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Midnight Scandals (Fitzhugh Trilogy #2.5)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  511 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Welcome to Doyle’s Grange, a charming house near the hills of Exmoor, where the garden is beautiful in every season, and the residents are respectable year-round.

Except when the clock strikes midnight…

One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel

Ten years away from Doyle’s Grange isn’t quite long enough for Viscount Northword to forget Portia Temple, or their passionate adolescent af
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC
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This anthology contains three stories, each centred around the house and estate of Doyle's Grange, Somerset and three romances, approximately forty years apart.

One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel
3.5 stars

Portia Temple and Crispin Hope, Lord Northword have known each other for over twenty years. Now twenty-seven and engaged, Portia plants a rowan tree at Doyle's Grange, her brother's home, to honour her forthcoming wedding. It's been ten years since Crispin has been back to Doyle's Grange and te
One Starlight Night by Carolyn Jewel

A wonderful romance about a love thought gone! Portia and Viscount Northwood shared a brief, passionate affair ten years ago and the ramifications are still being felt today. It caused deep heartache for Portia and Northwood and also her brother. But with Portia set to wed a dull man just to escape her maddening sister in law, Northwood can not let his feelings be disregarded any longer. A wonderfully rounded romance dealing with the difficulties of a second c
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One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel
2 stars

Too big a story for a novella. I'm always hoping writers include the explanations within the text instead of adding flashbacks of footnotes or infodumbs. Jewel did that but, still, I'm not satisfied. Part of me wondered whether or not the story would have benefitted from a short glimpse to the seventeen year old Portia and Northword, instead of just reminding the reader that they were in love years and years before. I definitely think that although Northw
Laura the Highland Hussy
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Review excludes the last story
I'm not reading the Sherry Thomas story...yet. But only because it looks to be part of a series, and from the reviews I've seen, I won't know what's going on. Once I've read the book before this, I'll come back to the ST story.

One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel-3 flames

The actual romance was beautiful and sweet, but I felt it ended a bit too abruptly. For a lovers reunited theme, I wanted more of them. I wanted more tim
Limau Nipis
I haven't read novellas for ages, so this one was a quick decision for me to pick up and go.

It was when I started my second story that I noticed the place are the same - Doyle's Grange

One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel
Rating: 2/5

I find the love story between Viscount Northword and Portia Temple just fall flat. I know that this should be two peoples falling in love again with each other, but this one has a plot that is not well developed, thus a 2-star from me. Portia's character was quite intere
Mandi Schreiner
One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel

Viscount Northword or Crispin is back home after ten years. Much has changed, especially his relationship with his childhood friend and lover, Portia Temple. Years and years ago, they fell in love, but they had some dark days together, as often young people do, and had a bad break. Crispin went on to leave and marry someone else, while Portia has been stuck in her small town, living with her brother and his wife Eleanor. Eleanor wants great things for Portia – L
Sep 05, 2012 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fv, milan, jewel
Portia and Northwood- 3 stars
John and Mary- 4 stars
Isabelle and Fitzwilliam- 2 stars

Overall 3 stars for the anthology. Very cute how each story tied together.

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One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel

Viscount Northwood and Portia Temple were teenage lovers. Too swept away by passion and the blush of new love they never thought there would be consequences to face. Those consequences came in the form of a baby. But when Northwood told his father he was going to ma
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Okay, I'm going with 4 stars for the anthology as a whole. Reviews of each novella are in reverse order.

Reviewing each novella as I go!

A Dance in Moonlight by Sherry Thomas

A solid 4 stars

So this was the reason I wanted the novella so badly. After reading Ravishing the Heiress, I just HAD to know what happened to Isabelle and was thrilled to discover I would. Buuuuuut then I read the premise. And I was half-concerned about it and half-convinced Sherry Thomas would be able to pull it off (because
I really, really enjoyed the first two stories in this anthology and only wish they had been longer because I think there was a little more to them than could be explored in limited pages.

The third story, Isabelle's story from Sherry Thomas' Fitzhugh trilogy, was perfectly fine. My only problem is I wasn't especially interested in Isabelle's happy ending and it brought back all of my extremely negative feelings about Ravishing the Heiress (which is tied with Poppy Hathaway's book for my least fa
Ana T.
I picked up this anthology because I have been curious about Courtney Milan. I read a few reviews that made it sound interesting and I thought I would give it a go. I was quite surprised to see that the stories were very intense. I guess I'm not used to see this kind of emotions in short stories. Unfortunately I wasn't entirely convinced by them. It might be that I wasn't in the best mood for this as I have been more into light and sunny reads lately...

Carolyn Jewel's story about a couple who on
The entire anthology was above average and well-worth a read.

My least favorite story was the one by Carolyn Jewel. Say 3 stars. Eleanor completely distracted me from the story; it was like trying to look at a work of art with a clown dancing in your side view. Maybe some people can ignore tye overwhelming presence of the clown, but I could not. Had the novella been a novel, maybe there would have been enough to temper Eleanor for me. The writing was lovely, the angst and romance well done but El
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Overall, this was a lovely anthology of interconnected historical romance from some of the most talented authors in the genre today. While there were facets of each story that didn’t quite appeal to me, the writing, and more importantly, the romance was exceptional across the entire anthology.

Recommended for fans of estranged lovers, letting go of past mistakes, and of allowing yourself to find happiness.

A very solid 4
Lady Wesley
This anthology has three stories set in the same country house over a span of ~70 years. I especially like that the heroine sets out a sapling rowan tree in the first story, and by the third it's become a spreading shade tree.

