Poacher's Fall

Poacher s Fall Midwinter Manor Book One One snowy night just before Christmas poacher Danny Costessey rounds off a night trapping rabbits by climbing a tree to fetch some mistletoe for his mother only to fall

  • Title: Poacher's Fall
  • Author: J.L. Merrow
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  • Page: 242
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  • Poacher's Fall

    Midwinter Manor Book One One snowy night just before Christmas, 1922, poacher Danny Costessey rounds off a night trapping rabbits by climbing a tree to fetch some mistletoe for his mother only to fall and break his leg Taken to the manor house to recover from his injuries, Danny meets the reclusive owner, Philip Luccombe Village gossip has it Luccombe went mad during thMidwinter Manor Book One One snowy night just before Christmas, 1922, poacher Danny Costessey rounds off a night trapping rabbits by climbing a tree to fetch some mistletoe for his mother only to fall and break his leg Taken to the manor house to recover from his injuries, Danny meets the reclusive owner, Philip Luccombe Village gossip has it Luccombe went mad during the war, but Danny soon realizes he s simply still mourning his late lover As friendship grows between them, Danny starts to fall for handsome, shy Philip Danny s lively nature, roguish good looks, and ready laughter enchant Philip, and he finds himself being drawn out of his shell whether he will it or not But when Danny tries to move beyond friendship, Philip panics and his rejection threatens not only their happiness, but Danny s health Previously published as the short story Pleasures With Rough Strife in December 2009 by Dreamspinner Press.

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    1. Kazza

      First of all this is a charming little ebook. The language delicious and the story sweet. Danny is an eighteen year old poacher, a son of a poacher, with four siblings and a mother who he provides for. Since his father's untimely death, about 5 years prior, he is the 'man of the house' with his brother, Toby, ten, and three sisters ranging from nine to four years of age to worry about. He is out poaching rabbit's on Philip Luccombe's property when he decides to climb the oak tree there to get so [...]

    2. Macky

      * 3.75* What a charming and endearing little tale, set around Christmas and involving the lonely lord of the manor and the young scamp poacher who he ends up looking after,when he falls from an old oak tree whilst trying to collect mistletoe for his mam. This is a very quick read and the only downside really is that it would have been lovely to have seen a bit more of them getting to know each other in this book as there is a touch of UST there which if it had been longer could have been expande [...]

    3. Kaje Harper

      This short novella about two men finding each other in the early 1920's really begs to be a full novel. As usual with J.L. Merrow, the characters are great, well-fleshed out, distinctive and appealing even in this short format. I love her writing and enjoyed this tale of an injured poacher, suffering from broken bones at Christmas, who is given recovery-room at the manor house by his grieving and shy landlord. But for me the story moved too fast, for the characters, for their difference in stati [...]

    4. Ami

      3.5 starsA sweet, tender, uncomplicated story around Christmas time, between Danny Costessey, an 18-year-old "poacher" and Philip Luccombe, the Lord of a Manor. The story is just like the summary says. No real angst or conflict, I think, though Philip lost his lover four years prior and still cannot really forget about him until Danny comes along. The additional 0.5 stars is for the inclusion of Andrew Marvell's Poetry "To His Coy Mistress" in the end of the story because I always think that "Ha [...]

    5. Deeze

      This was a second reading for me and I'm sure I reviewed this first time, but either I imagined it or GR ate my review.Anyway I really enjoyed this little Christmas fic. It seems historicals work better at the Christmas theme than a lot of the modern day storys for me.This was another case of all story with little to no sex. Just a strong learning of who these two guys were. If I had a complaint it was this story ended far to soon. But I'm now happy to be able to go straight onto the next book a [...]

    6. LiveYourLife BuyTheBook

      4 StarsI enjoy historical novels for their sense of place and calmer pace, especially if I can curl up before a fireplace and lose myself in another time and place. I found “Poacher’s Fall” with its rich description and fully developed characters perfect for doing so. It is a lovely, period read.After the death of his father, and assuming the care of his mother and his siblings, Danny Costessey is carrying on the family business of poaching one frigid, snowy night before Christmas. He clim [...]

