Fire at Midnight

Fire at Midnight

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by Lisa Marie Wilkinson
     
 

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Rachael Penrose is confined to Bedlam insane asylum in London after discovering that her uncle Victor plans to kill her brother in order to inherit the family fortune. Victor, with a gang of criminals, uses French privateer Sebastien Falconer as the scapegoat for his crimes. When Victor spreads the lie that Rachael informed on Falconer’s smuggling activities,

Overview

Rachael Penrose is confined to Bedlam insane asylum in London after discovering that her uncle Victor plans to kill her brother in order to inherit the family fortune. Victor, with a gang of criminals, uses French privateer Sebastien Falconer as the scapegoat for his crimes. When Victor spreads the lie that Rachael informed on Falconer’s smuggling activities, Falconer vows revenge on the girl. Gripping suspense and romance play out in front of numerous historical details, including a violent storm that devastated England in 1703 and swept the Eddystone Lighthouse into the sea.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Fans will enjoy this fine early eighteenth-century historical.
Historical Novels Review
A fast, enjoyable read set in an atypical era for historical romance.
Romantic Times BOOKreviews
4 stars HOT Romance, action and suspense differentiate this tale of adventure and love. Wilkinson creates the right combination of believable characters, snappy dialogue and fast paced storytelling.
The Romance Readers Connection
Thoroughly enjoyable and historical fans will love it.
Romance Junkies
5 Ribbons. Full of suspense, passion, characters you'll either love (or love to hate), and a plot so thick that you'll feel like you're part of it
RomanceRoundTable
A masterful storyteller, Wilkinson has created a fast-paced tale with superbly drawn characters. . . . a must read.
Stacy Kane
A stunning historical debut by Lisa Marie Wilkinson . . . a fast-paced read filled with mystery, intrigue, and passionate characters who will captivate readers until the last page. (Stacy Kane, author, Gunslinger's Untamed Bride)
Romance Reviews Today
A well researched and entertaining historical filled with unforeseen twists and turns.
Novelspot
Full of twists and turns, it will definitely keep you turning the pages.
From the Publisher

"Lisa Marie Wilkinson weaves deep emotion, tenderness and sensuality into a rich historical tapestry in this sweeping romance of adventure and intrigue."  —Christine Wells, author, The Dangerous Duke

"A stunning historical debut . . . a fast-paced read filled with mystery, intrigue, and a passionate characters who will captivate readers until the last page."  Stacy Kane, author, Gunslinger's Untamed Bride

"Full of twists and turns, it will definitely keep you turning the pages."  —

Novelspot

"A well researched and entertaining historical filled with unforeseen twists and turns."  —Romance Reviews Today

"4 stars HOT Romance. Action and suspense differentiate this tale of adventure and love. Wilkinson creates the right combination of believable characters, snappy dialogue and fast paced storytelling."  —Romantic Times BOOKreviews

"Fire at Midnight is thoroughly enjoyable and historical fans will love it."  —The Romance Readers Connection

"5 Ribbons. Full of suspense, passion, characters you'll either love (or love to hate), and a plot so thick that you'll feel like you're part of it."  —Romance Junkies

"A masterful storyteller, Wilkinson has created a fast-paced tale with superbly drawn characters."  —RomanceRoundTable

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605429670
Publisher:
Medallion Media Group
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
363
File size:
2 MB

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Christine Wells

Lisa Marie Wilkinson weaves deep emotion, tenderness and sensuality into a rich historical tapestry in this sweeping romance of adventure and intrigue. (Christine Wells, author, The Dangerous Duke)

Meet the Author


Lisa Marie Wilkinson is a writer and the Grand Prize Winner in the 2007 Maryland Writers Association Novel Contest. She is the author of Fire at Midnight. She lives outside Nashville, Tennessee.

