A Kiss For Midwinter (Brothers Sinister, #1.5)
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A Kiss For Midwinter (Brothers Sinister #1.5)

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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...more
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Published December 18th 2012 by Smashwords Edition (first published December 16th 2012)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
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Dr. Jonas Grantham
A Kiss for Midwinter is Miss Lydia Charingford's story, a sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking novella from the Brothers Sinister series.
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

4.5 stars

Lydia Charingford first met Dr Jonas Grantham when she was fifteen and he was a twenty-one year-old preparing to undertake medical studies at King's College. She was a patient. He was as yet untrained, the physician allowing him to observe quietly in the background, as he tended his patients. After graduating Jonas has an agreement with the physician to take over his medical practice when he retires.

Five years later returning to Leicester to take up his practice, Jonas is in need of a w...more
I loved this so much and am at a total loss for what to write to convey how excellent this story was - to simply say READ IT does not suffice. Even though this was a novella, it didn't feel short - it just felt perfect. I said that about Ms. Milan's last novella The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5) by Courtney Milan that I read and probably thought, at that time, there is no way she can write a better novella and pack more into it. Well, I was wrong.

Sometimes a mistake we make in our youth can carry into adulthood and leave little or no hope for...more
♡Karlyn P♡
4.5 stars. Oh, this was such a sweet, heart-tugging, holiday historical romance. In a genre thick with Dukes and Earls and wealthy business men, I loved how this hero was just a 'mere' Doctor. There were a lot of laugh out loud moments too, including his father who was a 'hoarder' living neck deep in scrap metal and other desirable items he couldn't bear to part with.

Doctor Jonas Grantham was a practical no-nonsense man, and you might even say he was a bit anal-retentive in terms of his personal...more
This novella gets 5 stars because of the very original hero and the amazing fathers of both main characters.

In romance, bad parents are a dime a dozen so I was soo glad to see two fathers that were so devoted to their children. I cried both when I learned about the Christmas gift Jonas' father gave him as well as what Jonas said to solve the conflict with his father.

Jonas was very sui generis to say the least with his jokes about gonorrhea and his penchant for calling a spade a spade. Even I was...more
Expanded review at http://coffeeandink.dreamwidth.org/11...

I seem to be at odds with the general internet take on Milan's recent work, because I was disappointed by this romance between a doctor and an allegedly cheerful woman whom the doctor knows to have had a teen pregnancy years before. Lydia Charingford distrusts all of Jonas Grantham's declarations of affection because he's brusque and sarcastic and she believes he's just trying to get into her pants. There are some genuinely moving bits,...more
*sigh*...I don't know how these fabulous authors continue to keep fresh ideas going, but I hope they keep doing it for years to come. A lovely Christmas novella about two hurting people finding true love. I will review tomorrow. Wonderful sweet read.
Beanbag Love
A good 4.5 read. I was slightly disappointed by The Duchess War so I went into this book with a little bit of trepidation. To be honest, the main reason is because my expectations of this author are so high. She's absolutely my favorite discovery of the last year.

This story had a sweet tale, a nice, but damaged couple and a very happy ending. I came near tears several times and laughed out loud at others. I found both characters to be genuine and decent people and that made it that much easier...more
Dr. Jonas Grantham decided that he is ready to marry and makes a mental list of all the beautiful ladies in town and Miss Lydia Charingford wavers between number ten and eleven. He remembers Lydia from his training days as a young man and knows her secret that she guards closely and has no real interest in pursuing her...until she speaks to him and then everything changes for him. Jonas finds himself trying to talk to her and falling in love with her for over a year but each time they speak toge...more
4.5 stars, because it's GOOD, and it's hard to write a shorter story well. Milan pulled it off neatly. This is the third book in The Brothers Sinister series, and just brimming with STORY. Loved it!! And it's sexy, too, with one scalding love scene -- Lydia and Jonas know what they want and neither are shy about going for it.
He let out a shaky breath and looked over at her. Her eyes were dark, dark. She reached up and pulled two pins from her hair, and her curls tumbled over her shoulders. Ever
Rating: A- ... Heat: Sweet

They say time heals all wounds… Time and doctors. Thankfully for Lydia Charingford, she happens to have both. And Dr. Jonas Grantham is going to help her move on even if she really doesn’t want to.

