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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2012
I was intrigued to realise that the author had used a real historical incident as her inspiration. This author really knows her history and has the knack of transporting you to another time and place.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2012
ok its not 100% historically perfect and the writing does take a few leaps at times but all in all a very good book. i liked the lead man which is sometimes hard with historical fiction because all the male leads tend to be arrogant. i would read another of her books. but who is roberts father after all? just the booring old baron? perhaps there is another book in there if the author is reading this...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
Lucinda really brings the characters and the period to life, I enjoyed it completely.
How I wish I had such an imagination.
Many thanks
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2013
This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it. It felt so real reading it and I couldn't put the book down until I got to the end. Very well written, with the historical facts adding quality to a love story that grabbed and held my attention from start to finish. I would love to see this in a movie....I'm impressed with the author and have already bought two more books by her!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2013
I found this a very intriguing story and found it hard to put down. i have since purchased the other two books in this set and again, I am finding them difficult to put down. Excellent story and full of twists and turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2015
I actually read this second book in the Roxton Saga before I read the first book in the series - Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance (Roxton Family Saga Book 1)) and therefore didn't recognize the "ancient" man who was present at the marriage of the 12 year old girl and the drunken 16 year old youth.

The beginning of the book is quite startling - young girl is awakened from a drug induced slumber to be brought before some old men, looked over, asked if she's begun her menstrual cycle, upper level bishop comes in, someone literally drags a drunken youth in and Voila!- Married at Midnight, indeed.

Years go by and the young girl, Deborah Cavendish, doesn't remember the marriage - just has occasional flashbacks that she thinks might be from a dream. Furthermore, her dumbo brother, Gerald, who was responsible for marrying her off, doesn't dial her in on the fact she's married. In fact, it appears that the marriage was a very well kept secret.

Then, Deborah and her young husband, Julian Hesham, Marquess of Alston - being the Duke of Roxton's eldest son and heir, meet again when he's 25 and she's 19 when she comes upon him, injured from a duel, in a wooded area near her home. They do not recognize one another, but are immediately drawn to each other as a moth to flame.

But... there are a couple of huge misunderstandings within this storyline that have contributed to a four star rating as opposed to five. I'll try not to spoil too much, but there is a huge spoiler at the very end of this review and some questions for other reviewers if they care to give me some feedback about my spoiler question.

As much as there is to love about Julian, I felt he could have handled his relationship with Deborah in such a different way. Instead, he's guilty of withholding pertinent information about 1) his real identity relative to his title and their midnight marriage, and; 2) details about a well-known lawsuit being brought against him in France - both of which, when she learns of the details, result in one very disillusioned young lady during a period that should have been celebrated as one of the brightest moments in her life. Badly done, Julian! And, once things begin to gel, this reader must ask why? It never made any sense to me that clarity couldn't have been brought to the situation.

I know that Julian is very highly esteemed by many readers and I'll give him credit for his good points, but his reaction when he headed back to France and his treatment of Deborah just didn't match up with his character as revealed in other parts of the story. As one reviewer so aptly stated, Julian seemed to have "moods" and those moods contributed to hurt and wounds in Deborah's life.

Deborah could dish it out though and I was very proud of her stance once she realized the level of deception she had been under - even standing up to the Duke of Roxton. I hated it when she was so hurt. She loved with her whole heart, she was a strong girl, even traveling to France when she was 16 years old to take care of her dying brother and then basically raising his son, Jack. She faced criticism from Society for those actions, but she didn't allow that criticism to affect her love of life.

***Spoiler*** PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT A SPOILER ABOUT JULIAN - HUGE SPOILER

Okay, I must remark on one of the humongous misunderstandings within the story. Julian had a horrible reputation as a rake, when in fact, eventually the reader and Deborah learn some truths that made the reader wonder how all those rumors could have been out there.

The truth was, he was technically a virgin. Okay, now this is what gets me. When Julian is coming clean with Deborah, he confesses that when he was a young man, he had a lover, but not in the technical sense of the word. He confessed that while he had experience in "certain particulars" of lovemaking, he was embarrassed about the fact that "a wife expects her husband to be a consummate lover... not an overeager virgin armed with raw instinct and expert foreplay." Okay, so he was technically a virgin, obviously he wasn't a virtuous man - there was one place in the book that Julian reflected on "courtesans" which didn't jive with his cousin, Evelyn's comments about Julian to the effect - Julian "was the greatest stiff-necked moralist he had ever met." So, I was never sure if Julian was a rake that just didn't do the actual deed of penetration, or what? A bit confusing to say the least. If any other readers can give me some insight about this aspect of Julian, comments are very welcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2013
Set in the opulent world of the 18th century aristocracy and inspired by real events, Midnight Marriage is the standalone second book in the acclaimed Roxton family saga.

Two noble teenagers are married against their will.
Drugged, Deb has no recollection of events. Disgraced, Julian is banished to the Continent.
Nine years later, Deb falls in love with a wounded duelist, only to later discover it is her husband returned incognito!
Can Deb forgive his cruel deception? Can their marriage survive beyond seduction?
Meanwhile, Julian's nemesis plots to destroy them both...

Midnight Marriage is an entertaining read, which kept me busy all weekend. Deb is a headstrong and likeable heroine, who falls for a charming and mysterious stranger, Julian, little realising he is her husband. I found them both, to be realistic and their love story charming. I couldn't have asked for a better book to see me through a long car journey.

I love historicals and found Midnight Marriage to hold all the ingredients for a truly enjoyable book. Character and plot development all flow along at an agreeable pace, with several twists and turns plotted out for the reader's gratification. The less major characters, for they cannot be called minor, hold just as much charm as Deb and Julian.

Ms Brant has a true flair for engaging her readers and I would certainly read more of her works in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2012
It is the second book in the trilogy and just as good as the first (Noble Satyr). At this point I did not realise there was a third book in the series so I would have been happy to have finished here but I was pleased to see there was a third (Autumn Duchess) and in some ways is the best of all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2013
In the tradition of Georgette Heyer historical fiction, except when you get to the end it explains that it was actually based on a true story. Great read and I could not put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2013
I thought that this book was really good. It kept me interested and i really did enjoy it. Well done
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