    7. Heather C

      Poacher’s Fall tells the story of poacher Danny Costessey and what happens to him after his fall from a tree while trying to cut down some mistletoe to bring to his mother for Christmas.  He is found unconscious and brought to the land owner’s home to convalesce from his injuries.  Philip Luccombe, the owner, has been living in seclusion since he lost his lover a few years ago.  But Danny’s presence is brightening Philip’s days and giving him moments to look forward to his visits with [...]

    8. J.L. Merrow

      This is an expanded (by 15%) and re-edited reissue of Pleasures with Rough Strife. The re-issue is to mark the publication of the sequel, Keeper's Pledge, a longer novella taking place four years after the original story. Dreamspinner have kindly agreed to allow a free download of Poacher's Fall to all those who've previously purchased a stand-alone version of Pleasures with Rough Strife from the Dreamspinner website (not as part of the Advent Calendar). You should be able to access this from yo [...]

    9. Alison

      This was pleasant, but didn't really grab me. It's easy and very lightweight. Not my favourite from this author.

    10. Lucy

      Danny, the 18-year-old rabbit poacher of the story, is a delight to read. He is matter of fact, sincere and honorable. The fact that he is injured trying to get mistletoe just to make his mother smile was a great example of him. That his “mam” and family will go hungry without him there is his biggest fear. Father was a poacher and died after an accident and now here is Danny, injured poaching on the same property. He is brought to the manor and doctor advice is to not be moved. Philip, the [...]

    11. Elizabetta

      3.5 starsWhen Danny is out poaching rabbits for his family’s dinner he spies a cluster of mistletoe up high in an old oak tree-- just the thing to bring his mum, to dress up their poor cottage. When Danny takes a dangerous tumble from the tree, he falls right into Phillip Luccumbe’s life. It’s on Phillip’s estate that Danny is hunting illegally and Phillip, a recluse mourning a lost love, quickly offers Danny lodging and doctor to see him restored to health.This is a sweet, gentle histor [...]

    12. Meep

      Exactly what I was in the mood for, though not entirely what I expected.The characters have depth for such a short story; a lost lover and the early responsibilty for a families wellbeing, yet the feel isn't angsty. The balance was for me just right, showing the situation/emotion without dumping too much cold fact. It's not a meet-up and jump into bed type of story.I did wonder what the dynamic between the characters would be considering their posistions aka lord of the manor versus impoverished [...]

    13. Penumbra

      Poacher’s Fall is set during Christmas in 1922. It revolves around poacher Danny Costessey, and the rich, recluse Philip Luccombe, whose land Danny has been poaching on. The story is told in third person from both Danny’s and Philip’s pov.(view spoiler)[The author did a great job with drawing me into the time period. The speech of the two MCs and the description of the environment was well done. I had no trouble imagining what their world was like. The story took place almost exclusively i [...]

    14. CrabbyPatty

      A short sweet Christmas tale set in 1922. When young Danny Costessey falls from a tree whilst trying to get some mistletoe for his mum (after poaching some rabbits), he breaks his leg and ends up spending the holidays at the ancestral estate of Phillip Luccombe. Soon Danny and Phllip find they share much more in common than love of a good Christmas pudding and Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The book is a tad bit too short, though, as the last part of the book compressed too many events into too few [...]

    15. Josephine Myles

      A sweet and gentle historical romance, where the gulf between men of two different classes is bridged by a fortuitous accident at Christmas time. The protagonists are engaging - particularly young Danny who is a remarkably uncomplicated lad and the perfect partner for the more sensitive, haunted Philip.

    16. Eli Easton

      This was quite a lovely little historical Christmas story. I loved the rough/sweet/bold character of Danny and the setting of the manor. I dinged it one star just because it felt like it could have been longer.

    17. Kassa

      I tend to like Merrow’s contemporary work best for the great comic timing and wit. Pleasures with Rough Strife is a historical Christmas themed story that’s decent but not enough to hold my interest unfortunately. One of the two narrators has a nice accent that grabbed my attention but overall neither character really came alive for me. Philip is moldering away alone in his big house years after the death of his best friend and lover. On a particularly chilly day a boy is brought in after a [...]

