Cassandra Bainbridge is a heroine afraid of her own passions. Well, her emotional passions for a certain handsome fiancé anyway. A terrible injury leaves her feeling less than desirable and fearful that God is punishing her. Having not read book one , the leap to her feeling judged by God for a moment of passion seemed a little fast … and the mention that she had put her wedded bliss on hold once before (even though she really did love her fiancé) made her seem ‘flighty’ in more ways than one!
However, the fascination with independent balloon flight was very interesting. I enjoyed her exploits, and that the author made her a very curios and capable young woman, despite her injury. The trial and error of the early balloonist was something I had never read about before. Spoiler alert: Her fiance’s believable fear of heights helped to explain how this fascination was drawing them apart. The fact that it eventually saves his life and draws them together, was a very nice touch!
The writing was done well, and drew me in. I feel I enjoyed it as a stand alone once I’d read only a couple of chapters. I might have enjoyed it sooner if I’d read book one. Women readers will especially enjoy this independent and curios heroine.
Book Cover Review
By the cover alone I was able to determine not only that it was a historical, but that it was a Regency, that it was likely about a heroine of wealth, and that hot-air balloons were somehow involved. Since all three are a big part of the story I think this will be a successful cover – drawing exactly the readers that will enjoy it. I also love the font used for the title. Very elegant and befitting for this English lady of privilege. The area surrounding the author’s name is my least favorite part of the design, but that is being picky. I think it’s the mint green color that bothers me about it. It just seems to clash with the richer greens in the photo background. If the designer had color picked another color directly from the photo, either dark or light, I think it would have felt slightly more harmonious as a whole. I would have used this same color on the back cover as well. But as I said, overall I really like this cover, and that is being extremely picky. The artist has done a great job overall!
*Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
The additional information below was provided by the publisher:
A Flight of Fancy
The Daughters of Bainbridge House Series- #2
By Laurie Alice Eakes
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?
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. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.
Praise for Laurie Alice Eakes’s A Necessary Deception- #1 in The Daughters of Bainbridge House Series:
A marvelously well told adventure detailing the difficulties of British life for a woman during 1812 – and the faith that can be found in the trying times. – CBA Retailers & Resources
The first in Eakes’ Daughters of Bainbridge House series, this is a great Regency-era novel with characters who may not be who people think they are. These characters are lovable, caring and willing to let their tender sides show. – RT Reviews
Laurie Eakes whisks the reader into 1812 – London Society – into the Regency Era. It’s a world filled with drawing rooms, masquerade balls and a time when women were entréed into society in hopes of a marriage proposal. This author knows her stuff and brings historical richness to the story I adored. This was an intriguing story filled with mystery. I recommend this book to the historical minded and those who like a good mystery! – Nora St Laurent