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Upon a Midnight Dream

(London Fairy Tales #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,477 ratings  ·  123 reviews
A Regency retelling of Sleeping Beauty...

"I release you..." were the last words Rosalind remembered before her world went black. Stefan, the future duke of Montmouth, no doubt thought his words were welcomed but he couldn't have been more wrong. Oh, he was handsome as a pagan Norse god, but that was unimportant when her life as well as those of her family hung
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published September 11th 2014 by Blue Tulip Publishing (first published May 27th 2012)
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Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Upon a Midnight Dream is a sweet romantic fairy tale meets Regency with some twists that kept me captivated till the very last page. I could not pull myself away from this story to do anyother task. I am still thinking of this story weeks later. I look forward to the next book to see what happens with Rose's sisters. I was left enchanted but with hunger for more from the London Fairy Tale series. Ms. Van Dyken has proven many times she can produce a wide range of stories that leave me entranced! ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really really really wanted this to be good. I love a twist on fairytales, but this fell short. It's believed that their family members are dying because of a curse, and the only way to break it is got her to marry the duke. She figures she's dying anyways so she won't get to be courted and fall in love, so she should take advantage of the duke wanting to marry her and make him try to court her, and despite his brother teetering on death's door, wait 20 days to get hitched. If that isn't
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I liked the characters and story; I just thought there was too much innuendo for my taste.

Content: Per I’d say this would fall under their definition of “subtle." Their wedding night does eventual "fade to black" and is left to the imagination.
Alanna Jenkins
Upon A Midnight Dream is the first a series of books based on fairy tale stories that Van Dyken has said she’s writing; this one, as indicated by the title, is based on Sleeping Beauty. Rosalind and Stefan are the eldest in their respective families and are honour-bound by a curse to get married; the belief is that unless each generation of the family join together in marriage, all members of both families will die; only they decide that they don’t want to. Fast forward sixth months, several mem ...more
Stacey Raymond
Jun 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
This story was strange that it was clean, but it wanted to be dirty. It couldn't make up it's mind. The hero was a rake. I have never been interested in that kind of a character. If a guy released me from a betrothal, then went out on the town to have sex with anyone and everyone... I wouldn't take him back with open arms. I don't have a fantasy to have some sex god who is experienced, but has never loved when he is having sex. I would rather have a man who had been in love and was expressing th ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand the high rating. The premise sounds good but when I started reading I had to myself just to read it. The story just seems so silly. I'll keep pushing myself to read and will update this rating if it improves but for now this is it.
Erin Mcmahon
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the sweetest tale of romance and a little regency added in with a twist of a curse. I loved this story!! Roselyn wants love and to be wooed. She has no desire to marry Stefan just because of a curse.
Stefan has no desire to marry he just wants to be left alone but with a dreaded curse that is threatening to kill his family he must change his mind.
This is not as easy as it sounds to just marry Rose he must work for her affection.
So sweet!!
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
This novel was so disappointing! The story itself was cute, but the grammatical and punctuation and spelling errors were abundant to the point of distraction. I would love to say they're probably due to Kindle formatting flubs, but ... whoa. So very many errors.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
Rosalind Hartwell's family has fallen under a curse, and it is all her fault... Well, it's half her fault.

The other portion of culpability falls on Stefan Hudson, the recently returned prodigal, the Marquess of Whitmore and soon to be Duke of Montmouth. It was their responsibility to marry and join the two families in order to avoid bringing the full fury of the family curse crashing down around them.

When Stefan and Rosalind call off their engagement, members of both fami
Upon A Midnight Dream is the first novel in Rachel Van Dyken’s new London Fairy Tales series. The Fairy Tales series is a spinoff of her highly successful Renwick House series. Upon A Midnight Dream is a re-imagined version of Sleeping Beauty.

Rosalind Hartwell and Stefan Hudson have a duty to their families that they cannot break. They must be wed or a family curse will descend upon both their families. Stefan, the Marquess of Whitmore, seems like an admirable husband by any standard
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This book is a fairy tale re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. It has a historical setting that I have come to love lately. First book in the series, YA genre. It was cute. The way the author wrote the sleeping curse was pretty cool. There was a bit of sleight of hand with this curse, which I liked and I can’t go in to it more because: Spoilers sweetie! The characters were
This was a cute enough story, however I can't say it really stood out to me the same way other books by this author have. I really couldn't understand Rosalind at all. She's convinced that her family is going to perish due to a curse, but yet she won't agree to do the one thing that is said to break the curse? She seemed a little.. selfish. And while the Hero wasn't perfect by any means himself, I felt as though he at least tried. He tried to give her what she wanted, but it never seemed to be g ...more
Heather andrews
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I know on Goodreads there's another version/cover of this book I like men on my covers call me biased or whatever but I need something pretty to stare at, at times so my covers that I choose for this series may not be the right ones on Goodreads or Amazon, but always know my reviews are for the same book just a different cover. Rosalind is such a saucy woman, "forgive me, your Grace, but I doubt even your barbaric virility could last all of fifteen minutes. And I was alluding the time it woul ...more
Jessica Call
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fairytales for grownups.

