A Kiss for Midwinter

A Kiss for Midwinter

by Courtney Milan
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A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan

Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.

Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he's determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. It all starts with a wager and a kiss...

A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella (38,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series.

The books in the Brothers Sinister series:
½. The Governess Affair (prequel novella)
1. The Duchess War
1½. A Kiss for Midwinter (a companion novella to The Duchess War)
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Suffragette Scandal
4½. Talk Sweetly to Me

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016095691
Publisher: Courtney Milan
Publication date: 12/17/2012
Series: Brothers Sinister Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 49,597
File size: 955 KB

About the Author

Courtney Milan’s debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She’s been a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller, a RITA® finalist and an RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney has had several occupations--computer programmer, scientist, lawyer--but her favorite job is the one she is now doing full time: Writing romance novels.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful heartfelt story! I will read anything by Courtney Milan. She has a gift for creating characters that stay with you long after you are finished with the book. Even though this book is a novella, it still has a satisfying amount of emotion and plot to it. You will love the story of Jonas and Lydia.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, every drop!  This book contains amazing characters and historical detail in a small space. The medical history here is excellent but the compelling love  story is even better. Wonderful. Read it now. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this novella. It is heartwarming and sweet, contains interesting tidbits of medical history, and made me feel very lucky to be living in the modern age. Much as I might sometimes wish to play princess and drape myself in the beautiful garments of yesteryear, I'll cherish my jeans and shapeless sweaters if the trade-off is not being purposely poisoned by a doctor who has no idea what's going on with my ladyparts and who doesn't believe he has any need to wash his hands... ever. Anyway, back to the story... I didn't entirely care for Lydia as a secondary character in The Duchess War, so I was more than a little concerned that I wouldn't feel drawn to her as the heroine of this story. I have this thing about self-deception -- I can't abide it in myself or others -- and that's pretty much how Lydia copes with her past. It's possible that I just approached this book with a heart set on loving it, but I suspect that the reason I was able to love Lydia is that we see so much of her from Jonas' perspective, and he loves her. Looking at her through his eyes, it was easier to see her strength, bravery, and kindness rather than willful self-deceit and naivete. And Jonas... I just loved him. Bravo, Courtney Milan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book even though it was a bit short! This isn't about a wealthy duke or a handsome rake. It is about a beautifully flawed, normal man! Okay, maybe not entirely normal we will call him a bit flawed. This story leaves off where The Duchess War ends. Telling us the story of Lydia and Jonas. I highly recommend reading this series in order (Brothers Sinister series) as I have enjoyed them all and they fit nicely when reading back to back.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog “Courtney Milan blows me away every time! A KISS FOR MIDWINTER was another great story by one of my favorite historical authors right now.” ~Under the Covers This is the second Christmas themed short story I’ve read by Ms. Milan and I have to admit, she has a way to tell an engaging short story. Of course, in this case I already knew the heroine of the book from reading THE DUCHESS WAR but I didn’t know about her past and what had happened to her. All of which was only hinted at. Miss Lydia Charingford got pregnant at a young age. When her family brought her to the doctor, Doctor Jonas Grantham was there to learn and in the future take over the practice. He didn’t say a word, which in Lydia’s mind was the same as him passing judgement on her the same as everyone else. Now years later, Doctor Grantham comes back to Leicester and runs into Lydia. And realizes that no other woman will do in his search for a wife. It will be her and no one else. But he won’t have an easy time at breaking down her walls. Like I said, I already cared about Lydia from the first book, so she was easy to love and understand right away in this short story. She’s managed to stay positive even after everything that has happened to her, which in those times would’ve meant complete and total ruin. The shock of finding out why she lost the baby was also a big one. That’s a lot of emotional things to deal with. And in between all that she also has to deal with her own attraction and her body’s reaction to Doctor Grantham. And I just LOVED Doctor Grantham. He’s blunt. My favorite kind of historical hero. He told it like it was and never curbed his words out of a sense of what’s right and appropriate to talk about it. It was just always about the truth, plain and simple. Even when it didn’t come out quite right. His caring side was definitely what Lydia needed as well and I think they make a perfect match. Even though Lydia is not the kick ass heroine I prefer to read about, she still has a spine and is not pushover. She tries to see the good in everybody and the positive in any situation, but she is also a realist. I guess my only complaint is that I wanted more! Not that their story wasn’t told perfectly the way it was, but I’m greedy and I want more of Courtney’s writing. Courtney Milan blows me away every time! A KISS FOR MIDWINTER was another great story by one of my favorite historical authors right now. *Review copy provided by author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like historical romance, you are 99.99% assured to enjoy this Christmas novella. Short, but not too short (just over 200 pages). Interesting historical details about Victorian medical practices are integral to the plot. Great holiday atmosphere, too. Would be a great gift to send almost anyone who reads romance in ebook format.
BookWormInCali More than 1 year ago
