Thursday, June 10, 2010

Book Review: My Lady Midnight

Author: Laurie Grant
Title: My Lady Midnight
Publisher: Harlequin Historical #340
Publish Date: November 1996
Rating: 4 Stars
Book Blurb: ~ from

My Lady Midnight by Laurie Grant

A noblewoman is forced by her uncle, an ally of King Stephen, to kidnap the children of her sworn enemy, not knowing that she will fall in love with that enemy, or that the secret of his son's birth could cost a royal crown.
A Norman widow becomes a political pawn when she is forced to go undercover as a governess in the home of the baron she believes responsible for the death of her best friend.

Alain, Baron of Hawkswell, knew his children's winsome nursemaid was not all she seemed. Nay, beneath her serf's homespun lay a golden soul whose mysterious allure would change his life forever...!

Lady Claire de Coverly dared not reveal her Norman identity or her duplicitous mission to the imposing Lord of Hawkswell Castle, for to do so would destroy the joy she found with his children and end the exquisite passion she felt in his arms...!


This was an excellent medieval romance with a lot of drama to go along with the love story. I loved how Alain cared for both of his children and even more so, how Claire "Haesal" easily became the most important woman in their lives. In this story the children were really the most important characters, next to the hero and heroine. If they came off poorly it would have spoiled the whole book. Thankfully bother Guerin and Perry were sweet and adorable. There was wonderful sibling banter between the two.

Claire's struggle with her growing feelings for Alain was believable. It had to be hard to start falling for a man that you believed didn't care for your cousin, to whom he had been married to previously. She had quite a struggle too, warring with how she felt and what to do about her duplicity.

The only thing about the book that struck me as odd, was that no one really noticed how Father Gregory wasn't very priestly or pious. There were too many things about him early on that pointed to him being a bad guy. Especially when the young squire started to recover and then took a turn for the worse.

I was also glad when she finally told Alain the truth about her reasons for being Hawkswell. Alain might have forgiven her faster than I would have expected, but I think that after all the time she had spent with the children and how protective she was of them, that there was no way she meant them any harm.

All the character's were well rounded and well developed and really helped carry the story. This was a great read!


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