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April Liesgang and Caleb Shannon have known each other for just three short months, so their Valentine's Day wedding at a chapel near the shores of Lake Michigan has both families in an uproar. As the festivities unfold (and the cash bar opens), everyone has an opinion and a lively prediction about April and Caleb's union, each the reflection of a different marital experience.

Meanwhile, at the nearby Hideaway Lodge, a domestic quarrel ends in tragedy. As April and Caleb's life together begins, death parts another man and woman in angry violence—and as the two stories gradually intersect, their juxtaposition explores the tangled roots of vulnerability and desire.

By the time the last polka has been danced and the bouquet tossed, Midnight Champagne has cast an extraordinary spell. From the novel's opening epigraph from Chekhov—"If you fear loneliness, then marriage is not for you"—to its final moments in the honeymoon suite, A. Manette Ansay weaves tenderness and fury, passion and wonder into a startling tapestry of love in all its paradox and power.

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061860263
List price: $9.60
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Hardly great literature and I suspect most men wouldn't like it, but I may be wrong on that. It's a good read for a night when you just can't fall asleep or a lazy do-nothing day if you're like me and can't stand daytime TV, sitcoms or cop shows.read more
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The story of April and Caleb's wedding. The couple have only known each other for a very short time so everyone there has their thoughts about it all and how long it will last. The couple get married at a chapel near the shores of Lake Michigan attached to the nearby Hideaway Lodge. Add to that a domestic quarrel between a couple staying at Hideaway Lodge that ends in tragedy, and a snowstorm that knocks out the lights and threatens to isolate all the guests for the night and you have the elements of the story. As the reader progresses through the wedding day the two stories intersect.read more
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The author A Manette Ansay writes beautiful prose, there is no question. Most of her stories take place in small towns in Wisconsin. This particular story happens entirely during the course of one day. The wedding of April and Caleb on Valentine's Day at the "Hideaway Lodge" during a furious winter storm takes place simutaniously as a violent.domestic arguement in room 33 ends in tragedy. How are these two events tied together? Are they? The young couple has only known each other for three months and both families, from Wisconsin and Tennesee, are prone to speculate privately on why they are in such hurry. Eveyone from Wisconsin knows that April had been in love with Barney since high school. Both of their families were anticipating their wedding with great anticipation, when April suddenly broke it off with no explaination. Even Barney claims not to know, but decides to attend the wedding himself as an extension of his parents invitation. Also, a mystery guest attends that many observe, but none recognize. The storm has them all captive as the snow deepens, and when the power goes out, many secrets are revealed. Love in all it's many forms interwoven in a story that is hard to put down!read more
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Hardly great literature and I suspect most men wouldn't like it, but I may be wrong on that. It's a good read for a night when you just can't fall asleep or a lazy do-nothing day if you're like me and can't stand daytime TV, sitcoms or cop shows.
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The story of April and Caleb's wedding. The couple have only known each other for a very short time so everyone there has their thoughts about it all and how long it will last. The couple get married at a chapel near the shores of Lake Michigan attached to the nearby Hideaway Lodge. Add to that a domestic quarrel between a couple staying at Hideaway Lodge that ends in tragedy, and a snowstorm that knocks out the lights and threatens to isolate all the guests for the night and you have the elements of the story. As the reader progresses through the wedding day the two stories intersect.
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The author A Manette Ansay writes beautiful prose, there is no question. Most of her stories take place in small towns in Wisconsin. This particular story happens entirely during the course of one day. The wedding of April and Caleb on Valentine's Day at the "Hideaway Lodge" during a furious winter storm takes place simutaniously as a violent.domestic arguement in room 33 ends in tragedy. How are these two events tied together? Are they? The young couple has only known each other for three months and both families, from Wisconsin and Tennesee, are prone to speculate privately on why they are in such hurry. Eveyone from Wisconsin knows that April had been in love with Barney since high school. Both of their families were anticipating their wedding with great anticipation, when April suddenly broke it off with no explaination. Even Barney claims not to know, but decides to attend the wedding himself as an extension of his parents invitation. Also, a mystery guest attends that many observe, but none recognize. The storm has them all captive as the snow deepens, and when the power goes out, many secrets are revealed. Love in all it's many forms interwoven in a story that is hard to put down!
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In a 12 hour period, in a midwest motel that's seen better days, a couple are married & they & the wedding guests (both invited & just passing thru) are trapped by a blizzard. As the electricity flickers on & off they try to make merry but old passions & regrets linger in the shadows. A short but intense story of a wedding night that will haunt all the participants.
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Strangely delightful account of a wedding and a murder in a North Woods lodge. Lots of kids sleeping on coats -- vivid writing ... Room 33.
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