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Review: A Flight of Fancy

Back Cover Copy:

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 dreams?

A Flight of Fancy is set in the Regency period of England in 1812 and is the second in The Daughters of Bainbridge House historical romance series. Considering this novel involves a heroine who is interested in ballooning in the early days of those flights, how can you ignore this hook? Her head is in the clouds. His feet are planted firmly on the ground. Can love cover the distance?

I believe I’ve read four of Laurie Alice Eakes’s novels and none disappointed. It’s obvious the author has a tremendous knowledge of history and a way with description. I even found myself reading with a British accent. 

If I’d been more attentive when I ordered this novel, I would have realized I’ve had Book One waiting on my Kindle for a while and would have read it first. Evidently, the main characters met then, because there are references to incidents that happen in the first book. A Necessary Deception centers around Cassandra’s older sister, and even though it would be better to read them in order, it doesn’t hinder an understanding or enjoyment of A Flight of Fancy. Ms. Eakes has set up the foundation for Book Three to involve the youngest Bainbridge, Honore. Considering Honore’s penchant for errors in judgment, that ought to be an interesting tale.

Cassandra Bainbridge is a rebel of sorts, a bluestocking, doing what she can to flout her demanding father. Geoffrey Giles is a reluctant earl who is known for being the good son. When they’re together, their passions ignite and tragedy ensues. It sparks guilt on his part and a sense of God’s punishment on hers. While Whittaker refuses to give up on their relationship, Cassandra fights him at every turn.

The characters appeal. The plot engages. The balloon flight entertains. The twists surprise.

Yes, I’d definitely recommend you make time for A Flight of Fancy.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This story came to me free from Revell with the hope that I would mention it on this blog. There was no requirement for me to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trail Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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