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A Kiss for Midwinter [NOOK Book]

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Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he ...
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Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.

Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he's determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. It all starts with a wager and a kiss...

A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella (38,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series.

The books in the Brothers Sinister series:
½. The Governess Affair (prequel novella)
1. The Duchess War
1½. A Kiss for Midwinter (a companion novella to The Duchess War)
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Suffragette Scandal
4½. Talk Sweetly to Me
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016095691
  • Publisher: Courtney Milan
  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Series: Brothers Sinister Series , #0
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 15,715
  • File size: 943 KB

Meet the Author

Courtney Milan’s debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She’s been a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller, a RITA® finalist and an RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney has had several occupations--computer programmer, scientist, lawyer--but her favorite job is the one she is now doing full time: Writing romance novels.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    A charming holiday story!

    What a wonderful heartfelt story! I will read anything by Courtney Milan. She has a gift for creating characters that stay with you long after you are finished with the book. Even though this book is a novella, it still has a satisfying amount of emotion and plot to it. You will love the story of Jonas and Lydia.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

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    Wonderful, every drop!  This book contains amazing characters a

    Wonderful, every drop! 

    This book contains amazing characters and historical detail in a small space. The medical history here is excellent but the compelling love
     story is even better. Wonderful. Read it now. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Heartwarming, sweet novella

    I loved this novella. It is heartwarming and sweet, contains interesting tidbits of medical history, and made me feel very lucky to be living in the modern age. Much as I might sometimes wish to play princess and drape myself in the beautiful garments of yesteryear, I'll cherish my jeans and shapeless sweaters if the trade-off is not being purposely poisoned by a doctor who has no idea what's going on with my ladyparts and who doesn't believe he has any need to wash his hands... ever. Anyway, back to the story... I didn't entirely care for Lydia as a secondary character in The Duchess War, so I was more than a little concerned that I wouldn't feel drawn to her as the heroine of this story. I have this thing about self-deception -- I can't abide it in myself or others -- and that's pretty much how Lydia copes with her past. It's possible that I just approached this book with a heart set on loving it, but I suspect that the reason I was able to love Lydia is that we see so much of her from Jonas' perspective, and he loves her. Looking at her through his eyes, it was easier to see her strength, bravery, and kindness rather than willful self-deceit and naivete. And Jonas... I just loved him. Bravo, Courtney Milan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Lovely!

    I really enjoyed this book even though it was a bit short! This isn't about a wealthy duke or a handsome rake. It is about a beautifully flawed, normal man! Okay, maybe not entirely normal we will call him a bit flawed. This story leaves off where The Duchess War ends. Telling us the story of Lydia and Jonas. I highly recommend reading this series in order (Brothers Sinister series) as I have enjoyed them all and they fit nicely when reading back to back.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

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    4.5 stars Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers

    4.5 stars
    Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    “Courtney Milan blows me away every time! A KISS FOR MIDWINTER was another great story by one of my favorite historical authors right now.” ~Under the Covers

    This is the second Christmas themed short story I’ve read by Ms. Milan and I have to admit, she has a way to tell an engaging short story. Of course, in this case I already knew the heroine of the book from reading THE DUCHESS WAR but I didn’t know about her past and what had happened to her. All of which was only hinted at.

    Miss Lydia Charingford got pregnant at a young age. When her family brought her to the doctor, Doctor Jonas Grantham was there to learn and in the future take over the practice. He didn’t say a word, which in Lydia’s mind was the same as him passing judgement on her the same as everyone else.

    Now years later, Doctor Grantham comes back to Leicester and runs into Lydia. And realizes that no other woman will do in his search for a wife. It will be her and no one else. But he won’t have an easy time at breaking down her walls.

    Like I said, I already cared about Lydia from the first book, so she was easy to love and understand right away in this short story. She’s managed to stay positive even after everything that has happened to her, which in those times would’ve meant complete and total ruin. The shock of finding out why she lost the baby was also a big one. That’s a lot of emotional things to deal with. And in between all that she also has to deal with her own attraction and her body’s reaction to Doctor Grantham.

    And I just LOVED Doctor Grantham. He’s blunt. My favorite kind of historical hero. He told it like it was and never curbed his words out of a sense of what’s right and appropriate to talk about it. It was just always about the truth, plain and simple. Even when it didn’t come out quite right.

    His caring side was definitely what Lydia needed as well and I think they make a perfect match. Even though Lydia is not the kick ass heroine I prefer to read about, she still has a spine and is not pushover. She tries to see the good in everybody and the positive in any situation, but she is also a realist.

    I guess my only complaint is that I wanted more! Not that their story wasn’t told perfectly the way it was, but I’m greedy and I want more of Courtney’s writing. Courtney Milan blows me away every time! A KISS FOR MIDWINTER was another great story by one of my favorite historical authors right now.

