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Overview


CIJI WARE

A winner of the Romantic Times Gold Medal Award, beloved author Ciji Ware tantalizes readers with enchanting tales of love set amid richly researched, vividly alive periods, past and present. Her unique, dramatic stories, peopled with characters who touch our deepest emotions, live on in our hearts long after we finish the final pages.

MIDNIGHT ON JULIA STREET

The sultry allure of New Orleans comes to dazzling life in this enthralling tale of passion and mystery that sweeps from the modern heart of the Big Easy back to the shimmering city of a century past. Reporter Corlis McCullough's passion for the truth has cost her more jobs than she cares to remember. She would like to keep this one . . . even if it means chasing a story involving historical preservationist King Duvallon, an adversary from her college years. After a decade, he still manages to incite her fury—and worse: a growing attraction as strong and unstoppable as the tides along the Delta. But as Corlis is swept one hundred fifty years into the past, she witnesses the yearning desires and daring passions of a drama that will be replayed nearly two centuries later. . . .
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YA-A well-researched and entertaining novel set in present-day New Orleans with flashes back to the city in the 1830s and `40s. Corlis, a capable television reporter, must present both sides in a fierce battle to raze buildings of historical significance. This is difficult as she falls in love with the leading preservationist. She is surprised when significant smells transport her back in time to watch related scenes of her female ancestors several generations back. The earlier Corlis struggles ethically and physically while her greedy husband and his conniving partner use blackmail, swindles, and love to try to gain property held by free African Americans. In the 1990s, many of the same families in the town, both white and African American, are still present and owning the same businesses. Some of the white families don't realize that they have black ancestors, and it becomes clear that, just as it was in the pre-Civil War days, everyone in New Orleans is related, somehow. The complex plot with intricate family relationships and cultural politics will restrict this romance novel to sophisticated readers. An excellent introduction to the role of African Americans in historical America.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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"It's a book you can read and cheer with triumph and have your heart race with anxiety until the very end - will all work out? Read the book and find out for yourself" - Broken Teepee

"Ciji Ware is a master at giving her readers historical romance mixed with various other elements." - One Book Shy of a Full Book Shelf

"Overall Midnight on Julia Street is an exceptional novel that manages to combine both modern day and historical elements to create one fascinating read." - Laura's Reviews

"I greatly enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. Ms. Ware brought New Orleans to life for me. I could imagine the streets and the people very easily for both the modern and the historical story lines. It makes me want to visit New Orleans even more that I already did. I want to see the locations she has mentioned in person, not just through Google." - PonyTails Book Reviews

"I did like it and do recommend the book to historical fiction fans and romance fans alike. " - Romance Fiction Suite 101

"Another great novel by Ciji Ware!!" - Celtic Lady's Reviews

"As I came to expect, the historical research shines through as we easily slip between the past and present." - Under the Boardwalk

"The story of the past I found very heartbreaking. I know virtually nothing about the history of New Orleans — being a 'Yankee' and all — so it was nice to learn about a new place and time period, and I felt that Ware captured it very well." - Readin and Dreamin

"Ware's ability to draw the reader in and hold their interest to the very end is amazing!" - Debbie's Book Bag

"Midnight on Julia Street is laced with history and can not be tied down to being just a romance, it's so much more than that. This book is actually a Mardi Gras celebrating New Orleans past with blaring trumpets for all to discover." - aisle b

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449001875
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ciji Ware
Ciji Ware has been an Emmy-Award winning television producer, reporter, writer, lecturer, and radio host. A Harvard graduate in history, she has written numerous fiction and non-fiction books, including the award-winning Island of the Swans. She and her husband of three decades live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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"So I'm sure y'all can understand why ..." Daphne forged on bravely, "... why ... I can't go through with this. I just can't!" she cried. In a lightning gesture, she slapped her engagement ring into the hand of the stunned groom. Then the bride scooped up her twenty-five-foot lace train and nodded emphatically in the direction of Althea LaCroix.

The musician brought her hands down on the organ's ivory keys with a crash. Triumphant recessional music thundered ominously throughout the church while Daphne scored a bull's-eye, dashing her red-and-white rose bouquet against her maid of honor's elaborate flame-haired coiffure.

