Matthew Davenport, Marquess Langston,
needs a bride. His father died after being shot by a
highwayman, leaving his estate deeply in debt. Now, almost a
year later, Matthew knows he must marry for money, or find
some other way to save the family’s estate.
To help find a bride, Matthew hosts a
house party. One of the guests is Miss Sarah Moorehouse, a
“spinster” who lives in the shadow of her beautiful, but very
loving, sister. Sarah and her friends have formed the Ladies
Literary Society of London, and their first meeting is at Lord
Langston’s house party. The ladies are discussing Mary
Shelley’s scandalous novel, Frankenstein.
When the meeting is over, just after
midnight, Sarah looks out the window and sees Lord Langston in
the moonlight, shovel in hand. Fueled by the group’s
discussion, she senses the worst and has to investigate. The
investigation leads her straight into Langston’s arms, and
into his heart.
Sleepless at Midnight made
me remember why I love historical romances. Ms. D’Alessandro’s
novel sparkles with fascinating characters and dialogue that
made me laugh out loud and fall in love with the players. I
particularly loved the character of Sarah, who is headstrong
and independent, despite the fact that she has been overlooked
all of her life.
The witty interplay between Matthew and
Sarah kept me reading late into the night. Sleepless at
Midnight is definitely a Joyfully Reviewed Recommended
Read for me. Now, I’m anxiously awaiting the second book in
the series, and wondering which of the fun-loving ladies from
the literary society will be featured.