    *Review copy provided by author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Excellent Holiday Story

    If you like historical romance, you are 99.99% assured to enjoy this Christmas novella. Short, but not too short (just over 200 pages). Interesting historical details about Victorian medical practices are integral to the plot. Great holiday atmosphere, too. Would be a great gift to send almost anyone who reads romance in ebook format.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

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    A Kiss for Midwinter is Miss Lydia Charingford's story, a someti

    A Kiss for Midwinter is Miss Lydia Charingford's story, a sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking novella from the Brothers Sinister series.

    Well, I guess honesty is the best policy, right? I have to admit then that I wasn't a fan of Lydia's when we met her in The Duchess War, but I also have to admit that she won me over, totally, in this story. Her heartbreaking tale is... well... heartbreaking, and so her treatment of Minnie in The Duchess War was, in my opinion, forgivable. Part of her problem is that she's a woman who believes she has no chance for a happy life - even when Jonas Grantham, the most annoying man she's ever met, decides that it's time for him to take a wife, and Lydia is the one he wants.

    Now, he just has to convince her to have him!

    Honestly, I laughed and cried and came away loving both Jonas and Lydia, not just for who they are, but also for who they are not. Both tortured souls striving to live with their "demons" and to do the right thing, always. Apart they were splendid people, but together - they are perfect!

    The bottom line: This is, as are all Courtney Milan's stories, a delightful, witty, heartfelt romantic and sexy tale, and works very well as a standalone. If you're looking for a short holiday story sure to leave you with a smile on your face, then look no further. A Kiss For Midwinter is a story I'll be reading again and again, and I'm sure you will, too.

    My thanks to Ms. Milan for providing me with a copy of this novella! It was such a wonderful holiday treat!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Loved it!

    Loved the story. This author really pulls you in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

    I enjoyed this quick read,as a supplement to the Brothers Sinist

    I enjoyed this quick read,as a supplement to the Brothers Sinister series.
    Lydia was such an interesting character in the first book it was good to see her find her love in this story.
    Her story was interesting, she overcame the shame of a teenage prenancy, and the fears she built up as a result,
    she couldn't have done so without Jonas -  he was just what she needed.
    I love to read a good series - it's so fun to see the characters grow, and relationships mature. So far I'd say this
    looks to be a great series! 
    Looking forward to more from this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    love it

    Two interesting people who sidestep each other. Love wins!

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

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    This was a serious story of 2 serious people. They both put on f

    This was a serious story of 2 serious people. They both put on false faces. Lydia has a secret. She had a dire disease when she was a young girl. That was then. Today it would be an everyday condition. Jonas was a young man trying to become a doctor. He saw Lydia as a patient and knew the diagnosis wasn't as bad as his mentor said. But  he could do nothing about it. They meet later on. She tries to ignore him but he wants to know her. I won't tell about her problem but she hates that he knows what it is and tries to stay away from him. Of course we know he keeps trying so you have to read this book to see how he outsmarts her at the end. Courtney did a great job developing this story line!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    DS

    Loved it!! Great read!! Definitely recommend it. Will read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Liked it

    I liked the first two books in this series, and this one too. It was a bit dark for a holiday novella, but not too bad, and i enjoued the characters.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    4.5 stars. Jonas Grantham is, on the surface, a sarcastic and cl

    4.5 stars. Jonas Grantham is, on the surface, a sarcastic and clinical young man. Lydia Charingford
    appears blithe and carefree, if coldly resistant to the young doctor's attempts at courting. 

    Inside, both are hoarding guilty secrets; in fact, the mention of physical hoarding in this book came out
    of the blue, but I was delighted to see it treated with intelligence and sensitivity.

    This is a very full, well-rounded story with much depth, especially for a novella. I've noticed that some
    reviewers were taken aback by the blunt language used by Doctor Grantham towards Miss Charingford.
    I perceived him to be pedantic, to perhaps have a touch of Asperger's Syndrome, and thus lacking the
    social filter which would prevent a young man from speaking about vaginas and French letters, or from
    informing her that she is the 11th prettiest young woman in the area.

    I liked both characters very much, though Lydia was a little harder to hook into, until her ice began
    cracking. It was interesting, also, that the odor of pine, in the scenes set near the town Christmas tree,
    had a great deal to do with the collapsing of her barriers; scent has a great deal to do with unlocking
    memories, but I rarely see it used in fiction.

    Very well-written story, great historical elements, unique characters, and wonderfully steamy
    consummation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Got me hooked

    Have read at least 4 of her books since.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Awesome

    This series is so good, could not put down.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

    Very Good Read........................................... Even b

    Very Good Read...........................................
    Even better if you start with The Governess Affair------which is free right now.    Move on to The Duchess Wars---and then read this one.  Great characters with real warmth and some serious problems. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    A warm sweet story Entertained

    A sweet loving theme

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Great short book!

    Loved!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Out of the norm

    This book did not follow the usual pattern of romance books. It was different and delightful.

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