As suddenly as King Duvallon stepped out from the line of nine groomsmen, a thought hit Corlis like a bolt of lightning.

He knew this was going to happen! That's why he wanted us to leave!

The stunned wedding guests gawked, dumbfounded, as King offered his distraught sister his arm. Within seconds they swept down the aisle and disappeared.

As for Corlis, watching this passion play from the balcony, her journalist's instinct suddenly took over. Pavlov's dog. The bell had rung.

"Follow me!" she hissed urgently to her TV crew.

She made a dash for the paneled stairwell as if she were off to cover a fire. Virgil, with his video camera thumping up and down on his shoulder, and Manny, with headphones clamped to his ears, thundered close behind. The panting trio arrived at the arched doors in time to see brother and sister sprinting across the slate paving stones that fronted Jackson Square.

"I'm still rolling!" Virgil shouted as he and Corlis raced in hot pursuit of the fleeing couple. The reporter prayed that hercameraman had caught the shot of Daphne's long train billowing behind the pair like a water-skier's wake.

"Get the hell outta here, you harpy!" King shouted at Corlis over his shoulder as he yanked open the door to the waiting limousine.

She didn't really blame him for his angry reaction, but by this time the adrenaline was pumping. And besides, she considered in some remote portion of her brain, chasing fire trucks was all in a day's work. She'd decide later whether or not she'd actually use this footage.

In the next instant King pushed the bride into the backseat, speedily stowed her long, lacy train inside as if he were gathering an unwieldy parachute, and climbed in after her, slamming the door. A second later the sleek black Cadillac sped away--destination unknown.

"Oh ... my God!" Corlis exclaimed as she and her crew headed back inside the church in time to see gaggles of dismayed wedding guests leaving their pews. "She did it!" she said in an awed tone of voice. "She blew that two-timing creep right outta the water!"



By the time Corlis had broadcast the story of the disastrous Ebert-Duvallon wedding, edited with spine-tingling speed barely in time to make the late evening news, she'd all but forgotten the strange apparition of the Victorian-era bride and groom at the church. It was nearly eleven, and feeling tired, she gathered up her things and left the newsroom.

In the hallway, Larry, the janitor, stopped dead in his tracks when he saw her. He was toting a poster-sized photograph. Corlis gaped at the glossy color image of herself in full makeup and turquoise linen blazer. She looked more like a brunette version of Murphy Brown than she cared to admit.

"Oh, Miz McCullough," the janitor said, shaking his head. For a brief two months, her picture had graced the lunchroom walls, along with those of the rest of the WWEZ-TV broadcast team. "I've got bad news for you, sugar. Mr. Girard done tol' me to take this down."

"Wha--?" Corlis asked, dumbfounded. The janitor was delivering this news? "How can I be fired? The story just aired ten minutes ago!"

"Mr. Girard called me on m'beeper. When I called him back, he was mad as a snake. Tol' me to go right into the lunchroom tonight and--"

"But why?" Corlis protested. "That wedding turned out to be an incredible story! The video was fabulous! I thought I wrote it well, and--"

"But, sugar," Larry interrupted patiently, "the tape editor and the director both done tol' me they tried to get you to call higher-ups tonight before you went and put that thing on TV."

"Oh, Larry, those guys are always a bunch of wusses in situations like this!"

"Yeah, but sweetheart, if you'd done called the boss, he'd have tol' you that he's Mr. Armand Ebert's second cousin on his mama's side."

"You mean Victor Girard, as in the owner of WWEZ-TV?"

"That's right."

"You're telling me, then, that the philandering groom's father--René Ebert--and my boss, Mr. Girard, are kissing cousins?" Corlis exclaimed, and then added in a small, defeated voice, "And so ... that's why we were assigned to cover this particular wedding?"

"I 'spect that's right."

"And Victor Girard, then, was the person who provided the assignment desk with all that inside information about the two 'prominent local families'?"

"I 'spect so, sugar," Larry nodded with a sad, knowing smile.

"Nobody told me that."

"In N'awlings, darlin' ... all them other white folks'd figure you already knew."

