Book Review: Lynn Kurland’s Stardust of Yesterday

Posted September 17, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Lynn Kurland’s Stardust of Yesterday

Stardust of Yesterday


Lynn Kurland

historical romance, paranormal romance, time travel that was published by Berkley on April 1, 2001 and has 368 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Love Came Just in Time, Tapestry, One Enchanted Evening, One Magic Moment, From This Moment On, Spellweaver, Gift of Magic, All For You, Roses in Moonlight, Dreams of Lilacs, Ever My Love

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 Take

I 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 Story

Kendrick 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 Characters

Kendrick 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 Title

The 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.