This is a charming romance although too much modernity kept intruding into the plot. April was surprised that Matthew didn't immediately take care of his children following his wife's death. She also assumes that Matthew's brother Boyd would accept a mulatto niece and nephew. Does she not remember slavery? And has racism and ignorance disappeared along with the South's glorious dreams of slave owning? This was a time when even freed slaves were expected to behave respectably and not have sex outside of wedlock.
I wanted to know more about Matthew as a person. Had he always known he had a thing for black women? Had he ever considered finding a nice Quaker wife who might be accepting of his mixed race children? Mainly I kept seeing how his loving another black woman would negatively impact his life. As a white man why would he bring that on himself, without even giving it serious thought? I wanted to see that as a character, Matthew had fully considered the ramification of his actions. His love for his first wife and for April was still wrapped in pink lenses and I wanted as a reader to see the love between the two main characters and the reality of what would be seen in those times as miscegenation.
This was a lovely romance that needed to do more than pay homage to the time period it was set in.
April Windmire is the answer to Matt Seever’s prayers. But racial prejudice in the old South threatens to keep them apart. Haley Whitehall brings you another passionate tale in Midnight Kiss, Book 3 of her historical romance series Moonlight Romance. Sometimes love is black and white.
Unjustly accused of stealing, nanny April Windmire is turned out on the streets without pay. With no place to go and no friends, she stows away on a Mississippi River steamboat. Her hopes to hide through the journey to St. Louis are dashed when a handsome white officer finds her. But instead of turning her in, he takes her to his private quarters where she fights her growing attraction to a man she cannot have.
Matt Seever’s wife died four year ago, leaving him alone with two small mulatto children. But his job as an officer on the Queen Bee isn’t family friendly. He knows he needs a new wife, but no southern white woman will marry him. When April lands in his lap, his prayers are answered. Or are they? April’s not the trusting type and racial prejudice runs deep in post-Civil War Missouri. Just when Matt convinces April he loves her, his new family becomes a target and there’s no backing down from this fight.
Together, April and Matt must brave heinous race prejudice crimes to find an enduring love.
Content Notes: Hot, Interracial, Historical, 1800s, Civil War, Multi-Cultural