STARDUST OF YESTERDAY
by Lynn Kurland

April 1996
ISBN: 0-515-11839-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback
Rating:



This book had me hooked from the blurb on the back. I've been a fan of Lynn Kurland's for several months. Ever since I read my first book by her, A Dance Through Time, I've been rabidly consuming her work. Stardust of Yesterday is by far the best I've read so far. It surpasses even my extremely high opinion of A Dance Through Time.


Stardust... has this wonderfully endearing hero, Sir Kendrick of Artane, who is perfectly matched with rags to riches heiress Genevieve Buchanan. Genevieve has spent her entire life dreaming about her knight in shining armor, never expecting him to really come along. After all, how many battle-ready knights do you know of roaming around the 20th century? So instead of pining away for an impossible love she's filled her days with building her restoration business into a success. And she's succeeded. Her life is almost perfect the only thing missing is her knight.


And then almost overnight things fall apart. Her business crumbles and she's left alone and without ten bucks to her name. At the point of despair she grabs the huge inheritance left to her by a relative she'd never even known existed. She travels to London to live in a beautifully maintained medieval castle complete with restless spirit.


Kendrick de Piaget hates all Buchanan's. It's his goal in unlife to see them all dead or driven insane. But Genevieve is made of sterner stuff, as he soon realizes. Unable to bring himself to kill her they fall into a pattern of coexisting which quickly turns into love. In Kendrick, Genevieve has found that which she has always longed for.


But their trials are just starting. First, they must deal with loving and not being able to touch. Then they must deal with the attempts that are being made to kidnap Genevieve. And last but certainly not least they must deal with a garrison full of quirky ghosts.


Lynn Kurland handles things so well I flowed right through this book. She was able to create a story that didn't immediately give itself away. From the very first, things weren't easily predicted and that in itself makes this story worth reading.


All the ghostly characters were wonderfully crafted and thoroughly charming. From Royce, Kendick's Guard Captain to Nazir, the slightly off kilter Saracen warrior. Each was worth a laugh or two. At the very least a smile.


I do have one complaint, however. Although, Ms. Kurland fully explained why Gen' clients all turned against her and took their business elsewhere, it was never satisfactorily explained why her friends and employees turned against her. This bothered me a great deal... for about a chapter and then I was sucked back into this otherwise well woven tale.




Reviewed in September 2001 by JaToya.

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