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A Midnight Clear (Fly Me To the Moon #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Annapolis, Maryland, 1948

Frances Dumfries is the perfect admiral’s daughter. She runs the household, hosts the parties, and never falls for the midshipmen surrounding her. Having fun or putting herself first is definitely not on her schedule. And she doesn’t want anyone—particularly not a man too handsome and kind for his own good—to point that out.

Midshipman Joe Reynolds
ebook, 150 pages
Published November 7th 2015 by Penny Bright Publishing, LLC
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4.5 stars

Read this for 12 Tasks of the Festive Season:
Task the Ninth: The Happy New Year:
- Every year you get a little bit older! Read a coming of age novel or any old favorite comfort read to start the new year right.

Y'all. Seriously.

Set in 1948 we have Frances, a nineteen year old Admiral's daughter who has basically had to take on the responsibility of wife, setting up dinners and functions, after her mother passed away. She is constantly hounded by young naval men only wanting to date her
It felt confusing and achy and gave him the sweats when he thought of her—the long, cool fall of her blonde curls, the elegant turn of her ankles, the refined sweep of her neck—every bit of her made every bit of him throb.

Being in love felt remarkably like a bad head cold.

I loved it! Joe was pretty adorable with his steadfast pursuit of Frances. He knew he wanted her and did whatever he could to have her. Even though I felt bad for him at times (Frances was pretty brutal in her initial rejection
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This is just the cutest novella. Set in 1948, Francis Dumfries is nineteen and an Admiral's daughter - this means she has a lot of responsibility at home. Her mother passed away when she was fifteen, and Francis really had to step up to the plate. With her father away at war, her teenage self had to care for her very sick mother. Now a few years later, Francis hosts her father's important parties and runs the household with an ease of someone much older. Because her father is an Admiral, many of ...more

I was emotional when initially writing this review. It was far to harsh and did not accurately portray my true opinion on the book as a whole. Please forgive me.


Very cute and sweet.

The problem is that it was too short and felt a bit flat due lack of details. I did like it very much but It would have been better as a full length novel IMHO.

My criticisms:

There could have been a little more conflict, but there was enough to keep me interested.

But the biggie.. that brought
Such a delightful story, with a really charming hero. Like the previous book, it focuses on the role of women in a way that feels very believable for its period (this one is set in 1948) but also resonates with modern readers.
I loved this. LOVED THIS.

I'm usually wary of stories where a woman doesn't want a certain kind of life and then ends up in it anyway, but I bought the transition here. And I'm not sure if I've ever read a more charming wedding night.

(This was free when I grabbed it and even if it's not still that way, you should all absolutely read this.)
WELL, THIS WAS AS WONDERFUL AS EVERYONE SAID! So charming and sweet and just . . . WELL DONE.

The wedding night is greeeeeeeeat.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to SheLove2Read by: willaful
Shelves: 2015
First off, I need to thank fellow reader and friend Willaful for bringing this to my attention. It's probably not something I would have discovered on my own, not being familiar with the author. The cover is what drew my initial interest. It's visceral without being too erotic. It perfectly fits the feel and emotion of the story.

Joe is a Midshipman in the US Navy, in the time just after the end of WW2. Frances is the young woman who has caught his eye and his heart, but she also happens to be t
Danielle (Love at First Page)
This was absolutely lovely... and free! If you're looking for a quick and sweet read, with a lad who pursues and a slight holiday feel, definitely give A Midnight Clear a try!
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1940-1960
Charming novella set at the Naval Academy in the late 1940s. It's a prequel (it should really be # 0.5 instead of #2) to Star Dust and features Frances Dumfries and Joe Reynolds. They were minor secondary characters in SD but worse noticing for their strong bond and, most memorable, for when Joe declined the opportunity to orbit the Earth because of his son’s acute illness. The novella is focusing on their courtship 15 years ago.

