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Alternate cover editions can be found here & here Two best friends make a secret pact to not wed anyone less than the men of their dreams in Miriam Minger's THE MAN OF MY DREAMS SERIES, Secrets of Midnight and My Runaway Heart! SECRETS OF MIDNIGHT - If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found h Alternate cover editions can be found here & here Two best friends make a secret pact to not wed anyone less than the men of their dreams in Miriam Minger's THE MAN OF MY DREAMS SERIES, Secrets of Midnight and My Runaway Heart! SECRETS OF MIDNIGHT - If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found himself banished to the English countryside of Cornwall, forced by the decrees of his father's will to run his family's tin mines and find a country bride. The last thing the handsome lord needed was a local lass sticking her nose into his affairs, but that seemed to be exactly what the parson's daughter Corisande Easton had in mind. “It’s been five months since my last four-heart rating, but this book was worth waiting for. Miriam Minger’s Secrets of Midnight wins with a finely woven story . . . a marvelous tapestry of plots.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A sumptuous read!" - Romantic Times “Miriam Minger is a master storyteller who illustrates the full gamut of emotions felt by her characters. Emotions so strong that you are pulled into the pages and into their lives.” – Inside Romance "With Miriam Minger, you're assured of a good read!" - Heartland Critiques Don't miss Book Two of The Man of My Dreams Series--My Runaway Heart-- featuring Corie's best friend Lindsay's love story!


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Alternate cover editions can be found here & here Two best friends make a secret pact to not wed anyone less than the men of their dreams in Miriam Minger's THE MAN OF MY DREAMS SERIES, Secrets of Midnight and My Runaway Heart! SECRETS OF MIDNIGHT - If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found h Alternate cover editions can be found here & here Two best friends make a secret pact to not wed anyone less than the men of their dreams in Miriam Minger's THE MAN OF MY DREAMS SERIES, Secrets of Midnight and My Runaway Heart! SECRETS OF MIDNIGHT - If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found himself banished to the English countryside of Cornwall, forced by the decrees of his father's will to run his family's tin mines and find a country bride. The last thing the handsome lord needed was a local lass sticking her nose into his affairs, but that seemed to be exactly what the parson's daughter Corisande Easton had in mind. “It’s been five months since my last four-heart rating, but this book was worth waiting for. Miriam Minger’s Secrets of Midnight wins with a finely woven story . . . a marvelous tapestry of plots.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A sumptuous read!" - Romantic Times “Miriam Minger is a master storyteller who illustrates the full gamut of emotions felt by her characters. Emotions so strong that you are pulled into the pages and into their lives.” – Inside Romance "With Miriam Minger, you're assured of a good read!" - Heartland Critiques Don't miss Book Two of The Man of My Dreams Series--My Runaway Heart-- featuring Corie's best friend Lindsay's love story!

30 review for Secrets of Midnight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    Corisande is a parson's daughter. Lord Donovan Trent is the second son of a duke. When Donovan is forced by his father's will to marry, he tricks Corisande into a marriage in name only. Corisande believes she is saving the tinners at the mine. Donovan needs the inheritance in order to search for his missing two-year-old daughter. An unknown villain threatens Corisande's sisters and father. It will take both Donovan and Corisande to save her sisters, but will they be in time? There were times when Corisande is a parson's daughter. Lord Donovan Trent is the second son of a duke. When Donovan is forced by his father's will to marry, he tricks Corisande into a marriage in name only. Corisande believes she is saving the tinners at the mine. Donovan needs the inheritance in order to search for his missing two-year-old daughter. An unknown villain threatens Corisande's sisters and father. It will take both Donovan and Corisande to save her sisters, but will they be in time? There were times when Corisande's fear and distrust were too much to bear. Each time she pushed Donovan away, I cringed. She pushed the relationship to the brink. The plot has twist and turns to keep the reader turning the pages. This novel was so good that I'm looking forward to book two.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    This story wore me out. the couple was always fighting. ALWAYS!.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frankiejohnny

