This is the 2nd book in the Blydon trilogy and features Belle Blydon. Alex and Emma from Splendid appear often throughout the book - Emma is pregnant with their first child.
In fact, as the story opens, Belle is stating at Westonbirt while her parents are in Italy. Belle is just completing the Grand Shakespearean Quest in which she is reading all of the plays in alphabetical order. She is reading The Winter's Tale when she meets a handsome man with a limp; he introduces himself as John, Lord Blackwood; he has recently bought a country house very near Westonbirt.
It turns out that Alex served with John during the war, which is where John acquired the limp; he was shot in the leg and refused to allow the surgeon to amputate. Belle and John have an immediate attraction to each other, but John is very moody. He eventually tells her that he is haunted by guilt because one of his men raped a young Spanish girl, after John had promised her mother that he would protect her; the girl committed suicide three days after the rape. The rape (and rapist) and John's guilt constitute the major conflicts in the book.
Apparently, Splendid and Dancing at Midnight were both published in 1995, but JQ's writing is much more polished in Dancing. The dialogue is smoother and the awkwardness that was present in Splendid is much less in evidence. Although Dancing is darker and more angsty, there is plenty of humor and wit. 3.75 stars, rounded up to 4.