Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can’t forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him…or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.
Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He’s been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he’s determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. It all starts with a wager and a kiss…
A Kiss for Midwinter is a novella (38,000 words) in the Brothers Sinister series. It follows The Duchess War. Each book stands on its own, but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first. – Goodreads
I am officially a Courtney Milan fan. Not that there was really any doubt after her first book, but A Kiss for Midwinter confirmed my love. A Kiss for Midwinter is the story of Lydia Charingford, whom we met in The Duchess War as the best friend of the main character. We find out that she’s had a hard past, but her family loves her and she’s a good person. Milan goes more into that in A Kiss for Midwinter.
Lydia has forever loathed Doctor Grantham because he’s sarcastic, blunt and he knows her deepest darkest secret. What Lydia doesn’t know is that Jonas, the Doctor, is in love with her, painfully, deeply in love with her. In this very short story (100 pages) we’re taken from two characters who butt-heads, to two who slowly have fallen in love with each other. Jonas’ doesn’t care about her past, he just cares about her present and her future. Lydia meanwhile in this book changes, and not because of Jonas, Milan did not write a novel where the woman changed for the man. Lydia changed because of growing up. She realized aspects of her relationships not only with her parents, but with herself. Lydia held her personal transgression from her youth against herself. Her parents never punished her so she must punish herself. What I really enjoyed about this book was also the parental realtions between Lydia and her father. They enjoyed eachothers company and her father also enjoyed harassing Jonas.
It’s hard to review this book because it was so short, but I really enjoyed this novella.