Saturday, March 11, 2006

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

There has been a little bit of pressure around to actually pick up this book and read it, so it was with great expectations that I did so. And was I disappointed? Were the expections too high? I'll answer that shortly. I also wanted to use this to meet the March TBR challenge over at Briannasmommy's blog.

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Fielding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven--and into Derek Craven's dangerous world. A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from poverty to become lord of London's most exclusive gambling house--a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world--with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper "mouse" can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress--and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion...and the promise of love.

Title: Dreaming of You

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Year published: 1994

Why did you get this book? I have been hearing such good things...oh, okay, I have been being nagged by someone, that I ended up requesting it specifically so I could see what the fuss was about.

Do you like the cover? Nothing special, but it was okay

Did you enjoy the book?Yes, I believe I did.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?The only thing of Lisa Kleypas' that I have previously read was in the Where's My Hero anthology and that was the story of the daughter of this couple, so it was really nice to go back and see how this couple came to be together. This was my first full length novel though. I will definitely be looking for more of her books!

Are you keeping it or passing it on?It's a library book so I better take it back. If it was mine though it would definitely be a keeper.

Anything else?I am really glad that I read this. I liked both Sara and Derek as the H&H, and it was definitely a refreshing change that neither of them were aristocratic. Derek had pulled himself out the situation he was born in, and Sara was intelligent and complex. The storyline with Joyce Ashby was a little far fetched but other than that minor blip this was a really great book.

Thanks Kristie!!

Rating: 4.5/5


  1. Oh i loved this book! One of my fave Kleypas. :D (I thought to say some things about Gabaldon's book but decided to comment on something i like instead. :P)

    Btw, have you read LK's newest one yet, DEVIL IN WINTER? I want it but not sure if it's available here already. Been really excited about taht book.

  2. I am reading Secrets of a Summer Night at the moment, but I will get to Devil in Winter soon. I have also read part of Suddenly You as well. Haven't finished it yet though!

    I can't possibly imagine what you might have been going to say about the Gabaldon!!

  3. I thought I had posted a comment but Blogger must have ate it!

    Here's what I said - again :)

    Thank YOU for reading it!! It's been such a hoot and a thrill seeing all the readers reading and enjoying this book. It's one I read years ago and still remember passages almost word for word - that's how much it's lasted with me

  4. This is one of my faves as well! BTW, Devil in Winter is great - definitely one of her best in the past few years.

    If you are looking for more really good Kleypas, I highly recommend Worth Any Price.

  5. Oh thanks for the rec Lori! I have added it to my list to get hold of!

  6. Hey can someone tell me, can you read Worth Any Price without having read Someone to Watch Over Me and Lady's Sophia's Lover, or is it better to read them first?