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Midnight on Julia Street [Kindle Edition]

Ciji Ware
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Book Description

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Scandal transcends time in the Big Easy

Feisty reporter Corlis McCullough isn't afraid to push boundaries in the name of journalistic integrity. When passion for the truth lands her in New Orleans in need of a job, an assignment at a TV station pits her against her old college nemesis, King Duvallon.

The sultry streets of the French Quarter, the glamorous Garden District, derelict riverfront cotton warehouses, and gritty back alleys come alive as the reporter's story inexplicably slips between the nineteenth century and today. A long-forgotten drama of blackmail, swindles, and a love affair that is still changing lives leaves Corlis and King wondering if their burgeoning, unholy attraction will render them pawns in a matrix of mystery and deceit.

"A must read...Ware transports you to New Orleans...and captures all its charm." —Rendezvous Reviews

"Vibrant and exciting... such an intriguing plot full of rich characters that I couldn't wait to see what happened." —Literary Times

"Well-researched and entertaining... excellent." —Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

YA-A well-researched and entertaining novel set in present-day New Orleans with flashes back to the city in the 1830s and `40s. Corlis, a capable television reporter, must present both sides in a fierce battle to raze buildings of historical significance. This is difficult as she falls in love with the leading preservationist. She is surprised when significant smells transport her back in time to watch related scenes of her female ancestors several generations back. The earlier Corlis struggles ethically and physically while her greedy husband and his conniving partner use blackmail, swindles, and love to try to gain property held by free African Americans. In the 1990s, many of the same families in the town, both white and African American, are still present and owning the same businesses. Some of the white families don't realize that they have black ancestors, and it becomes clear that, just as it was in the pre-Civil War days, everyone in New Orleans is related, somehow. The complex plot with intricate family relationships and cultural politics will restrict this romance novel to sophisticated readers. An excellent introduction to the role of African Americans in historical America.
Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Midnight on Julia Street is set in present day New Orleans and New Orleans in the 1830's and 40's. It is not a time travel in the strictest sense, more a series of vignettes of the past. Corlis McCullogh is a thirty-four year old news reporter who has just arrived in New Orleans although she does have ancestors from the area. When she covers the wedding of the two oldest families in the city, the Duvallons and the Eberts, she sees a ghostly bride and groom at the altar before the ceremony. This is the first of strange "visits" to the past. The wedding ends up being called to a halt by the bride after she finds the groom and maid of honour in the cloakroom together. Corlis films the altar confrontation and after it is aired, she is fired. It turns out that the man who owns the station is related to the groom. As the book repeats often, everyone in New Orleans is related somehow. The bride's brother, and maid of honour's boyfriend, is Kingsbury Duvallon who is a Professor of Architectural history - and was Corlis' nemesis at UCLA. It was Corlis who got King expelled from University. But King feels guilty that she was fired and gives her information on another job. Corlis finds herself attracted to King despite their history together. The two start to work together to save some historically important buildings from the greed inspired wrecker's ball. Corlis continues to have visions that bring to life the past, a past that involves a lot of the ancestors of people in her present life. The history allows for her to have more knowledge and success in the present. Midnight on Julia Street is an excellent book to read but very hard to review. The sights that Corlis sees make sense, are very believable, and I'm not sure that my review conveys that. I'm not sure that I would call it a romance novel. It is an excellent historical novel. Ciji Ware creates such an intriguing plot full of rich characters that I couldn't wait to see what happened in either time. I found it very hard to put the book down and was equally interested in the two Corlis' lives. I would love to visit New Orleans, especially after reading this novel, and anyone who has had the pleasure would enjoy this book even more. Ware has put a lot of research into this novel and I think the confidence and vibrancy that the past is portrayed with, shows this. A historical novel so lively and intriguing, you don't realize you've learnt anything till after you close the book. Ciji Ware manages to create two plots and two sets of characters and make them both vibrant and exciting. Exciting, Entertaining and Enlightening. Michelle Sawyer -- Copyright © 1999 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

