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Inheriting a castle--and a ghost to go with it--Genevieve Buchanan finds herself falling in love with the spectre of Kendrick de Piaget, an arrogant thirteenth-century knight....

Title : Stardust of Yesterday
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ISBN : 9780425182383
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Stardust of Yesterday Reviews

  • KarenH
    2018-11-09 13:17

    Stardust of Yesterday is a contemporary story about a woman who inherits an old Scottish castle, only to find that the castle's original owner is still very much in residence..er..that is..the ghost of the 13th century knight who once held deed to the residence. Betrayed by the woman he was to marry, Kendrick de Piaget was killed and his castle was stolen. Adding insult to injury, Kendrick was left with a curse that he will not know eternal peace until he can rightfully regain ownership of Seakirk Castle.It is now 700 years later and Genevieve Buchanan is the last heir to the castle and the only thing standing between Kendrick and his beloved relatives who wait for him in eternity. Naturally, Kendrick is impatient to finally be free of the curse and sets out to remove Genevieve from the equation. Unfortunately for him, Genevieve is somewhat of an eccentric and is amused rather than horrified by Kendrick's "ghostly" actions. In turn, Kendrick is fascinated by this 5-foot-nothing slip of a girl who refuses to be terrorized out of her inheritance. The two reach an agreement to co-inhabit the castle and soon their unusual friendship gives way to mutual feelings of love.At this point in the story, I was very much invested in the hero and heroine. Kendrick was a knight of the Clan Stud, as most medieval heroes in romance novels hail from. Sexy, witty and totally arrogant...yet such a cutie dressed in his Raider's sweatshirt & jeans, sacked out in front of the tv obsessed with the game of football. Genevieve was even tolerable at this point in their relationship. She had no family or special memories from childhood; therefore, she was captivated by Kendrick and his endless stories of medieval family affairs. They spent months alone together at Seakirk Castle (along with an ancient manservant and a few wayward ghosts who had come with Kendrick); and, although they couldn't touch, they would "cuddle" together at night and whisper until the wee hours of the morning.At this point in the story (plus about 50 more pages to tie up loose ends and bring the couple to a plausible HEA), the book could have ended. Of course, with a lusty warrior and feisty heroine, the sexual tension building throughout the story would have needed dissipation (taking up about 40 of those last pages). As a reader, I would have been totally satisfied, given the book a solid 4-star rating and moved on to see what else Kurland had written. That didn't happen. Instead, I was subjected to 100+ pages of..of...I don't even know what it was. Filler? A story within a story? I'm not sure but at some point the touching, poignant, heartfelt story that had been the first half of the book gave way to something like "I guess you had to be there" comedy. Ugh***SPOILER***Kendrick & Genevieve each make a silent prayer asking for nothing more than the chance to touch the other just once. This was definitely a Hallmark moment because we are very much in tune with this couple and understand how strong this need is. Things happen and suddenly Kendrick can actually feel Genevieve's head resting on his shoulder! They touch and revel in the fact that they can touch. Genevieve, still somewhat normal at this point, says "Kendrick, take me to bed before something happens." Happy to oblige, Kendrick sweeps her up and starts up the stairs to the bedchamber only to have Genevieve fall through his arms. Unable to handle the pain & misery, a heroic Genevieve signs the deed to the castle over to Kendrick so that he can finally rest in peace.More things happen and Kendrick morphs into a corporeal existence. After a fleeting loss of 700 years of memory, it all comes rushing back to him and he and Genevieve wed. End of story? Epilogue? No, dammit...the train has just unhooked from the caboose.Genevieve is afraid of Kendrick - more precisely, she is afraid of sex. After pages of reacting to Kendrick's simple sexual overtures like a deer caught in headlights, she is finally able to tamp down her desire to bolt and lets him kiss her. 'So this is the French kissing her mother warned her about' Genevieve thinks. 'So we have a heroine in need of a shrink' KarenH thinks. Kendrick would like to make love to his wife! Yes, they have now been married for over a week and at Genevieve's insistence, they are occupying separate bedchambers. She likens this point in their relationship as the "hand-holding stage" in a normal relationship, and is hoping that they can progress to that final stage (shudder!) in 6 months or so. WTF??? We've got a virile, lusty, normal stud warrior-turned-gorgeous Jag-driving, football-loving, contemporary hero here that would really like to consummate their marriage but can't because his wife says they have only known each other physically for a short time. OMG! That wouldn't happen in real life so it definitely doesn't work for me in a romance novel. Kendrick, smitten fool that he was, never forced the issue. Jeez, he didn't have any warrior huevos after all! By chapter 38, page 290 something when Genevieve is trying to seduce Kendrick by plopping a big bowl of ice cream in his lap and running her fingers through his hair - secretly feeling at ease because she is certain he won't try to have sex with her that night - the book was ready to hit the wall. In audiobook-speak, I yanked the earplugs out and turned the ipod off. Later, I went back and finished listening to the book. They did consummate the marriage that night but I was changing lanes and missed it...had to replay that one paragraph over again. :(Because the first half of this book was so great I don't doubt Kurland's ability to write good romance.I have another book by her in my tbr pile, "One Enchanted Evening", so eventually I'll try her again. But for now I'll just mosey on back over to familiar territory, where Liz Carlyle, Toni Blake, Linda Howard, Lisa Kleypas, Jessie Michaels, et al, will keep me submerged in good romance for a long time to come!