    I agree with another reviewer on here named "Donna". The book is well written and the characters are well developed, but in this book the continual arguing was distracting, and took away from the romance. I did not feel connected to the Heroine, but the Hero, Donovan, was very likable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    This book gave me an ear ache. I felt like the heroine was shouting at me throughout the book, I just wanted her to shut up. But take heart, this author has other books that is a little more peaceful, and worth reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracy DeNeal

    One termagant combined with one sarcastic ex-soldier forced into a marriage of convenience in Cornwall. Mix in some free trading, smuggled jewels and shadowy assailants and what a novel we have here. Corisande Easton and her gal pal Lindsey Somerset have no intention of marrying the expected man. These girls want love, adventure and loyalty. Corisande also wants a man who will support her missions and she has many. She's a virtual paragon in the village in spite of her strident manners. I was laug One termagant combined with one sarcastic ex-soldier forced into a marriage of convenience in Cornwall. Mix in some free trading, smuggled jewels and shadowy assailants and what a novel we have here. Corisande Easton and her gal pal Lindsey Somerset have no intention of marrying the expected man. These girls want love, adventure and loyalty. Corisande also wants a man who will support her missions and she has many. She's a virtual paragon in the village in spite of her strident manners. I was laughing uproariously at her antics. She gave no quarter and spoke her mind regardless. Men quaked at her approach. I loved her. Enter Lord Donovan Trent, the son and brother of dukes. The last thing Donovan wants is to take a wife, but needs must. We are taken on this wild ride of a marriage filled with distrust and suspicion that inexplicably grows into the deepest of love. I'm eagerly moving on to the next tale in this series by a new-to-me author. I can't wait!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hatridge

    I enjoy Miriam Minger's writing. Her books are well written and the characters are usually well developed. In this book I got tired of the arguing and fighting between Corisande and Donovan. The story line was interesting and kept you reading but the arguing got distracting and took away from the developing romance. If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found himself banished to the English countryside of Cornwall, fo I enjoy Miriam Minger's writing. Her books are well written and the characters are usually well developed. In this book I got tired of the arguing and fighting between Corisande and Donovan. The story line was interesting and kept you reading but the arguing got distracting and took away from the developing romance. If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found himself banished to the English countryside of Cornwall, forced by the decrees of his father's will to run his family's tin mines and find a country bride. The last thing the handsome lord needed was a local lass sticking her nose into his affairs, but that seemed to be exactly what Corisande Easton had in mind. Corie had spent her whole life struggling to help those less fortunate than herself. When she heard that Lord Donovan had arrived in Cornwall, she seized the opportunity to confront him about his family’s mistreatment of the overworked tinners. Donovan and Corie soon found their tempers flaring while fighting to deny their fiery passions until a secret business arrangement forced them into each other's arms.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beanimous

    DNF Chapter 5 This is a well written book, there is no doubt about it. But it is not my cup of tea. Chapter 1 is devoted to two girls gossiping and fantasizing about their future husband. For the life of me, I do not find that interesting. Thinking Chapter 2 will be better. The book is well written enough for me to hope. Chapter 2 is about two grumpy guys who frowned, scowled and gritted their teeth about inheriting the family fortune, however in order to inherit the estate, land, house and servant DNF Chapter 5 This is a well written book, there is no doubt about it. But it is not my cup of tea. Chapter 1 is devoted to two girls gossiping and fantasizing about their future husband. For the life of me, I do not find that interesting. Thinking Chapter 2 will be better. The book is well written enough for me to hope. Chapter 2 is about two grumpy guys who frowned, scowled and gritted their teeth about inheriting the family fortune, however in order to inherit the estate, land, house and servants, the hero needs a wife. And my attention started to wonder. I started to skip and skim through Chapter 3 to Chapter 5. I was trying to connect with the two main characters, but eventually called it quits when I was annoyed by them instead of feeling any affection toward them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anuradha