Frances is nineteen-year-old daughter of a legendary naval hero an
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This was so hecking cute!!! Just a really sweet romance with basically no drama. Loved it.
Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
This was such a lovely novella. I really loved how Joe pursued her! As a couple they were so sweet together and (view spoiler)

This would have been a strong four stars for me but one part near the end made it lose a star for me because I'm crazytits. (view spoiler) Apart from that this was so enjoyable. I especially liked the epilogue.

May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Short and sweet. Moves back in time (from 1962 to 1948) and tells the meet cute story of the side characters from "Star Dust" (set during the the 60s space race). Francis and Joe intrigued me in the first book, so I'm glad the authors decided to move back in time and give us a novella about how they met.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one my new favorite series. It's just so..... romantic in an old school way. The heroes are so nice and there are these big declarations of love. Makes me swoon :-)

*This is a Kindle (& I think everywhere else) freebie
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was soooo sweet and Joe might be the best hero ever!
It's a novella, so much is left unsaid and yes there is instalove (it's a novella). But it was soo sweet, romantic and with tons of swoonworthy scorching looks and a great epilogue (don't skip it if you end up reading this book). The thing missing however is astronauts, since this is a prequel kind of novella, set in 1948 and focusses on minor characters that appeared in Star Dust (which I need to reread now in order to read the HEA for J
Brandy Painter
I loved Joe and Frances from Star Dust. Neither of them got a lot of page time (particularly Joe), but they still stood out. Frances with her calming presence and Joe's willingness to miss an opportunity to orbit the earth for his son's medical emergency. This lovely little holiday novella takes readers back to when Joe and Frances first met and is absolutely delightful. Joe is a awesome. Any guy who is willing to woo a girl through gifts of books is. Frances is quiet and reserved with definite ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in2015
WHAT A DELIGHT. I want more of this omg
Such a sweet short story.

PS: I keep finding myself humming Fly me to the Moon everytime I would read this series ;)
This novella is set in Annapolis in 1949, a dozen years before Star Dust and is the story of Joe Reynolds (another Perseid astronaut) and Frances Dumfries.    Frances is an Admiral's daughter, who constantly must fend of the attentions of ambitious midshipmen who want to rub shoulders with her father.  Joe, while ambitious and dedicated only has eyes for Frances.  The novella is sweet and romantic, as Joe sets out to impress Frances with his desire to seek her happiness above his own.  The confl ...more
So adorable! The romance might have read as a little quick but it still worked for me, maybe given the post-WW2 setting where fast courtships were the norm though nonetheless meaningful. I especially loved that the hero was a hopeless romantic who read Georgette Heyer and gifted the heroine with books. I also liked the fact that Joe and Frances were each other’s first because you just don’t see that very often. The post-marrieds epilogue was extra sweet and the novella’s standout piece. I’m offi ...more
4.5/5 and I am seriously debating bumping this up. How delightful!
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This was SO SWEET. Y'all need to recommend me other Emma Barry books.
Cathy Geha
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stayed up till two in the morning to finish this. I thought I could just read a few pages but I was so very wrong. What a wonderful story! I don’t know if it is because my parents were married around this same time period and my father was in uniform for the wedding or if it is just a story that would have tweaked my heartstrings anyway but I could not put it down till I finished the last word.

Frances Dumfries is the eldest daughter of a career naval man and knows just what it means to become
Tammy Ambrose
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book of 2016 was a sweet, enduring tale of a woman who was bound by duty and a man who knew love when he saw it. Joe was determined to win Frances for his own and went about it so sweetly. Frances had forgotten how to have fun. Her life was caught up into taking care of her dad and younger sister. I could relate to this. When Joe tells Frances that "he adores her" a little piece of my cold heart melts. I believed it and I wanted her to too.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book made me happy.
MB (What she read)
3.5 stars. That was a super cute book.
 ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖
Me encanto que el protagonista masculino es un romantico empedernido al igual que yo. MUY TIERNO.
This story was so lovely and delightful. A sweet, heartwarming, short read.
Really liked it...I would've loved to have more time with them tbh
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: feminist-romance
See my review of Star Crossed for a review of the Fly Me to the Moon series.
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