February 24, 2015 by Jen Cudmore
It’s been a while since I reviewed a novel, and today I have a fantastic book to tell you about!
My dear friend and writing coach Sandra Byrd has a new book! Mist of Midnight is the first novel in a series titled Daughters of Hampshire.
Of course, I loved it! The plot line – the troubles of a woman who must prove her true identity and uncover the motives of the impostor – was a clever idea. I was drawn into the book right away.
I don’t read mysteries that often, but this was fantastic.The intrigue was perfectly mixed with romance. Too much tension makes it hard for me to enjoy a book. Yet Sandra kept me on my toes with just the right amount of intensity and suspense. She’s a master at leaving a hook at the end of each chapter!
As always, she added plenty of historical detail, for England as well as India. The faith element was nicely woven into the story with subtlety. And the romance was simple and sweet, perfectly suited for the tone of the novel.
Be sure to checkout Sandra’s website! There are plenty of fun things happening there over the next few weeks.
She also helps new authors with their writing projects (which is how we met!), so be sure to check out her novel coaching website as well!
Story summary: 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”?
Sandra’s bio: After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling and award-winning author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. A life-long lover of Victorian Gothic romances, Sandra’s new series, Daughters of Hampshire, weaves elements of that mystical, traditional genre with inspirational and literary threads. Mist of Midnight, the series’ first book, debuts in March, 2015. Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens, and is passionate about helping new authors develop their talent and their work toward traditional or independent publication.
One more quick thing:
Every mom has days where she doubts herself. This week I wrote a post for Moms of Faith that I thought some of you might want to read. So be sure to zip on over there and check it out! When You Feel Like a Bad Mom
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