    18. Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews

      4 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book Reviewsmmgoodbookreviews.wordpress/Danny is a poacher on his way home with his bounty when he decides to treat his mum to some mistletoe, unfortunately he falls out of the tree and is found by the Gamekeeper. Danny awakens in the manor house and the Lord of the manor, Mr Luccombe, assures him his family will be taken care of while Danny recovers from his injuries. Peter has locked himself away inside his manor since the death of his beloved Robert, but hav [...]

    19. Jenre

      I first read this two years ago when it was released as Pleasures With Rough Strife as part of the DSP Advent Daily Dose. This version has been revised and expanded.Set in the mid 1920's this historical tells of Danny who is poaching rabbits and decides to climb a tree to get some mistletoe for his widowed mother. He falls out of the tree,breaking his leg and hitting his head. When he comes to he is in the manor house owned by lonely Philip, who is still mourning the death of his lover and best [...]

    20. Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌

      2.5Tis was not bad, just boring and flat.The characters weren't very appealing, and not quite endearing to me.There was something about this that just didn't click with me at all. There was kind of a sub-plot besides boy meets boy, but honestly? I wasn't really 'feeling' it.[I suppose this is going to be a spoiler, but honestly, it's not like when I read it, I was like ERMGAWD, DEED DAT WEELY 'APPEN??] *******SPOILER (supposedly) *********The highlight of this book for me, was probably when the [...]

    21. Plainbrownwrapper

      This should really be read together with Keeper's Pledge, even though there is a four year gap between the two stories. Taken singly, each one is too short to satisfy -- but together, they make a nice story arc.I'm giving the first book a lower rating than the second, in part because of its brevity and in part because the emotion is not nearly as well developed. This little story is just an introduction to the characters; we don't get into the meat of their relationship until Keeper's Pledge. Th [...]

    22. Stevie Carroll

      A sweet little story about caring, impulsive Danny who is struggling to support his family following his father's death, and Philip who can't come to terms with the fact that both he and his lover made it through the Great War, only for Robert to die in the Spanish flu epidemic. I had to get that bit in since other reviewers seem to think it was just the war that did for Robert. I loved all the little details about life in bith the manor house and Danny's family's cottage and the way the relatio [...]

    23. Arch Bala

      There's really not much to this story. Philip Luccombe is the reclusive owner of the manor and the estate where young Danny Costessey does his poaching. Danny had an accident while picking up a mistletoe after poaching and was brought inside the manor where he meets Phillip, the master of the house for the first time. Instead of condemning Danny, Philip surprises himself and Danny with the turn of events that may lead into something unexpected. It was actually a fairly quick read with succinct n [...]

    24. Joanne

      Lately I find myself drawn to historical novels. I find them soothing, the writing structured and elegant like the bygone times they are set in. I feel I can savour them as I read and JL Merrow’s Midwinter Manor set of two books totally encompasses that era of civility and order.I loved this book, devoured it, JL Merrow made both men so real, made me feel invested in them, care for them, I want them to find a way to make it work, need them to. The characterisation was wonderful and perfect.I f [...]

    25. Becky Condit

      Lately I find myself drawn to historical novels. I find them soothing, the writing structured and elegant like the bygone times they are set in. I feel I can savour them as I read and JL Merrow’s Midwinter Manor set of two books totally encompasses that era of civility and order.I loved this book, devoured it, JL Merrow made both men so real, made me feel invested in them, care for them, I want them to find a way to make it work, need them to. The characterisation was wonderful and perfect.Ple [...]

    26. Serena Yates

      Another Christmas story I liked, this one is about healing and new beginnings at the start of the 20th century.Danny is a poor farmer who tries to get some mistletoe for his mother for Christmas when he falls off the tree. The lonely landowner, Philip, takes him into his house to make sure he heals well. The two men slowly become closer as Philip realizes that he needs and wants companionship again, having lost his lover Robert to the flu four years earlier.I liked the descriptions of the settin [...]

    27. Jennifer

      I liked this sweet historical novella by one of my favorite m/m authors. The two main characters (Danny and Phillip) were developed pretty well for the short amount of pages allotted. I do wish that it had been longer because, just as I was getting invested in the guys and their relationship, it ended abruptly. I will probably read the sequel sometime because I want to know what happens to these guys, but I really wanted the story to have more to it.

    28. Verity

      [image error]A touching short about love, loss and seizing the day. I'm looking forward to the nest book in the series to see how the lord and the poacher are carrying on.

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