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Surprisingly intriguing

    Picked up this book just for something to read and couldn't put it down.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

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    Mystery, romance and time travel in New Orleans

    Largely set in present day New Orleans, Midnight on Julia Street follows the gutsy, independent and stubborn tv news producer Corlis McCullough as she starts yet another new TV production job. Corlis has great instincts but she's a bit like a terrier - she doesn't give up on a story and isn't one to cave to politics or her networks' affiliations. This has held her back in her career and repeatedly gets her into hot water.

    To add to the mix, she bumps heads with King Duvallon, an enemy of sorts from college. King and has frat brothers had poked fun at Corlis when she wrote for the college paper. Corlis had retaliated strongly and gotten King expelled. Decades later, the two find themselves somehow on the same side. Their truce, new friendship and possible romance heats up Midnight on Julia Street. The novel gets even more interesting with Corlis's new ability to see into the past. She somehow finds herself transported to New Orleans in the 1800s and her visits help her to piece together parts of a long forgotten mystery.

    The novel isn't really paranormal, the trips to the past add to the storyline and act as a device to teach us about the main characters' relations and to reveal clues a mystery from the past. Midnight on Julia Street is a fun read. My one criticism is that I found Corlis's voice - especially in her internal monologues - a little annoying. That's just my personal opinion and I realize other people might connect better with the lead character. Overall, Midnight on Julia Street is a fun escape.

    ISBN-10: 1402222726 - Paperback $15.99
    Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (August 1, 2011), 512 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2003

    page turner

    i couldn't put it down. the story was suspenceful, well writen, and worth the time to read

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Cant read geneology on a nook

    The book begins wifh two family tree charts that are presumably important. These cannot be read on a nook because they are too small.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Great easy read

    This is a great, light mystery/drama read. Love the history of new orleans throughout story. Great descriptive writing. Nice amount of romance, nothing too smutty. Overall, lovely read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Recommend

    I wish I had read this book prior to visiting the magical city of New Orleans. The book is a great mixture of history, romance and mystery.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    R

    I thought the book was very dull.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Double tap the family trees for larger view

    Double tap the family trees at the beginning and they will enlarge on the Nook! Much easier to read. Discovered this by accident.

    Ciji Ware is a very good writer. Haven't read this yet, but loved Cottage by the Sea and Return to Splendor.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    V Good

    This book is very well written and holds your interest.
    Characters are described extremely well & the story line is very believable.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Great Book!

    I really loved this book. I loved the strong leading lady. Corlis has more talent that meets the eye. She is honorable, and very dedicated to her job. The history of New Orleans is wonderful, makes you really love the city and it's people. Her leading Man King is strong, beautiful, intelligent, and, rich! What a hot combo.
    This is a great book! I will be reading more by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Marlene

    Excellent read... bought it as a daily deal book.. I loved it.. It has it all, romance,suspense,history . It was fabulous. My first read by this author, but definately not my last !!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Enjoyed Nawlings...

    3.5 stars...
    It took me a long time to get started and I don't know why! But about 1/3 of the way through, I was hooked and wanted more! I think I was having a hard time going back and forth between the present and the future. I enjoyed the mental images of New Orleans and the history.I also liked the tension between the two main characters, Corlis and King. In the end, I would read it again and may read the next book, On The Veranda.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Cirrus

    "Hiya." She said, suddenly standing next to Paradise.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Boring and dull novel set in New Orleans that goes back to the l

    Boring and dull novel set in New Orleans that goes back to the l800's. This is a long book and I started to skim to get thru .  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Julia

    Why are you two impostering me? Get out plz! Nico I am the real me

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Paranormal-History-Romance Fans!

    I love New Orleans, even though I've only traveled there once. This book takes place there! I don't want to give too much away by telling about the plot.
    If you like Nora Roberts, you'll really like this book!
    While I found this book a bit draggy in places, I still really enjoyed it. This was a Nook Free Friday Selection and I would read another of this author's again. I think she really did her homework and she conveyed her fondness for the city vividly.
    I actually learned a lot about New Orleans history, the history of Free People Of Color and the perils of historical preservation by reading this novel. It made me want to delve a bit more into the history of that area.
    If you love "the Big Easy", history, romance and past lives, I think you'll really like this book! I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because of the pacing of the book and some too-easy answers to plot questions.
    Recommended!

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    Posted February 23, 2013

    To firekit and all

    Join hailclan at 'cats' result 1

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