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Summary

In the darkness of night, magic awaits....

Nottingham, 1906 

Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina but, as Christmas draws nearer, her dancing days are numbered - she must marry and take up her place in society in the New Year. But, when a mysterious toymaker, Dr Drosselmeier, purchases a neighbouring townhouse, it heralds the arrival of magic and wonder in Marietta’s life.

After Drosselmeier constructs an elaborate theatrical set for her final ballet performance on Christmas Eve, Marietta discovers it carries a magic all of its own - a magic darker than anyone could imagine. As the clock chimes midnight, Marietta finds herself transported from her family’s ballroom to a frozen sugar palace, silent with secrets, in a forest of snow-topped fir trees. She must find a way to return home before she’s trapped in Everwood’s enchanting grip forever.

In the darkness of night, magic awaits, and you will never forget what you find here.... 

©2021 M.A. Kuzniar (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A glittering rush of sugar-sweet enchantment laced with sparkling prose and bewitching storytelling. Beware of entering this magnificent world; Everwood will dazzle and seduce you and then steal you away." (Stephanie Garber, Sunday Times best-selling author of Caraval)

"Magical and evocative, the perfect winter fairy tale." (Sarah Morgan, Sunday Times best-selling author of One More for Christmas)

"Delicious as a sugar plum, this is the perfect Christmas tea, with every word a jewel. You will fall under its spell from the first page to the last. Enchanting." (Veronica Henry, Sunday Times best-selling author of Christmas at the Beach Hut)

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Warm and atmospheric

This book is a perfect Christmas listen - especially when Christmas proves rainy and incomplete due to covid measures. But I have to say, it's a book you read for the atmosphere. it's full of colorful descriptions of landscapes, clothes and ballet. which are just beautiful enough to make up for a plot that doesn't quite work, and some rather flat characterisations. If you take for what it is, it will take you right out of yuletide depression and bring out your inner child.

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Magical

A wonderful tale.
Beautifully narrated by Tor Leijten.
Loved it & would recommend this book.

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Totally enchanting

This was such a wonderful take based on The Nutcracker. It is bursting with magic and the ballet. Perfect winter Christmas reading. It is one of my favourite books of 2021

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Magical

I am half way through this book and just love it - I feel totally immersed in the scenery and characters and don’t want it to end - an amazing grown up version of the Nutcracker which was always a childhood magical story to me

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An Enchanting Journey

Wow. What a magical and enticing voice, that pairs so brilliantly with this unique tale. I highly recommend this wintery, silky and exciting audiobook to anyone who wants to embrace the crisp cold weather outside.

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a lot of unnecessary waffle

I like a reimagining of an old tale but, goodness me, this took forever to get to the main story, and then was just a very long list of every confection tou could think of. didn't care for the characters. Did not finish it, got distracted by life and couldn't find the enthusiasm or will to return to the story. Was not particularly engaged with the narration., either, it was annoying.

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Don't waste 5 hours plus of your life on this

See review title. I'm not on my own. Our book club chose it for our November read and only one member out of 15 managed to finish it. Save your money !!

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Simply Delightful!!

An adult version of The Nutcracker yet loses NONE of the Original story's Magic and Charm!!! Simply LOVE it!!! 😁💗✌🌞🌞

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Magic

l love the Nutcracker as a story and this has been beautifully retold as a fantasy. And the narration by Tor superb. Lovely voice and easy to listen to

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I enjoyed it, but ...

I could nit-pick over parts of the story, but on the whole it was entertaining, which is why I've given it four stars. I did enjoy it. I wish the editor had advised the author over the weaker spots in the story, like the over-use of the word gossamer, and words that didn't belong to that era. There were one or two parts of the story that I felt were unnecessary and not in keeping with a fairytale, even though it's written for adults. But on the whole it made a pleasant change and was worth listening to.
Sadly, I found the narration lacking. The narrator captured different voices reasonably well, but her reading let her down. Throughout the book there were slight pauses as she worked out a pronunciation, and she read into it extra commas and full stops, which spoiled the flow. It was very distracting.

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  • 10-12-21

Perfect Christmas Fairy Tale

This was a beautiful nutcracker retelling! The world was so full of magic and wonder, and the atmosphere was rich and gorgeous! Midnight in Everwood is a perfect Christmas fantasy read! The character development was so good too! Our MC goes through a JOURNEY lol. She learns some very poignant life lessons with such grace and elegance while remaining fiercely independent. I was also so impressed with the fact that this is a standalone! Kuzniar did such a great job taking us through this story and giving us action, romance, world building, character development, friendship bonds, and so much more and tied it up with a perfect bow at the end! If you love retellings and are looking for a holiday theme, this is your next read!

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  • Adaire Davidson
  • 07-11-21

A wonderful holiday confection of a novel

I have always loved the Nutcracker, in both its ballet form and the original Hoffman story. This novel allowed me to luxuriate in that fascination again—it’s the perfect listen for readying the house for the holidays! To be clear, this is a light story, meant more to evoke joy and wonder than to secure a place among the literary greats. There are certainly moments when one might wish for the author to delve deeper into certain mysteries and character motivations, but overall, the story is enchanting and sure to be a holiday classic I will return to each year!

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  • My.Bookish.Mind
  • 16-05-22

Nutcracker retelling missed the mark with me

This is my first book by the author. This book is just not for me.

Midnight in Everwood has a magical premise. I’m sad to say this Nutcracker retelling missed the mark with me.

I picked this book up multiple times and put it down. The pacing is a bit too slow. I’m consistently waiting for something to happen.

Yet, I will say this, the author is good at writing cliffhangers moments and building anticipation. There is an abundance of world-building, cliffhangers, and edge of your seat moments only to fall short.

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper 360 for the opportunity to read and review this magical book.

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  • Jojo
  • 23-04-22

Whimsical story

Brilliant narrator. A magical story of a little girl becoming a woman... Perfect to read at winter