Upon A Midnight Dream is the first novel in Rachel Van Dyken’s new London Fairy Tales series. The Fairy Tales series is a spinoff of her highly successful Renwick House series. (Reviews of Renwick Books 1, 2, 2.5, and 3) Upon A Midnight Dream is a re-imagined version of Sleeping Beauty.
Rosalind Hartwell and Stefan Hudson have a duty to their families that they cannot break. They must be wed or a family curse will descend upon both their families. Stefan, the Marquess of Whitmore, seems like an admirable husband by any standards, yet Rosalind and Stefan call off their engagement, throwing both families into chaos. The family curse roars into action and multiple family members from both houses, starting with the fathers of both Rosalind and Stefan, die of a mysterious sickness. In an attempt to ward off even more disaster, Rosalind and Stefan decide to wed after all, but Rosalind insists on being properly courted. Unfortunately for her, Stefan is a little rusty in that department, having been away from proper civilization in his travels and conquests. Will they be able to discover the true cause of the mysterious sickness that is cursing the families? What will become of Rosalind and Stefan’s relationship?
Rachel Van Dyken has done it again. I was laughing from cover to cover, especially when she described the hilarious relationship between Stefan and his horse, Samson. This humor definitely made the book fly by, and before I knew it I was finished with the book! Another awesome aspect of this book was Rosalind’s character. As you all know, I’m a huge fan of strong female leads in books, and I was glad to see Rosalind make it not so easy for Stefan to come back into her life. Even though he was stubborn, Rosalind stuck to her guns and gave him a taste of his own medicine. They were a perfect match for each other. In all, Van Dyken’s work was a fun read, just as I thought it would be. I really enjoyed this spin on a classic fairy tale, and I can’t wait to see her re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast next!
4 out of 5 Stars
Upon A Midnight Dream by Rachel Van Dyken
Astraea Press (2012)
eBook: 224 pages
Special thanks to Astrea Press for my review copy!