About the Book
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”?
About the Author
After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books.
Sandra's new series, Daughters of Hampshire, historically sound Gothic romances, launched in 2015 with best-selling Book One: Mist of Midnight. That book earned a coveted Editor's Choice from the Historical Novel Society. The second book in the series, Bride of a Distant Isle, released in March 2016 and has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. Her latest nonfiction title, The One Year Home and Garden Devotions, published on October 1, 2015.
Check out her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012.
Sandra has published dozens of books for tweens and teens, including the best-selling, The One Year Be-Tween You and God, Devotions For Girls.
She is passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self-publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year via novelcoaching.com
Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype.
Interview with Sarah Byrd
Check out the interview HERE.
From page one, readers will be entranced with Sandra Byrd’s Mist of Midnight. It is a spine-tingling Victorian England gothic mystery that readers will absolutely not want to put down. Filled with excitement and continual plot twists, readers will be pulled into this well-written, fascinating and intriguing tale of gothic mystery and romance. This is the type of novel that will suck you in, as you become attached to the various characters, but have continual confusion of who is good and who is bad and who to trust or not. Readers will become breathless, holding on to the edges of their seats, in anticipation of what will happen next. I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy historical gothic romance novels.
Series: Daughters of Hampshire
Genre: historical, mystery, romance, gothic, Victorian, Christian
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: March 10, 2015
Number of pages: 374
Content Rating: PG, suspense
Book Rating: 5 stars
Other books in the series:
2-Bride of a Distant Isle
3-A Lady in Disguise (coming in 2017)
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.
Sandra Byrd has graciously offered a homemade bookmark for one lucky winner.
Blog post comment question:
This novel reminds me of a couple other gothic novels I enjoy--The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. What similar gothic novels have you read and would recommend?
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