Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on 12/16/12
Source: Free Book
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.
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.
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