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A Kiss At Midnight: Number 1 in series (Happy Ever After) [Paperback]

Eloisa James
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4 Aug 2011 Happy Ever After (Book 1)

Miss Kate Daltry doesn't believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince, and decides he's anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman - a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfil his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancée, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn't love her, and knows, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after - unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749956917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749956912
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James joins Piatkus with the first in a sparkling seriess of Regency fiction with a fairytale twist

About the Author

A NEW YORK TIMES bestseller many times over, Eloisa James lives in New York City, where she is a Shakespeare professor (with an M.Phil. from Oxford). She is also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tale 6 Aug 2010
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This book is not an Eloisa James Historical romance, it's Cinderella revamped, a fairy tale. There is a "wicked", or rather, selfish step-mother. However, there is only one step-sister and she is beautiful and sweet natured, if a feather-brain.

At the back of the book, EJ states that as fairy tales exist somewhere between time, then she has used looser language than would have been used in Regency Engand, although she says that it is set somewhere in the Regency period. Personally, if she hadn't said that, then I would have placed it in an earlier Georgian period, where ladies wore wigs and face paint (as happens in the book).

Here, the elder daughter of the younger son of an Earl has remained at her late father's house, even though her father left his fortune to his 2nd wife. She has stayed to try and ensure that the servants and tenants are treated correctly, as her step-mother has the tendancy to put up rents and also to throw her tenants out of their cottages, while she spends all the estate money on clothes for herself and her daughter Victoria.

I was a bit disappointed as this book was not like EJ's others. However, I did enjoy it as a bit of light fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 11 Mar 2011
By suz
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Usually I really enjoy the novels of Eloisa James but this was a poor attempt. I felt no empathy for any of the characters and the pace was incredibly slow. It may be that I just don't 'get' the fairy tale retelling but to be honest it has been done to death anyway. New ideas please.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming the Prince 4 Aug 2010
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For seven years Kate Daltry has lived an inbetween existence - not one of the family, but not quite a servant - thanks to her wicked stepmother. But things are about to change, because in order to marry her betrothed, Kate's sister Victoria must get the approval of her fiancé's cousin. And Victoria needs to get married, quickly. Except she can't go - and the cousin is a prince. It's up to Kate to make things right.

Yet when Kate meets the prince she can't decide if he's the most arrogant man she's ever met, or the most handsome. Not that it matters, since she's in disguise, and the prince has a rich fiancée of his own about to arrive. It's just with kisses like theirs, the penniless servant girl can't help but dream of a fairytale ending...

After the long and delightful 'Desperate Duchesses' series, Eloisa James is back with a stand-alone retelling of Cinderella. All the important elements are in place - downtrodden girl, wicked stepmother, charming prince, the godmother, the ball, and of course the glass slipper, but in true EJ style there's a bit more to it than that.

Kate is a wonderful heroine, spirited, witty and fully aware of what life has thrown at her. It's wonderful to see her change and grow throughout the story, with the assistance of her new friends, her godmother and, of course, her prince. Not that she has any illusions about Gabriel. He's heavily burdened with responsibilities and the sense of duty that means he'll do what it takes to fulfil them. Even marry a woman he doesn't love, simply because she's rich. When Kate lands in his life, and he falls so hard, it's difficult not to feel for him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 24 July 2013
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Entertaining but lots of historical inaccuracies, probably because the author is American. 'Debuted' never, never,never - came out of the schoolroom, had her first season, was presented - there are lots of contemporary terms.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical Cinderella retelling 24 Aug 2011
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After the death of her father, Kate Daltry is forced into near servitude for her stepmother and stepsister. But when her stepsister suffers a mishap that mars her perfect looks, her stepmother forces Kate to attend a ball in Victoria's place. There, Kate meets a prince although this one's definitely not as charming as she would have expected.

Prince Gabriel is one step away from being betrothed to a pretty and lovely Russian princess. So why is he so desperate to spend time with impoverished Kate - a woman he could never marry? And what will happen when he has to choose between his honour and a woman that he realises he can't live without?

This is the first in James' Fairy Tales series before When Beauty Tamed the Beast and This Duke is Mine. There is an e-book (Storming the Castle) that follows on from this story however all the rest of the series stand alone and have no connection to each other except the fairy tale theme.

From the first I liked Kate and felt for her situation. It was especially well done that although the stepmother wasn't particularly nice, she wasn't a caricature and was believable in her meanness! Gabriel was a very enjoyable hero and I always like a pair that bicker but are strong enough to stand up for themselves with each other. Together Kate and Gabriel worked really well and I really enjoyed their scenes together and thought the pair had good chemistry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun for an afternoon
Published 6 days ago by Janet Place
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
A good read but slightly predictable towards the end. I am glad I read it and would recommend it to others
Published 4 months ago by Shirley Kendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, LOVED It..!
As long as you don't take this story too seriously, and don't fret about the writer's use of language which likely isn't always true to Regency England or Royal Princes, this book... Read more
Published 7 months ago by LouLou
5.0 out of 5 stars great read.
I couldn't put this book down. A real Cinderella love story. Not smarmy but romantic and with a lot of humour.
Published 7 months ago by annie
5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL
I adored this beautiful love story ! Eloisa has managed to pour everything that's romance into this delicious novel. Love passion lust innocence desire and oodles of humour. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mnrigb
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fairy tale for grown ups
This is a great story, can't wait to read more from the recency tales!

I love the way Kate speaks her mind and that the Prince falls in love with her because of her... Read more
Published 11 months ago by kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Really really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put the book down it was a really great story even though it follows the story line of cinderella
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Couldn't get into it unfortunately and decided to give up after 2 chapters, don't go on my opinion try it for yourself.
Published 11 months ago by Carfisk
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Eloisa James has done a great job again. Believable characters and a fun take on the old classic fairytale. Not a heavy read, but throughly enjoyable way to escape for a few hours!
Published 11 months ago by E Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
A fun book based on the story of Cinderella. At first it was quite difficult to get involved but eventually the characters became more developed and it was easier though there are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nm
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