I’ve been a fan of Sandra Byrd’s writing since I devoured her Ladies in Waiting series. As soon as I found out she was releasing a new series, Daughters of Hampshire, I knew I wouldn’t miss out on a chance to read them. And boy oh boy, she didn’t disappoint!
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.
I attempted several times to make myself read faster. I tried to will myself. I really did. Why? Because this is the kind of story that you want to find out what happens, but you also want to enjoy every page penned. Oh the sufferings of a reader!
I enjoyed every aspect of this novel. From the mysteries, to second guessing characters (I can trust this person right?! Oh wait, maybe I better not), to the charming characters, to Rebecca (especially her transformation) and Luke, to the setting, to the final conclusion – all of it is fabulous! Not only do we get England, we get to see bits and pieces of India (which could be a whole book in itself – hint hint Sandra!!). Such a fascinating time in history for both countries!
If you like books like Rebecca or The Price of Privilege series, this Gothic romance set in Victorian England is just what you need. It’s one of my favorite reads of 2015 and if you love Brontë style novels, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this one.
Are you a fan of the mysterious Gothic novels? What’s one of your favorites?
Oh and as part of the release, not only is Sandra hosting an awesome giveaway of her blog (please check it out here), she’s also giving away this beautiful stitched book mark to one of you lovely readers! Just leave a comment by 11:59 p.m. CST on 2/25/15!
(Thank you to Howard Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
UPDATE (2/26/15): Congrats to Sally – winner of the bookmark!