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A Kiss for Midwinter

(Brothers Sinister #1.5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  8,766 ratings  ·  1,000 reviews
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
ebook, 121 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Smashwords Edition (first published December 16th 2012)
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Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Dr Grantham
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 D
Al George
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These two. Their fathers. I. Just. Can't.

oh my

Like I do not even have words to express how amazingly beautiful this story is. I once mentioned that I thought I was dead inside or that I had no soul. Why you ask (or not)? Because I read Archer's Voice and didn't cry, didn't waver, didn't bat an eye. One hitch. That was it. A little itty bitty breath of Oh My and nothing. Dead. No woman no cry.

no woman no cry

But perhaps it's not that my soul is dead. It's just confused. The tenderness in this book, the angst of car
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*4.5 stars*

Another awesome audiobook by Courtney Milan, narrated by the wildly talented Rosalyn Landor. This series is like my crack and I have no intention of quitting any time soon!

For all of those who doubt that they could like historical romance, I implore you to try this series. It is a smart, funny, interesting romance in a really well conceived historical setting.

I loved that the main character was a doctor in this one. I have a weakness for books with factual medical content, and I have
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Expanded review at

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,
Usually I love a character who is described as having a sarcastic, dark sense of humor, but Jonas didn't really do it for me. I just didn't see the humor. He seemed pretty serious to me. And, persnickety. I'm not a fan of persnickety men. If they are going to take the time to hang up my gown and smooth out the wrinkles while they are undressing me for sex, I'm going to re-think the whole sex idea in that time.

He seems like a barrel of laughs. :/

Jonas' main reason for wanting to get married is to
Carol Cork *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
Juliana Philippa
He wanted her to lift her head at this moment. He wanted her to look him in the eyes and realize that he loved her. He wanted her to love him back.
Wow. Just ... wow. Loved it!!! It's rare to be able to pull out a great story with well-drawn characters in a novella, but Ms. Milan managed to do that beautifully.

HERO: Jonas (26)
Fantastic hero - very unusual, don't think I've ever read a hero like him. There's nothing cookie cutter here - no rake/rogue, no stuffy aristocrat, none of the usual fi
♡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
Amber J
I absolutely love this series, and all these little side novels are just so sweet and a great way to prolong the series before it's over. Only one more to go sadly. This one had such a sad start. Lydia had been through so much and it's just so sickening how she was treated. But the love story is sweet and being so short it was pretty fast-paced. I loved it. I plan to probably read every book this author has written. I love the plots and the romance and just her writing style. ...more
Anna lost in stories *A*
a beautifully written novella about a bit unexpected couple I loved it with my whole heart… at first glance Lydia and doctor Jonas Grantham do not look like people who will be good together and yet… *sighs dreamily* what I am learning from the first few books by Courtney Milan I’ve read so far, she has an amazing ability to write about serious and emotional topics while still giving us great romances, witty banter and humor… it’s an absolute gift :) great addition to the series :)


Lexxi Kitty
Another one I forgot to review. So just a few thoughts.

I loathe the doctor character. LOATHE. For many reasons. One of which is the part wherein a woman lost her baby because he didn’t open his mouth – there were reasons why he didn’t do so right then and there (when she was being examined) but he suspected that what the doctor he was shadowing was telling her to do would cause her and/or her baby to die, and later asked another doctor – a teaching doctor – and learned his instincts were correct
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Joanna Loves Reading
4.5 Stars, one of my favorite novellas out there.

On second thought, I bumped this up to a 5. This was a reread and I remembered it fairly clearly, even though it had been many years. Still loved it this time so that makes it worthy of 5 stars in my book.
Written August 19, 2914

4 Stars - Delightful refreshing reading!!! grandma would have said

Book #1.5

I really liked the prequel novella and the first novel in this Brother Sinister series by Courtney Milan.

