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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."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Missionary daughter Rebecca Ravenshaw returns to England, a grown woman bereft after her parents’ death in a violent uprising in India. She is met with suspicion when she arrives at Headbourne to claim her family estate, however, since another young woman had already assumed ownership months earlier, claiming to be the true heir. This imposter died soon afterward, and a distant male relative had been summoned to take over the inheritance. This man, Captain Luke Whitfield is handsome and charming, certainly, but is he trustworthy? Does he play the affable host while planning yet another heiress’s demise, or will he prove worthy of Rebecca’s trust—and affection? As the plot thickens and strange incidents occur, Rebecca draws on her well-grounded Christian faith to combat her growing fear. Intriguing secondary characters and lush scenery contribute to the often sinister, even creepy, moments readers will come to anticipate. Infusing her story with mystery, tension, and emotion, Byrd (To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn) strikes a fine balance between the darkness of a Gothic mystery and the sweetness of a captivating love story. Byrd—and Brontë—fans will enjoy this first of the new Daughters of Hampshire series. Agency: Browne and Miller Literary Agency. (Mar.)