Mists of Midnight

Title:  Mists of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire #1)
Author:Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Howard Books
Rebecca Ravenshaw has lost a lot in her 24 years.  First her brother dies at a young age from illness, then her parents are killed in the Mutiny in India where they were serving as a family as missionaries and now when she returns to England she discovers someone has stolen her home, her money, even her very identity!  How can she prove she is the real Rebecca Ravenshaw?  Where and how will she survive if she can’t?The stranger who is now in charge of her home generously allows her to stay in the guesthouse until her identity can be proven or disproven.  Rebecca must get acclimated to the social life in England as she has been gone for twenty years, leaving when she was just four years old to travel with her family to India.  She must get a new wardrobe as she lost everything in the uprising in India.  She also has to interact with a household staff that is civil to her, but that is all.  Various things happen and she begins to wonder if she is losing her sanity or imagining things.  She is not imagining though how she feels about Captain Whitfield, but she is unsure if he is trustworthy.  Is he really the man he appears to be?
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!  It is truly a great, British, gothic novel.  The sinister feelings evoked by the great word pictures and scenery were spot on.  I liked how the author showed the two main characters were so unselfish in their relationship with each other, wanting what was best for the other person.  The side characters were a wonderful addition as well and really added depth to the story.  The surprises in the plot kept the story moving along nicely.  I can’t wait for book two in the series!
My rating is 5 stars.
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