Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate Noble

by Kristen D · 20 Sep 2016
Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate Noble
Sometimes I want to consume a book entirely in one sitting. I’m not looking for long interactions with characters, not interested in building tension or anything which takes more than about 150 pages to make happen. That’s when I pick up a short story or novella, and love doing so with new authors to see what their writing style is without making a huge investment.

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With that in mind, I was delighted by Miss Goodhue Lives For A Night. The story of Cecilia Goodhue and Theodore Hudson, this sweet novella is about misconceptions, scheming relatives, and a second chance at love.

When we meet Cecilia, her life is very small. A schoolteacher who was betrothed but abandoned in her youth, Cecilia delights in her classes but is otherwise quite lonely. Because of exactly how the betrothal was broken, the rest of the world assumes she was “ruined”, but in reality the relationship was never consummated.

Essentially, what went down all those years ago is that she and Theodore “Theo” Hudson were running away to Gretna Green to elope, when they were caught by representatives of both families. Cecilia was informed that Theo was only after her for her money and he was spirited away in a carriage before she had a chance to clarify.

When a cousin of hers goes missing, thought to have run away to elope with a potentially untrustworthy gentleman, Cecilia volunteers to go find her. It is through this quest that she meets up again with Theo, and learns that the reasons for their parting were perhaps not as first supposed.

Both characters share their POVs with us, and I was thoroughly charmed by Theo’s inner-life. I loved the side characters and felt the whole story was a well-paced, which is so hard to do in a novella. There are a few plot strands that I wish could have been explored a bit more - for example, there’s some potentially really interesting issues of class here as our two main characters are middle-class but mix with the aristocracy - but they are left out. I’m sure this is due to the length restrictions, but it also left me wanting a bit more.

I’ve read some works of Noble’s before and have always enjoyed them. Miss Goodhue Lives For a Night is no exception. Anyone looking for a quick but engrossing story about two deserving people finding their long-delayed happily ever after should one-click this immediately.

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