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.
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Mist of Midnight was a pleasant surprise for me. I read and enjoyed Sandra Byrd's "French Twist" series (which sadly no longer seems to be available on Audible) awhile ago, but this was a very different genre, and so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. In my opinion, however, Byrd skillfully weaves an inspirational romance with a Gothic mystery in this story of Rebecca Ravenshaw, an English lady who has spent most of her life with her missionary parents in India. Despite the (understandable) questions after the murder of her parents in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca, with the help of some of those around her, manages to stay strong in her faith. In so doing, she demonstrates Christian love and forgiveness in a way that teaches without being preachy. This, combined with a sweet romance, a slightly spooky mystery and Elizabeth Sastre's wonderful narration, made for an engaging story that has me eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys inspirational historical romance, but most especially those who are fans of Julie Klassen.
This is our most recent book club pick and the third one that I have selected to listen to rather than read. And I must say, the narrator’s skillful performance was without a doubt my favorite part of the book! She does a truly terrific job - especially with the wide variety of accents within this historical romance from the cultured English accents, along with the Scottish, French and Indian ones. All are quite convincing and genuinely pleasurable to listen to! I definitely plan on listening to more from this skilled performer!
Unfortunately, my enthusiasm for this selection wanes considerably in regards to the actual book. Set in 1850s England, the narrator Miss Rebecca Ravenshore, is the lone survivor of her family’s missionary life in India. When she returns to the home she hasn’t seen since four years of age, she quickly discovers that another young woman has posed as he and has since passed on under some questionable circumstances. On top of which, her family home has been claimed by a distant (and of course handsome) relative! It’s an intriguing premise, but it unfolds very slowly. The historical detail feels authentically researched and there’s plenty there to prove that Rebecca is indeed the daughter of missionaries (if nothing else, her actions in the end prove that!). But Rebecca herself is not consistently likable - she seems overly naive and trusting considering her life experiences. And as for the romance, well that is far too predictable and rather disappointing. Much of the plot feels overly familiar to me, and while I am certain that I have never read this before, the entire time listening to it I had a very odd deja-vu sense of knowing exactly what would happen.
The plot does hold one genuine surprise, though and it is one that sticks out of this book quite a bit for me... I am curious to see where our club’s discussion will go, but I am very thankful for the skill of the narrator because otherwise I am quite certain that I wouldn’t have finished this one at all!
Mist at Midnight was a wonderful complicated story that Ms. Byrd unraveled neatly. Each character was fully developed and the narrator was talented in her voice characterisation.
A Good Listener
Sandra Byrd is an amazing author! The story was captivating and beautiful! I really enjoyed listening to it. The narrator also did an excellent job with her wonderful English accent! I can't wait to listen to the other books in the series!
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