When Midnight Comes

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Visit the streets of 19th century New York in a tale based on the legend of the Jack O Lantern. Newly dead Jack Keegan may be doomed to wander the earth forever with only a lantern to light his way unless he atones for the sins of a lifetime. His love for Lucia Casale may be the only thing that can save him.

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Words: 20,320
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452477251
About Lori Handeland

Lori Handeland is a Waldenbooks, Bookscan, USA Today and New York Times best-selling author, as well as a two time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award. She also writes gritty, sexy, adventurous western historical romance under the name Lori Austin.
Lori lives in Southern Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons.
She can be reached through her website at www.lorihandeland.com
or www.loriaustin.net

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Review by: Carol on April 04, 2012 :
The plot of this novella runs similar to Dicken's A Christmas Carol. This is not a typical romance but closer to tragedy.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Becky Smith on Sep. 05, 2011 :
You know a story is good when you think about it randomly months after you read it. I really liked this one, but I gotta say, I could not get the image of Leonardo Dicaprio as Jack Keegan out of my head, so even though this was a serious and touching story, I couldn't help but giggle throughout.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tami Jackson on Jan. 03, 2011 :
"When Midnight Comes" is a short romantic tragedy that breaks far away from Lori's famous paranormal Nightcreature/Jager-Sucher series. That reality took me by surprise, at first, because I had purchased this novella based on Lori's other work, but her reliable talent did shine through and I was not disappointed. This novella's writing style reminds me of a number of best selling classics.

It has strong Catholic overtones with concepts of Purgatory, guilt and internal suffering. The timeline of this story reminded me a bit of Scrooge, in history, but instead of being haunted by horrifying ghosts from winters' past, the main character, Jack Keegan, is haunted by a former girlfriend whose spiritual mission is to get Jack to break through the way he currently sees things and admit he is much more despicable than he views himself. In Lori's words, Jack must admit he is a "selfish man who cares nothing for what is important and everything for what is not.” That is, if he is to save his soul and make his former lover's suffering seem worthwhile.

A couple of Lori's very telling excerpts from this book include: "Shunning a candle, he (Jack) made his way to the narrow bed behind the curtain on his side of the room, stripped off his clothes, and lay down to stare at the night, which pulsed so loudly with silence he thought he might run mad." And: "Hell was not to come; Hell was here and now—when everything she’d ever dreamed of or wanted was offered, and she could not have it. Ever."

One theme from "When Midnight Comes" that proved consistent with Lori's Nightcreature novels was the bedroom scene. As always, Lori writes believable romantic encounters, the kind of lusty scenarios that make frail people blush. KEEP ON WRITING LORI! I felt thoroughly entertained by this well-written tale.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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