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Fire at Midnight 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 96 reviews.
AGM More than 1 year ago
Ms Wilkinson skillfully blends history, intrigue, romance, suspense, and a happy ending for the hero, the dashingly handsome Sebastien, and our plucky, beautiful, brave and loyal heroine, Rachael. One of the most interesting reads to date, this novel includes a brief history in the back of the book of the Eddystone Light, a famous lighthouse that was built and rebuilt by the architecht, Henry Winstanley, who was not only the buildings designer, but also in inventor of some repute. All the characters are totally believable, from Rachael's friend, Tarry and his father, to Sebastien's loyal friend, the Dane. Add the frighteningly souless, lapdog of evil, Emerald, and Victor, Rachael's uncle, intent to replace the heirs, and you have the perfect recipe for everything to keep you turning the pages. This was a delightful read, and I can't wait for the next book,Stolen Promise to come out in March 2010. Good luck to this excellent new voice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful novel, it is just amazing that it was free! It is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, well worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was intresting since the begining. Kept me wanting moore. This is good if you want a lite read. I will check out more of her books
Too-many-books More than 1 year ago
Some of the things I love in a good story are interesting characters, a good love story, adventure, and interesting settings. Lisa Wilkinson's Fire at Midnight delivers all of the above in abundance with a gift for descriptive prose that pulls you right into the story and sweeps you along from the cells of Bedlam to the storm of the century without ever slighting characterization. The main protagonists were likeable and believable for their time period, and at least one of the secondary characters deserves a story of his own. I was left wondering what adventures what befall them next. Fire at Midnight was a real page turner that gripped me from the beginning, kept me engrossed until the end, and left me wanting more, thus earning a 5 stars from me and a place on my keeper shelf.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1703, her odious Uncle Victor Brightmore with the help of Dr. Elliot Macgulay places his eighteen year old niece Rachael Penrose in Bedlam Insane Asylum to keep her out of the way of his stealing her younger brother¿s inheritance. To insure his plan goes without a hitch Victor has abducted his nephew James and has spread rumors that Rachel told the authorities about smugglers like Frenchman Sebastien Falconer. Victor leads a more vicious smuggling crew than that of Sebastian.

Whereas Sebastien searches for Rachel, John Wyatt, a pal of her friend Tarry Morgan, breaks her out of asylum. However nine days and drugs have taken their toll so when he realizes they are followed, he places her in another carriage so that he can divert Victor¿s
thugs from her. Sebastien takes the woman to his isolated home only to learn his ailing guest is Rachel. She escapes to London where Tarry sent James after rescuing him. There she meets Sebastien¿s English customs officer estranged twin Jacques while Victor has John killed and the house belonging to Tarry¿s father burned to the ground. Soon all will converge in danger and love.

FIRE AT MIDNIGHT is an exciting Georgian romantic suspense starring a strong lead couple and a solid support cast. Though he has no redeeming quality in some ways the ultra villain Victor steals the show as his plots and actions are diabolical and deadly even when he is off the page. The rest of the secondary characters are also developed enough to either enhance the story line or the understanding of the two stars; especially Tarry who wants to be a hero to his beloved friend and to his larger than life father, but though he tries he lacks the skills. Fans will enjoy this fine early eighteenth century historical thanks to deep characterizations that hopefully include sequels.

Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line is good, but sometimes hard to follow. Enjoyed the characters in the story and the end ties up all the loose ends.
SheChehade More than 1 year ago
I know that others have enjoyed this title, which is how I came to read it. However, I was unable to fully engage in the story. It never became real, the characters lacked quircky elements of humanity, and Rachel, the heroine, wasn't compelling to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. A little romance, a little mystery, and a few surprise twists kept me reading! It's a short novel, only 230 pages, but a very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I likeed this book just hated how info came out in a burst on certain things then was slow again...good story though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!!! Would've paid for the book. Thank you further free read. Highly recommended! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As another reviewer mentioned, the characters in this story were not engagingly fleshed out. The story arc was confusing, although the description of the Great Storm during that period in history was quite interesting. The plot seemed somewhat rushed with slightly immature characters. However, I would read another book by this author. I feel she might just be finding her rythm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a book with a tangled plot, then thisbook will be a great read!
book-wormpk More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shallow plotline and characters.
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I was excited about this book and really enjoyed the first few chapters. At about ¼ the way through, it took a turn that made me stop reading. I have no desire to complete it now. The problem I had with it was the meaningless sex between the two protagonists. They go from being enemies and not knowing each other at all to shedding clothes without any chemistry. It would be bad enough in our own day, but in the time period it supposedly took place it is just unfathomable.
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