A Kiss For Midwinter (Brothers Sinister #1.5)
A Kiss for Midwinter is Miss Lydia Charingford's story, a sometimes sweet, sometimes heartbreaking novella from the Brothers Sinister series.Dr. Jonas Grantham
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...more
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
Sometimes a mistake we make in our youth can carry into adulthood and leave little or no hope for...more
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
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
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
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."
...review to come
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,
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.
Now twenty-one, Miss Charingford is vivacious and well-liked. She is always cheerful and the sort of perso...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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When Lydia Charingford was around, though, he felt like a smiling dark little raincloud.”