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PDF ä BOOK A Kiss for Midwinter ´ COURTNEY MILAN ´ ❮Ebook❯ ➠ A Kiss for Midwinter Author Courtney Milan – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful and never so than at Christmas time But no matter how hard she smiles she can't forget the youthful mistake that could haveMiss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful and never so than at Christmas time But no matter how hard she smiles she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret one other person knows the truth 45 starsLydia Charingford first met Dr Jonas Grantham when she was fifteen and he was a twenty one year old preparing to undertake medical studies at King's College She was a patient He was as yet untrained the physician allowing him to observe uietly in the background as he tended his patients After graduating Jonas has an agreement with the physician to take over his medical practice when he retiresFive years later returning to Leicester to take up his practice Jonas is in need of a wife For all the usual reasons not the least of which is regular sexual intercourse without the risk of sexually transmitted diseases Though Jonas has no recollection of Lydia she remembers him all too wellOnce again Courtney Milan provides readers with much than just a romance albeit in a historical setting with all the set pieces for the era As in The Duchess War this is a layered story dealing with social issues of the time with a rather forthright doctor who calls a spade a spade Or in medical parlanceview spoiler a penis a penis and a vagina a vagina hide spoiler

A Kiss for MidwinterMiss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful and never so than at Christmas time But no matter how hard she smiles she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret one other person knows the truth 45 starsLydia Charingford first met Dr Jonas Grantham when she was fifteen and he was a twenty one year old preparing to undertake medical studies at King's College She was a patient He was as yet untrained the physician allowing him to observe uietly in the background as he tended his patients After graduating Jonas has an agreement with the physician to take over his medical practice when he retiresFive years later returning to Leicester to take up his practice Jonas is in need of a wife For all the usual reasons not the least of which is regular sexual intercourse without the risk of sexually transmitted diseases Though Jonas has no recollection of Lydia she remembers him all too wellOnce again Courtney Milan provides readers with much than just a romance albeit in a historical setting with all the set pieces for the era As in The Duchess War this is a layered story dealing with social issues of the time with a rather forthright doctor who calls a spade a spade Or in medical parlanceview spoiler a penis a penis and a vagina a vagina hide spoiler

EPUB ß A Kiss for Midwinter ☆ Courtney Milan

A Kiss for Midwinter õ Her dislike and win her for his own It all starts with a wager and a kissA Kiss for Midwinter is a novella 38000 words in the Brothers Sinister series It follows The Duchess War Each book stands on its own but those who prefer to read in order might want to read that book first He wanted her to lift her head at this moment He wanted her to look him in the eyes and realize that he loved her He wanted her to love him back Wow Just wow Loved it It's rare to be able to pull out a great story with well drawn characters in a novella but Ms Milan managed to do that beautifullyHERO Jonas 26Fantastic hero very unusual don't think I've ever read a hero like him There's nothing cookie cutter here no rakerogue no stuffy aristocrat none of the usual figures that we see so often and love Not bashing them by any means Jonas is a doctor; he is very straightforward blunt to the point almostoften to a fault I don't want to say he's socially awkward because he's not but he has the unfortunate habit of sometimes saying the wrong thing ex when he tries to explain to Lydia that he wants to talk to her not because of the secret he knows but because she's the 11th prettiest girl in Leicester A lot of these slip ups make for some great laughs though and make him all the endearing Despite his clinical manner he is also a very sensitive and caring person and we do get to see that side of him uite early on A friend had once told him that he was like bitter coffee positively habit forming once one acuired a taste for the beverage but off putting on the first few sips HEROINE Lydia 20Lydia was a wonderful heroine; also unusual though not AS unusual as Jonas I liked how Milan dealt with the heroine getting pregnant at 15 in the sense that I liked how she had all the characters in the book deal with it that's essentially the prologue so I'm not ruining any spoilers In most romance books when something like that happens the heroine is then shunned kicked out of the house constantly made to feel guilty etc None of that here Lydia's parents were actually wonderful the father especially Milan also manages to capture the complexity of emotions that Lydia feels about what happened and the circumstances which would be a challenge in even a regular length book let alone a novella She doesn't have Lydia's character swing to an extreme because of what happened but instead really shows us the complexity and layers of emotions and effects that experience had For so long she hadn't let herself feel anything at all She'd smiled and laughed and ignored the harm that had been done But deep inside she hadn't stopped wanting and no matter how she'd tried no matter what lies she told herself she had still hurt THE ROMANCEFinally even the relationship the dynamic at the beginning how it develops how their feelings evolve etc was unusual and did not at all feel like an overdone romance book recipe It was such a treat to read their interactions see how their feelings and opinions changed and watch the beautiful romance unfold sigh Jonas was really great I gotta tell ya' Anyway Milan was able to deliver a believable and lovely relationship in a novella which is no small feat as well as wonderful and interesting secondary characters who only added to the story and didn't get in the way or steal any scenes she was smart enough to add secondary plots or distractions along the wayBOTTOM LINEOverall a FANTASTIC read that I just adored Left a huge dopey grin on my face in the end and I was so sad that it was over Can't wait for time to pass so I can read it again DEXCERPT I don't know why you're doing this she sniffed as he dabbed at her cheeks You're being kind but you always make fun of meHe ran his hand down her shoulder I never make fun of youYou say such horrid things about meI never say horrid things about you he contradicted I tell you exactly what I think of you and you never believe meYou're sarcastic and contradictoryHe sighed and breathed in the smell of her sweet and uncomplicated Well yes That I must admit to But half the things I say to you in sarcasm Lydia I really mean I just can't bear to leave them unsaidBut if you don't think badly of me He didn't answer EPUB ß A Kiss for Midwinter ☆ Courtney Milan

