Dancing at Midnight Book Summary and Study Guide

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    Lady Arabella Blydon, who is staying with the Duke and Duchess of Ashbourne, her cousins, is finishing the last book of the Shakesperean collection, when she encounters Lord John Blackwood. Lord Blackwood, who has recently come into a title and his manor for his duties during the war, is a troubled ex-soldier with a limp. When he encounters Bella on his property, he is rude to her, which she finds intriguing due to her usual popularity.
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    As John and Bella encounter a few more times, they find that they are deeply attracted to each other, but John warns her away from him, telling her they have no future due to his actions in the war. Upset and hurt, Bella leaves for London.
   In London, Bella confides in her friend, Dunford, who hatches a plan to lure John to London with a fake engagement for him and Belle. When John takes the bait and goes to London, they encounter each other at a ball and work out most of their problems, and John declares he will begin to court her.
   Belle and John have one unforeseen problem though, an unknown enemy who wants revenge on John.
The review of this Book prepared by Angel Mannners

"Dancing at Midnight," the follow-up to "Splendid," is a very touching story telling how the beautiful Lady Arabella Blydon found love with tortured soldier Sir John Blackwood.

Lady Arabella or Belle is staying with her cousins the Duke and Duchess of Ashbourne (Alex and Emma of "Splendid") when she mistakenly accused John Blackwood of trespassing on her cousin's property. As it turned out, he is the new owner of the land next to the Ashbournes. John Blackwood was rewarded a title and a land for his exemplary military service. He sustained a major injury to his leg which causes him pain but it is nothing compared to the painful memory of his failure to protect a young girl. Will his anguish over his past prevent him from giving his heart to Belle; or will Belle's love be strong enough to banish the shadows from John's life?
The review of this Book prepared by Rina Hall

The Sequel to Splendid deals with Emma's good friend and cousin Belle, who one day chances upon a man on the moors who captivates her with his beautiful smile and plethora of secrets he hides behind it. John Blackwood has been haunted for years about the Penninnsular War, and upon meeting the beautiful Arabella Blydon, he realizes that any hope he has for the future and for a true life lies there in her arms.
The review of this Book prepared by Meredith Griffin

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   conduct in war If one lover chases another...    -   she chases after him Disability or addiction?    -   physical disability/sickness/injury

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   less bitchy/arrogant    -   blissful    -   sensitive    -   guilty

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   wealthy Effect of sexing    -   blissful Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Spain City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

What % of story is romance related?    -   90% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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