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  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (August 1, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solidly satisfynig summer read July 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Romance novels are not my usual fare, but in this case the title was so interesting, I bought the book anyway--and discovered a fascinating historical novel woven through and around a present day romance. Not only does the author capture New Orleans in sight, smell and attitude, she deftly peels back layer upon layer of history and culture, from the Free People of Color who lived and prospered in New Orleans before the Civil War to the present day struggle between preservationists and developers. In the process she holds a mirror to current society which makes it all the more believeable. The result is a book that offers something for everyone--a modern romance with a sassy TV reporter for a heroine intertwined with the thoughtful development of a historical novel. I can't speak for how well it reads as a romance, but as a historical, it's a keeper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, intricate, interesting September 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Midnight on Julia Street offers the richly braided, complex story of a reporter, Corlis McCullough, who puts truth and journalistic integrity above her personal feelings. We join Corlis as she discovers that Kingsbury Duvallon, someone she knew and disliked from her college years, is the brother of the bride at a society wedding she is covering for her new employer, a New Orleans television station. King has come a long way from his rowdy past. He is a professor of architecture who is fighting to preserve historically significant buildings in New Orleans. King stays in touch with Corlis, who finds him interesting and attractive, but is he coming around because he likes her or to get his cause covered by her television station? Their budding rediscovery should be put on hold when Corlis is assigned to cover the fight between developers and the preservationists, but Corlis finds she is linked with King not only in her recent past and through their growing attraction, but through old family ties that are intruding into her investigation -- in apparently impossible "memories" that she is having trouble explaining to herself, never mind anyone else. The story is full of history as well as atmospheric details, so we forgive those moments when Corlis or King does something we don't understand, or when some leap in the story leads us in a different direction. Part historical study of New Orleans' free men and women of color, part contemporary examination of changes in the media, part political fight, and part romance, with a parallel story set in the past, revealed through memory or time travel, Midnight on Julia Street is its own genre, one which offers an ultimately satisfying read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa January 4, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It has been a while since I read this book. I remember that I couldn't put it down. I tend to be very critical of books about Louisiana and particularly New Orleans. This book was as real a it gets. She portrays New Orleans in a truthful manner. I really loved this book. Read straigt for two days and nights. Literally couldn't put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Look at Life and Love in New Orleans July 19, 1999
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I loved this mixture of a present-day love story, an insight into the workings of cultural politics, and a unique view of the history of pre-Civil War New Orleans. The history in particular opens up new doors because we get a chance to see the growth and development of the Old South from the intriguing perspective of women and minorities who contributed to that world along with the "dead white men" -- whose participation many mistakenly believe to be the whole story. Beautifully researched, this book provides insights into two distinct Louisiana worlds: the world of the past and that of the present; and it weaves the two together with two sexy and sassy love stories. The method of spiritually linking the two together may seem a bit strange to some; but as a literary device, it works very well. The book is briskly written and just drags you along. It's a fun read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the year's best March 28, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Midnight on Julia Street knocked my socks off! I loved the heroine, and the descriptions of New Orleans made me want to book a flight right away. I learned a lot about the city and its history, but best of all, it was a totally fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful blending of Past and Present July 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book I have read by this author and really did not know what to expect. I do not usually find paranormal plot lines interesting. Because of the story setting I decided to give it a try. Being born and raised in that general area I really enjoyed the dialog. To portray accents and drawls especially those in the rich melting pot of New Orleans is very difficult. Ms Ware did a wonderful job and her background research was entensive. She also wove the past and present together beautifully. She not only successfully managed a variety of characters and story lines that held my attention; but she also tied up all loose ends and brought the whole mixture to a satisfying conclusion. I am now shopping for more books by Ms. Ware.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good History, Weak Plot August 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I respect Ciji Ware's historical research on New Orleans, and like to get that sort of thing in a book. I also like time travels as a rule, though this one is strange, as the 20th Century character only goes back to witness the rather dull life of a female ancestor in early New Orleans. Only real good stuff the society of people of color, and how they survived.
Developers as villains in present day can work, and would here, I think, if there was more narrative drive to the book, and more sense of a plot that was moving forward. Halfway through the book I gave up on it, as not enough was happening in it for me.
However, Ciji Ware is an intelligent writer, and that shows. I just want to be better entertained.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars If you've been there!!!!!
A great reminder of old New Orleans
Published 3 months ago by JGN
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed Midnight on Julia Street
I thoroughly enjoyed Midnight on Julia Street. My only regret was that I read Light on the Veranda first, which was my own fault. I have come to enjoy Ms. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Raymond J. Obuchowski
4.0 out of 5 stars A good mixture of contemporary and historical New Orleans History and...
If you are wanting to settle down with a family saga book, then Ciji Ware is the author for you. The other thing to take into consideration though is that her books are quite... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paula L. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable model view of the South.
Published 6 months ago by Susan C
3.0 out of 5 stars well-muscled chest
Well written, but too much of a romance formula for me. Had to put it down when it was clear that she would end up breathing heavily against his well-muscled chest. Read more
Published 12 months ago by joyce mandeville
5.0 out of 5 stars Long story
It's a long interesting story. I found I had read it before but it was a good read the second time around. All the loose ends were tied together in neat little knots. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Charlotte Hilliard
5.0 out of 5 stars replacement book
My friend loaned this book to me and I loved it so much I needed to have my own copy. It was new and came on time.
Published 16 months ago by forkas
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
For one thing I just couldn't get into the paranormal aspect of this book, and another is that the protagonist wasn't a person I found myself liking very much. Read more
Published 18 months ago by lola
5.0 out of 5 stars History and Mysticism
Set in New Orleans, I enjoyed Ware's characters while entering into a moment of history for this fabled place. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jody M Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler: This book is lame.
I have read many books in my life.

