Review of UPON A MIDNIGHT DREAM, one novella from the collection UNDER THE KISSING BOUGH ~ novellas where the lore of mistletoe plays its part


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Title: Upon a Midnight Dream, a novella from UNDER THE KISSING BOUGH COLLECTION
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Pages: 1460
Story Setting: 1194
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.
Published Date: November 22, 2016}
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B01LZM4A8B

 

About the Bundle: 15 brand-new novellas. 15 best-selling romance authors. A holiday-themed collection like no other.  According to lore, the origins of which date to the late 12th century, no lady should refuse a kiss beneath the mistletoe, else she will not marry in the next year. In exchange for the kiss, a berry is removed from the sprig until all of the berries are gone and no more kisses can be stolen. Some also believe that a sprig of mistletoe collected from a local church and placed beneath a maiden’s pillow will inspire dreams of her future husband.

What happens when fifteen daring heroines pin their hopes on mistletoe, a little luck, and a kiss in this multi-genre, limited-edition holiday collection from 15 bestselling authors? Pure holiday magic!

This set includes USA TODAY bestselling and National bestselling authors Sandy Blair, Suzanne Ferrell, Kathryn Le Veque, Jeanne Adams, Anna Campbell, Tina De Salvo, Barbara Devlin, Joan Kayse, Catherine Kean, Anna Markland, Hildie McQueen, Meara Platt, Elizabeth Rose, Jordan K. Rose, and Lana Williams.

My Thoughts: I wanted to get this review out after just reading one of the 14 novellas.  This really is a nice Christmas read including authors I’ve read and others I haven’t.  It’s a pleasure to get a bundle like this, all new novellas for $0.99 — 1,460 pages of entertainment.

I read Kathryn Le Veque’s story first.

During this time of year in 1194, life isn’t easy for those who have not.  The story begins with a knight huddled in the corner of Derby’s Cathedral, exhausted. His name, Sir Rennington of Ashbourne.  We learn the importance of mistletoe and its berries from two sisters who are desperate to have their sister married off.  Their father says they must wait until Holly marries.

“Look at this!” the woman whispered. “Will this work?”

The other woman nodded. “It has berries on it, she said. “It is not too big. It should work very well, indeed.”

…The first woman nodded. “Then we will put the sprig beneath her pillow so that she will dream of her husband,” she said, making clear the plan.  “Once she dreams of him, it will make her more open to the idea of marriage. Of course, she will want to marry if she dreams of her future husband.”

The second woman shook her head. “Or she will dream of her dead love and it will ruin everything,” she said, annoyed. “It is his ghost that stands between her and marrying another. Holly has everything; she is Father’s heiress and she shall inherit his estate when he dies. Father is having a big feast tomorrow in celebration of her day of birth and everyone in the county will be there. She will have men admiring her and people bestowing great presents upon her. How on earth can she be so unhappy with her life?”

The knight still hidden in the shadows feels here is an opportunity for him.  The following day at the gathering he would trap an heiress.  I didn’t much like this knight.  After all where was his honor, yet when he met Holly is was very kind with her.

In getting to know her, he sees she is quite the catch.  She has an internal beauty and purity of soul.  Will this knight’s honor ever kick in?  Holly is attracted to the knight as well.  Are we headed toward a catastrophic marriage? Or will fate step in, directing events?

I enjoyed the story, the unusual beginning with a knight definitely not up to Le Veque standards. Would he be able to redeem himself?

 

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AKathryn Le Veque 1bout the Author: USA TODAY Bestselling Author
Amazon All-Star Author
#1 multi-published Bestselling Amazon Author
#1 ranked English Medieval Romance Author on Amazon

“Le Veque writes… winning epics….” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Kathryn Le Veque is a force of nature. Her stories are epic, with timeless themes and heroes to die for.” –Tanya Anne Crosby, New York Times Bestselling Author

“The epic Medieval Romance is back – thanks to Kathryn Le Veque!” — Claire Delacroix, NYT Bestselling author

“This author… genius…!” — Ind’Tale Magazine

KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also quintuple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2016.

Kathryn’s Medieval Romance novels have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

On October 29, 2015, Amazon launched Kathryn’s Kindle Worlds Fan Fiction site WORLD OF DE WOLFE PACK. Please visit Kindle Worlds for Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack and find many action-packed adventures written by some of the top authors in their genre using Kathryn’s characters from the de Wolfe Pack series. As Kindle World’s FIRST Historical Romance fan fiction world, Kathryn Le Veque’s World of de Wolfe Pack will contain all of the great story-telling you have come to expect.

Kathryn loves to hear from her readers. Please find Kathryn on Facebook at Kathryn Le Veque, Author, or join her on Twitter @kathrynleveque, and don’t forget to visit her website at www.kathrynleveque.com.

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