I loved this rendition of sleeping beauty! It was absolutely hilarious and charming and just a all out good time. Of course, there's a good dose of deception and dragons to slay. It was just perfect! I love a book that can make me laugh and make my heart race with anticipation and excitement! This author knows how to captivate your mind! I highly recommend you read this book. I'm excited to read the next one!
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. It was fun, romantic, and pretty clean. I was worried a couple times that it would get too steamy, and then it didn't. I was happily surprised! From the book:With less than six weeks left, Rosalind has stopped believing in the fairy tale, the prince on the white horse, and the stolen kiss that would awaken her from her worst nightmares. Resigned to her fate, she waits for the inevitable curse to run it’s course.
Sandra R
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful ! 4.5 STARS - There were a few issues with an odd word missing (kindle edition) and some issues with the writing style, but my rating is based on the wonderful Fairy Tale story. Just what I like to read to escape for a few hours.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Tachel Van Dyken's writting I love that these are spin offs from the House of Renwick series and I really hope there will be more from the House of Renwick, but so far I have fallen in love with the London Fairy Tales.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved all of the London Fairy Tale series. It is too hard to pick a favourite. Beautifully written, very witty, love the humour. Don't stop
Sandy Wilbanks
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! Very romantic and I actually laughed out loud continuously!

Buddy read with Nurmawati Djuhawan
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always love me a Rachel Van Dyken tale :)
This one was had too many majorly heavy innuendos for my taste...going to pass on it.
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I didn't love the beginning of this book. It was a little disjointed and chaotic and I wasn't really following who was who and why they were important when things first got rolling. Eventually things settled down and I realized the lady Stefan was running from in the first chapter was NOT the heroine. Which, honestly, thinking that made things WEIRD for a while. Really weird.

But I got past it. And then things made more sense.

The minor mystery over what was causing Rose's
Claudia Cardoz
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read much of historical romances but I loved this book. Beautiful, poetical. Well actually considering the Duke poetical is the wrong word to use. gorgeous and innocent, Rosalind has to marry the Duke in order to rescue their families from the curse that has been their for generations. But all Rosalind wants is to fall in love and for the Duke to propose to her with all the flowers and sonnets. the beautiful journey where they both fall in love was so worth taking. Especially the twist i ...more
Shirlyn Chin
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 It-would've-easily-been-4.5-or-5-stars star

After reading a few Goodreads review, I noted that this is not Stefan's and Rosalind's first appearance in Ms. Rachel's work. Although sometimes it can be frustrating to read a whole other series just to know the characters of the book you have read better, I admit to find it interesting to read the characters you know in another setting and time. So I supposed it is better this way so that I won't be bias.

This is my first read of Ms. Rac
Meranda Semeniuk-Wappel
This was such a good book. All the twists and turns lead to the ultimate ending. I kind of knew that the antagonist was and that still made all the difference. I was kind of surprised on how the ending was set though. The fact that Stefan changed for his wife made the story even better! I would recommend this book as it's not just a romance but it is also a mystery in the same breath. I would totally re-read this book all over again.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sleeping Beauty Romance.... but.....

I liked the premise and storyline of the story, bit it was just lacking. The romance bit was very teenagery... with PG-13 sex scenes. Wasn't hard core romance novel, but enough that you knew exactly what was going on.
The twist in the story was not exactly the way I had in mind, so very much surprised.
Not a series I will continue to read.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
This book started out completely boring and I thought I wouldn't even finish it but this is my first fairy tale retailing and I just wanted to see how I like this kind of books. As I said it was boring and really dragging at first but I liked the twist at the ending (it was something I was hoping and it did happen yhaay). I don't want to spoil anyone so I'm not gonna tell.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully sweet reboot of Steeping Beauty

What girl of any age doesn't want to be romanced? This book's heroine demands it from the hero! There is romance, mystery, a curse and plenty of humor. There is even a horse that's seems part human! Count this author as one of my new favorites! Long live the HEA!!
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“His next words — though there was no way for her to know it — sealed her fate, her eternity, with that man. “I release you.” Stunned, she closed her eyes to gather herself. “Pardon? Am I some sort of wild creature that begs to be released?” 0 likes
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