Review: A Kiss For Midwinter by Courtney Milan

Posted November 30, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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Review: A Kiss For Midwinter by Courtney Milan
A Kiss For Midwinter

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Series: Brothers Sinister #1.5
Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on 12/16/12
Pages: 121
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

Holiday cheer and smiles are sometimes not what they seem and Dr. Jonas Grantham wagers with Miss Lydia Charingford that there are things he sees on his rounds that will sap her Christmas Spirit.  Having seen this author’s books raved on over the years, I have finally gotten around to my first and was eager to be persuaded to join in the excitement.

Review

A Kiss for Midwinter is a ‘tweeny’ standalone novella in the Brothers Sinister series as a follow up to the Duchess War featuring this heroine’s best friend getting her story.

In a bleak prologue, A Kiss For Midwinter sets up the story with Jonas a very young doctor’s apprentice forced to watch an old doctor practicing medicine in a hideous manner with a young, vulnerable woman who is unmarried and finds herself pregnant.  Fortunately, her father is loving and protective.
Staying silent because he gave his word and because getting the man’s practice when he finishes up medical school has stuck in his craw for years.  Jonas determined to do better by his patients and has.  Now he wants to look about him for a wife, but the only lady who catches and keeps his attention is the irascible Lydia Charingford.  He is unaware at first that she is the grown up woman he saw in that vulnerable state, but she hates him because she thought he knew and would use this against her.  Thus, if he is to stand a chance with her, he must be unorthodox in his courtship.  A wager!

Lydia hates everything about the smug and smirking doctor who makes her feel prickles and discomfort when she wants to drift serenely through life with her past safely tucked far way.  His blunt and forthright way of speaking about medicine, about contraception, about life unnerves her and his challenge to go with him on his rounds and see there isn’t much to be festive and cheerful about confuses her.  The man shows her hope and generosity in his way of dispensing his medicine and then she discovers his own secret and he tells her what she really knew all along.  The past must be dealt with and she must reach across the chasm of her fears if she is to ever be truly happy and healed.

A Kiss for Midwinter was a breath of fresh air.  The author wrote an engaging romance pair and plot to lead them along, but I was most struck by the frank approach to medicine and it’s place in the culture at the time.  I am ever so happy that we live in a time where surviving a doctor’s visit and prescription is infinitely higher than the one in ten shot back then.  I was also please by the approach to handwashing to prevent the spread of germs, contraception and sexual relations so disease isn’t rampant, unwed mothers and neither is wearily dying in child birth.  It might have detracted from the story, but it didn’t because it fit the characters in this story.  I can see Jonas and Lydia working out great as a medical team in their town practice because she gave the warm bedside manner that he struggled with and he had the expertise to help heal.

So, yes, it was a great intro to the author’s writing and this series.  I want to go back and read the romance for Lydia’s friend and the rest of the series.  Those who enjoy sexy historical romance that ties well to the historical setting should definitely give this one a go.

Challenges Met

HoHoHoRAT #3
COYER Seasons Fall #47
COYER Community #13 buddy read with Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
Mt. TBR #144

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
1 month ago

I love when historical novels touch on social issues. Great review Sophia Rose I can see why this appealed to you.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, the digging into the historical social issues and her writing really appealed. I want to read more of her books now.

Anne - Books of My Heart

I love this author and this series. I am not a fan normally of historical romance but these are excellent.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

She definitely brings a bit of something fresh to the table. I’m glad Kara picked this one for us to buddy read. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
1 month ago

That sounds really good, I really like a book with some medical stuff in it.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, it was different and kinda cool.

Lorna
Lorna
1 month ago

I’ve not read this author before. I do like the explanations of how medicine was handled back then. Interesting!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Lorna

I think you’d like her stuff when you’re in the mood for historicals, Lorna. 🙂

Rachel
1 month ago

I’ve wanted to try this author out for some time, too. This sounds like a great way to give her a shot. I think I’d like the medical aspect as well!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Rachel

I love freebies because of the potential to find a real gem like this one. Oh yes, the medical side would be right up your alley, Rachel. 🙂

Melliane
1 month ago

Oh it looks like a nice one!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Melliane

It really was, Melliane. 🙂

kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Lovely review and glad to hear you want to read more from the series.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Thanks, Kimberly!

One of my new to me author discoveries for the year and I’m excited to read more. 🙂

Jen
Jen
1 month ago

This sounds good. I haven’t read the author before, but would like to. If I end up with some free time before the end of the year, I’ll need to pick it up. Thanks!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Jen

I think you’d enjoy her writing style, Jen. Yes, put this one/series on your list for later. 🙂

Lola
1 month ago

Sounds like a good historical romance novel and interesting in the way it approaches the topic of medicine. With the midwinter theme it seems like a good read for this time of the year :).

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, that was refreshing to see the hero really talk and do medical work and have it be a strong element in the story. It definitely is a good one for the holiday reading list.

Carole Rae
1 month ago

Awww I enjoyed this book and the others in the series!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I can’t believe how long I sat on this one. I am looking forward to the rest. 🙂

Nadene
1 month ago

Another winner. I need to try this author. Great review, Sophia.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes! I was really surprised in a good way. Another gem discovered in the freebies. 🙂