Review: Love is Blind

Review: Love is BlindLove is Blind by Lynsay Sands
Published by HarperCollins on 07/28/2006
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Humor, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon


He'd been warned that Lady Clarissa Crambray was dangerous. Stomping on toes and burning piffles, the chestnut haired beauty was clearly a force with which to be reckoned. But for Adrian Montfort, Earl of Mowbray, veteran of the Napoleonic wars, this was just the challenge he needed. He could handle one woman and her "unfortunate past." Could any woman handle him?


Lady Clarissa Crambray wanted a husband, but maybe not as much as her mother wanted one for her. Really! Doffing her spectacles might make a girl prettier, but how would she see? She'd already caused enough mayhem to earn a rather horrible nickname. Yet, as all other suitors seemed to shy away in terror, there came a man to lead her to the dance floor. A dark, handsome blur of a man.

Clumsy Clarissa was about to stumble onto true love.

My favorite kind of historical romances are the ones that are lighter, with lots of humor. So when Jennifer noted that Love is Blind as an “hilarious romp with a heroine desperately in need of glasses” I knew I needed to read it straight away. And that’s exactly what I did.

Poor Lady Clarissa, the heroine of Love is Blind, is not having the best time in London for the season because she can’t see anything without her spectacles, and her stepmother has refused to allow Clarissa to wear them (even going so far as to break them). Because Clarissa can’t see well without her glasses, she’s causes quite a few blunders, and now people are avoiding her. When Adrian Montfort arrives for the season, after ten years spent in the country after a war injury scarred his face, Adrian can’t help but be relieved that Clarissa can’t see his scarred appearance. And then, romance.

Love is Blind most definitely falls into the lighthearted category, and I loved that so much. This book is not serious at all. The situations Clarissa gets herself into because she can’t see are often so funny, and I just loved the lightness of the story. I also really liked Clarissa and Adrian and enjoyed seeing them get together.  Both Adrian and Clarissa have some insecurities, both involving Clarissa’s spectacles, and these insecurities were something that anyone could relate to. That said, I will admit to getting a little impatient towards the end, and I wanted Adrian and Clarissa to just have a little talk with each other.

The story, while lighthearted, can get a little silly at times, but that’s not really a terrible thing. There is also a mystery thrown in, but I didn’t find that aspect of the story that interesting. It was pretty easy to figure out what was going on, and I had a hard time believing Adrian and Clarissa didn’t figure it out sooner. The secondary characters added a nice touch to the story. I loved seeing Clarissa’s relationship with her stepmother develop. It was definitely a very antagonist relationship at the beginning, and I loved that Sands didn’t keep it that way.

If you want a lighthearted, easy-going historical romance, check into Love is Blind. It sort of reminded me of Julie Garwood, although it didn’t quite match the amazingness of Garwood’s stories.


6 Responses to “Review: Love is Blind”

  1. Renee (Lover of Romance)

    it has been quite a while since I read this one. Before I had a blog thats for sure. Her historical’s are very light-hearted and fun. I love those type too…but I do have to be in the mood for them. Since I like everything romance…but sometimes you need something to make you laugh and isn’t serious at all. Loved your thoughts on this one…makes me want to put this on my re read list for the year.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I think I’m more of a light-hearted and fun craving person, and then every once in awhile I want a more serious one. And I definitely enjoyed the lightness of this book. Poor Clarissa getting into all sorts of mishaps because she couldn’t see was adorable! And I loved the hero. He was totally awesome.

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I’m happy you liked this one! It is definitely a good example of Lynsay Sands’s writing. She always seems to do lighthearted, sometimes a bit silly historicals. While I don’t want those types all the time, they are a great way to escape bad days. Another decent one by her is The Perfect Wife which is an arranged marriage story. It was pretty funny especially the big wedding scene!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I just added The Perfect Wife to my TBR. I have so many books I want to read before our next HistRom101 chat! Thanks for the recs, Jennifer.

  3. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    The premise for this one sounds so fun – it definitely sounds light and fluffy. And since I wear glasses, I might relate even more to the heroine. 😀 I will have to keep this in mind for when I just want a quick, fun read!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I wear glasses, too. Well, contacts usually, but I can’t see ANYTHING without them or glasses. So it was fun. I can’t imagine being forced to go without seeing for so long. Not fun. But Clarissa handles is well, even with all the mishaps.

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