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February 25, 2012

Review: A Waltz at Midnight by Crista McHugh

A Waltz at Midnight
By Crista McHugh
Published by Carina Press
(first published February 27th 2012)
New York, 1866

When her mistress receives an utterly unromantic letter from a potential suitor, servant Susanna Parkwell is asked to craft an appropriate response. Though hesitant to take part in the deception, Susanna agrees, never dreaming the scorned suitor will write back.

Theodore Blakely abhors being pressured by his family to marry, but he's intrigued by the witty refusal he receives from "Charlotte". After exchanging more letters, Ted believes he's found a soul mate in his thoughtful and understanding correspondent, and asks permission to formally court her.

Though racked with guilt over her lies, Susanna can't resist the opportunity to meet Ted in person. So she poses as Charlotte at a holiday ball, where she vows to tell him the truth. But when the clock strikes midnight, will Susanna have the courage to reveal her identity and risk losing the man she loves?

This was a cute little love story that I was able to read in under an hour. I loved the interaction between Suzanna and Teddy as you read their letters to each other. I found I was looking forward to what the next letter held as much as the characters did.

I love that Suzanna is strong and opinionated; she tries to scare Teddy off from pursuing Charlotte and instead has him writing back and pursuing her more. Suzanna can’t help but write back each time Teddy writes her and so you get to see them fall for each other and open up to each other. You can’t help but hope in the end he will be ok with the idea that she has been deceiving him.

Teddy who is pursuing a woman he does not want because it is his father’s wishes, hope she is in person what he has met in the letters. He opens up to her in ways he never has anyone else and even learns how to follow his dreams while pleasing his father because of something Suzanne, who he thinks is Charlotte, wrote in one of her letters.

I would definitely recommend this if you want a good short story

3.5 out of 5 Stars


  1. This sounds like a charming, sweet read that's perfect for when you need something light and entertaining while waiting for an appointment or for one of your children's classes to finish up. I think I'll pick it up!
    Thanks so much for the review!

    Gena Robertson

  2. I really liked this story too-just a cute little romance-a fun treat for an afternoon read.


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