Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance

Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance

by Lucinda Brant

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Lucinda Brant's sweeping family sagas are a perfect reminder of why I fell in love with historical romance —Cheryl Bolen, New York Times bestselling author

Roxton Family Saga: Julian and Deb’s Happily Ever After.

1760s England and France: Based on real events, a hasty midnight marriage establishes a dynasty.

Just twelve years old, and drugged with laudanum to make her compliant, Deborah Cavendish is woken in the middle of the night and married off to a distraught boy not much older than herself.

Years later, Deb stumbles across a wounded duelist in the forest, and it is love at first sight. Deb has no idea the wounded duelist is in truth her noble husband Julian Hesham, Marquess of Alston, returned to England after years in exile to claim his wife.

Remaining incognito, Julian is determined Deb will fall in love with him, not his title, and sets out to woo her before she can be seduced by a persistent suitor with ulterior motives. Their marriage, and the future of the Roxton dukedom depend upon it.

“The energy starts on page one and never lets up. Twists and turns, dramatic revelations, and some enjoyable chaos make this a book that keeps the reader turning pages. Highly recommended! — Fiona Ingram, Readers’ Favorite 5 STAR Medal Winner

“Lucinda Brant fully immerses the reader in the world of Georgian England, keeping you turning pages, or listening late into the night as the case may be. For those historical romance fans who have been gobsmacked by Nicholas Boulton (as a narrator), I am thrilled to report that Alex Wyndham is every bit as good. His narrative voice is deep and lovely. I unreservedly recommend that you listen to MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE.”—Lady Wesley, Romantic Historical Reviews audiobook review

“You will once again be reminded why Lucinda Brant’s books are such a treasure.” —SWurman, Night Owl Reviews 5 STAR Top Pick

Romance. Drama. Family secrets. There’s never a dull moment for the 18th Century’s first family…

Standalone series-starter in the highly acclaimed ROXTON FAMILY SAGA
100,000 words, about 400 standard pages (not including bonus material)
Non-explicit, mild sensuality

B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Readers’ Favorite Audiobook Silver Medal Winner
Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Finalist

Many readers enjoy Lucinda Brant's books as part of a wider series since her characters inhabit the same meticulously-researched 18th Century world with people and events cross-referenced throughout. Should you wish to read each series in chronological order, here is the sequence:

Roxton Family Saga
1740s NOBLE SATYR (Renard and Antonia)
1760s MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE (Julian and Deb)
1770s AUTUMN DUCHESS (Antonia and Jonathon)
1770s DAIR DEVIL (Dair and Rory)
1770s PROUD MARY (Mary and Christopher)
1780s SATYR’S SON (Henri-Antoine and Lisa)
ETERNALLY YOURS: Roxton Letters Volume One
FOREVER REMAIN: Roxton Letters Volume Two

Salt Hendon Series
1763 SALT BRIDE (Magnus and Jane)
1767 SALT REDUX (Antony and Caroline)

Alec Halsey Mysteries
Spring 1763 DEADLY ENGAGEMENT (Country house mayhem)
Autumn 1763 DEADLY AFFAIR (The mysterious Miranda)
Winter 1763 DEADLY PERIL (Bloody intrigue abroad)
Summer 1764 DEADLY KIN (Coming soon)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011111945
Publisher: Sprigleaf
Publication date: 09/18/2010
Series: Roxton , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 18,767
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

LUCINDA BRANT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Georgian historical romances & mysteries. Her award-winning novels have variously been described as from 'the Golden Age of romance with a modern voice', and 'heart wrenching drama with a happily ever after'. Lucinda lives most days in the 18th Century (heaven!) and is addicted to Pinterest. Come join her in her 18th Century world: http://www.pinterest.com/lucindabrant/