All three stories are top-notch, as would be expected from these authors. Sherry Thomas's story is a sequel to Ravishing the Heiress, and the heroine is the jilted mistress from that story. It sounds so intriguing that I'll have to go back and read the book.
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
A lovely trio of stories all set at Doyle's Grange in different historical periods. My favourite was What Happened At Midnight by Courtney Milan, which I couldn't put down because Milan never fails to entertain. Her heroines are never weak, despite their circumstances, and her heroes are always swoonworthy. Five stars.

One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel was a four-star read for me. The end was a bit rushed, but other than that this was a gorgeous little story, full of UST and well-painted charact
Just A. Bean
Three stores set in the same place, each about 40 years apart. I'm not familiar with Carolyn Jewel, but have enjoyed other books by Thomas and Milan. I liked how the stories were interconnected, though that worked far better with the first and second than with the second and third (I feel like Milan set up a hook that Thomas ignored).

The first two stories were very thematically similar: Woman trapped in an untenable situation in a small country house, her obvious marry her way out escape is bloc
I found Carolyn Jewel's entry in this anthology rather boring, unfortunately, BUT Courtney Milan's was, as ever, well done. My favorite, however, was "A Dance in Moonlight" by Sherry Thomas, which was touching and completely wonderful. She was on my list of authors to check out and given that this short story was supplementary to her Fitzhugh trilogy, I'll have to move her to the top of the queue.
This was the rare anthology where all the stories were great. The Milan story was the weakest, and I'd still call it an above average read. Carolyn Jewel's story was my favorite. The longing and regret was off the charts.
This was a fun sassy read by Courtney Milan. There is something about her writing that really appeals to me.
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Ok, say I haven't actually finished reading this but I wanted to review the first story while it was fresh in my mind.

One Starlit Night - Caroline Jewel
I feel like I've missed something. Northword and Portia were childhood friends, more correctly Northword was Portia's brother's friend and they knew each other from the ages of 8 and 6. They fell in love/lust ten years later and were hot and heavy until his father (the then Lord Northword) effectively blackmailed her to leave him because she was
3.5 stars, rounded up.

Why I read it: I'm a fan of all three of these authors so I snapped this one up soon after it was released. I didn't know what I was in the mood to read and felt unable to make a commitment to a full length novel so I turned to this - which had the advantage of being guaranteed to please as well as not requiring a lot of investment.

Why only 2/3? I haven't read the Sherry Thomas novella, A Dance in the Moonlight, yet - only because I have her recent novels on my TBR and thi
May Mostly Romance
One Starlit Night ของคาโรลิน จิว

เราชอบเรืองนีมากทีสุดในเรืองสันสามเรืองทีรวมอยูในหนังสือ Midnight Scandals นะคะ แตนันกไมใชเปนความชืนชมทีมากมายอะไร เพราะปกติเราไมชอบอานเรืองสันเปนทุน

เราชอบความรูสึกทีพระนางมีใหกัน ความโหยหาคิดถึงกัน ความรักในอดีต สวนนีไดใจเราไปแลว แตชวงเวลาอืนในเรืองกลับไมนาสนใจเทาไหรนัก รวมไปถึงพฤติกรรมของนางเอกทีเปนปัญหาใหญของเรา (จะบอกวาเราหัวโบราณกไดนะคะ เรารับไมไดกับการตัดสินใจของนางเอก) ดังนันเราจึงไมแนใจวา เราจะใหอภัยเธออยางทีพระเอกรูสึกไดไหม (การใหอภัยเฉพาะประเดนการตัดสิน
All three stories were good and are linked by location through many decades. It's actually the one thing that I didn't like because it forced the reader to acknowledge the passage of time and the deaths of characters that you may have grown to love in one of the previous stories in this anthology.

I loved Carolyn Jewel's story, it was actually my favorite of all three stories. I would give it a 4.25 stars/ 3.75 sensuality

Courtney Milan's story was my second favorite story, though I think some of
A novella compilation with three of my favorite authors, sign me up!
All three novels take place in different times (in the 19th century) around a little cottage called Doyle's Grange.

One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel 4 stars
Viscount Northword had a blazing affair with Portia Temple when they were very young (late teens?). Their story begins after he's come back to Doyle's Grange years later. It's very clear that the two were once madly in love but mysterious circumstances kept them apart. Porti
One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel

I didn't enjoy this one all that much. There's too much back story that we just hear about in side comments, and that back story is where the real relationship building happened. I also found the circumstances of their separation 10 years prior rather unbelievable for the time period. They also argued in circles a lot which may be realistic but is frustrating to read and went on for a little too long.

What Happened at Midnight by Courtney Milan

Although I didn't
Intertwined stories all taking place in the same manor house

Courtney Milan: What Happened at Midnight ***
John goes after Mary's father who has died. He feels his nephew has been cheated out of his inheritance. Eliza knows her Father used the funds to give her an education, but that was not the bulk of the money. The story was not one of Milan's best.

Sherry Thomas: A Dance in Moonlight *****
This is Isabelle's story of what happened to her after Fitz choose his wife over her. If you hadn't read th
Kate  K. F.
This anthology kept me up throughout a night as I found myself pulled into all of the stories and I didn't want to stop reading them. The three stories take place at different points in time at a house called Doyle's Grange in England with subtle connections between each one. In terms of the novellas themselves, they each have different personalities and I have some preferences.

The first story concerns Lord Northwood and Portia, the sister of his best friend Magnus who are meeting again after no
This stories in this anthology tie together in an interesting way. The underlying idea is really neat. Peek in at three different occupants of a lovely English House (Doyle's Grange) at three different points of the 19th century. Add in a romance to each story, and there you have it.

All the stories succeed as romances. The first two stories (Jewel's and Milan's) feature lovers who were parted and now come together again. Thomas's story features a love that starts from a case of mistaken identity
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