A KISS AT MIDNIGHT
July 27, 2010
Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99 US/ $10.99 CAN
Rating: 5 cups
Born into a family of privilege, Katherine Daltry should have nothing better to do than allow the servants to take care of her. But her father passed away seven years ago and left everything to Mariana, Kate’s stepmother. Now, it is up to Kate to make sure everyone is taken care of, including her sister, Victoria, who places her in a very interesting situation.
Prince Gabriel would love nothing better than to disappear to the site of an archaeological dig. Unfortunately, his brother, Augustus, has banished people from his estate and sent them to England for Gabriel to take care of.
With a menagerie of animals and some of the stranger relatives, Prince Gabriel is on a quest to marry a woman with a large dowry. A Russian princess is on her way to meet him, a situation arranged by Augustus. Kate is to go with Victoria’s fiancé, Algie, and meet the prince who will give the couple permission to marry. Because Victoria is ill, Kate is to dress and act like Victoria to fool the prince. Life takes a few interesting twists for Kate, leading her to discover who she truly is.
“Once upon a time” takes on a whole new meaning in this Cinderella-esque tale. The vivid imagery draws the reader in to the pages while the wildly colorful characters dance across one’s imagination. I have heard terrific things about this author for quite awhile, but never took the time to pick up one of her books…until now. From the first page, I was lost in this world Eloisa James created. Fairy tales are a must-have for me. From the wicked stepmother to the carriage, the godmother and the ball, this contains all of the things an essential fairy tale requires, including the handsome prince. I laughed at the antics of the members of the prince’s family all the way to the end and fell in love with Kate and Gabriel. A fairy tale for adults…who would have imagined?
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More