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Of Midnight Born [Mass Market Paperback]

Lisa Cach
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Book Description

March 1, 2010
Alex Woding came to Maiden Castle seeking quiet, and the freedom to study the stars. And though he was thrilled to discover a place where he could pursue his passion undisturbed by nosy sisters and society matchmakers, he had another motive for retreating to the fortress on a hill. There, in his youth, Alex had glimpsed an ethereal beauty that had haunted him ever since. Now, under the midnight sky, a tingle on the back of his neck tells him he is not alone. For five hundred years Serena Clerenbold had been a ghost — since the days of the Black Death — and she had never known peace. But watching the castle’s handsome new tenant, happiness was easy to imagine… for the living. Which made her all the more determined to drive him away. Alex made Serena burn to be flesh once more, to revel in a touch she’d once reviled. He made her dream that she could be saved, for there was no power greater than that of love, even for… a Phantom Bride. Originally published as “Of Midnight Born,” by Dorchester Publishing.
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About the Author

Lisa Cach is the award-winning author of more than twenty romantic novels and novellas, ranging across sub-genres from Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, and Chick Lit, to Young Adult. Her novel “Dating Without Novocaine” was named one of Waldenbooks’ “Best Books of 2002,” and she is a two-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. Ms. Cach was raised in the moss and mud of the Pacific Northwest, where she still suffers through the long grey winters today. She has used travel to inspire her fiction for decades, and in service to her art has hiked the foothills of the Himalaya, picked leeches off her legs in the jungles of Borneo, eaten dinner in the childhood home of Vlad the Impaler in Transylvania, and worn out her feet following an ancient pilgrimage route in the southwest of France. She has sailed the Caribbean as a working crew member of a research schooner, and taught writing aboard the MV Explorer on a voyage up the Amazon. Her professional background includes teaching conversational English in Japan, an M.A. in counseling psychology, and several years working the graveyard shift on a mental health crisis line. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050552399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505523990
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Story September 22, 2000
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1350 After most of her family die of the plague, Serena and her brother decide that in order to survive, they will kidnap Hugh Le Gayne and hold him prisoner until he agrees to marry Serena and finance Thomas in his joining the military. The plan worked and after Thomas left, Serena married Le Gayne, a man full of hatred for her. 1809 Ten yr old, Alex Woding and his cousin, Rhys are going to spend the night at the ruins of the Le Gayne castle, even though the ruins are reputed to be haunted. But then, Alex doesn't believe in ghosts. Among the ruins of the castle, is a garden with an unusual cherry tree. Each bloom has dozens of petals, the tree appears to be very old and is blooming out of season. There is also a staircase still standing that Alex takes note of. During the night, Alex is awakened by a voice calling his name. He opens his eyes to see a rain of falling stars. He calls to Rhys and climbs the staircase to view the meteor shower. While he's at the top of the stairs, he sees the ghost and is so stunned, that he falls to the rocks below. 1832 Maiden Castle has been built on the site of the Le Gayne Castle and the owner who has had a few too many encounters with the ghost who is still in residence, and he has rented the castle to Alex Woding. Ever since the night that he saw the meteor shower, Alex has been interested in falling stars and plans to study the night sky from the top of the castle. He hires an all male staff, even though the legend says that the ghost, Serena, hates all men. Soon after Alex takes up residence, Serena starts watching him, following him everywhere, including his bath. She also starts to harass the staff with tricks, night noises, etc. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Blossoms in Ghostly Romance September 26, 2000
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Of all the books by Ms. Cach I have read, `Of Midnight Born' is my favorite so far. Although all of her books usually contain a hint of the paranormal, such as faeries and special healing powers, this one goes all out and introduces a hundreds year old ghost as the heroine. Talk about a hopeless romance! But Ms. Cach overcomes the difficulties inherent in a supernatural affair, and love blossoms as beautifully as the blooms on the ancient and magical cherry tree in the castle courtyard.
Perhaps, however, the real reason I enjoyed this story so much is the affinity I felt for the heroine. Ms. Cach's characters are not usually the perfect, tiny-waisted things we read about in many romance novels. They are based more in reality, and are people I find myself identifying with. Instead of moving through their lives with natural grace and inherent poise, they (like the rest of us) have flaws, and are acutely aware of them. Part of this story involves the heroine's efforts to overcome her spiritual flaws and accept her physical shortcomings without shame.
Which brings us to the hero of the story - an intellectual, powerful man with insatiable curiosity that compels him to communicate with a troublesome ghost rather than flee or attempt to banish her from the castle. He sees beauty in a woman who can't see it in herself, and brings out the gentler side of the mischievous spirit.
