Do not meddle with the master’s daughters.
The words rattle around Jonas’s head. What is the punishment again? Death? Dismemberment? Jonas, the newest addition to the gardening staff, can’t recall the exact penalty for breaking the rule. What does it matter anyway? He would never dream of meddling with the Earl of Bromhurst’s haughty daughters.
Until he comes face to face with Lady Ariela, the eldest of the Master’s daughters.
Her elusive smile and open manner cause him to question his convictions. In no time, he’s drawn into Lady Ariela’s world of mystery and intrigue, a world where she and her sisters will do anything—including leaving twelve empty beds at midnight—to escape their father’s strict rules.
Only Jonas can uncover the truth and save them from their father’s wrath and their own folly, if he is willing to risk everything he’s ever worked for.
It seems like there are a couple fairy tales that get retold a number of times. Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I love them though, so I keep reading them :) However, something that I really liked about this book was that in all the versions I've read of this story they are all magical or enchanted or something that would classify them (to my way of thinking) as a fantasy novel. Now, I love me some fantasy, but I really appreciated that this version of the story didn't have any of that. I kept waiting for it to show up, but everything was done in a "real world" type of way. I hadn't encountered that before in this fairy tale, and I liked it.
I will say that I had a harder time connecting with the characters. Jonas was a little too high in the instep for me, and I didn't really get to know the princesses really well. By the end of the book my favorite characters were Braden (not at first, he was super annoying and a little mean, but I liked him by the end) and Gregor.
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Specialized Character Sketch:
I wadded up another sheet of paper and tossed it on the growing pile. It just wasn’t right. She was the most perfect woman I’d ever laid eyes on. I couldn’t offer her something less than perfect. I began again.
With skin is of purest snow,
And hair of burnished gold,
Your eyes the brighter glow,
And within such mysteries hold.
If I could let you know
And your hand in mine enfold . . .
Told? Bold? Show? Flow? Blech. I tore the paper down the middle and crumbled it like all the rest.
“Braden!” the voice boomed behind me. “What do you think you’re doing?”
Gregor glared at me from the doorway. I found few things intimidating, but that eyebrow inching upward was one of them.
“Um . . .” I fished for a plausible lie. It wouldn’t be the first one I told him. “Just writing my mother, sir.”
He growled. “You should know better than to waste paper, boy. We’re given a strict allowance. That,” he motioned to the pile of discarded sheets, “is coming out of your wages.”
I nodded in agreement. “Yes, sir.”
“And clean up the mess, Braden.”
“Of course, sir.” I offered up what I hoped was an innocent smile. His footsteps retreated and I turned my attention back to penning the perfect love note.
Hours later, I signed my name at the bottom. If she didn’t favor me, I was signing my own dismissal letter. What else could I do? I folded up the single sheet and scrawled her name on the front.
Title: Midnight Sisters
Author: Sarah E. Boucher
Published: December 2016
Source: I received an eCopy in exchange for an honest review.