- 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: 8.1 x 5.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Midnight Waltz (Casablanca Classics) Paperback – August 2, 2011
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From Library Journal
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.
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
ARC provided by Sourcebooks
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. I love every book she's written. She's quickly become my favorite author of the romance category. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very long Historical Romance so make sure you have the time. Not one of those one-sitting deals. It took me a few days to get through it. There is a lot of description. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nerdzy
The story in itself was good. But it moves so slow and there was so much added information that was not needed for the story to progress that I felt like I had to take breaks just... Read morePublished 13 months ago by A Love
This book was too much detail and light on the substance. I was initially drawn to the book for the southern romance concept. It turned out to be a an indepth history lesson. Read morePublished 14 months ago by GeekyGoddess
I've read this story years ago and I have read all of Jennifer Blake's historical novels (I'm a big fan) It's not one of my favorites but it was nice to re-read it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joanna M.