‘Mist of Midnight’ by Sandra Byrd

mom sbSTORY: Intriguing secondary characters and lush scenery contribute to the often sinister, even creepy, moments readers will come to anticipate. Infusing her story with mystery, tension, and emotion, Byrd strikes a fine balance between the darkness of a Gothic mystery and the sweetness of a captivating love story. Byrd—and Brontë—fans will enjoy.
Publisher’s Weekly

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.

REVIEW: Rebecca Ravenshaw has spent her life in India.  The daughter of missionaries, her parents were recently killed in an uprising and her brother has succumbed to an illness. Rebecca was lucky enough to flee India and return to Hampshire England to claim the inheritance of her father’s home, Headbourne House.  Upon arrival, she is shocked to find her home occupied by Captain Whitfield declaring himself as the owner.  It appears that some time ago, a young woman professing to be Rebecca Ravenshaw had come and moved into the home.  However, a short time later, she committed suicide and a distant relative of Rebecca’s father, Captain Luke Whitfield, inherited the home.

Totally confused and being met with suspicion by locals, Rebecca is immediately thrown into having to prove who she is.  Her father’s solicitor, Mr. Highmore, has promised to give her with an accounting of her father’s assets.  In the meantime, Luke graciously agrees to stay at a guest house on the estate allowing Rebecca to stay at Headbourne.

Rebecca’s French maid tends to be quite outspoken and encourages Rebecca to take laudanum to help her sleep.  Her pushiness slowly starts to irritate Rebecca and she can’t help but become suspicious of her.

The young woman who committed suicide was hastily buried in a grave somewhat away from the main graveyard and near a crumbling chapel.  When Rebecca sees lights around the grave and figures of people at night, she becomes frightened.

Luke is a very charming man and Rebecca soon finds herself attracted to him.  However, she is not sure if his attentions to her are real or if he is just acting to gain Headbourne House.

This is a good book with a gothic theme running through it.  I enjoyed the story and hope others will as well.

Connie for b2b

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