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Stroke of Midnight: A Cinderella Sisterhood Series Mass Market Paperback – June 4, 2013
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From the Back Cover
He's no Prince Charming. She doesn't own have a pumpkin coach. Sometimes love is nothing like a fairy tale; it's even better…
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE
The infamous Laura Falkner has returned to London society in disguise. Determined to clear her father's name, she becomes a companion to elderly Lady Josephine―only to learn the woman's nephew is none other than Alexander Ross, the devilish Earl of Copley, the man Laura once loved with all her heart. The same man who'd accused her father of theft and forced them to flee England.
TO FALL HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE
Alex has never forgotten Laura―or forgiven himself for letting her go. Today, Laura is as lovely―and stubborn―as ever, and her attempts at crime-solving are putting her in danger. The only way Alex can keep her safe is to marry her. But how can this notorious rake convince Laura that his heart is true…before the clock strikes twelve?
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Our story begins when the h travels back to England to try and find her father and she discovers that he has been killed. She decides to try and find the killer and clear her father's name. She through a sequence of circumstances ends up as the companion to the h's aunt, which allows her access to the ton, so that she can carry out her investigation. She has 2 possible suspects in mind, one being an old enemy of her father's. The h doesn't realise that the senile old lady she is employed by is the H's aunt. Very quickly she meets up with the H again and they have to deal with all the unresolved issues of their relationship from 10 years before. The H doesn't want her investigating and is still firmly believes that her father was guilty.
The flaws in the story made it difficult for me to truly enjoy the book and they kept mounting as the story progressed. The main one that is impossible to overcome is the way the H didn't look into the theft right from the beginning and just insisted that the h's father was guilty. He made no effort to try and find out if he'd been framed. His stubbornness about this made it very difficult for me to like him. In fact it makes him come across as a bit obtuse.
Secondly there is no possible way that an Earl would get involved with a disgraced commoner and then marry her. He never had much integrity to start with so why would he marry her? Much more believable would have been to take her as his mistress. He faced major scorn from the ton for taking on a disgraced woman. We as readers are never persuaded of a deep and abiding love between them because if there had been then he'd have moved heaven and earth to try and clear the h's father of blame, or at least he would've tried for the h's sake. His actions 10 years later don't ring true as we know he's had mistresses etc and we are never shown that he pined for the h. We also know that he only began courting her in order to investigate her father.
Thirdly the h forgave and fell in love with the H so quickly and never needed any apologies from him, despite the fact that his actions brought about 10 years of difficulty for her and her father and ultimately led to the father's death. He deceived her from the beginning and had never declared love for her in the past, she only assumed that he had honourable intentions.
There are other minor problems but these could've been overlooked if the issues mentioned previously weren't such major stumbling blocks.
If you can overlook these flaws then you may well enjoy the book. The author writes well and the book is not full of grammar and spelling mistakes.
The problem is a job is required, staying away from anyone that might know her, and never seeing Alexander Ross, the Earl of Copley. She loved this man with every ounce of her being and he betrayed her and her father without regard for the truth. The only problem becomes he is the nephew of the woman she has been hired to serve as companion to, great.
Alex is going to dog Laura's heels until she tells him what she is up to, because he knows she would not try to solve a crime that has been resolved. However, what will be the resolution to the burning desire he has had for her all these years. Alex never made any excuses about what her father's scandal did to their relationship, but his love for her has never gone away.
When they are reunited and happiness is on the horizon will Laura let go of the past and start to build her future with Alex, or throw it away on crime solving. Alex says he is helping her solve the mysteries of the past and present but is he using her or is it Laura that is being untrustworthy?
Olivia Drake writes a fresh and fast-paced book that will have every reader unable to stop reading.