    Not the author's best work. I admit writing historical romance is hard work, recreating the period, the language, etc. But some aspects of a romance are timeless - the initial attraction, the growth of the relationship, the physical / emotional intimacies, yearning , angst need to come out well. It doesn't come out that well here. The girl for one, being a parson's daughter is too rude and distrusting. She may have a heart of gold and be the local robin hood, but she always treats the hero with co Not the author's best work. I admit writing historical romance is hard work, recreating the period, the language, etc. But some aspects of a romance are timeless - the initial attraction, the growth of the relationship, the physical / emotional intimacies, yearning , angst need to come out well. It doesn't come out that well here. The girl for one, being a parson's daughter is too rude and distrusting. She may have a heart of gold and be the local robin hood, but she always treats the hero with condescension. The hero is an ok chap. Not smitten at first, just intrigued by the girl. But cares for her, protects her and eventually forces a physical relationship that she seems to be resisting for no reason. Nothing memorable in the tale, but not a boring read either. 3 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Donovan Trent has to marry to gain his inheritance. He encounters Corisande at his new home in Cornwall and decides to marry her in order to comply with this late father's will. I will be honest...I really don't like the mouthy, nasty, mealy mouthed Corisande and Donovan is a wuss to put up with it and stay around. I stuck with it until 2/3 of the way through because I thought I could see where the author was going - a journey of learning to trust and respect another person, to put aside one's f Donovan Trent has to marry to gain his inheritance. He encounters Corisande at his new home in Cornwall and decides to marry her in order to comply with this late father's will. I will be honest...I really don't like the mouthy, nasty, mealy mouthed Corisande and Donovan is a wuss to put up with it and stay around. I stuck with it until 2/3 of the way through because I thought I could see where the author was going - a journey of learning to trust and respect another person, to put aside one's fears in order to achieve a richer life. But it really didn't happen and she continued her bizarre verbal assaults until near the end. I just cannot believe that anyone could or would fall in love with someone who was so spiteful and insulting..... Too much for me, I'm afraid.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    corie comes across as so unlikeable. the author builds her up to have this heroine complex, saving everyone all the time (essentially running the Parish, raising her sisters, caring for her eccentric dad, protesting over mining conditions, midwifing, smuggling in her spare time...seriously, what doesn't she do? it's too much), but her constant berating of Donovan got old fast. pride and prejudice is one of my favorite novels, and I like the dislike turned to love storyline, but this was over the corie comes across as so unlikeable. the author builds her up to have this heroine complex, saving everyone all the time (essentially running the Parish, raising her sisters, caring for her eccentric dad, protesting over mining conditions, midwifing, smuggling in her spare time...seriously, what doesn't she do? it's too much), but her constant berating of Donovan got old fast. pride and prejudice is one of my favorite novels, and I like the dislike turned to love storyline, but this was over the top. ok, corie was hot, but otherwise I couldn't figure out why Donovan kept trying with her. also, there was little to no romance until about 75% through the book. it just took too long to move them toward a happy ending.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Dunst

    I love historical romances that start with a business arrangement for marriage that ends up being more. Corie is a spitfire woman with a terrible temper, but she is not match for Lord Donovan. Donovan doesn't want a bride, but he needs his inheritance and won't get it unless he weds. When he coerced Corie to marry him within minutes of meeting her, there is little hope of the relationship starting off peacefully. Add in smugglers, death threats, and both of them fighting their attraction for eac I love historical romances that start with a business arrangement for marriage that ends up being more. Corie is a spitfire woman with a terrible temper, but she is not match for Lord Donovan. Donovan doesn't want a bride, but he needs his inheritance and won't get it unless he weds. When he coerced Corie to marry him within minutes of meeting her, there is little hope of the relationship starting off peacefully. Add in smugglers, death threats, and both of them fighting their attraction for each other, and you have the makings of a wonderful romance. I would read more from this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MightyA