  • Beth F.
    2018-10-22 14:11

    Main characters who are ghosts are apparently not my thing.Neither are characters who are 30-year-old virgins. I'm sorry, but no.A 30-year-old virgin who is in love with her husband but still bursts into tears at the thought of having sex with him makes me feel queasy. Once she finally caved in and decided sex wasn’t this horribly awful thing, the author cut away from the moment of truth to a pointless scene about ghosts standing in the hallway hoping to catch the couple in flagrante for the first time. So apparently I don’t like implied sex scenes in romance novels either—the dirtier the better, tyvm.This book also took me over 4 days to read. I'm not a speedy reader, but a book like this should not take me 4 days to read. 2 or 3 at the max, not 4. Oof.

  • I_love_a_happily_ever_after
    2018-11-03 17:11

    WHY did I not read this book in 1996 when it was first published, or in 2001 when it was re-released?!?! Someone, please tell me where this book was hiding? It was Amazon.com who recommended it to me when I purchased a Gwen Cready book. I am so glad I dropped it into my virtual cart. Stardust of Yesterday has to be one of the sweetest, most enchanting romance stories I have ever read! It has everything; knights, castles, ghosts, cheeky butlers, and lovemaking with oven mitts...don't ask, just read! It is a ghost story, but not your typical lonely ghost waiting for a lady to rescue him. This ghost is an angry, scheming, arrogant ghost that you will fall in love with as he grows to love the heroine - guaranteed! This romance delivers on the most important goal of a Romance Novel, other than the HEA; it makes the reader fall in love with the Hero and you can imagine yourself being the heroine. I will keep this book to rediscover in the future, which is saying quite a bit, as I pass most of my books on to friends when I am finished. My next stop is Amazon.com to see what else Lynn has written.

