posted at Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 8:00 AM | Adult, Mini Reviews, Reviews
I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd
Series: Daughters of Hampshire #1
Published by Howard Books on March 10, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance, Mystery, Gothic
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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, would 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.
At ALA, I picked up a historical fiction novel (A Lady in Disguise), because the premise sounded awesome and basically if a book is historical and has romance I am here for it. Then, a couple days later, when I was organizing my book haul, I realized it was not only the third book in a series but that it was also Christian. THE HORROR. I avoid Christian fiction like a plague of locusts, and I was not thrilled at this discovery. But, when I looked at the GR page for the first book, I saw that Jessie (Ageless Pages) had read and really liked it, so I decided to get past my prejudices and give Mist of Midnight a go. For the most part, I totally would not have been able to tell this book was Christian fiction if I’d picked it up randomly, and it’s quite an excellent historical novel.