I received this book for free from Netgalley 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
Genres: Christian, Gothic, Mystery
Published by Howard Books Pages: 384
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.
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.
Prologue: Late February 1858, Bombay
They were gone now, every last one of them. Gone, but not completely gone. I still saw them at midnight.
Chapter One: Late April 1858
Dusk had begun to another daylight as we walked down the cool street, peering at the numbers above the doorways, one after the other, skirts gathered in hand to keep them from grazing the occasional piles of wet mud and steamy horse muck.
What I thought of this book
I really enjoyed this Gothic romance but I want to start this review off with a bit of a warning. I am only putting this warning on here because I don’t want someone thinking it sounds like a great novel and then be put off by the religious content. This is a Christian Gothic Romance. No it’s not preachy at all, but because the main characters parents were missionaries there is a lot of talk of religious things. There are scriptures that are quoted, but it has to do with the MC’s situation not to be preachy. I no that some people can be put off by religious things and I don’t want anyone giving this book a negative review because you were not warned of it’s religious contents. Some times Christian Romances don’t have a lot of religious content and I am okay with either but I just want everyone going into this knowing what is in it so they don’t get mad and give it a bad review because of it. 🙂
With this review I am going to try something different. I am going to tell you what I liked about it with a points. I have seen some other reviewers do it and I thought I would give it a try. 🙂
Why I liked this book:
- It’s a historical romance! It’s a Gothic romance! Who doesn’t love the mysteries, eerie feeling of a Gothic read. The MC comes home to find there has been an impostor that had taken her place and died. So now everyone thinks she is the impostor. She must solve the mystery of who the dead woman was. I love mysteries!!
- Captain Whitfield thought he had inherited Headbourne House and so he is not sure about Rebecca at first. Both Rebecca and the Captain do this dance around each other as they can’t deny the attraction but neither trust each other at first.
- There are so many things that point to the Captain having something to do with the impostors death and some things the servants say makes Rebecca leery. Then he does something to make her so grateful she just knows he could not have did something bad. I really liked Rebecca though she was a little naive some times.
- I loved the Captain and I love how you are never real sure about his intentions. Some thinks he is trying to woo her so he can have the house others think he is a murder. He has had a hurtful past as he was sort of ousted from his family and has made his money in weapons. Because he wants to make more accurate weapons that kill instead of leave people suffering he is frowned upon.
- I loved Mrs. Ross who comes to Headbourne House to be Rebecca’s companion. She is always around to help Rebecca and has a scripture quote two. She is there to short of help her find the right path to take with everything and then I loved learning more about her at the very end..gives a real cool vibe at least for me.
What I didn’t like:
- As much as I liked the sort of romantic dance the two characters had going at times it drove me crazy. I felt like it drug on for ever which sort of made the ending seem longer than it really was. I think I some times get to eager to get the couples together when I read romances..lol.
I have read this authors French Twist series which I loved so it’s great to read a historical from her since they are my favorite, mix in a little Gothic eeriness and it really made for a good read. So if you like reading Christian fiction then I would recommend this read. I can’t wait to read the next one in this series. 🙂