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- Print Length: 188 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (11 Mar. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BY98QAM
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YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE WHEN TO GRAB. THE HERO AND HEROINE WERE WONDERFUL.
THE WHOLE THING COULD NOT BE IMPROVED UPON. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A STORY TO MAKE YOUR
HEART WARM, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. BY THE WAY.... NO SEX, NOR PAGE AFTER PAGE OF DETAIL
THAT DOESN'T MATTER, JUST GOOD OLD FASHIONED LOVE AND ENJOYMENT.
Jane has just been kicked out of her lodging and has only one job to interview for. Their are a lot of others who are interviewing too. Everyone who comes out of the job interview looks at the horror of what she just went through. Some leave before the interviews even. Jane gets the job.
Her job is to transcribe and put together the novel telling all about the scandles that Lady Eudora Swann knows. And she knows a lot of them. While Jane hates the book she does her best to write it and keep her opinions about it.
Lady Swann has been married six times. She knows all the scandals and wants to leave a legacy so she won't be forgotton. Now she is confined to a bath chair. She has still a lot of gentleman callers who sneak out in the morning. She has a lot of money.
Charles Fallon's relatives are a big part of the book. He wants to restore his family name and reputation. He already has earned the wealth in India. He has heard about Lady Swann's book and wants his family left out of it. He threatens to sue Lady Swann but that will only make the book sell better.
He rejects her offer of sleeping with her. He has set up a house in London and plans to marry good to a lady of Society.
Lady Swann has a idea that will change her mind if he lets Jane find other things about the woman in the Fallon family. Over the Christmas holidays while she goes away to a party for the holidays.
This was quick read,fun in parts,sweet in others as they end up lost in the snow with plenty of drama thrown into.
I would look for more books by Lynn Kerstan in the future to read based on this book.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when done by Netgalley.
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (March 11, 2013) 186 pages ASIN: B00BY98QAM
The Regency Era is a period in which the society treats and judges its members depending on their actions and, of course, their fortunes. Perhaps because of this, Lady Eudora Swann, known as The Tongue, being in possession of many spicy secrets of her generation of aristocrats, decides to gather them together in a book called Scandalbroth. Not everyone is happy to learn about the appearance of this infamous book and, in particular, the Marques of Fallon, who is determined to suppress the lurid tales of his licentious and corrupt ancestors, who gave a bad name to the title which he inherited. After spending many years in India gaining the wealth he needed to restore the family name, he is confronted with a bigger problem when Lady Swann doesn’t want to cede to his demand not to publish the infamous history of his family. But as she is always looking for a new plot, Lady Swann strikes a bargain with Fallon. In exchange for his family’s history, written by Jane Ryder, Lady Eudora Swann’s personal secretary, she will hand him the manuscript of Scandalbroth. Grabbing this unexpected chance with both hands and thinking he finally has the opportunity to learn more about Lady Swann, he takes Jane to his family home. But he is in for a big surprise with plain Jane.
The illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat, poor and homeless after her last employment, Jane Ryder is hired for the position of personal secretary to Lady Swann, transcribing the past scandals of some of the nobility dictated by the lady herself. The two women become more than just a lady and her secretary; they became really good friends, in spite of their age difference, and especially wealth. For the first time in years, Jane feels finally safe; she has enough money and a roof over her head for the Christmas holidays. But nothing goes as she has planned because Lady Swann retreats strategically for a couple of weeks leaving her to deal with the bargain struck with Lord Fallon.
Their adventure begins at his ancestral manor, Wolvercote, when the storm is raging and they are caught alone together for a few days. From then on, they learn about each other and their feelings grow from friendship and respect to love. In their way of finding love is some major hindrances like their social status and fortune, their dreams and prejudices. She thinks she is a nobody and for the high society she is, being a bastard of a lord and such. He believes that the only right thing to do in order to restore his family name is to marry a woman with impeccable credentials and connections. Their own preconceptions hamper their acknowledgement of their feelings and by doing so they risk a dreary and unhappy life. But don’t worry, the devious old woman Lady Swann is there to pry into the matter.
The captivating secondary character, Dowager Lady Swann plays a very important part in this story and through manipulation and machinations, gossips and devices a plan well drawn nudging Jane and Fallon in the direction she wants and sees fit. I love her character very much and I would have like to have known more of her secrets. She gives a note of originality and a wonderful view of the Regency Era.
A midnight Clear is a very well written book with funny moments and dramatic elements, a book that I enjoyed very much. I highly recommend this.
Jane is your typical poor, Regency Miss, with no connections or family. She's out of work and, having had to stiffen her backbone over the past few years, is hired for a less-than-desired position transcribing the past scandals of some of the ton. The scandals are part of a memoir dictated by a slightly scandalous lady of the ton, herself, Lady Eudora Swann. Known as a fun-loving gossip, Lady Swann wants to leave a legacy behind, and Jane vows to do the best job she can. Over time, the two women grow fond of each other and, with the arrival in town of Charles, the new Lord Fallon, Lady Swann decides to play match-maker.
Charles and Jane are thrown into a scandalous situation, themselves but, as Jane swears she's just a nobody who's doing Lady Swann's bidding, she thinks that no one will think twice about her improper arrangement with Charles. Charles, on the other hand, is desperate to save his family legacy and ancestral home, and uses their situation to try to convince Jane to abandon Lady Swann's memoir all together.
A lot happens in a small space of time, and a few of the events are pretty implausible, but Midnight Clear is a cute read that includes a lot of warmth and humor. The characters are likable and the story moves at a pretty good pace. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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