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A Midnight Clear
     

A Midnight Clear

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by Lynn Kerstan
 

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Will the twelve days of Christmas bring them together or leave his family in ruin?

Jane Ryder is innocent, plain, poor, and eager for adventure. After taking a job as a secretary with the notorious gossip, Lady Eudora "The Tongue" Swann, she is given the task of transcribing Lady Swann’s scandalous history of the aristocracy, featuring the many

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Will the twelve days of Christmas bring them together or leave his family in ruin?

Jane Ryder is innocent, plain, poor, and eager for adventure. After taking a job as a secretary with the notorious gossip, Lady Eudora "The Tongue" Swann, she is given the task of transcribing Lady Swann’s scandalous history of the aristocracy, featuring the many promiscuities of the Fallon Marquesses.

When the Fallon heir, Charles, returns from India with a self-made fortune, he dedicates himself to restoring the derelict manor house and the infamous family name. Face-to-face, he orders the crafty Lady Swann to leave his family out of the book.

Lady Swann offers a sly trade: If he agrees to confide intriguing tidbits of his family history (and of his own rise to fortune) to Miss Ryder, she will tone down his family’s sordid tales in Scandalbroth.

At Wolvercote, the centuries-old and long-abandoned seat of the Fallon family, a snowstorm strands Charles and Jane. They’re drawn together in mutual respect, humor, and as time passes, an attraction that cannot be denied, though her lowly station forbids it. When they discover an abandoned infant girl near the stable on Christmas Eve, caring for her together, the formal barricades between them seem to vanish.

Can a romance begun on a night of joy and miracles overcome the strict rules of London society? It may take a meddling old gossip named Lady Swann to persuade them that love is the best Christmas gift of all.

Lynn Kerstan, former college professor, folksinger, professional bridge player, and nun, is the author of sixteen romance novels and four novellas, all set in Regency England.

A RITA winner and five-time RITA Finalist, her books are regularly listed among the best in the Regency genre. The Golden Leopard and Heart of the Tiger were selected by Library Journal for its Best Books of the Year list (2002 and 2003), and Dangerous Passions was named by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Romances of 2005.

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ISBN-13:
9781611942736
Publisher:
BelleBooks, Inc.
Publication date:
03/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,208,844
File size:
3 MB

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A Midnight Clear 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I am glad I requested to review this book. Lynn did her research as I learned a few more phrases from the Regency Era that I hadn't read before. She picked a story line that after reading the synopsis sounds like any other book. This wasn't. Yes, there is a woman, Jane, who is on her own looking for work. However she isn't at all the typical female who is poor and gets boosted up the social ladder. Read the book for find out how and why. Her antagonist, Fallon, is assumed to be a rake of the lowest sort as were all his previous relatives. He is a new Ducal heir and wants no part of it. But if he has to become one he will make sure he is the best Duke there ever was! An ancient, self-sufficient Lady of the Ton forces Fallon to tell her stories of his forebears to add to a book she is writing. Here is where Jane and Fallon become thrown together. On top of this they are snowed in on Christmas Eve at Fallon's crumbling Home estate while searching for family papers. There is also an abandoned baby added into the mix I would be amiss if I said any more. I have added this book to my collection. Please read this book and add it to yours!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS A Midnight Clear was a surprising romance novel of the regency era. I did not expect what it would bring by reading the first couple of chapters. This is a clean book which at first I wondered about that. I liked the characters, the plot twists were charming. 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