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Lydia doesn't like him. He decides he loves her. It's not going to be easy to get her on the same page. Her antipathy to him is tied to the repression of her feelings about her past seduction and miscarriage. So to force her into his company, he makes a wager that if she accompanies him on 3 medical visits and still sees something bright, cheery and optimistic about these patients' situations, he will never talk to her again. If, on the other hand, she sees that some things in life have no optimistic outlook, he wins a kiss.
It's a simple story told beautifully but not simply. As usual, Milan has rich detail about life in 1860s England, excellently written characters, and this time with very interesting tidbits of info about medicine and doctoring at that time. Milan has never disappointed me with her historical romances. I've read them all and can only think of one I did not much like (Unlocked) and even that one was well written.
Another thing about Milan as an author is that she seems genuinely to like and respect her readers, not just as buyers of her books, and never comes out with a sloppy, rushed, trite romance with an overused plot the way some authors do. She's original and meticulous in her writing. Brava!
Generally speaking, I find Courtney Milan's books very readable--the perfect combination of not too heavy, no two-page treatises on metalworking in Victorian England, but complex and fresh. The heroines and heroes are fully-fleshed out people, with quirks and desires and motivations, and they're not just the same cookie-cutter lord and miss. I'm generally not a historical reader, because so few other author's manage to pull these things off.
For this book, the highlights were the insights into a doctor's life of the time period (the hero is a doctor), and the heroine's determination to be cheerful *no matter what*. The interactions between a grouchy hero and an upbeat heroine amused me, and I found the heroine's big personality flaw very believable and natural.
I almost gave it five stars on reflex, but on reflection I merely like this story. It's a bit heavy on misunderstanding, and low on action. I also wasn't as invested in the outcome for these two h/h as I have been in other stories. And, trying not to spoiler, but there was one big reversal at the end that didn't feel right to me. But I have a feeling this story is the perfect story for some other romance fans out there, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
The plot of A Kiss for Midwinter was delightfully dark. I'm sure that sounds weird, but Jonas wants to show Lydia the gloomy and doomy side of humanity. That is strange, but it's also a good excuse to spend time with her and get to know each other better. I also loved how frank he was with her. He tells her all about safe sex, which is definitely not an appropriate conversation for this time period. But as a doctor, he says to hell with propriety! These are things young women should know! Good on you, Jonas!
A Kiss for Midwinter was just a cute holiday romance. Jonas and Lydia make house calls and she makes baskets of supplies and goodies for the families. He tells her all about new (for the time) discoveries in health care and apologizes for his silence those years ago. It was just a sweet read.
This novel features a heroine that lost her virginity before marriage, which was quite frowned upon in Regency England. The hero is a doctor, and the heroine can't stand him. And yet somehow, this is a wonderful read. A wonderful, heavy, stark, entirely romantic read.
I highly recommend it to fans of Ms. Milan, certainly, but also to those that are on the fence or just kind of starting to inch into this genre or this author. Take the plunge. Try it out.