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Review: Mist of Midnight

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Review: Mist of Midnight

Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrdmistofmidnight
Reviewed by: Faye Oygard
Genre: Historical Fiction — Victorian Gothic
Publisher: Howard
Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Rebecca Ravenshaw returns from the mission field of India to find that another has come before her, claiming to be Rebecca thus casting doubt on Rebecca’s identity and dying before the true Rebecca’s arrival.

Her family’s estate has been inherited by a distant cousin on her father’s side, Captain Luke Whitfield, who may have motives of his own that could be behind the death of the impostor.

Who can Rebecca trust? And will she be able to regain her family estate?

This book grabbed me from the very first page and swept me away to Hampshire, not letting go until the final page had been turned. It’s the first book that I have read within 24hrs in a long time and I stayed up wwwaaaaayyyyy too late reading this one, I started it at 12:34 am and kept reading until 3:47am when I decided to take a nap. Then first thing in the morning I was reading it again!

I loved absolutely everything about this book from Rebecca’s background growing up in India, to the “chill” that wove itself into the tapestry of the storyline. I never knew who to trust, who might be lying to protect another, or who might want to cause Rebecca harm, and what would they gain?

My favorite, besides Rebecca, had to be Captain Whitfield. Strong, kind, yet with secrets and regrets in his past that haunt him, clever, honorable to his core, but mysterious and dangerous as well. I found myself looking forward to the scenes between Rebecca and Captain Whitfield the most because of their inevitable connection and the mystery surrounding them both.

The setting was like that of a Jane Austen novel, yet with the darker twist of Jane Eyre woven into the undertones, making it everything and more that I could have ever wished for in a Victorian gothic novel. Mystery, romance, murder, faith and wrongful impersonation, what more could you possibly want?

Overall, I cannot stop raving about Sandra Byrd’s newest book. It’s by far the best book I have read this year. I loved everything about this spellbindingly beautiful and intrigue-filled novel from beginning to end. I already recommended it to my mother and she can’t wait to get started reading it. Highly recommend!

Thank you to Renee Chaw and Sandra Byrd for providing me with a copy of this wonderful book to read and review.

Rated PG: This book has no objectionable content or scenes, yet there are very dramatic, thematic elements dealing with adult topics such as murder. In general this is a wonderful Christian novel, but written more for a PG audience.

Review copy provided by the author. Thanks!

 

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