Romantic comedy junkie Natalie lives out those fantasies in real life three New Year's Eves in a row when fate throws her together with the same handsome stranger. A heartbreaking turn of events leaves her swearing off of love, forevers, and the holidays (bah humbug). That is until the mystery man from her past reappears years later.
Over a holiday season, Natalie struggles to reconcile the whimsical notions of her past with the practical sensibilities she has worked so hard to develop. With the countdown to a new year looming, she must decide whether or not she is willing to give happily ever after another shot.
In this holiday novella by Laura Chapman, celebrate the holiday season with a love story about second, and fifth, chances and learning to trust your heart.
To say that Natalie is reluctant to go out with her friends on New Year's Eve is an understatement. However, a certain man saves her from an unwanted advance right before midnight. The following 2 New Year's Eves, the same certain man makes it a point to be at the same bar where he originally met Natalie.
However, after being jilted, Natalie swears off of her romantic notions and focuses on her work. Several years later the mystery man reappears… What will Natalie decide to do? Continue to live life as an angry feminist or open her heart?
This is a wonderfully, sweet book. Kudos to Laura Chapman for writing a beautiful romance that is free of the current, popular trappings (graphic details.)
Kay Heart has a pretty name as well as pretty voice. She is able to capture each of the characters' essence(s). Well done!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I would love to listen to a book(s) by Laura Chapman that follows these characters and/or the other characters we met in What Happens at Midnight. It is a perfect set up for a series, in my opinion.
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This was a cute story. I loved how it fast forwarded each year to New Years midnight. I felt the ending ended too soon but it was still good. I guess I wanted more.
I received a copy for an honest and voluntary review.
Natalie is focused on finishing her Master and then her doctorate...leaving little time or desire to date or just go out for the evening on New Year’s eve. She is talked into going and meets a guy, has a bit of a connection but doesn’t exchange names or numbers. They meet again two more years and the year they actually plan to meet he doesn’t show.
Rob is sweet funny and breaks her heart when he fails to show.
Many sweet make you smile moments...heartbreak for Natalie....but they meet again in an unexpected way...will there be a reconciliation...is there an explanation about what happened to Rob? Is his like the romantic movies Natalie watches?
i loved the narrator’s voice..perfect for Natalie, the men and secondary characters...would be great fun to follow more of the people in Natalie and Rob’s world and what happens to them.
Good idea, but I wanted more. Good narration just needs more story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Loved the story. Geat slow burn romance, with plenty of humor and second chances. Great narrator too! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.
I loved the premise of this book. Natalie is a co-ed, about to graduate with an undergraduate degree in anthropology. She has plans, though – a Master’s degree, PhD, and then a tenure-track teaching-and-research position at a college.
Being dragged out on New Year’s Eve by her best friend Mallory won’t help Natalie achieve those goals, but Mallory is like a force of nature and sometimes it’s just easier to go along.
And, of course, it’s great that Natalie does. A tall dark stranger rescues her from an uncomfortable situation and she enjoys the evening far more than she imagined she would.
The story jumps to the next year when she and Rob meet up again. And again. Each time they discuss the changes in their lives, deciding they have something too precious to risk while their lives are so busy and in flux. They repeat the promise to return each year.
But sometimes life throws you a curveball and your heart gets broken – especially if you’re a die-hard romantic. Especially if “When Harry Met Sally” is your favourite movie. It’s one of mine, so I could relate to Natalie. This is a romance, so a happy ending is practically guaranteed, but smooth landings have to endure turbulence first.
I loved that the story was spread out over so many years. In most cases these days, 22 is immature and too young to settle down prematurely. If you haven’t had time to explore the world and yourself, how will you know when you’ve met the right person?
Laura Chapman is a new author to me, Kay Heart a new narrator. I will definitely look for their work again. Kay’s portrayal of Natalie’s interior monologue is a hoot.
The story was short, sweet, and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling.
And I think it’s time to watch Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan fall in love all over again. Because as Natalie admits, there is a difference between reality and fiction. A little fiction (especially the romantic kind) can be good for the soul.
What Happens at Midnight by Laura Chapman is a fun, sweet, quick listen that revolves around two single people, Natalie and Rob, that meet on New Years Eve at a bar for a few years in a row. While the story has strong shades of An Affair to Remember, it still stays unique. Anyways, one year, Rob doesn't show up. Natalie is heartbroken and of course years later, Rob pops up into her life in an unexpected way. Since this is a novella, it's a pretty fast paced story, but still feels complete and feels like no plot points were skipped over. It kept my attention throughout and I really enjoyed it. Is it a bit predictable? Sure! Did I care? Nope!
Kay Heart did a good job with the narration as well. She handled Natalie and Rob's voices well, as well as the all of the secondary characters. Each character had a unique voice that I was able to easily identify and her cadence was spot on. I'd listen to another of her performances again anytime! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.
I enjoyed this modern take on An Affair to Remember, or at least that was my opinion of the storyline. I loved how the characters matured over the years. Both the author and narrator were new to me, and I thought both are extremely talented. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator in the future.
You're in New York City, what are the odds of running into the same person three new years eve's in a row? It brings to mind serendipity and yet things do not go to plan.
This is a sweet second chance romance between Natalie and Rob, the chemistry between them is great and I really enjoyed their story.
The narrator did a great job with the character voices and the overall delivery.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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Great read. I very much devoured this one. Fabulous characters. The story was something that kept me engaged and had me smiling and rooting them on. Loved the banter and tension. Great!