  • Kathy Davie
    2018-10-28 16:07

    Eleventh of the De Piaget historical paranormal-romance series revolving around the De Piagets' time-traveling family. Interestingly enough, Stardust of Yesterday hasn't the standard time-travel connection as Kendrick de Piaget has simply lived for over 700 years. In 1997, Stardust of Yesterday won the RITA Award by Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance & Best First Book.My TakeI laughed. I cried. I can't help it. I just love most of Kurland's De Piaget series. And this one was a pip! I find myself hoping she'll continue this series, and let us know what happens to the progeny of Kendrick's family…it should be a challenge!I do love Kurland's characters. They are all alpha males with eventually-strong women with a mix of 12th century manners and a contemporary outlook with an intense loyalty to family and friends.Kurland mentions Genevieve's antiques hunting a bit, but I do wish Gen had re-started up her business in England instead of these little teasers!Kurland paints an incredible picture of historical England, even if she does gloss over the clash of medieval male and contemporary female.The StoryKendrick is a ghost tied to Seakirk Castle. Other than the lack of senses, Kendrick seems to have had it pretty good. He's certainly not lacking in funds which he uses to manipulate those hated Buchanan to Seakirk.And there is only one way to break the curse that ties Kendrick to the castl,e and he fully intends to terrify Genevieve into freeing him.The CharactersKendrick has had a reputation for battle and womanizing (there is a brief reference to Jason's wooing back in Tapestry: "To Kiss in the Shadows", 10), and he's had centuries to nurse his hatred for the traitorous Buchanans.Poor Genevieve is the last of the Buchanans, and she has finally stepped out from behind her cold parents and has been making a name for herself with her Dreams Restored business.The Cover and TitleThe cover is very soft and romantic with its figured cream background and a long-stemmed red rose lying at the base of a framed portrait of a dark-haired hunk. I do not understand the significance of the title unless it's a play off Dreams of Stardust.

  • Kari
    2018-11-05 17:11

    A friend of mine has been trying to get me to read any book written by Lynn Kurland for years. When I saw that the first one was available for download on my library's site for MP3, I decided it was time to give in. I'm glad I did. Stardust of Yesterday is unlike any paranormal romance that I have read before. The premise is unique. Genevieve and Kendrick both live in a castle and become friends. They slowly fall in love with each other. The catch...Kendrick is a 700 year old ghost. Parts of this book are heart-wrenching and I had tears in my eyes. But, it is also filled with many humorous scenes and word play between the two lovers. I loved Genevieve and Kendrick together and found myself holding my breath to see if they would have their HEA. There are also a score of other characters that only enhance the story. I hope some of them show up in later books.I definitely recommend this one. It is cheesy in parts, but such a sweet story that you can't help but want to ignore them

  • Sherri Hunter
    2018-11-08 20:17

    This book was awesome! Lynn Kurland is an author who is on my list of auto-buy authors. That means I will buy her books usually sight unseen or without knowing what the book is about. I am that confident that the book will deliver hours of entertainment and enjoyment. She writes romance with everything from a time traveling character or a ghost to straight historical settings.This book features a woman from the United States who travels to England to go to the castle she has inherited. Unfortunately, there's a ghost residing in the castle and he doesn't want to share his castle with anyone and he's not above scaring people to death to get them to leave. When you've been betrayed and murdered and are dead for nearly 700 years, it could make just about anyone cranky. However, the fun begins when our heroine decides to stand up to the charming, but cranky ghost.

  • Beth
    2018-10-23 14:08

    The heroine of this book is a 30-year-old overgrown baby who wears "footy" pajamas and is uncomfortable with the idea of sex with her loving husband. But I guess I'm supposed to relate to her, because OMG, she eats ice cream when she's upset! And she really cared about her career for about 10 pages! I spent the whole book feeling bad for the hero that he would end up with this woman-child.I normally enjoy a good, steamy sex scene in a romance, but it's good that Kurland is uncomfortable with putting sex scenes in her romances. A sex scene between the kind-of-hot adult hero and the infantile heroine would have been disturbing.

  • Carolyn
    2018-10-28 19:08

    Yep, reading this again. Making my way through all Lynn Kurland's de Piaget family series once again. Love them all!This was the very first Lynn Kurland book I ever read. Little did I know the world Ms. Kurland would open up for me. Many, many hours of sheer reading bliss!

