About the Book:
Mourning the loss of her family who were killed on the mission field in India, Rebecca Ravenshaw returns to England to her ancestral home only to receive a great shock. A year prior, another woman showed up with her Indian servant claiming to be Rebecca, but later committed suicide. With very little physical evidence, Rebecca is forced to prove her identity by undergoing the scrutiny of the mission board and waiting for confirmation from sources in India who can validate her claims. Meanwhile, Captain Luke Whitfield, Rebecca's very distant cousin who inherited the estate after the impersonator's death, agrees to allow Rebecca to stay at Headbourne House until the matter is sufficiently resolved. She immediately finds him charming and companionable. As her feelings deepen for the handsome captain, she believes that his feelings have also shifted to a romantic interest, but she can't help but wonder if he truly loves her or simply wants to re-gain the estate through her. And always at the back of her mind is whether or not he had ill intentions toward the first "Rebecca" that led to her death.
I LOVE a good mystery. I LOVE a good romance. Mist of Midnight combines the two for an unforgettable story that was delightful! First, Byrd skillfully keeps the reader guessing about the true identity of the first "Rebecca", the circumstances surrounding her death, and the true nature of Luke's feelings for the real Rebecca. I wondered how in the world the impostor's identity could be challenged and wondered throughout the book "who is she?" The revelation created an "Ahhhh, now I see it!" moment. Second, the love story between Luke and Rebecca had me swinging between believing his Hussar reputation was befitting to swooning at the tender nature of his exchanges with her. I was quite satisfied with how their relationship played out. This book was well done as both a mystery/suspense thriller and a Gothic romance.
This review reflects an honest view of my own thoughts and opinions regarding this book. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
Award-winning and bestselling author Sandra Byrd has published four dozen books in the fiction and nonfiction markets, including Mist of Midnight, Bride of a Distant Isle (A Romantic Times Book Reviews Top Pick), and her most recent, A Lady in Disguise. For nearly two decades, Sandra has shared her secrets with the many writers she edits, mentors, and coaches. She lives in the Seattle, Washington area. For more information, visit her website at http://www.sandrabyrd.com/.
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