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- Print Length: 102 pages
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- Publisher: Courtney Milan (14 Mar. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BUUQ1FM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As much as it hurt, John let her go, believing her to be innocent of her father's crimes. But eighteen months later he's finally tracked her down, certain she knows where the missing money is. And he'll do anything to get it back.
Like all of Milan's novellas there's plenty more than the obvious going on here - social status, rules of etiquette, psychological abuse - and as always CM handles it beautifully. Mary and John are a pair of social misfits, not obviously different, but both a little ahead of their time.
Because this novella was originally part of a book of three vaguely linked stories from three different authors, there are a few things here that seem a little out of place - particularly the epilogue. I haven't read Midnight Scandals, but I still found this easy enough to follow.
It's not the best novella I've read by CM, but it's still a pleasant read from an author who has mastered this short form. Sweet and romantic with an excellent sense of the Victorian period, Courtney Milan remains one of my favourite historical authors, and if this was by anyone else I'd probably give it four stars, but because CM's other novellas are really good, it only gets three. If you've never read any Courtney Milan before try one of her other short stories before coming back for this one.
Things seem dire for Mary in the beginning, as she is hiding secrets and seemingly betraying her fiancé, John. As the couple ends their relationship, the heartbreak they feel is communicated beautifully. I longed for them to recapture their love, even though I, as a reader, did not know the details or see it blossom from the beginning. It takes great skill for a writer to be able to immediately foster that feeling in me.
Then they have a second chance at love. From feelings of disappointment, resentment and suspicion we follow John and Mary as they build a friendship. I so enjoyed reading as their new love developed.
Aside from Mary's romance, there is a secondary story involving Mary's employer. That part of the story was suspenseful, and had my heart beating hard, hoping for Mary's success.
The history of financial law and matrimonial law is highlighted beautifully, putting the historical context of this story front and centre for the reader.
I find Courtney Milan is an inspired writer, and she created satisfying solutions for her characters' predicaments.
John and Mary are strong, honourable and very likeable characters. My heart warmed reading their romance. This story was a winner for me.
*includes sex scenes
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This book involves a believable really Big Misunderstanding--one of the few I've ever read that didn't make me even consider rolling my eyes. While sorting through the knotted strands of that problem, the heroine finds herself working in the ultra-claustrophobic country home of a well-described control freak.
A large part of the enjoyment of romance novels involves going through the process of walking down the bumpy road to the happily-ever-after and seeing good people rewarded and bad ones brought to justice (so much more satisfying than killing them off). This book pays off extemely well in that department.
Another joy to watch--Courtney Milan characters always change, grow and mature during her tales. Her stories are an illustration of the saying "That which does not kill you makes you stronger."
The title and cover puzzled me, however. What exactly did happen at midnight? There were many secret meetings about 10 p.m., but I don't remember midnight figuring into the story. And the pink gown on the cover? The heroine is limited to two well-worn dresses. At one point in the book, she laments the loss of a blue dress and at the end she has a new blue dress, but the pink ballgown is an odd representation of the story. The combination of title and cover conjure up images of Cinderella and a ball--and many romance novel cliches rather than this unique and enjoyable book.
This is a "reunion" novella -- two characters who cared for each other (if they didn't quite call it love) are torn apart by a "big misunderstanding" (one that actually is pretty big and not easily overcome) and reunited after eighteen months after he hunts her down. There are some classic Milan elements here -- sensitive treatment of a social issue, couples actually talking about problems, thinking about what relationships actually mean. The love scenes aren't quite what I've come to expect from Milan, but there is still a lot to enjoy here.
Except for Mar's father the characters were well developed. There is a good storyline and it flows well. It's t has a strong interest grabbing beginning, a middle that fills in the facts and holds your attention and a wonderfully unusual ending that is indeed satisfying.
As anyone that has read a review I have written knows I enjoy books in which women are depicted as strong human beings and this book fills the bill for me.
So, while this short story was as well-written as only she can do, I can't say I loved it. I think the setting and circumstances of the heroine, which others have described, made me too nervous to allow me to enjoy the book. My mind kept assuring me there would be a happy ending (there was), but my heart just wasn't invested in the romance. It's worth reading, so don't let me discourage anyone from ordering, but keep your expectations to around 3 or 3.5 stars and you won't be disappointed.
I liked this story because there were many twists to edge secrets that Mary is keeping. My description of the heart of the story is from the story itself: "He wished this were clean and uncomplicated. But it was messy and complex. For a short novella, Milan packs a lot in about expectations and topless and overcoming limitations.