Fire at Midnight

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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, Falconer vows revenge on the girl. Gripping suspense and romance play out in front of numerous historical details, including a violent storm that ...
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933836546
  • Publisher: Medallion Media Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    Brilliant Debut Novel**********

    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.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    will enjoy this fine early eighteenth century historical thanks to deep characterizations that hopefully include sequels.

    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.<BR/><BR/>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<BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

    Not my cuppa tea.

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    Thoroughly entertaining

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Truely Captivating

    What a wonderful novel, it is just amazing that it was free! It is a must read!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    John Burnit

    Excellent book, well worth reading

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Great read!

    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

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Enjoyable

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Meh

    Shallow plotline and characters.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    My first book by Lisa Marie Wilkenson

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Good

    I likeed this book just hated how info came out in a burst on certain things then was slow again...good story though

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Wonderful!!! Would've paid for the book. Thank you further free

    Wonderful!!! Would've paid for the book. Thank you further free read. Highly recommended! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    good read

    Not real happy with ending, story did a little dragging, then it went to the end really fast and I felt like I missed something.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Enjoyed

    Quick read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Simply okay

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Tangled Webs? YES!

    If you like a book with a tangled plot, then thisbook will be a great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    good read

    Enjoyable read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    I was excited about this book and really enjoyed the first few c

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Great

    The author did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life in this story. I loved the entire book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Amazing Read

    Lisa Marie Wilkinson blends amazing romance with hair raising adventure. This story keeps you interested and curious till the last page. A definite must read!!

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