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Product Details

  • Series: Casablanca Classics
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402238495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402238499
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,289,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 1984 romance novel finds protagonist Amalie Peschier, mistress of a Louisiana plantation, questioning her relationship with her husband. Severn House books can be ordered directly at a discount by contacting 800-830-3044.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Midnight Waltz suggests darkness and sensuality and it delivers in spades-super good reading!" - The Long and Short of It

"Vivid descriptions and lush storytelling rocket you through this vibrant and compelling historical romance." - Historical Hilarity

"A novel full of family secrets, steamy romance and the sultry Louisiana atmosphere." - Debbie's Book Bag

"An excellent story that takes the reader into the Louisiana bayou and their hot, steamy summer packed with even more hot, sensual romance." - Eva's Sanctuary

"A really great novel that will just about suck you in..." - Books Like Breathing

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Jennifer Blake has been called "the steel magnolia of women's fiction" for her enduring career as an author. She has also been lauded as a "pioneer of the romance genre" and an "icon of the romance industry." A New York Times and international best selling author from the publication of "Love's Wild Desire" in 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA and Affaire de Coeur Halls of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two Maggies, two Holt Medallions, multiple Reviewer's Choice awards, the Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times BookReviews Magazine, and the Frank Waters Award for literary excellence. She has written 65 books with translations in 20 languages and more than 30 million copies in print. Jennifer and her husband live on a lake in northern Louisiana.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Maria R. Varecka on May 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Midnight Waltz" is not your usual romance novel; there are some surprising twists and turns. First off, let me say that I love romance novels and if they are set in Louisiana, that's a big plus.
Amalie, the heroine, is in an arranged marriage to Julien Declouet. They live on a plantation named Belle Grove, with Julien's mother and sleep in separate bedrooms, as was the custom in those times. Julien's cousin, the handsome Robert Farnum, lives hereby and is a frequent visitor to Belle Grove. He respects his aunt, Julien's mother, and will do anything for her.
Julien and Amalie have been married for three months, but still the marriage has not been consumated, although he has tried once or twice. One night, Amalie is visited by a man who she thinks is her husband. Their interlude is wonderfully sexual and romantic, but it's so dark that she can't see his face and assumes it is her husband. At breakfast the next morning, Julien acts as if nothing transpired between himself and Amalie the night before which puzzles Amalie. But that night again, and the night after that, she is visited by her lover and they spend rapturous hours together-- and that is the setup for the rest of the story!
Jennifer Blake transports the reader to the bayous of Louisiana and the streets of New Orleans. "Midnight Waltz" has an intriguing, very dark side in addition to the romance. The story takes some surprising twists and turns which the reader really doesn't expect. The secondary characters are as vital to the story as the Amalie, Robert and Julien.
This is the first book by Jennifer Blake that I have read and it won't be my last. If you're in the mood for some romantic suspense and intrigue set in the steamy, sexy bayous, read this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book over and over again throughout the years, and it never ceases to touch me. I recently re-read it, just for the fun of it. You will come to think of Amalie and Robert as your friends--they will stay in your mind--you'll find yourself thinking: let me go back to New Orleans and spend some time with them...
One of the things that I liked the most about this book is the strength of its heroine, Amalie, ...she is not prone to faints spells or weeping and so on, but is a "take action" kind of heroine. Robert is so passionate and sweet that you cannot help but to root for him and Amalie to be together once and for all. (The secondary characters are interesting too!)
I absolutely love this book, this is one of Ms. Blake's best.
Please read this book and then write what you think of it here!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Banche on September 9, 2011
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I've loved every Jennifer Blake book I've read. MIDNIGHT WALTZ is no exception.

In antebellum Louisiana, young wife Amalie settles into marriage with her new husband, Julien. Handsome, rich and charming, Julien is everything a woman could ask for, but slightly distant--until he comes to her bed at night. Then he turns into the wildly passionate lover of every woman's dreams.

The difference confuses and alarms Amalie, especially when attraction develops between her and Julien's newly arrived cousin, Robert. Secrets abound in a society that owes its existence to strict conformity, and Amalie's placid life ruptures when long-hidden truths surface.

Vivid descriptions and lush storytelling rocket you through this vibrant and compelling historical romance. Ms. Blake's extensive research and detailed descriptions insert you firmly into 1850's Louisiana plantation life. As a product of her time, Amalie starts out as a bit of a doormat, but her difficult situation rapidly transforms her into a woman capable of directing her own course, even if society disapproves. The hero (and I won't tell you who he is) is again my favorite type, the decent man.

While MIDNIGHT WALTZ is everything a romance novel should be, the story is also a sad commentary on the futility and the tragedy of obeying society's precepts at any cost.

First published in 1984, MIDNIGHT WALTZ remains a winner.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liloshadow on May 29, 2013
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This story is well written and historical accurate, but it just couldn't keep my interest. I had to force myself to finish. I am a reader that is drawn more to character development and emotions than the history of a romance. This authors particular writing style is not one I often enjoy. The characters and the secrets they were hiding just seem kind of glazed over. You like the characters enough, but you don't really feel deeply for them.

I understand why other reviewers really enjoyed the story, because its very well written. Its just not for me...if you are looking for a story that has a lot of depth, character development, and a page turner; I would say skip this one. But if you are historic romance fanatic that cares more about the history...try it out. It's probably one you will enjoy.

Happy Reading!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Amalie Peschier was almost permanently on the old-maid shelf when her family arranges a too good to be true marriage to Julian Declouet. Julian is very kind to his young bride, almost too kind as he seems unwilling (or perhaps unable?) to consummate the marriage. Just when Amalie is ready to give up hope of children, her husband visits her room in the dark of night (so dark she can't see him) and makes wild passionate love to her, but come daylight her passionate lover is gone and Julian's amiable (and somewhat petulant) persona returns. Since there's no other way into Amalie's bedroom except through Julian's rooms it couldn't possibly be anyone else, could it?

"Such things did not happen to well-brought-up young ladies. How had it come about that they happened to her?"

So's not to spoil, I'm not taking that plot line any further, although you will figure it out lickety split. But don't give up the ship and send the book flying, because after the big ta-dah is revealed things heat up and start cooking. There's a mysterious disappearance, a murder (or is it an accident?), the obligatory evil slave abusing overseer with a secret agenda of his own, and of course Julian's deep dark secret (yep, you'll guess it). All kidding aside, I did enjoy this and despite the predictable beginning Blake does finish it off quite nicely. Amalie and he-who-shall-not-be-named have sex and plenty of it and it really is rather well done. Despite its original 1980's publication date, you won't find heaving bosoms, ripped bodices (well there was one time with the bad guy...), or weeping vulvas here.
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