The Variety Pages by Jamie DeBree: Recommended Read: A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan
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
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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