I like all kinds of genres.

So believe me when I say that this is one of the all time worst books I have ever read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Haley Thomas
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More About the Author

CIJI WARE is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling novelist, an Emmy-award winning television producer, reporter, writer, lecturer, and host. Her latest work is the novella "The Ring of Kerry Hannigan," part of the RING OF TRUTH anthology with novelists Diana Dempsey and Kate Moore, published in July 2014.

Ware has won numerous awards for her 9 works of fiction, including the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence; the 'Golden Quill' award for Historical Fiction;'Best Fictionalized Biography' for ISLAND OF THE SWANS and 'Best Historical Novel nomination for WICKED COMPANY from Romantic Times magazine. Her novel, A RACE TO SPLENDOR debuted in April, 2011 on the 105th anniversary of the devastating 1905 San Francisco Earthquake and Firestorm and was short-listed for the WILLA (Cather) Literary Award in 2012. Her first all-contemporary work of fiction, THAT SUMMER IN CORNWALL, was published in January, 2013, and is a stand-alone sequel to her bestselling "time-slip" novel, A COTTAGE BY THE SEA. The second in Ware's Four Seasons Quartet, THAT AUTUMN IN EDINBURGH--also a contemporary, stand-alone sequel to ISLAND OF THE SWANS--was published in November, 2013. For the latter novel, she was bestowed the honor of FSA Scot, of which she is exceedingly proud.

Ware's most recent nonfiction, RIGHTSIZING YOUR LIFE: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most was named by the Wall Street Journal as "One of the Top 5 Books on Retirement Issues." For seventeen years Ware was heard daily as a commentator on ABC Radio & TV in Los Angeles. During her noted career as a broadcaster, she has worked for PBS and all three major network affiliates, covering a wide range of topics in the areas of health, consumer and lifestyle subjects. Ciji Ware is also a sought-after event speaker, print journalist, (AARP, Travel & Leisure and other national magazines) and has the distinction of being elected as the first woman graduate of Harvard College to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Worldwide. The author lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Visit Ciji's website at; her Facebook page: Ciji Ware, Novelist and her Pinterest page at

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