  • Rissa
    2018-10-20 13:05

    Well, this is one of those books. I mean the ones that kind of sweep you off your feet when you are distracted?This book did this to me. I started reading it in June 2013, but the hero kind of got on my nerves, and even though I love most of Lynn Kurland's books I was ready to drop that one and stopped reading it.And time passes.So one of these days I find the book, then ask myself "oh, well. Why not?" And so I decided to read it, determined to finish the book this time. And I'm so glad I did.So, Kendrick got on my nerves. He was mean, determined to drive the heroine mad or to kill her, and just grouchy... Until he falls for her.Oh, he's still grouchy, but it's a cute sort of grouchy. He's adorable and they make the sweetest couple ever. I love Kendrick's friends as well -those ghosts are so cool! Here's to hoping for a nice love story for Royce, Stephen and Nazir. There's a bit of tension about the bad guy, but I really didn't worry for Kendrick or Gen for a moment - it's not really all about adventure, so to say. It's a romance, full of scenes that will make you turn into goo and saying 'awww'. So, if you can hang on past the mean Kendrick, this book becomes the sweetest romance you can imagine, making it totally worth the read - and I'm still calling myself bad names for taking so long to read it.

  • Linda
    2018-11-13 14:17

    I read this story years ago and started to read it again. Everything came flooding back and I soon realized I didn't miss the story. It was light on romance and there was lots of unnecessary filler.

  • Tina
    2018-11-01 17:01

    DNF. Ive been wanting to read this book for awhile but I just could not get into it.

  • Emily (BellaGrace)
    2018-11-07 20:19

    this book was so cheesy - the "heroine" was a winey, irritating, immature, unlikeable woman. I picked up this book because it was compared to Outlander and A Knight in Shining Armor. It was nothing like those books. It was boring with a super flimsy plot.Spoilers....The story was really weak - in fact there was barely a story at all and it had serious plot holes. So, the guy is a ghost, but he can't smell or touch anything - he tells Gen that he lost all his senses when he died -yet he can see, hear and speak. The speaking part is explained by saying that he is speaking into her mind, but later we are told that his area of reach is only his estate. So how is it that he can speak on the phone? I'm all for having paranormal parts of the story - I'm happy to go along with it - provided it makes sense. Another gripe is that there are all these other ghosts that want to hang around his castle, but his family and loved ones all apparently passed on to the other world. Why are all these ghosts still around? Are they all cursed too? It's just a stupid book.PS - the epilogue...SERIOUSLY... she has triplets at home...and she didn't know she was having three babies- that's just beyond the realm of plausibility. In a world of modern medicine, they would have been able to tell her she was having triplets. This whole book was just STUPID (did I already say that!).

  • Cindy
    2018-11-06 20:15

    I thought this was a sweet romance, but there was plenty that was hard to believe. The initial premise was okay - Genevieve, a 30 year old woman from San Francisco, inherits an estate in England that just happens to have a resident ghost, Kendrick, from the 13th century. The romance between these two is fun. However, the ghost (with little explanation) becomes corporeal. And that's where this becomes a little harder to swallow. The lovers marry quickly and THEN Gen gets cold feet...(maybe that's why a grown woman wears footie pajamas - wha? is this woman 3 or 30?)...and basically does not want to consummate the marriage. I can believe that she's a virgin, but she's afraid of her husband. I think that's the point at which this book slid down a notch or two in my opinion. There was nothing here that was fresh and the conclusion was no surprise.

  • Diane ~Firefly~
    2018-10-27 13:11

    I'll start this off by saying I'm not a huge fan of ghost romances, but even with that caveat, this was still just an ok read. Genevieve bounced between realistic (scared when confronted by a ghost) to unrealistic (never been kissed at 30, how she behaved after the wedding) to just plain annoying (crying jags). Kendrick was pretty much a jerk until he fell in love. I can't believe how he treated the lawyer. The beginning of the book was also pretty strange (I can't believe it was that easy to do that to her business). There is a nice happy ending and I loved Worthington (the butler).

  • Pam
    2018-11-11 18:12

    This book is my absolute favorite of all Kurland books I've ever read! The ghost is awesome. I will never forget the scene where the butler dialed the phone for Kendrick ( the ghost) and he said into it, "Come home Genevieve....." Ahhhhh what a guy!