    I enjoyed my first historical romance by Miriam Minger very much. The writings and the well-arranged romantic twists and thrilling turns held my interest throughout the book. Considering the backgrounds of the hero and heroine, the hot banters seems appropriate, and it helps (in many ways) building up the climax of the story. I look forward to more of Miss Minger's works.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    The heroine is just horrible. A termagant. A shrew. She is wretched. The hero is great but geez! All that apologizing to a woman who is clearly crazy. Lame lame lame

  14. 5 out of 5

    R

    Great sexy read, can't wait to start Leslie's book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lori D

    What's a Lord to do when he is forced to the country by his father to manage the family's tin mines? Add to that he must find a bride there in order to obtain his inheritance. Donovan only wanted to stay in London, but he needed those funds. Yes, he had a good reason. But he finds more than he thought when he gets there, in the form of one strong willed woman, Corie Easton, one of three daughters of the vicar. Wow, she was almost a crusader, giving him an earful on the conditions for the miners, What's a Lord to do when he is forced to the country by his father to manage the family's tin mines? Add to that he must find a bride there in order to obtain his inheritance. Donovan only wanted to stay in London, but he needed those funds. Yes, he had a good reason. But he finds more than he thought when he gets there, in the form of one strong willed woman, Corie Easton, one of three daughters of the vicar. Wow, she was almost a crusader, giving him an earful on the conditions for the miners, demanding a fair wage. Then the adventure begins! Donovan offers her a deal to marry him for a short period of time and he will take care of the miners! How could she resist? Well a lot is going on in the background that becomes evident as you continue into the story. Intrigue, suspense and of course a budding romance. I really enjoyed this tale that had well written characters and a great storyline. I would recommend and cannot wait to read more from this author and in this series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Turner

    I tried, I really tried, but I just couldn't do it. Cori made my head hurt. For a parson's daughter she was a loud-mouthed shrew. Donovan I liked. I would have like him more if he's choked Cori and thrown her down a mine shaft. The story dragged and after one more rant from Cori I pressed the little cross at the top left of my screen and heaved a great sigh of relief.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie Jo

    Corie and Donovan, what a match! Neither expects to find love when he, within minutes of meeting, purposes a marriage of convenience. A fun and interesting story filled with romance, mystery, danger, and family.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    New author to me. Enjoyed this book very much, and will definitely read more of her work.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Wonderfully written, slow burn romance. She’s a beautiful shrew—goes off half-cocked yelling at and insulting Donovan with no facts at all but loving and self-sacrificing to everyone else. He’s a patient, handsome, patient, compassionate, patient, sensible, did I say patient? Lord who just wants to find Paloma. Fully realized characters and great plot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mette

    Pleasantly surprised 😊

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Eckelman

    I like a more simple romance when I pick up this kind of book, and the stubbornness of both of the characters was fairly grating. There is a subplot at the end that I found entirely unnecessary and quite frustrating.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deedee0

    By coincidence, I started reading this shortly after finishing all of the Poldark books by Winston Graham - this book seems to be a rip-off of that epic story (set in Cornwall against the backdrop of tin mines and smuggling), but I wonder if the author really read those books, since she might have done a better job imitating them if she had. Save yourself some time and pick up the first book in the series, Ross Poldark, instead.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Milena

    This historical romance was nothing special. Donovan, is a very likeable and believable character. Corisande on the other hand, grrr, she really annoyed me. The unprovoked rage was just over the top and many a times I just wanted to reach out and whack her one. Also, I read this story on my kindle and came across numerous spelling errors.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Johnston

    Contrary people agree to sham marriage, which ends up exactly as you'd expect. I think after Poldark, I may just have higher expectations for Cornwall. This was a bit familiar but not much new ground covered.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Timendu

    "So that's why you tricked me into marrying you" For crying out loud!!! Who tricked you? You had a bloody agreement. You self rightoues little... I almost hate the heroine. I'll say I strongly dislike her but the writing is not bad so two stars in spite of the very annoying Corisande. E

  26. 4 out of 5

    A.M.

