Audiobook Review: A KISS FOR MIDWINTER by Courtney Milan


a kiss for midwinterTitle: A Kiss for Midwinter (The Brothers Sinister #1.5)
Author: Courtney Milan
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Source: bought audiobook via Audible
Genre: Historical, Romance, Novella
Buy Links: Amazon | B & NiTunes | Google Play | Smashwords | All RomanceAudible

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.


My review 3

Why did I want to listen to this book?

I fell in love with this novella the first time I’ve read it and I was so excited to try the audiobook version, especially when it’s again narrated by the lovely Rosalyn Landor.


What worked for me?

First of all, I love the unconventionality of the story as well as the characters when it comes to historical romance. And this is one of the things I’ve come to love about Courtney Milan’s stories. Sometimes her characters are not dukes or earls or diamonds of the first water or wallflowers. Sometimes they’re just a county doctor and a merchant’s daughter. And still, it will be one of the loveliest, most romantic and still realistic stories you’ll ever encounter.

Jonas Grantham once held his tongue in deference to his mentor before his medical school days much to the mortal risk to his mentor’s patient but now that he’s a doctor, he’s vowed to always speak the truth to his patients. Lydia Charingford once believed herself to be in love with a man and believed that that love was returned. But it turned out to be all lies and that left her unwed and pregnant. But a series of events resulted in a miscarriage and for some reason her reputation stayed in tact. And now she’s vowed never to let another person, another man tell her and convince her with lies veiled as truths  because she will never be that powerless again. But Jonas’s and Lydia’s paths have crossed once more and after years of seeming irritation and frustration from Lydia and a perceived indifference or judgment from Jonas, they both discover that neither of their truths about each other are the truths and that what they reveal to each other have the power to bring them together.

I love that since meeting Lydia again, Jonas has carried a torch for her all that time. But he’s met with the most impossible of hurdles since he’s the only one apart from Lydia’s parents who knows of her past and that has definitely been taken as a point against him. I just love reading about how they overcome the past over and over again. I must have read this novella a few times now and listened to its audiobook twice or thrice already. There’s something quietly vindicating when they finally get together, like a well-sought victory finally in your hands. Injustices that have been done in the past were truly repaid beyond value and you just want to celebrate. It’s the hope, it’s the trust, it’s the love that this story tells about that make it so addicting to my reader’s heart.


What did not work for me?

Absolutely nothing. I love this novella. So much.


My over-all take on it?

This was and I think always will be, for me, one of the greatest novellas I will ever read. It doesn’t hurt that it’s Christmas-themed in a way since the story takes place around Christmas time. Courtney Milan delivers another breathtakingly quiet story about trust and understanding. This is one of my favorites from Ms. Milan.


My rating:

5 stars +



About the author

courtney milanCourtney Milan’s debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She’s been a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller, a RITA® finalist and an RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After that, just to shake things up, she went to law school at the University of Michigan and graduated summa cum laude. Then she did a handful of clerkships with some really important people who are way too dignified to be named here. She was a law professor for a while. She now writes full-time.

Courtney is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.

Connect with Courtney Milan:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter |  Blog  |  Tumbler  |  Goodreads



More Courtney Milan on the blog:

The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1)
The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister #4)
Talk Sweetly To Me (Brothers Sinister #4.5)

Have you read Courtney Milan’s books before? What are your favorites? Do you read Christmas-themed books or novellas during the Christmas season?

6 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: A KISS FOR MIDWINTER by Courtney Milan”

  1. I have been meaning to read some Courtney Milan books. I’ve heard such good things. Although I love a historical romance with dukes and and all that, I also love it when the characters feel a little realistic, too. I’m so glad to hear how much you loved this. I must give this one a try soon.

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    1. Like you, I also love historical romances with dukes and all that but there’s something about Courtney Milan’s take on this genre that is really amazing. I hope you’ll get to read one of her books soon. 🙂


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