Added to the mix are a meddling family and the anxiety caused by the waning power of the tree that keeps the heroines spirit alive, as well as the humorous scenes I have come to expect and enjoy when reading Ms. Cach's novels. I strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys experiencing the gamut of emotions throughout a novel. It's a great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Paranormal October 21, 2000
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I have only read a handful of romances involving ghosts and have mostly found them lacking in any sort of believablity. Lisa Cach has written a story you can actually buy into. The characters exhibit emotions and actions based in reality I thought, now the ending...well this is fiction. Serena evolves nicely as a character and I felt you get to know her. I liked the way Ms. Cach developed Alex. I didn't feel she gets the reader as involved in his character, but I also think some romance authors give the male characters too many female thoughts, feelings, and actions. I thought Alex handled this whole thing "like a man" might, he's pretty arrogant, doesn't understand women, and prefers to hang around men. I do recommend this book, felt it was well written, and I think anyone can enjoy the story line and humor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a warm haunting story! October 18, 2000
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The legend has it that Maiden Castle was haunted with the ghost of Serena. A young woman that had been forced to wed, murdered her husband on her wedding night, then plummeted to the bottom of the stairs, breaking her neck, when she tried to flee.
For 500 years Serena has been content to have the castle all to herself. Over the years she has had to get rid of those that dared to disturb her peace, especially the male gender. She was protective of the castle but mostly of the blooming cherry tree in the garden.
Alex Woding had stayed one night in the castle ruins when he was ten years old and had an encounter with a star shower and a ghost. This caused his fascination with astronomy and with the crumbling ruins of Maiden Castle. Thus in manhood he has the castle restored and with an all male crew to run his household, he moves in.
Serena will not put up with so many members of the opposite sex staying in her castle.....even that Woding man that she soon realizes is the little boy that she had scared in his youth. Only now he is a grown man and possibly even different from any other man she has ever known. What's a ghost to do with this situation?
This is a very enjoyable book! Serena's ghostly antics to rid the castle of the male occupants were quite humorous which eased the seriousness of the story. A very enjoyable and touching love story out of the ordinary. Highly recommended read so close to Halloween.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE AT FIRST READ
I have loved this book since I first read it, back when it was called Of Midnight Born. It will catch you from the start and not let you go until the very end.
Published on June 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars finally
I read this book years ago and never forgot the ending. Unfortunately I forgot the title and author. But thanks to a well phrased Google search. I have it! and so did Kindle. Read more
Published on May 13, 2013 by BTP
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters to relate to; an enjoyable and amusing read
Of all the books by Ms. Cach I have read, 'Phantom Bride' is my favorite. Although all of her books usually contain a hint of the paranormal, such as faeries and special healing... Read more
Published on October 31, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars everything a romance novel should be, beautiful story
I have just finished my first romance novel, Of Midnight Born, and I loved it. A medieval castle, shooting stars, astronomer, a maiden, etc... Read more
Published on May 9, 2010 by Pomai
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Keeper"!
Serena Clerenbold died in 1350, the same day she had married the evil man named Le Gayne. After 500 years of haunting the area and scaring men away from what she imagined as her... Read more
Published on March 14, 2003 by Detra Fitch
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful plot, spunky heroine, flat hero!!!!!!
I would give this book 3-1/2 stars, because I really, really wanted to like it. I'm always sad when I find a book I could like, but just can't because some element is lacking, and... Read more
Published on November 10, 2002 by M. Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper!
Serena Clerenbold died in 1350, the same day she had married the evil man named Le Gayne. After 500 years of haunting the area and scaring men away from what she imagined as her... Read more
Published on March 20, 2001 by Huntress Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
A woman in England during the 1350s didn't have a lot of options to ensure her longevity. Serena Clerebold had to find a husband. Read more
Published on January 30, 2001 by C. Penn
5.0 out of 5 stars A lively, entertaining story
This is the first paranormal romance I've read and I will definitely be reading more of them. Lately, I've tired of reading romances that were constant "drawing room"... Read more
Published on January 15, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars I never read a ghost story from this point of view
Unusual.You actually get to tail along with Serena, the ghost, as she tries wholeheartedly to get rid of everyone in her castle. Read more
Published on December 3, 2000 by Monique
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