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Mine Till Midnight, by Lisa Kleypas

17 Aug

Mine Till MidnightI’m still indulging in mostly re-reads, as stress is still making my reading mojo waver somewhat.

Trolling through my physical shelves, I pulled this old favorite out, and since a) I enjoyed it very much once again, and b) Ms Kleypas is releasing her first historical romance in five years in October, I thought I’d review it.

However, if you have never read one of her books and if, like me, you prefer to read in order and/or without spoilers, you may want to start with the previous series (the Wallflowers quartet), before you tackle the Hathaways, as we see most of the protagonists of those book show up in this series.

Mind you, the Hathaways is not a spinoff of the Wallflowers, is just a matter of geography. And coincidence.

Or something.

Warning: there’s a fair bit of fetishization/otherization/idealization of Gypsy culture–the ‘noble savage’ thing.¹

Mine Till Midnight, by Lisa Kleypas

This is the first of a series of books about the Hathaway siblings, four sisters and their older brother, Leo Hathaway, the new Viscount Ramsay.

Amelia is the oldest sister, and has taken charge of her siblings for the last several years, since the deaths of her parents. The Hathaways are the children of a country gentleman; much like the Bennett sisters in Pride and Prejudice: long on breeding (if not manners) and short on funds. The title has come to Leo not just recently, but rather unexpectedly, as the family’s tie to even minor gentry is tenuous at best.

Cam Rohan is, as the text takes pains to explain, a rather unusual Gypsy. For more than half his life, he has lived in London, first as a houseboy, and then as general factotum, for Jenner’s, a gambling establishment.

Here’s the (quite godawful) blurb from my paperback copy:
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