#0.5 - The Governess Affair (4.5 stars)
London 1835, Serena (Barton) & Hugo Marshall (the wolf...)
#1 - The Duchess War (4.5 stars)
Leicester 1863, Minnie (Wilhelmina Pursling / Minerva Lane) & Robert Alan Graydon Blaisdell, the ninth Duke of Clermont

This is a shortie before book #2 and I
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Courtney Milan writes wonderfully. Her characters are three-dimensional and nuanced, more like real people than characters. I always feel like I want the romance to happen just as much as they do or in some circumstances more. My heart was with Grantham as he wooed Lydia, and I felt deeply for Lydia. Her terrible experience five years earlier would sour anyone on romance, and I could see why her barriers were erected so strongly. I liked that Milan did give them an opportunity to get to know eac ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
I get so immersed in the conversations in the book, and there's so much to appreciate.

I find it infuriating though that Lydia is slow on the uptake after the three patient visits, though I did understand her inner conflict. Also, I felt Lydia was slightly underdeveloped although I truly love, as ever, Jonas's continued appreciation for her

The fathers are what really round this story out, besides the detail and competence of the characters.
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 pers
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
My rating is probably closer to 4.5 stars. I really liked this one and it left me with a big old happy grin in the end. At the start of the story, we see Lydia at her low point which Jonas witnessed. Jonas was socially inept which I think added to his charm. Lydia couldn't see past the things that he knew about her. They make a silly bet but Jonas really just wants to spend more time with Lydia to try to win her over. The first time they see each other after that bet was over really got to me. M ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was just what the doctor ordered. Feel like I've been in the desert for days and finally found water.

Wonderful, wonderful, marvellous. And a good way to ease into the Christmas run up ["It gets earlier and earlier every year." she observed in her thin, Court-worn voice.]

Milan's ability to deal with big, important, awful events in a manner which does not minimise or skirt them, but also keeps the story light and warm is such, such a skill. This one has a humdinger at the centre.

**** Spoile
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 f
Penny Watson
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
*The Angry Reader*
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, historicals
1. It had a Christmas vibe. And I am currently feeling the holiday cheer. (I wore my Boston terrier Christmas PJs all day today)

2. Jonas was absolutely the best hero ever. His bluntness. His brilliance. His romantic nature. His humor. Honestly he had me at the 11th most attractive woman, and it only got worse from there. I am just completely in love with him.

3. Feminism. Healing. Love. Respect. Growth.

This has to be one of the best books I’ve read in a while.
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
Really liked the blunt and no filter Dr. Grantham. Lydia was OK. But Jonas was a riot!

1. He weeded her out (almost) as the eleventh prettiest girl in the town on his top 10 list :) Until she opened her mouth - then she WAS the list :)

2. He talks to her about cervixes and penises. He's a no-nonsense doctor after all!

3. He spent 18 months pining after her from afar after deciding that she was the one. (After she pretty ruthlessly shut him down!) and had enough self-control to not have sex with any
I loved it! It's so touching and sensual read for me. I loved hero and his attitude towards world and around him.
Author's the main focus was "truth" and while hero cherishes it and thinks it's a gift for humankind, heroine sees it like curse. Author told us how our point of view affects our value judgment. I like to read it with the stories of our protagonist.

I think, I can comprehend why readers love this author so much. I'll read more of her books in near future.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I only said I would stop talking to you. I never promised to stop loving you."

Lydia Charingford was only 15 when she was seduced by an older, married man, became pregnant and later miscarried. Since then, she has suppressed that time of her life and is living in a denial bubble of cheerfulness and optimism. Dr. Jonas Grantham is a blunt tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy, who, as an aspiring medical student, accompanied the doctor who attended 15-year-old pregnant Lydia long ago and is privy to her
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This series is soooo delightful!!! I'm loving it!

In this book the heroine is Lydia, Minnie's friend. As we already know from the preivious one, she' harbouring a secret, in which Minnie was involved too.

The hero, Jonas, is a doctor and he's connected with the secret too, even if he's not aware.

Lydia knows who he is and confronts him in a hard way when he approach her.

Thus begins their story: with suspicion on her part and bewilderment on his.

I loved Lydia and her courage and her fragility. She'
Beanbag Love
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
*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. ...more
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Courtney Milan’s books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller and a RITA® winner.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After th

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