Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of “Miss Karen Billings”, who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home.
But “Miss Billings” has another name, Anastasia, and a dark past that pursues her still. Condemned for a crime she cannot remember, she barely escaped the gallows. And now she seeks shelter in the arms of a man devastated by tragedy, a man who must now defy society and the forces of vengeance to keep his lady safe and their bold new love alive.
©1995 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
I made a mistake and listened to Prine of dreams first which was fine as these novels can stand alone. It would have been so much better to listen in order. This book was amazing. Luke is the classic hero that has lost so much and only Tasia can heal his broken heart. The characters feel similar to Mr. Rochester and Jayne Eyre but this novel is not written in the same style. I love this genre, but this is definitely a "grown-up" version delving deeper into the private behind doors moments. Kleypas, as always, makes her charaters shine. One I will listen to again and again!
Loved it! Susan Duerden was absolutly amazing!!!! Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorites--I enjoy all of her books, and I really liked this one.
This is book 1 and Prince of Dreams is book 2 - for your total enjoyment listen to them in order - but they could be a stand alone listen.
It's what you expect from L.K. - strong characters who are entangled in an interesting plot, lots of romance, slight sex scenes and, of course, a handsome hero - ahhhh what more can we ask for whilst doing the housework?
Worth a credit? If you like a Victorian romance then it's a must have (along with book 2 of course).
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
I love Ms. Kleypas's books, they are a fun listen and her narrator Ms. Landor is great in telling her stories however not this time. Usually her characters are lovable especially the over bearing dominant males of her stories but the two main charcaters in this book were flat and really uninteresting and the story left a lot to be desired.
Susan Duerden is no where near as talented a narrator as is Ms Landor, I found it necessary to turn the volume down as the Russian accent with its harsh syllables began hurting my ears. Don't waste your credit.
Hmmmm. This was a delicious story and the story was so engaging that I had to stay up to finish it. I absolutely could not put this down even though I knew I could pay for it the next day. Well worth it. The love was well developed, the story built strongly and the characters are people I wish I knew in my lifetime. I highly highly recommend this book for those historical romance lovers.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
This novel is an absolute indulgence for Kleypas' fans. After devouring the Wallflower, Hathaway, Gambler of Craven and Bow Street Runner (those available on audible) series, I was overjoyed to find that there is another book that follows Midnight Angel.
Midnight Angel does favor a story similar to "Sound of Music," but thankfully it goes much more beyond an older man (35 years) falling in love with a young, exotic Russian mysterious governess.
This was a relatively long book and therefore provided so many special moments between the lovers. Kleypas provides readers with a rich story spanning the moment Luke Stokehurst meets the beautiful Anastasia (Tasia), their initial conflict & avoidance of one another, followed by the tumultuous way they fall in love and then their love story unfolded during marriage.
There are many elements of this story that might bother some, but for me the peculiar details embedded in the characters' lives provided a steady rhythm that kept my interest piqued.
This will definitely be marked as one of my FAV Kleypas' books, mainly because of the many moments Luke & Tasia were allowed to engage in their love without restraints. In other Kleypas' books there is so much inter-conflict between the lovers that it is hard to find relief in the romance either because the romance is short-lived or strained until the end of the book (as in "Somewhere I'll Find You" and "Where Dreams Begin") , but not Midnight Angel. Midnight Angel is a complete indulgence for the helpless romantic.
By the way, the narrator was great!---Overall a wonderful listening experience.
I had read this novel years ago and enjoyed it but I was still surprised by how the quality of the narration could really draw me back into the story. The narrator does an exceptional job with the male and female voices and the related accents. Also, she captures the tone and historical atmosphere of the novel. I was dazzled and look forward to following up on this story with the sequel, Prince of Dreams.
This is my second audible BOGO title -- an older Kleypas historical that I've never gotten around to reading.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, even though it is not up to the standards of Kleypas's later titles. The lovers fall into the sack rather quickly, and the dramatic plots twists are not so very dramatic and are resolved quickly and cleanly.
Susan Duerden is a new narrator to me, and I have mixed feelings. She did an outstanding job voicing the characters. Tasia's Russian accent was not laid on too thick, and her male voices were all excellent. She has a narration style, however, that annoys me, and I'm not sure that I can adequately describe it. When coming to the end of a sentence, she raises the pitch of her voice, whereas a more natural style is to lower it. (?)(help me out here, Caz, is 'pitch' the right word) This results in an almost sing-song style and adds a tone of, I dunno, urgency to every sentence. This is the same style that drove me nuts listening to Angela Dawe's presentation of Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie stories, one of my favorite HR series.
There is a sequel that I haven't read, and I expect that I'll listen to it. The hero is Prince Nicholas, who is the villain in this story. It's always fun to watch how that happens.
The story was interesting and about both England and Russia.
The descriptions of Russia and its' political intrigues.
She had a believable accented voice. She helped the story tremendously, and she did not take away from the enjoyment of listening to the romance between the two characters.
Midnight Angel, although a nice read-it is not Lisa Kleypas best. But, it was a nice book, and had a good ending.
Yes. Everything you want in an historical romance, but not a cliche.
Tasia was my favorite character. Her journey was very interesting
The performance was good, but sometimes it felt a little too monotone in the narrative sections.
I wanted to listen to the whole thing in one sitting, but because there are a few tense moments, I had to pause to get my own emotions under control!
I liked the plot twists. It didn't develop quite as a I thought it would and that was great.
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