  • Brooke
    2018-11-01 14:06

    This wasn't my favorite, it had some cheese... But I liked it, I loved Kendrick... It had some sad parts, some funny, lots of schmooze, and it was a bit predictable... But I had been waiting for Kendrick's story, so I'm happy with it....

  • queensmash
    2018-10-31 19:10

    Gen and Ken!!! Ahh maze zing book! Rlly held my attention from chapter to chapter. The characters couldn't be any more different but the same. It has it's funny medieval bits. And the ending. What a big surprise!!! Where art thou my chivalrous knight?

  • Sha Mslvoe
    2018-10-17 19:02

    Was completely enchanting. I laughed, I cried, I cheered and groaned. Read it! It's great!!!

  • Diane K. Peterson
    2018-10-21 18:07

    What can I say about this book? It has the most far-fetched, ridiculous plot yet I loved it. Fantasy is a little difficult for me. I tend to want my stories to seem believable and possible. But Stardust of Yesterday was just oozing with charm. It's a historical ghost story, with mostly lovable ghosts. The setting is modern and the hero ghost has lived through the past 700 years so he has adjusted to the modern world. I was truly baffled as to how the mortal heroine and the spectral hero would come together and Kurland kept me guessing for quite a while. Some of the writing style feels a little dated -- a little wordy and drawn out, the heroine's use of slang -- but the characters were so lovable and charming that the whole thing worked. So glad I read it.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-25 14:14

    This is where it all started for me - my first Lynn Kurland book! I'll be the first to tell you that I do not like ghost stories or anything remotely scary. This book was a ghost story, but it was sweet and tender. It remains my favorite book by this author.The basic gist is that a ghost needs to own the estate in order to move on. And he just found the last remaining heir to the castle! What follows is a delightful romp and love story that transcends the ages. I cannot recommend this book enough!

  • Kem
    2018-10-15 13:18

    If you love romance, especially with two strong and very different people, you must read this book. Kurland draws characters like no one else. The plot is a little out there, but of course it's because there's a ghost in a castle. A knight in shining armor ghost in a real midevil castle. Can it get any more intriguing? A really bad guy is after the girl and the knight protective instincts come out. A wonderful story.

  • Jules
    2018-10-21 15:18

    This is one of my re-read when I'm feeling poorly books. It's the most ridiculous premise but done so well, I love it. I've read most of Lynn Kurland's books but this is the one I come back to. Fun, silly and gorgeous characters with a fabulous love story.

  • Kasia
    2018-11-02 18:01

    without any doubts - this is the worst, most pathetic, idiotic and just simply stupidest book I have ever read in my life (and yes, I did read 50 Shades). I read this over 20 years ago and felt physical pain when I was reading it - and still remember this! Waste of every second!

  • Cindy Cowan
    2018-11-13 20:13

    I adore Lynn Kurland's MacLeod/DePiaget series and Kendrick and Genevieve's story is one of my favorites. Romantic and heartbreaking at the same time, you keep hoping for their happy ending. Ms. Kurland doesn't disappoint.

  • Χαρά Καρούλη
    2018-10-30 19:13

    I lost so much time without knowing this book! I am so glad that I read it. As previous one said, this is one of the sweetest romance stories.

  • Tia
    2018-10-17 17:14

    3.5 stars

  • Jynt
    2018-11-10 17:14

    This was engaging enough, until it started dragging.As a result, I don't quite know how Kendrick became corporeal because I started skimming, but it seems sketchy at best.

  • Jessica Summers
    2018-11-09 15:02

    Fun little romance with sassy characters :D

  • Nadosha
    2018-11-12 17:58

    قصة حلوة وممتعة بس القسم الأخير من الكتاب لم يكن به معنى حشو زائد

  • Rhonda Soukup
    2018-10-25 18:50

    This is the one my sister Ellen has and she has not read it yet. One of the first Lynn Kurland books I read. This is a sweet love story that you're not really sure how it will work out.