Audiobook Review: UPON A MIDNIGHT DREAM by Kathryn Le Veque, a novella

Upon a Midnight Dream AudiobookTitle: Upon a Midnight Dream
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 76
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Published Date: December 27, 2016

Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
Length: 2 hours and 23 minutes
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Published by: Kathryn Le Veque Novels

Publisher’s Summary:
They say miracles are myth, fairy tales created for the pious masses. But for a lonely knight returning from the Crusades and a grieving lady with no hope for her future, a miracle will change both their lives forever.

Meet Sir Rennington of Ashbourne and Lady Holly St. Maur, and discover the beauty of their Christmas miracle for yourself in this romantic tale.

©2016 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2017 Kathryn Le Veque

My Thoughts: I didn’t like the hero, Sir Rennington of Ashbourne, particularly at the end of the story.  He was too suave, his voice too kind. (probably has something to do with the narrator’s approach)  Of course, the reader hears what he is thinking.  Even when he, himself, realizes he’s a jerk, I couldn’t forgive him. He changes only when he is cornered, realizing what he was doing to his best friend’s angel, Holly, and feeling guilty.  Guilt doth not make a man honorable.  I’m not able to get past this point.

If Holly had been another woman, he would have pursued her and not felt badly tricking her.  No, he wasn’t my cup of tea.  In my mind, he didn’t redeem himself.

Holly isn’t a very likable heroine, either.  She is easily duped.  I see some seeds of strength in her, but she easily is manipulated by Sir Rennington and then forgives him. I didn’t like that she could dismiss so easily her sisters’ concerns to have her consider marriage.  Again, I think it is because of the shortness of the novella, preventing the fleshing of and feelings of the characters)  I couldn’t find anything in her to admire.

The narrator’s voice is annoying at times when in both hero and heroine dialogue he breathes in at the end of the phrase.  I started listening to that rather than the story!

The plot is a good one along with the setting—a time of miracles at Christmas time and magic. As a novella of 76 pages, character development and supporting scenes to make these characters soar with the season, just didn’t happen.

I normally love everything this writer pens.   I listened to the story a couple of days ago, and still my thinking remains the same.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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