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Midnight Marriage 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 279 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner from Lucinda Brant! Deb and Julian's 660 page story of fate was wonderful. As the storyline unfolded, it was almost impossible to put the book down. This author does a great job with her Georgian Historical Romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read by this author. Historical accuracy seems right on. Character development strong and plot entertaining. These are not run of the mill romances. Kind of an old fashioned style where the sex is not the only thing driving the story. Plots are also believable to the time period and customs of the time. Refreshing to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read by this author especially if you are a true romantic...love the fact it took place during the 18th century and came from a real life experience. Great read and highly recommend if you love the romance of titles and duels and honor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being as how this is a free book... I will try not to be to harsh... but to say in simple words, this is not a book to read again later. The story line jumped from time to time and at points I wanted to quit reading. There was some sexual conversation.. as in the way of rumors but most of the actual love scenes were not in alot of detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book. This is the 2nd book I've read by this author and I loved them both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth every penny! Nice romance and plot. Bonus material at the end gives you a preview of her other books. I will definately be purchasing more of her work.
bebwright More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story a lot. It was sweet and started out so sad. I'll be looking for other books by lucinda brant. Enjoy! It of course ends well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, but historical fictions are some of my favorite reads. This one keeps your attention and you're not overwhelmed with sex throughout the pages...highly recommend it!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite "Midnight Marriage" continues the saga of the Roxton family, which began with "Noble Satyr" (recently reviewed). Antonia and Roxton’s son, Julian, is wayward and headstrong, to the point where his father, fearing he will either make a disastrous marriage or litter the country with illegitimate by-blows, arranges a match between the youthful Julian and Deborah Cavendish. Deborah has no recollection of her midnight marriage at the age of twelve to a weeping, bellicose teenager. Julian is sent to the Continent to improve his ways, while Deborah continues her life. She proves to have an equally headstrong nature, to the despair of her older brother, Gerald, who has hopes of seeing her settle down in a respectable union with Julian in the future. When Deborah finds an injured duelist in the forest near her home, she has no idea who the handsome stranger might be, let alone that she is his wife. When Julian discovers her identity, he makes haste to propose and whisk her off into married life. But Julian’s chequered past and reputation as a libertine catches up with him, in the form of a lawsuit brought by an irate French father, accusing Julian of seducing his daughter. Deborah also finds out that she is married to the degenerate Marquis of Alston, and if that is so, then what will happen to the love for Julian Hesham whom she adores? Can she reconcile her feelings for the man she loves with her contempt for the man she married?  Another gem from Lucinda Brant’s pen takes readers back into the loves and lives of the Roxtons and to the Georgian era. The plot is intriguing as hints of dark secrets and strange motives gradually unfold. People with both personal and political motives in engineering this match (or sabotaging it) surround Deborah. Whom can she trust? The energy in this novel starts on page one with a mysterious midnight marriage that sets the tone and pace. The action continues and never lets up. Brant isn’t afraid to subject her heroine to a tumultuous roller-coaster of events, and feisty Deborah is up to it! The love story between Julian and Deborah is tender, and filled with the kind of blunders young people make when setting out on the rocky road of true love. Nice twists and turns, dramatic revelations, and some enjoyable chaos make this a book that keeps the reader turning the pages. They will not be disappointed. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story. This is the story of a marriage. This marriage had a very rocky midnight start. Strong characters. Wonderful family. Great and beautiful and colorful background and supporting characters. The mystery that runs through the story has an unexpected but very believable ending. This was my first by this author. I'm going to buy the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Holds your attention. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unless there have been some major changes by the author I wouldn't recommend this. When the heroine meets the wonded duelist she's wearing a man's shirt for comfort over her skirt and petticoats. All well and good until she choosees to rip the shirt for bandages instead of the petticoats mentioned just beforehand. Then of course she's embarrassed and must put the man's coat on. It was this ridiculous plot device that assured me this wasn't a book for people who desired intelligent characters. It was free when I tried it and I'm grateful it was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so bad I couldn't finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful plot based on a true story. Fast moving, easy to read with likeable characters. Makes you want to read all her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read. The hero/heroine both learn that there are more layers and different sides to us all. But we are our own selves at our core and we never lose that.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
I have read all 3 books in this series, and this was my favorite. I loved the story of Deb and Julian, it broke my heart with all the twist the author puts our character's through. Even the secondary character's were so rich in their developement. Great book. Salt Bride was my next favorite by this author. The 3rd in the series, has been my least favorite. Still a good series.
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Good character development and chemistry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, didn't want to put it down!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line in this book. Unexpected twist to keep you interested. Loved the true historical style that made the book seem like a true story. Looking forward to the sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good clean read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not understand why this tome garnered such accolades. As far as i am concerned, it lacked sexual tension and depth of character. It was skillfully written but insipid in the extreme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a book for those who want to travel back in time and lose themselves in a rich story.
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