cover. If you enjoy LK, NB duo, this book will not disappoint.

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  • adele gibson
  • 21-04-16

One of my favs to date!

I am def an audiobook addict! This was by far one of my favorites. Awesome narration, wonderful story and characters! So glad I stumbled upon it! I have to be in the right mood for historical fiction, but I didn't want it to end!

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  • BVerité
  • 12-10-15

Lighter side of Kinsale...

Lovely enjoyable romance. I'd call it Kinsale-Lite. After Seize the Fire and Flowers from the Storm, it's nice to listen to a book with less tension and angst.

Definitely recommended. So far, the only Kinsale book I haven't liked is Midsummer Moon. But I might give it another try...

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  • anne
  • 18-10-14

CUTE COUPLE AWARD

My favorite Kinsale book so far and my favorite couple. And . . surprise, surprise, neither one is impaired in any way. They are amazingly normal - a definite change from the author's usual lovers.

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  • N. Jain
  • 19-08-14

So Happy I found this!

If you could sum up Lessons in French in three words, what would they be?

Charming, funny, marvelous

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Boulton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first Nicholas Boulton book and I'm hooked. I bought other Laura Kinsale books because of this reading. Nicholas could read the phone book and it would be worth it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!

Any additional comments?

I'm a huge fan of Stephanie Laurens' books read by Simon Prebble. I'm so very happy to find another great author with an absolutely fabulous narrator like Nicholas Boulton. Many happy hours of listening in my future. I couldn't be happier.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 06-09-14

Favorite Kinsale Book yet

What did you love best about Lessons in French?

I enjoyed both the story and the characters. Read like a my favorite books from Georgette Heyer. Less suspenseful than some of the other Kinsale books which I prefer when I wish to relax.

Any additional comments?

Hope there are more of this type still to come from Laura Kinsale.

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  • McFitz
  • 27-06-18

Delightful historical romance

I don't read a lot of romances but took a chance on this one based on the high ratings. I'm very glad I did! I enjoyed it very much, especially as the narrator, Nicholas Boulton, did a terrific job. I usually don't like male narrators voicing female voices, but he did a superb job this time.

The story is a Regency Romance set in the English countryside, including an English aristocrat (a bluestocking "of a certain age") and a roguish French emigre who lives nearby. The two protagonists are not the perfect creatures I've seen in many similar books, which endears them to the reader even more. Yes, there are silly circumstances and the characters make their own troubles most of the time, but the author includes enough humor to offset the situations.

There are a few steamy scenes, but nothing too explicit, and it's obvious the couple love each other. No profanity, no real violence, and no animals were injured in the production. (LOL) Enjoy!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-17

Perfect escape from one LK's darker reads

I'm in love with Nicholas Boulton...or his voice rather especially when he speaks French!!! Ohh la la!!! This is my 3rd book from Ms. Kinsale and exactly what I needed after reading her other "darker" novels plus a few others. I can so relate to Callie and her flights of fancy it's a wonder Ms. Kinsale and I have never met. While I understand it's not perceived to be one of her better works and coming out after a lengthy hiatus due to a conflict with her Muse, I encourage you to give it a try. Yes, the characters and events can be hair pulling irritating with some of the things they do (or don't do) and say (or don't say) and some events are so fantastic it has to be fiction but with all that isn't that why we enjoy the story? We know it's going to work out but it's the Rollercoaster of getting there that's the fun. It's what gives us that escape we need at least I think so.

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