Midnight Melodiesby Megan Carter
Try as she might, Erica can't quite escape the maelstrom of her mother's ambition to control every aspect of a project to honor Howard and Bridget Taylor, beloved pillars of the Whitehall, Texas, community from years
Erica Boyd is just trying to keep her life in one piece. But a family feud and a far-too-attractive newcomer threaten to blow it to pieces.
Try as she might, Erica can't quite escape the maelstrom of her mother's ambition to control every aspect of a project to honor Howard and Bridget Taylor, beloved pillars of the Whitehall, Texas, community from years gone by. Whitehall's competition for queen of the social scene is fierce--different factions have different ideas about how to honor the Taylors. Erica's closeted relationship with Alice is hanging by a thread, and for reasons she won't explain, Erica's grandmother is actively resisting the whole Taylor history project, creating a generational feud with Erica caught in the middle.
Everybody knows that Howard Taylor and bride Bridget emigrated from England back in 1912. When the frazzled local historian can't confirm it, she's replaced with a professional: out and audacious Rae, who jumps into the already powder keg situation. Erica's mesmerized attraction to the dynamic Rae--and the rumor of a sealed diary--lights the fuse on this story of small town society, survival and secrets.
Megan Carter (Passionate Kisses) brings her readers a lighthearted story of then and now with another cast of her unforgettable characters.
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Get a box of tissues, cozy up on the couch, and just sit back and enjoy. Megan Carter put a beautiful twist on a love story between two women in 1900s England that just wanted to love each other so they hop aboard the Titanic and escape to America. Well we all know how things end that cold cold day in April 1912 in the Atlantic when the Titanic hits an iceburg. Now, fast forward to present day when a modern day lesbian in a small Texas town ends up barking up her family tree because the town wants to honor her relatives that helped settle this town. She finds that her family isn't really all she thought that it would be and that she isn't the only thing in the closet.
Midnight Melodies combines two stories. The first is about Bridget Sullivan and Ann Taylor who flee from London when Ann's family is in danger of discovering that the women are lovers. In 1912 they are sure that Ann will be committed to a mental asylum if not worse. They decide to book passage on the next ship to America and begin new lives there. It seems good fortune that the ship is the engineering marvel of the age, RMS Titanic, until it hits that iceberg and the women have to fight for their lives and those of the friends they have met on their voyage. The story then switches to the present and Whitehall, Texas, where the town is preparing to celebrate its founding by erecting a statue to Bridget and Howard Taylor. The town has great affection for these two people who emigrated from England and became pillars of the community when they settled there. Many of the families would not have survived the Depression without their help and the town thinks this is an excellent way to remember their service. Erica Boyd, who is one of their descendants, has no problem with the commemoration except that it's tearing her family apart. Her grandmother is as determined to stop the ceremony as her mother is to see it carried through, but she won't explain why she opposes the plan. There is a family secret that neither Erica nor the town knows about until a historian hired by Erica's mother starts poking around, asking questions and making a lot of people uncomfortable. Erica feels her small town life spinning out of control more than usual and begins to fear that she may lose family and friends, not to mention her closeted relationship with the mayor, before the uproar settles down. Midnight Melodies really comes off as two different books. The part of the story that is set in 1912 is a love story and a history lesson. Carter gives a clear picture of what lesbians had to endure in that time and the dangers that they faced in society. It's also an adventure story as Bridget and Ann take off across England to escape their parents and then get caught up in the events of the most famous ship sinking that has ever occurred. Some parts of it are a little contrived, but the reader basically gets a good feel for the time and what happened. The second part of the book is what makes the book really worth reading. It's almost as if a different person wrote part two. Carter injects tremendous humor into this portion and has the reader laughing out loud at the antics of her characters. The view of small town life in the South is dead on, with all of its quirky people and convoluted politics. Erica's grandmother Gerti is priceless, not the kindly cookie-baking type that most often appears in stories, but a Bourbon drinking, Playboy reading firecracker who will tell you the truth in a minute. Erica's struggles to deal with a lover who is terrified the town will find out about them, a mother who wants to be the queen bee of society and her grandmother lead to more than one riotous scene. There is also an interesting contrast between Bridget and Ann, who were willing to risk so much to be together, and Erica and her lover Alice who don't want to risk anything for their relationship. This is one definitely worth reading.