Image of A Midnight Clear


Image of A Midnight Clear

The beauty and glamour of the Edwardian era shine in Astor’s holiday tale as she depicts the time period to perfection. Readers may find the villain’s cruelty to be stereotypical, but the strong hero and heroine more than make up for the tried-and-true plot ploy portrayed here.

Miss Miranda Granger has come to the beautiful seaside Grandview Hotel for the holidays in hopes of putting aside shame and betrayal. It is her job to keep her impish and devious stepsisters out of trouble so they never have to face scandal. While Miranda dreams of respectability, artist Troy Davenport is haunted by visions of the woman he met in the moonlight on the deck of the RMS Mauretania. Once he discovers his mystery lady is Miranda he heads for the Grandview to ask her to model for him. Desire sparks between them and grows into a passionate affair that gives Miranda new hope. But, once home, her hopes are shattered. She never receives Troy’s promised letters. Only a Christmas miracle, back at the Grandview, can give Miranda and Troy the chance to rekindle their love and uncover several truths. (ZEBRA, Nov., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin