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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"?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 X 0.00 (inches)|
Series: Daughters of Hampshire
Mist of Midnight: Daughters of Hampshire, Large PrintSandra ByrdChristian Romance Series / Hardcover$23.99 Retail:
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“Just the right mix of mystery and romance to keep the reader guessing until the end. Shady characters along with a strong heroine transport the reader to a different time and place. The rich prose will remind readers of Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights.”
“Mist of Midnight is a beautiful, haunting tale. Sandra Byrd masterfully weaves together both romance and suspense among a cast of mysterious characters. I was immediately swept into the wonder of this story, and I loved unraveling all the secrets and discovering exactly what happened at the old Headbourne House.”
“Sandra Byrd’s trademark attention to historical accuracy combines with an eerily building intrigue to envelope readers in a sense of dark foreboding that hinges precariously between hope and desperation. Mist of Midnight is a subtly haunting, beautifully atmospheric, and decadently romantic Victorian tale that will find a comfortable home among the best Gothic romances of days gone by.”
“Not since Jane Eyre have I read a Gothic romance that has captured my heart so completely. From the exotic India to an English estate shrouded in mystery, Byrd’s eye for detail shines through on every page. Romance lovers are sure to devour the tale of Rebecca Ravenshaw and her search for the truth behind the mysteries of Headbourne House and the handsome young captain who lives on the estate.”
“From the first word to the last, Mist of Midnight is a completely absorbing romantic, and mysterious, novel. Ms. Byrd’s writing is splendid, and her characters are so complex and endearing that they leap off the pages. I couldn’t put it down. An absolutely irresistible read!”
"Reminiscent of the Bronte sisters... A captivating Gothic love story that intertwines mystery and intrigue with romance, this novel grabs readers from its opening lines until its last page."
“Mist of Midnight is a subtly haunting, beautifully atmospheric, and decadently romantic story that will find a comfortable home among the best Gothic romances of days gone by.”
"Reminiscent of Victoria Holt, [Mist of Midnight] includes an intriguing mystery that is so ingeniously planned that, upon finishing, readers will spend time flipping back to see how the clues were laid. The atmosphere of the setting will delight gothic romance audiences, while the inclusion of relatable scripture, gleaned from the protagonist’s missionary roots, will satisfy inspirational readers. Richly detailed descriptions of life in British-occupied India cement this historical account, though perhaps take second place to the author’s immensely engaging characters.
“A marvelous mingling of mystery and deeply moving family and romantic love, Mist of Midnight kept me guessing until the very end. A house on a cliff, a Victorian-Gothic atmosphere, a cast of suspicious characters including a dark, brooding hero and a strong heroine: shades (or mists) of Jane Eyre and Rebecca! I look forward to the next novel in this compelling new series.”
“Mist of Midnight is wonderfully atmospheric, with all the right elements for a true Gothic novel, from sounds that go bump in the night to characters who are not at all what they seem. The spiritual underpinning is solid, comforting, even as we're trapped in the author's finely spun web of mystery, romance, and a sense of foreboding that doesn't lift until the final page. Charlotte Brontë? Victoria Holt? Meet Sandra Byrd, the modern mistress of Gothic romance!”
“Among the many things I love about reading a Sandra Byrd novel is knowing that her words will transport me to another place and time, that she will win me over with intriguing and complex characters, and that I’ll savor every word. Mist of Midnight is no exception. I loved this book! Sandra Byrd could belong to the writing group of the Bronte sisters if they’d had one. Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre along with crumbling mansions, mysterious distant cousins, and one woman’s journey to prove who she really is are just few layers that ripple through the mists. Bravo, Sandra! Another winner.”
“Richly written and multi-layered, Mist of Midnight blends traditional England and exotic India in a historical feat worthy of Victoria Holt. Breathless danger, romance, and intrigue made this series opener by the ultra-talented Sandra Byrd a compelling must-read!”
"Once again, Sandra Byrd delivers a richly layered story that will leave you eagerly awaiting the next book in this brand-new series. Mist of Midnight has it all: intriguing and memorable characters—including a central female protagonist who is both complex and inspiring—a plot chock-full of mystery and suspense, and a Victorian gothic setting, impeccably researched and artfully and evocatively relayed. Prepare to be transported!"