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Courtney Milan ☆ A Kiss for Midwinter READER Of those dark days the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham She wants nothing to do with himor the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her wayJonas Grantham has a secret too He's been in love with Lydia for than a year This winter he's determined to conuer Expanded review at seem to be at odds with the general internet take on Milan's recent work because I was disappointed by this romance between a doctor and an allegedly cheerful woman whom the doctor knows to have had a teen pregnancy years before Lydia Charingford distrusts all of Jonas Grantham's declarations of affection because he's brusue and sarcastic and she believes he's just trying to get into her pants There are some genuinely moving bits particularly in Lydia's realization that she has not recovered from her traumatic history only repressed it and in Jonas' relationship with his aging and increasingly senile father These are however outweighed for me by the dissonance between what we are told by the characters and what we are actually shown Yes the characters may be unreliable but both Jonas and Lydia agree that he is blunt to the point of rudeness and everyone Lydia knows seems to agree that she is cheerful and optimistic Jonas is direct and straightforward freuently to the point of rudeness in everything except telling Lydia that he didn't initially recognize her as the pregnant teen and that he would like to court her or even simply increase his acuaintance with her without having any nefarious intent Yes he's defensive and it's difficult to admit an attraction to someone who seems to despise you but he doesn't have to admit to love at first sight he just has to respond to her understandable concerns The entire plot depends on this contrivance and all of Jonas and Lydia's interactions are shaped by it and it jars me with every single referenceWe are told that Lydia generally presents a cheerful and optimistic face to the world but we do not actually see any evidence of this before page 40 of a 120 page novella For the first third of the story we see her distressed frustrated angry and often openly antagonistic and yes this is because we see her interacting with Jonas who is marked out as an exception to her usual attitude but there is no evidence it is an exception because we don't actually see her usual behavior in actionWhat I find most frustrating about this story though is the way it fits into a larger pattern in Milan's work which is the way it addresses sexism She freuently depicts men who have a feminist agenda by which I mean not just that they object to individual cases of sexism but that they do in some way recognize that there is a systemic social disadvantage to women which must be addressed In this case Jonas advocates birth control for women and is particularly concerned with the way medical science has actually endangered women; in Unclaimed Mark Turner promotes male chastity as a way to prevent abuse of women Notably these feminists are always men In neither of these stories do we hear of or see the women who actually founded and dominated the social movements of the time which were in fact concerned with women's health including sexual and reproductive issues In both of these stories women are able to recognize the injuries done to them and to conceptualize them as unjust injuries rather than random events only because of the intervention of menAdditionally A Kiss in Midwinter depends on Jonas perpetually ignoring and disregarding Lydia's repeated indications that she doesn't wish to associate with him that is it depends on his harassment of her Because he is the hero and because we know that Lydia misinterprets his intentions the narrative pushes us to favor his desires and to ignore that he is consistently disregarding her expressed desires in favor of satisfying his own He knows better He obeys her command not to speak to her only when she satisfies his reuirements for base knowledge and even that he undercuts by physically approaching her just without verbal communication And of course he is right Of course he wins over Lydia Of course she recognizes that he knows her history her psychology and her desires better than she does herself and his harassment is justified by her unacknowledged attraction; his behavior is excused by the narrative to the point that Lydia ultimately regrets telling him not to speak to her as much because it hurts his feelings as because it does not reflect her final desiresThe surface narrative endorses a woman's right to express her own desires and control her own fate but the subtext consistently subordinates Lydia's desires both sexual and otherwise to Jonas's