    It’s a risky thing to make one of your main characters unlikeable. The heroine, Corisande is the eldest daughter of the local parson. Think Poldark, Cornwall, smuggling and tin mining and you’ve got it. Honestly, I dislike the heroine intensely. And it’s not that she’s written as a shrew. She just randomly does stuff and readers don’t know why. And instead of being intriguing it’s frustrating. Why is she like this? There’s no reason for it. Whole chunks of the book are clearly missing in my edition. It’s a risky thing to make one of your main characters unlikeable. The heroine, Corisande is the eldest daughter of the local parson. Think Poldark, Cornwall, smuggling and tin mining and you’ve got it. Honestly, I dislike the heroine intensely. And it’s not that she’s written as a shrew. She just randomly does stuff and readers don’t know why. And instead of being intriguing it’s frustrating. Why is she like this? There’s no reason for it. Whole chunks of the book are clearly missing in my edition. They refer to things that are no longer in it. Some bet with her friend Lyndsay. Donovan mentions a daughter in Spain but there’s no other information or backstory for this either. And we have her pov, so we should know that she’s wondering how she can marry the local Lord and still help the smugglers. Hide that from him, not from readers. She’s so baffling and irrational she’s giving me whiplash. She berates him for looking at her in her wedding gown. She accuses him of trying to murder her. [For what actual reason would he do that?] They agreed to marry after meeting for literally five minutes. That’s too quick to make any sense. At least give them a day or so before they agree to this scheme. She also lies and this is her logic: she tells him she’s twenty, underage to marry without her father’s permission, and then she rationalises that she can annul the marriage on that basis later. Just one giant sized flaw with this - her father DOES the wedding ceremony. Any reasonable court would just laugh at her. Let’s not even get into if it’s consummated or not. And she allegedly did this for the miner salaries - but then she accuses him of ‘tricking’ her into it. He’s handsome, well presented, and he’s the second son of a Duke. She should have her feet up congratulating herself on her good fortune. She’s the one who has been lying the most so far. She screams at him like a child having a tantrum if he is in their bedroom. Honey, there’s no law against rape in marriage at this time. And it’s worse because he seems like a genuinely good guy. He cuts his arm to ‘blood’ the marriage bed. He riles up the local lady when she ignores Corie at dinner. And he rescues her when she’s attacked on the moors. She finds out that he has collected money from his father for years to cover his ‘gambling debts’ and then given it all away to charities, and even THIS doesn’t make her behave any better towards him. But I cannot see why he’s fallen in love with her. The characters do inexplicable things. She’s halfway through telling him what happened to her on the beach and he says ‘nope stop. Don’t tell me any more.’ What??? And by the way (view spoiler)[ her attacker has her at his mercy, half drowns her, slaps her around and then says ‘you won’t forget me next time’ or something. Which MAKES NO SENSE. He’s got her. Why not tell her what you want THEN? (hide spoiler)] At 75% they have sex. Both enjoy it and he is particularly careful with her. He even tells her he loves her. She seems weirdly naive about it all given one of the ‘good things’ she does is assist at births. Next morning, she’s back screaming at him. And even he’s had it by now. ”Good God, are we back to this nonsense again? Of course I didn’t seduce you!” Yeah mate, I’m with you. I give up. Technically it’s dnf at 78% but I don’t think it’s going to get better. I’m going to guess that her shipwrecked French mother buried her jewels in the garden and Corie is really a French aristocrat. But at this point, I don’t care enough to keep reading and find out. Funny if it’s true because she said her mother was sixteen or so - definitely under age - which as she has already noted means the marriage was illegal under English law, she and all her sisters would have no claim. Lmao. Donovan can do better. 1 star

