Posted by: Jennifer | February 18, 2007

Dancing at Midnight – Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn. Dancing at Midnight. (New York: Avon Books, 1995). 0380780755.

Main Characters: Arabella Blydon and Lord John Blackwood.

Related Works: William Dunford makes an appearance in this book, as do Emma Dunster and Alex Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne from Splendid.

Date of Story: 1816.

Description from the book:

Lady Arabella Blydon has beauty AND a brain, and she’s tired of men who can see only one without the other.

When a suitor tells Arabella he’s willing to overlook her appalling bluestocking tendencies on account of her looks and fortune, she decides to take a break from the Marriage Mart. During an extended stay in the country, she never expects to meet Lord John Blackwood, a wounded war hero who intrigues her like no other man.

Lord John has lived through the worst horrors of war . . . but nothing could have been as terrifying to his tormented heart as Lady Arabella. She is intoxicating, infuriating . . . and she makes him want to live again. Suddenly, he’s writing bad poetry and climbing trees in the pitch-dark night . . . just so he can dance with her as the clock strikes midnight. And even though he knows he can never be the sort of man she deserves, he can’t help wanting her. But when the harsh light of day replaces the magic of midnight, can this tormented soul learn to love again?

My Thoughts:

This book is SO cute. Belle is adorable and John is a wonderful, if slightly tortured, romantic lead. Belle definitely sneaks up on blind side and captures his heart. I love the way John keeps stumbling across Belle in the beginning of the book. The plot with George Spencer who is trying to kill John Blackwood is a bit odd – especially when the two meet. George seems to be a bit of a sad blackguard – meaning he isn’t very talented at it. Fortunately, he is dispatched at the end so that Belle and John can live happily ever after.

Read again: February 16, 2007.



  1. C наступающим Вас! Пусть Ваши мечты сбудутся!

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