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Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire #1) by Sandra Byrd, review

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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”?

MY REVIEW

Gothic Romance isn’t often a genre that appeals to me, but when Sandra Byrd’s name appears on the cover, I’m in no matter what!  After reading her Ladies in Waiting books, I became a fan.  And, after reading Mist of Midnight, I’m still a fan!

I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this book.  It’s a fantastic mystery that’ll keep your attention from the beginning to the end.  The characters are multifaceted and very unique.  I kept wondering which of them was involved in the mysterious story.  Sandra writes books that are perfectly paced and have spot on timing.  She adds great detail that help the reader stay engaged – and keeps them firmly in Victorian England.

Sandra is an excellent writer – she’s diverse and passionate and it shows in her writing.  I am happily and eagerly awaiting book 2 in this series.

There is a giveaway on Sandra’s website, so go check that out HERE!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, 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. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens including the Secret Sisters Series, London Confidential Series and a devotional for tweens.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has published many nonfiction articles and books. 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.

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more, or to invite Sandra to your bookclub via Skype. You can also connect with Sandra on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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One thought on “Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire #1) by Sandra Byrd, review

  1. Thank you, Martina! It was pure pleasure to wake up this morning and read your review!!

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