Thursday, August 5, 2010
Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Source: Borrowed from library
Publication Date: 02 October 2007
Series or Standalone: The Hathaways, Book 1 (Related to The Wallflowers)
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Place(s) Traveled to: London, England and Hampshire, England (1848)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Finding one person in a city of nearly two million was a formidable task.
Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas is the start of a new series that involves the delightfully unpolished Hathaway family. The Hathaway’s were content to live in relative obscurity in the country until Leo inherited a title which brought the family to the attention of the aristocracy. Now Leo’s sister’s all have opportunities that they never thought possible before. Although what each sister will do with these new advantages will shock most members of the ton. Take for example, Amelia Hathaway, she is the oldest and has taken it upon herself to act as a mother to her younger siblings and to do her best to make even the most unconventional of them presentable. Which is a very daunting task to say the least.
But then she meets Cam Rohan, a gypsy, who gives new meaning to the phrase tall, dark and dangerous. Amelia meets Cam when trying to track down her wayward brother and the sparks that fly between them are immediately felt on both sides. Mine Till Midnight was such a fun read. I loved loved loved meeting the Hathaway family and adored all of their many quirks. Especially that scene with Beatrice, the youngest Hathaway, at Lord Westcliff’s dinner….well….lets just say that it had me laughing out loud and leave it at that.
Amelia is a strong character and despite an initial desire to be conventional she soon realizes that just isn’t the Hathaway way. I really enjoyed reading her story and all the ups and downs of her relationship with Cam, who is totally swoon worthy by the way. My one problem with this story was how even after Amelia and Cam married (and that’s not a spoiler people this IS a romance book after all and they tend to end in one of two ways.) Anywho – after Amelia and Cam married the rest of the Hathaway family still referred to him as Mr Rohan. Which I can see before the marriage – but afterwards when he becomes part of their family? I don’t know, perhaps I am just not very well versed in Victorian etiquette rules….but even if that is the norm, it just doesn’t seem very Hathaway-like.
All in all though this was a very fun read and is my favorite Lisa Kleypas to date. Can’t wait to see what shenanigans the rest of this boisterously, unconventional clan gets up to!