Crystal5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding as Both a Mystery/Suspense and as a Romance!September 22, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0About the Book:
Mourning the loss of her family who were killed on the mission field in India, Rebecca Ravenshaw returns to England to her ancestral home only to receive a great shock. A year prior, another woman showed up with her Indian servant claiming to be Rebecca, but later committed suicide. With very little physical evidence, Rebecca is forced to prove her identity by undergoing the scrutiny of the mission board and waiting for confirmation from sources in India who can validate her claims. Meanwhile, Captain Luke Whitfield, Rebecca's very distant cousin who inherited the estate after the impersonator's death, agrees to allow Rebecca to stay at Headbourne House until the matter is sufficiently resolved. She immediately finds him charming and companionable. As her feelings deepen for the handsome captain, she believes that his feelings have also shifted to a romantic interest, but she can't help but wonder if he truly loves her or simply wants to re-gain the estate through her. And always at the back of her mind is whether or not he had ill intentions toward the first "Rebecca" that led to her death.
I LOVE a good mystery. I LOVE a good romance. Mist of Midnight combines the two for an unforgettable story that was delightful! First, Byrd skillfully keeps the reader guessing about the true identity of the first "Rebecca", the circumstances surrounding her death, and the true nature of Luke's feelings for the real Rebecca. I wondered how in the world the impostor's identity could be challenged and wondered throughout the book "who is she?" The revelation created an "Ahhhh, now I see it!" moment. Second, the love story between Luke and Rebecca had me swinging between believing his Hussar reputation was befitting to swooning at the tender nature of his exchanges with her. I was quite satisfied with how their relationship played out. This book was well done as both a mystery/suspense thriller and a Gothic romance.
This review reflects an honest view of my own thoughts and opinions regarding this book. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5So Intriguing!July 4, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Perhaps Paradise once lost cannot be regained no matter how one wishes it might."
Rebecca Ravenshaw's future has become as murky as the mist that rises each evening around her beloved Headbourne House, or at least the home that she is attempting to prove belongs to her; she made a harrowing discovery upon her arrival back from India following the death of her parents; a young woman posing as "Rebecca Ravenshaw" is dead and buried behind the estate's chapel. A distant cousin is now presumed to be the legal property owner, a Captain Luke Whitfield, whose polite distrust is both interesting and unnerving, for both of them have a myriad of questions that need to be answered.
This gothic tale meanders through half-truths like a dangerous snake in the grass, which by the way, helps prove Rebecca's claim, but in the short term serves to distance her from the one person her heart yearns to know. Prickling with morbid suspense, this nearly tragic romance blossoms when all things lost, are found.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderfulMarch 12, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It would be horrible to have lost your whole family and then for everyone to think you weren't who you said you were. Rebecca has this happen. It would be awful. This book has great romance and intrigue. Is anyone who they say they are. Is anyone telling the truth? I did not want to put this book down. So kept my interest. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Absolutely loved it!April 5, 2016JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rebecca Ravenshaw has spent most of her life in India, where her parents were missionaries. After their deaths in a violent Indian uprising, Rebecca returns home to England to claim her family estate. Theres one problem: someone claiming to be Rebecca Ravenshaw had returned home less than a year before, and had recently died. Now Rebecca must prove to everyone, including the charming, yet suspicious, Captain Luke Whitfield, who has taken over her fathers estate, that she is who she says she is.
This is the first book Ive read by Sandra Byrd, and it wont be the last. I cant even express how much I loved this book. I hated to put it down.
It is just descriptive enough to set the scene without getting bogged down by details. The characters are distinct and layered.
I usually stay away from Christian romance novels, because I find them to be sappy and predictable. I took a chance on this one because it is a Gothic Romance, and I couldnt be happier that I did. The mystery kept me guessing to the end. But the important part was the romance. It wasnt sappy. It was engaging. Its a slow build: the tension of a wanting look, the anticipation of a touch, the thrill of an unspoken attraction. And, of course, the mystery of it all makes it feel dangerous.
Ive already ordered the second novel in this series, Daughters of Hampshire, and I plan to read it as soon as I get it.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Steeped in mystery!July 2, 2015NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mist of Midnight is steeped in mystery and intrigue. Rebecca discovers that she has lost everything dear to her. She is not only left impoverished, but fearful. Who can she trust? Her distant cousin, Captain Luke has taken over Rebecca's property, and a strange imposter has stolen her identity.
Her family's manor house is depicted as dark and mysterious, with wings closed off and doors locked. The characters in this story are secretive, unfriendly and mysterious. Alone and still in mourning for her family, Rebecca's life is at the mercy of her host, Captain Luke who demonstrates a romantic interest in her while it appears that he is quite flirtatious with other women in his life.
Possible murder is implicated in the death of her imposter, and mysterious activities on the grounds at the manor sharpen Rebecca's wariness. Descriptive and penned with depth and creativity as well as mystique, this novel captured my attention to the end. I highly recommend this well-told Gothic mystery romance!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.