Recommended Read: A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan

Ready for a little historical romance? Hopefully you've heard of Courtney Milan by now (who hasn't?), and this novella packs a really big wallop in a smallish package. It's Christmas themed, but don't let that stop you - the holiday is just part of the setting, and a rather small thing when you look at the story as a whole.

A Kiss for Midwinter starts with a girl in rather dire straits and a fledgling doctor who keeps his mouth shut when he knew better only because he has to. The actual story is what happens when the two are finally grown up, and finally the doctor has a chance to help the now-woman, though in a very different and possibly far more profound way. In turn, she gives him some much-needed perspective, but the path to get there is so intense and painful that you won't be able to put this story down until you are assured of the requisite happy ending (or I couldn't, anyways - it was 2am on a work night, thank you very much).

There are some very frank discussions in this story that one might not expect and that would have been completely scandalous back then (and it's noted)...but one wonders how much different the world might be if more of those types of conversations had taken place back then. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this, and if you're a fan of historical romance (heck, even if you just like contemporary romance), I bet you will too.

I'm not a professional reviewer, I don't accept offerings direct from writers or publishing houses (so don't email asking me to review your book - that's an excellent way to ensure I never read it), and there's a very good chance I know the authors of over half the books I'll recommend, so my opinion is likely biased on any given day. This is just me telling you about a great book I recently read. Nothing more, nothing less. 

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