A Kiss for Midwinter is Miss Lydia Charingford's story, a sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking novella from the Brothers Sinister series. Well, I guess honesty is the best policy, right? I have to admit then that I wasn't a fan of Lydia's when we met her in The Duchess War, but I also have to admit that she won me over, totally, in this story. Her heartbreaking tale is... well... heartbreaking, and so her treatment of Minnie in The Duchess War was, in my opinion, forgivable. Part of her problem is that she's a woman who believes she has no chance for a happy life - even when Jonas Grantham, the most annoying man she's ever met, decides that it's time for him to take a wife, and Lydia is the one he wants. Now, he just has to convince her to have him! Honestly, I laughed and cried and came away loving both Jonas and Lydia, not just for who they are, but also for who they are not. Both tortured souls striving to live with their "demons" and to do the right thing, always. Apart they were splendid people, but together - they are perfect! The bottom line: This is, as are all Courtney Milan's stories, a delightful, witty, heartfelt romantic and sexy tale, and works very well as a standalone. If you're looking for a short holiday story sure to leave you with a smile on your face, then look no further. A Kiss For Midwinter is a story I'll be reading again and again, and I'm sure you will, too. My thanks to Ms. Milan for providing me with a copy of this novella! It was such a wonderful holiday treat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story. This author really pulls you in.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I am continuing to read this series, my first for this author, because I find it very different from most regency plots. I truly enjoyed Lydia and Jonas' longterm patience and cunning courtship! The medical twists and turns were also interesting and informative. LORRAINE
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet book, with a little kick. I love how Jonas, the doctor, is very frank about things. He talks about french letters in a matter of fact way. Lydia is a complex character, she seems like she is always happy, but she needs to heal first. I did find myself teary eyed almost at the end when Jonas was talking with his father. I will be reading the rest of this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 290 page free Regency book third in series (although the Nook scanning has page count skipping) of a woman healing from a childhood betrayal, and the doctor who would woo her she recognizes as having knowledge of the after effects. Betrayal, remorse, angst, anger, humor, wit, caring, and frank sexual talk and acts. Also, an excerpt from the previous book in series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jonas and Lydia's story is a short and sweet 104 page read. Jonas had met Lydia when she was 15 under the threat of scadal. Five years later, they meet again. Sweet story of love and healing.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Courtney Milan writes beautiful love stories. They are also very powerful love stories. There is so much more going on and many hidden layers to uncover. And, as this is a novella, it is even more powerful. The first Milan novella I read was Unlocked, a love story about a hero who once bullied the heroine when she was younger. It was painful to read at times and the emotions conveyed so vivid. A Kiss For Midwinter has the same effect. Lydia Charingford is the strong and brave best friend of Wilhelmina Pursling, heroine of the first full-length book in Milan’s Brothers Sinister series, The Duchess War. In that book, Lydia broke an engagement to an unworthy and small man. In this novella, we learn a great secret about Lydia, one that scarred her far deeper than even she realized. But she shows a smile and kindness to the outside world…except for Doctor Jonas Grantham. Jonas Grantham is a young twenty-one year-old doctor when he first meets fifteen-year-old Lydia as a patient. Observing an older and old-fashioned physician, Jonas is appalled by the treatment offered her but keeps quiet. But Lydia’s strength and anger make a strong impression on him. Five years later, they meet again, but Jonas doesn’t recognize Lydia at first. He’s now looking for a wife and Lydia has caught his eye. But she remembers him and isn’t about to make it easy for him. Lydia and Jonas engage in a delightful war of words that slowly breaks down her barriers and her hidden pain. Jonas, too, for all his bravado, copes with a difficult relationship with his beloved father. Jonas loves Lydia with all his heart and is determined to win her, no matter what it takes.  “He’d wanted a kiss for midwinter. But secretly, he’d wished for this–that she might not only see him, but like him. Maybe love him.” Milan paints a vivid portrait of Victorian England at  Christmas time. I also really like the loving kindness and acceptance of Lydia’s parents as well as the feisty and strong personality of Jonas’ frail but stubborn father. The family love is evident and profound in this short piece. “Her father knew the absolute worst about her, and he loved her anyway. She didn’t understand why.” The banter between Lydia and Jonas is clever but sometimes borders on the biting. He is often sarcastic and she thinks he is making fun of her. When she accompanies him on his house calls, his candor and direct language about the human body often shock her–but it is all part of his full acceptance of her as well as her past. “I only said that I would stop talking to you, he’d written. I never promised to stop loving you.” Milan’s story is set in 1857 and 1862. She notes the influence of the German Prince Albert on Victorian era holiday decorations, most notably the Christmas tree. A wonderful holiday love story that can be enjoyed any time of the year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Courtney Milan never fails! Loved it1
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This was another very sweet and romantic love story. Loved it.
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Highly recommend.
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GsPOV More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this quick read,as a supplement to the Brothers Sinister series. Lydia was such an interesting character in the first book it was good to see her find her love in this story. Her story was interesting, she overcame the shame of a teenage prenancy, and the fears she built up as a result, she couldn't have done so without Jonas -  he was just what she needed. I love to read a good series - it's so fun to see the characters grow, and relationships mature. So far I'd say this looks to be a great series!  Looking forward to more from this author
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Two interesting people who sidestep each other. Love wins!