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book so much. I couldn't put it down, not that that says much as that is something that seems to occur all to often when I emerge myself in a book and end up staying there the entire day. I loved the main character, and her temper, which is something that you do not tend to see in historical novels as females are supposed to stay in their places. I loved that she was so passionate and that made you want to support her every decision. There were ups and downs in the whole book. I lov I loved this book so much. I couldn't put it down, not that that says much as that is something that seems to occur all to often when I emerge myself in a book and end up staying there the entire day. I loved the main character, and her temper, which is something that you do not tend to see in historical novels as females are supposed to stay in their places. I loved that she was so passionate and that made you want to support her every decision. There were ups and downs in the whole book. I loved how the story didn't seem rushed even though everything happened over a short period of time. The marriage proposal was a bit too rushed, I feel like he could have been in the town longer before choosing a wife and not suddenly choosing the first girl he meets. The ending was also rushed, her father going mad progressed gradually and was fine but the people watching her and then the attack and everything that happened henceforth seemed to be an afterthought to the story, not that I didn't enjoy it, but maybe if it had been brought in more gradually and we knew a little more of her mother, even if it was her relationship with her daughters before she died. That whole last piece of the book from the kidnapping onward, took about 40 minutes to read. It was all too rushed. I gave it five stars because that is how much I loved it but that doesn't mean that it couldn't have been planned a little bit better. The relationships in the story were all very well done, and even though it was a short period, it didn't seem so. I do feel that there was a bit too much anger instead of more hurt that they felt but it did work. It would have been nice to have more relationship building with other characters, there were so many different characters and we only really saw relationships between thew family agent and Donovan, Corisande and Donovan and Corisande and Lindsay. I know that it was a romance between the two but there wasn't much personal growth shown. The idea for the story was wonderful and not cliche, and so was your writing, I loved the use of words that I don't often see and ideas and personalities that are creative and different and yet brought about in a way so that you know the characters. I cannot wait to read the next one, iv'e already started it. Thank you for a book full of my favourite things, a beautiful sporadic romance, an adventure filled with passion, action and pertinacious people and loveliest of all, a wonderful setting written about with talented words. Miriam MingerMiriam Minger

  28. 4 out of 5

    pmatch1104

    This book started off great and then got bogged down a third of the way into the book with all the bickering between the two main characters in this marriage of convenience/marriage to gain inheritance trope. The heroine, Corisande Easton, is a parson’s daughter and a shrew with a short temper. Lord Donovan Trent, is the second son of the deceased Duke of Arundale who is forced by a stipulation in his late father’s will to marry a country girl in order to gain his inheritance. There is a very fi This book started off great and then got bogged down a third of the way into the book with all the bickering between the two main characters in this marriage of convenience/marriage to gain inheritance trope. The heroine, Corisande Easton, is a parson’s daughter and a shrew with a short temper. Lord Donovan Trent, is the second son of the deceased Duke of Arundale who is forced by a stipulation in his late father’s will to marry a country girl in order to gain his inheritance. There is a very fine balance an author needs to strike when having the hero and heroine arguing and bickering with each other. A little bit goes a long way and at some point, it gets boring. Some issues I had with passages in this book: The author states that Lindsay (who is the daughter local baronet) has a stepmother who dislikes Corisande and considers the heroine’s zealous determination to help the poor and needy of the parish hardly a pastime suitable for Corisande’s friend Lindsay. I believe this is wrong. It was the duty of the ladies in the house of the local gentry to see to the needs of the disadvantaged in their area. In the first part of the story, we learn that Donovan has just returned home from the war in Spain against Napoleon. His brother Nigel (current Duke of Arundale) is enforcing the clause in their father’s will that Donovan go to Cornwall. When Donovan goes to Cornwall, he finds the butler his brother hired is laying out finely tailored clothes that Nigel had ordered made for him weeks before Donovan had returned to England. If Donovan has been out of the country for several years, how on earth would his brother know what size to order? War is full of depravation and Donovan could have lost a lot of weight so it doesn’t make any sense … other than easy way for the author to provide the hero with appropriate clothes. Another occurrence that I thought odd was during the wedding ceremony. When Donovan goes to kiss his bride, Corisande throws her arms around his neck and gives him a big kiss. That is so inappropriate and just wouldn’t happen in that day and age! The heroine had a little of a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde personality. In one instance, she’s yelling at Donovan that she can’t love him or give him what he wants. When he lets go of her and walks out the door, she gets all upset and feels wretched and utterly alone. Make up your mind! I finished this book but it was definitely a struggle to keep reading. There was just too much bickering and arguing to make the reader believe there was any chemistry between them. In the end, I just wasn’t feeling it. Two stars for being okay, but nothing I would ever read again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dariotis

