Monday, March 9, 2015

Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd (With Giveaway!!!)

Howard Books (March 10, 2015) 384 pages


In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.

Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes.

That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father's investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?

A captivating Gothic love story set against a backdrop of intrigue and danger, Mist of Midnight will leave you breathless.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Thoughts:

I've probably made it pretty clear around here that Sandra Byrd is one of my most favorite authors. I had been greatly anticipating a new book from her, and the day I discovered one was on the way, there was happy dancing in my heart. When I learned that it was a gothic romance? Cheers were added! Needless to say, I'd been very excited to make my way into this book's pages.

Mist of Midnight stars Rebecca Ravenshaw. Her parents were missionaries in India, but have been murdered in the Indian Mutiny. Left alone, she escapes India, and returns home to England, where she hopes to claim her father's home. When her greeting is less than welcoming, she learns that months before, someone else has pretended to be her. Needless to say, most are suspicious of her.

With each book of Sandra's that I read, it seems I proclaim a new favorite. They just keep getting better, and I adored this one. The storyline is like none I've read before, and such a wonderful edition to the Christian fiction realm of books(to the realm of books, in general!). It's a gothic romance, which I love, so there's mysteries around every corner, making me want to devour the pages even quicker. There are little moments of creepiness, as investigating transpires. There's also the added side story of the missionary world in India during the 1800s. (The story opens up in 1858.) Mist of Midnight takes place in England, but there are stories and flashbacks from life in India, so we still get to see a bit of that world.

Rebecca is a strong heroine, with a lovely heart. She doesn't mind breaking free a bit from the mold women of that time were put into, and she doesn't mind giving compliments to "the help". Those kind of leading ladies are my favorite! Captain Whitfield has a reputation with the ladies, and a bit of a dark demeanor, but his kind actions defy it all. It wasn't difficult to like him.

Once again, I adored this book. It even exceeded my high expectations, so I feel perfectly confident highly recommending it! It is now my favorite book of Sandra's and a favorite book, in general.

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.


Purchase Link:

Mist of Midnight: A Novel (The Daughters of Hampshire)


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  1. Thank you, Tammy! I'm so glad I met your expectations and that you loved Mist of Midnight. I appreciate you and your review very much!

  2. Oh, this sounds like my kind of book!!

    Also, I've been enjoying the yummy chocolate this week.

  3. 5 out of 5 stars? Well, you certainly caught my attention with your rave review. :D

  4. 5 out of 5 stars? Well, you certainly caught my attention with your rave review. :D