Lydia Charingford has been hurt, woefully wronged, in her not too distant past. And when I say woefully… I mean grievously and painfully wronged. But, for the last few years, she has buried her hurt and pain. Tucked it away and let it fester. All the while managing to see the

Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
**5/5 Captivating Stars**

As with all Courtney Milan’s books, I loved this delightful novella!

Doctor Jonas Grantham knows his faults. He is outspoken with a dreadful sense of humour and a propensity to always look on the gloomy side of life. This is, however, what makes him such a good doctor…where others might see a touch of indigestion, he would consider poisoning and heart attacks. It is time he took a wife and only one woman will do…Lydia Charingford, but there is a rather big obstacle to ove...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
I feel almost disloyal with the relatively low rating on this one, since I consider myself a huge fan of Courtney Milan's work. This novella, however, just didn't do it for me.

I loved the OCD tendencies of the hero, and the issues you don't often run across in romance -- hoarding, miscarriage, etc.

Maybe it was the overly frank conversations the hero and heroine have. Maybe it was the fairly UNromantic wooing. I'm not sure to be honest.

All I know is it didn't have the same "spark" so many of he...more
Mimi Smith
Reviewed for the February edition of InD'tale.

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it! And Jonas ;)

"A friend had once told him that he was like bitter coffee—positively habit-forming, once one acquired a taste for the beverage, but off-putting on the first few sips."
Penny Watson
This has my most hated "hero" in 2013. I found him completely, utterly despicable.

I haven't been able to write a review yet because every time I attempt it my blood pressure goes up.

Standing by while a sham doctor prescribes poison for a young, pregnant girl, knowing it will likely kill her and her unborn baby, because he wants to inherit the doctor's practice? Are you kidding me? And then choosing a list of wifey-candidates (which he wants so he can have lots of sex and not worry about contract...more

this review was originally published at DearAuthor.com

Dear Ms. Milan,

I hope you are having a lovely holiday season. This year, as in 2011, you enriched my December by releasing a stellar Christmas tale.A Kiss for Midwinteris not quite as brilliant asThis Perfect Gift(mentionedherein my list of favorite holiday stories) but it’s still wonderful. Thank you.

The heroine of your novella,Miss Lydia Charingford, is the best friend of the heroine in your latest novel,The Duchess Wars. It was clear,
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Bouncing between a 3 and a 4, but since it's better IMO than "The Governess Affair", which I rated 3, 4 stars.

Sexy, with realistic, flawed characters who *gasp* have decent chemistry. The biggest drawback was that Jonas at first came across as an ultimate, sex-obsessed d-bag. Oh, and the book is painfully slow in places.

I'm not typically a romance reader, and certainly not a historical romance reader, but this was more than decent.
A Kiss for Midwinter is an offshoot of Ms. Milan’s current Brothers Sinister series, a companion novella that takes place after the events of The Duchess War and which tells the story of Minnie’s best friend, Miss Lydia Charingford. We learned in the earlier novel that Lydia’s past contains a scandal which could ruin her if it became known, and in this story, we learn what actually happened.

Now twenty-one, Miss Charingford is vivacious and well-liked. She is always cheerful and the sort of perso...more
4.50 Stars - Historical Romance Novella/ Short Story
My impressions:

I usually have my issues with novellas and this one was no exception. Still the problems I encountered here ran deeper than my usual ' it was too short' carping. For a novella it was actually quite substantial but this time I didn't relate to the main characters and the whole premise as well. Proving once again that I am not a great romance fan. Oh well.

