Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Shipwreck! Scandal!


And all that good stuff . . .

Today's addition to the growing Give-Away pile is Carla Kelly's wonderful Regency romance, Beau Crusoe.

If you've never read a Carla Kelly book, you should. I started with Summer Campaign, which is still my absolute favorite and no one is EVER going to get that one away from me. But there have been many absolutely excellent Carla Kelly books since then, and I probably shouldn't be playing favorites at all.
Beau Crusoe is the last one I read. I think it may be her newest. And it was a special and distinct and memorable as the others. Different than the others, different than everyone else's regencies -- that's one of the things that makes Carla's books special.

She isn't afraid to push the boundaries of the genre. She pushes the envelope. Sometimes she goes outside the envelope all together. She does that in Beau Crusoe, the story of James Trevenen, shipwrecked sailor rescued and returned, feted as a hero and yet -- James is barely holding himself together because of what happened on that island.

And the heroine determined to help him lay those ghosts is Susannah Park, a woman who knows very well what it's like to be an outcast.

If you like your romances a little bit different, if you like your characters a little more complex, you will love Carla Kelly.

Have you read her earlier books? If so, which was your favorite?

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15 Comments:

Blogger Michelle Styles said...

Yes, Beau Crusoe is her latest. She has another couple coming out soonish I believe. SOmething to do with Pylmouth and the Navy. The start of a trilogy. Her favourite hero since MrsDrew Plays her Hand or any way that was the quote on TGTBTU awhile back.

08 April, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Thanks, Michelle. Pray tell, what is the TGTBTU? Too Good To Be True UUUU?

I don't remember the hero of Mrs Drew -- but Jack Beresford will probably always be my favorite Carla Kelly hero, regardless.

08 April, 2008  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

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08 April, 2008  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

Beau Crusoe sounds like a good book. Very pretty cover. TGTBTU stands for The Good, The Bad, The Unread. It is a review site. www.goodbadandunread.com

08 April, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Thanks, Crystal. I would never have guessed. I'll have to check it out. There are so many interesting places to go on the web that I don't get to that it's seriously discouraging sometimes. TGTBTU is obviously one of them.

Carla's characters are always flawed and very human. It's what makes them so appealing. You WANT them to get their happily ever after. They deserve it.

08 April, 2008  
Anonymous Jopee said...

Hi Anne! Nothing to do with the book give away... just wanted to say I finally got to read One Night Love Child and absolutely enjoyed it. Definitely well worth the wait! I just wish though that Polly had made even a teeny-weeny cameo :)

08 April, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Hi Jopee, I'm soooo glad you enjoyed One Night Love Child. And Polly actually made two cameos in the original but she got cut because the ed thought I should focus on "the couple" (this is a Presents, you know! she said. And she was right). Also for length's sake something had to go and Polly, sadly, was it.

She's fine, though. Happy as a clam with Sloan and sends her love!

She may get her cameo yet, because Lizzie, aka Artemis, is living in New York now and she's considering auditioning for the part of 'heroine' in an upcoming book! If so, I'll send Polly to NYC just for you (and because I miss her, too!)

08 April, 2008  
Blogger aBookworm said...

I've never read this author before, but I'm a fan of historicals, regencies in particular. So count me in!

Thanks,
aBookworm
From the contest/review blog,
A Book Blogger's Diary.

08 April, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Hi aBookworm!
So glad you joined us. Carla Kelly is a wonderful unique talent. She writes complex and intriguing characters in regency settings. I don't think I've ever seen a 'romantic romp' sort of regency from her. But I've read wonderful, deeply emotional layered books with characters I've cared about long long after I've finished the book.

Even if you don't win this week's books, do check out Carla's backlist -- especially Summer Campaign which is, as I said, my all-time favorite even though it made me cry -- and still does every time I read it.

08 April, 2008  
Blogger Ellen said...

I've never read Carla Kelly. I do read some regencies but not very many any more.

09 April, 2008  
Blogger KimW said...

Good morning, Anne! Coming in to join the fun...a little late. I've never read a book by Carla Kelly and I'm a big fan of regencies. :( I'm going to add Summer Campaign to my list.

09 April, 2008  
Anonymous Byron said...

Dear Gunnar

Now my human is finally out of her office (she's been on deadline and I've had to lie on my bed and snore to give her a rhythm to type to), I can persuade her down to the shop to get my fave doggy treats, Healthy Hearts.

I thought you might like to share some. Mind you, it might take me a week to drag her down to the post office. She's talking about historical research and she mentioned the d-word again.

(I think she likes Regencies. She definitely doesn't have a Carla Kelly on her shelves. She has been chuntering about some dog called O'Mally and said he was really cool - do you know what she's talking about?)

wuffs from Byron

09 April, 2008  
Anonymous Byron (again) said...

PS. She says, will you tell Anne to read Jane Jackson because her books are brilliant.

09 April, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Ellen and Kim, Carla's books are wonderful emotional reads. Not your general 'regency romp' but altogether more thoughtful and complex. I'll put your names on slips of paper for Gunnar's treat fest. He's looking forward to it!

Byron, Gunnar says he thinks the treats your mum gets you must be terrific and he's going to ask me to get him some next time I cross the pond. When I go visit Kate I take 'greenies' for the feline lads (they make them for dogs, too). Bob used to adore them. He wanted ALL the packets just for him.

I don't know Jane Jackson, but I will definitely check her out. Right now I'm reading Naomi Novik's Tremeraire books. Brilliant reads.

09 April, 2008  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

oops, sorry, misspelled it: Temeraire.

09 April, 2008  

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