    Secrets at Midnight - The Man of My Dreams séries book 1 by Miriam Minger Corie Easton has a mission in life and that is to help the less fortunate in the mining village. She’s not the type to fall head over heels in love that’s for young debutants and her best friend Lindsey Somerset. After all she’s seen what happens to those that lose their heart....her father never was the same after her mother died. Enter Lord Donovan Trent the man that will change her life forever just as soon as she gives hi Secrets at Midnight - The Man of My Dreams séries book 1 by Miriam Minger Corie Easton has a mission in life and that is to help the less fortunate in the mining village. She’s not the type to fall head over heels in love that’s for young debutants and her best friend Lindsey Somerset. After all she’s seen what happens to those that lose their heart....her father never was the same after her mother died. Enter Lord Donovan Trent the man that will change her life forever just as soon as she gives him a piece of her mind! Donovan Trent is in a bind according to his late father’s stipulations he needs to marry a country girl of good breeding stock.....or no inheritance! Just when he believes that finding a wife to be daunting a spitfire of a woman literally falls in his lap! It’s a win win for both, she gets the help for the miners/tinners and he gets his inheritance, what they didn’t expect is their fiery encounters to turn into an all consuming love! This is my ultimate favourite trope, marriage of convenience! I loved Donovan he has a secret that he desperately needs to find (his daughter) so he needs the money but at the same time he feels the need to help the people of the village, not looking for love. He comes off like he doesn’t care but that’s far from the truth. Corrie is scared at exposing her heart and being hurt and she hides this by letting her temper fly oh and what a temper! She’s AMAZING! Not afraid to speak her mind and speak it she does for the less fortunate, two people that truly need each other but secrets will get in their way before they realize that their love is a passionate all consuming one. Fast paced with plenty of mystery and intrigue! Secrets and villains keep the reader in suspense and on edge, the plot was well done and the secondary characters truly enhanced the story. Lots of sizzling passion and witty dialogue made this a FANTASTIC read! Miriam Minger has a gift for storytelling that truly brings her characters to life.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Tican

    Funny and in some parts "weird" read. I sometimes find Corrie tiresome because of her misguided notions about love~as if anybody wanted or for that matter chose to be caught into its complicated toils or to unwish it never happened or such like. But that is her problem, a good thing, too that Donovan is not too slow in discernment. But what I find so disgusting is Olympia's gall in snubbing Corrie given that Corrie is now above her in rank because of her marriage to Donovan. What I find a bit di Funny and in some parts "weird" read. I sometimes find Corrie tiresome because of her misguided notions about love~as if anybody wanted or for that matter chose to be caught into its complicated toils or to unwish it never happened or such like. But that is her problem, a good thing, too that Donovan is not too slow in discernment. But what I find so disgusting is Olympia's gall in snubbing Corrie given that Corrie is now above her in rank because of her marriage to Donovan. What I find a bit disturbing is the lack of knowledge, indifference or concern the 3 other sisters have for Corrie or in her activities in helping the poor of the parish/village given that they are all raised in the same household and with the same values and having the same set of parents. All 3 seem to be pampered by Frances and they apparently only share with Corrie in times of joy or of plenty but never in times of sorrow or hardships. Age is no deterrent to kindness and generosity, they should have shared some of the burdens and chores with her. They read as selfish self~absorbed teenagers to me. Normal, in most households but it shouldn't be in theirs; given that they are vicar's daughters. Weird.

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