Devil in SpringBook - 2017
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I really enjoy The Ravenals series by this author. She has a light touch when talking about disability in her characters, and they all portray the complexity of being human. This story focuses on the adorkable Lady Pandora, obsessed with starting her own board game business in Victorian England.... Read More »
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"There was something I once read .... It was an astronomy book that said in most of the constellations, the stars don't actually belong together. They only appear to. They look to us as if they're close to each other, but some of them exist in another part of the galaxy altogether. That's how my family was. We seemed to belong to the same group, but we were all very far apart." (p. 116)
"'Your kiss thrilled me beyond imagining,' he whispered. 'Every night for the rest of my life, I'll dream of the afternoon in the holloway when I was waylaid by a dark-haired beauty who devastated me with the heat of a thousand troubled stars, and left my soul in cinders. Even when I'm an old man, and my brain has fallen to wrack and ruin, I'll remember the sweet fire of your lips under mine, and I'll say to myself, "Now, that was a kiss."'" (p. 106)
"Pandora launched into a detailed account of her conversation with the hermit crab, reporting that his name was Shelley, after the poet, whose works he admired. He was a well-traveled crustacean, having flown to distant lands while clinging to the pink leg of a herring gull who had no taste for shellfish, preferring hazelnuts and bread crumbs. One day, the herring gull, who possessed the transmigrated soul of an Elizabethan stage actor, had taken Shelley to see Hamlet at the Drury Lane theater. During the performance, they had alighted on the scenery and played the part of a castle gargoyle for the entire second act. Shelley had enjoyed the experience but had no wish to pursue a theatrical career, as the hot stage lights had nearly fricasseed him." (p. 94)
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Pandora and Gabriel are great together. I loved that, even though she was a woman, he tried to help her get what she wanted. But, there were just so much that the law would allow a "mere woman."
I especially loved that she wanted the word "obey" taken out of their marriage vows, and he did it. Gabriel wanted Pandora to have what she wanted, in their marriage. It was so romantic.