First of all I admit I liked how Ms Milan presented our good doctor - a cynical young man with few inhibitions concerning convers...more
Oh, Courtney Milan knows how to wring the emotion out of a reader, doesn't she? From Jonas and Lydia's first abbreviated interaction to how Lydia unravels the mystery of the good doctor, I was hooked. And now I want to read book 1 like whoa because what I've read of this series is ridiculously good and I want more. MOAR.

So. Lydia and Jonas. The position he's put in when he first lays eyes on her is painful. While he could have spoken up and done something, he didn't and she ended up paying for i...more
I loved this! Never mind the pining love from afar, what's more romantic than a man who thinks that men who lie to women about their own bodies belong in a low rung of hell? (view spoiler) And the relationship between the hero and his proud, ailing father is simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming. Meanwhile the relationship between the heroine and her father is just heart-filling [that should be...more
Milan finally did it, she finally wrote a five star novella without any of the issues I had with, The Duchess War, the first full length novel of the Brothers Sinister series. The pacing was just right, the background information in relation to the rest of the series was concise, the characters were charming and true to their own internal logic, there were great quotes, and the relationships to the secondary characters were poignant. My only gripes are about the sex scene, but really, after the...more
I'll be saving this one to re-read for every snowy afternoon that comes my way because this is just too lovely to forget. A Kiss for Midwinter may have been my first Courtney Milan but it definitely won't be my last.
This is 2.5* rounded up.

Basically this was a charming story cut much too short with modern attitudes in the Victorian era.

Unlike many other writers of Regency/Victorian romances Ms Milan is relatively firm in the historical knowledge and language, yet like many of these writers she pushes the modern (feminist) agenda and need for wish-fulfillment, or rather a specific form of bowdlerisation of history, right ahead of historical accuracy.

However, when I read a historical romance it's for the his...more
Review for A Kiss Midwinter This was a tear jerker and wonderful tale that is not at all fair.

Ok so the story starts out with Lydia as a young teenage women who is pregnant and been abandoned… basically told she is worthless with no moral fiber by her physician. Jonas is witnessing this situation as an apprentice for a physician, but he must keep quite about the comments because Jonas wants to take over the physicians practice after her completes medical school. Several years later Jonas has nev...more
Every time I read a Milan book I learn something! I've read the term French Letter before and figured it was some form of prophylactic, but I truly didn't know what kind and was too lazy to google it. Jonas told both me and Lydia in glaring detail what it is, how to use, and how it feels. Thanks, dude!

We first meet Jonas in "The Duchess War" for a brief few moments. He's the town doctor and one of the only people who knows about Lydia's indiscretion *read pregnancy* from when she was only 15. Jo...more
Vanessa North
Bought this novella last night and read it quickly, as I'd just finished The Duchess War, and it felt almost like jumping back into that story.

I have been VERY impressed with the Brothers Sinister so far, I'm so freaking excited that Milan is consistently tackling social issues in her historical romances and she's not just going there, she's going all out. As far as I'm concerned, she just can't write them fast enough to satisfy me.

This story was sweet and short, but it wasn't uncomplicated. The...more
Chrysoula Tzavelas
I think Courtney Milan's career may eventually reach an integrity ceiling. Her books are absolutely beautiful for the raw honesty of emotion and history, of suffering and ignorance and strength that they portray. If you're sensitive, as I'm sometimes sensitive, it makes it hard to use them as escapism. I like historical novels because history is just as much another world as any second world fantasy can present. But I like escapism, too. I like exceptional people. I like to believe, when I'm see...more
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“He knew he tended toward gloom. It made him consider blood poisoning and heart attacks when someone else might see a touch of indigestion. Those carefully considered worst-case scenarios made him a good doctor, but they also made him feel like a dark little raincloud.

When Lydia Charingford was around, though, he felt like a smiling dark little raincloud.”
“I only said I would stop talking to you, he'd written. I never promised to stop loving you.” 4 likes
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