Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd
Daughters of Hampshire #1
March 10, 2015 – Howard Books
384 pages – Adult, Fiction. Historical. Romance, Identity Theft,
Source: Howard Books
A copy of this book was given to me, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
From Goodreads: 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.
My Thoughts: I’ve read one other book by Sandra Byrd so I had a general idea of what to expect. It also made me wonder why I hadn’t picked up anymore of her books, because she is an author that I enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The writing drew me in and I felt immersed in the time period as well as the place. The book was filled with lush language that added to the beauty of this book.
I found that I really liked Rebecca, her boldness as well as her determination. She was a very likable character, though I found a bit too trusting and compliant when her instincts and gut told her otherwise. Captain Whitfield was an ambiguous character. This added to the mystery that Rebecca was trying to unravel, but that made it difficult to form a real opinion of him. Because Whitfield was not clearly good or bad, it made the ending seem a bit rushed. Rebecca went from having a lot of obstacles in her way and not having a clue as to where to start to having everything fall into place rapidly.
Despite the rapidness of the conclusion, it was still sweet. I am not sure what the rest of the series is about, but I am definitely interested in continuing it.
4 stars ****