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A kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

6957682Title: A kiss at midnight (Fairytales #01)
Author: Eloisa James
Source: Secondhand
Edition: Paperback
Publication:July 27th 2010 by Avon
Pages: 370 pages
Category: Fiction, Historical Romance, fairytale inspired


Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince… and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancee, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’t love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble…

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune…

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.


On the cover:  The cover is in my favourite colour. The cover looks like the usual historical romance novel. It has a lady wearing a light blue dress which has a very high slit. Also, the front end sheet has a picture of the main characters sexily lying down.  It also has a glass slipper which insinuates that the story will have a cinderella like plot to it.

On the story plot:  The story is inspired by the classic tale of Cinderella.

The following were retained in the story:

  • Wicked step mother
  •  The Castle
  •  The prince
  • The Glass Slippers
  • The ball

The following were altered in the story:

  • Fairy Godmother was a friend of Kate’s father
  • Kate’s step sister was kind
  • The prince needs to marry because of necessity (money)
  • The prince had siblings
  • The prince is betrothed to a russian princess
  • There were no magical mice
  • Kate had a large amount of dowry left behind by her mother
  • Kate met the prince because she was forced to attend the ball  with Victoria’s fiancee, because Victoria had an unfortunate accident
  • Instead of mice, Kate had 3 dogs accompanying her to the castle

On the characters:  Kate is a strong willed person. She can manage their whole property properly without the help of her step mother. However, her stepmother has blackmailed her countless of times to keep her under control. Sometimes, she dreams of leaving for London but is stopped because of her stepmother’s doing. Gabriel, who is the prince, is an archeologist. He would want to dig up artefacts but responsibility leashes him to stay and take care of his family. He is able to make funds for the up keep of his castle but it still is not enough. This leads to him being engaged to the Russian princess named Titania. Kate meets the prince as Victoria and she was not impressed. Her thoughts of him began to change when she got to know the prince more. When her disguise was uncovered by the prince himself, he became curious of her. Both characters have a strong love for family and self. This love either makes them apart or closer with each other. In the end, both characters were able to be together without problems due to family and responsibility.

All in all: The story was inspired by Cinderella. I like how the glass slippers were used. Also, Kate’s godmother was funny in a very crude way. Kate is a very romantic person. She believes that she should marry the one she loves. I like how idealistic she is, even if at first she did not have the financial capacity to marry for love. My romantic side, appreciates the dramatic ending part of the story. It stands out the most because its not a typical ending for a Cinderella like story. I gave this story a 3 hearts rating because I feel that the characters can improve more. Also, the romance felt lacking. I think I expected too much but its still a fun.. read. I recommend this book to people who crave for a Cinderella like fairytale fix.


“He’s male. I’ve noticed that sometimes the brains simply get left out of the package.”
― Eloisa James, A Kiss at Midnight

“A lady should never feel anxious about her behavior. The status is bred in the bone. To show anxiety is to lower oneself. Anxiety is vulgar.”
― Eloisa James, A Kiss at Midnight

“I would prefer not to throw myself on a funeral pyre. Please come back to me.”
― Eloisa James, A Kiss at Midnight

He said it aloud, because there was no reason to be silent. “I am – undone. She has undone me.”

And his hand closed around the glass slipper.”
― Eloisa James, A Kiss at Midnight

“We all think we have time, you know. It’s this miracle substance and there seems to be so much of it, and then all of a sudden, it’s gone.”
― Eloisa James, A Kiss at Midnight


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