Midnight on the River Grey

Midnight on the River Grey

by Abigail Wilson


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Can one develop feelings for the man you swore to see hanged? That’s just what Rebecca fears she has done in this Gothic Regency romance.

After her brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.

Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.

Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she fallen for the man she swore would pay for her brother’s death? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?

Praise for Abigail Wilson

“A wonderfully suspicious cast of characters, intriguing clues, and lush backdrop that readers can easily get lost in.” —Historical Novels Review of Midnight on the River Grey

In the Shadow of Croft Towers is everything I love in a novel: a classic gothic feel, a regency setting, a mysterious hero . . . and secrets abounding!” —Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of the Everstone Chronicles series

“Enough jaw-dropping plot twists to give readers whiplash.” —Hope by the Book, Bookmarked review of In the Shadow of Croft Towers

“Shades of Gothic romance in a portrait of Regency England . . . if Jane Austen ever met Jane Eyre, it would be at Croft Towers!” —Kristy Cambron, author of Castle on the Rise, of In the Shadow of Croft Towers

"Blending the unputdownable Regency flair of Georgette Heyer with the intricate plotting of Julie Klassen, Wilson not only places herself competently amidst beloved authors but carves out a unique place of her own." —Rachel McMillan, author of the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries

"Beautifully written, suspenseful, and satisfyingly romantic." —Jennifer Beckstrand, author of Home on Huckleberry Hill

This sweet Regency romance is a standalone novel. Book length: approximately 90,000 words. Includes a reading group guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785224129
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 160,840
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children. Connect with Abigail at www.acwilsonbooks.com; Instagram: acwilsonbooks; Facebook: ACWilsonbooks; Twitter: @acwilsonbooks.

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Anonymous 5 months ago
I finished this book in a day since I couldn't put it down! Gothic style clean romance! There is a great surprise ending! I can't wait to read the next installment!
BetterThanRubies 7 months ago
Wow. Every time I think historical fiction can’t surprise me anymore, a new book surpasses my expectations. This book is a mix of Jane Eyre, Dickens, Agatha Christie, and Jane Austen. In other words, it has the best of both worlds, period. Yeah, so I FREAKING loved this book soooo much! It’s been a breath of fresh air, and its uniqueness is wonderful! The premise hooked me like crazy, and I couldn’t wait to get my copy soon enough. As I mentioned above, this book has all the Jane Eyre feels, so its kind of a gothic/suspenseful romance mystery *flails*. Let’s talk about the characters, or even better, about Mr. Browning, AHHHHH!! I felt he could be the best ”Beast” in any Beauty and the Beast retelling! He is so dark and mysterious, and no one can figure him out (which is a plus point *faints*) that, in my opinion, leaves nothing to envy to many of the classic literature book characters. Then we have Rebecca. The story is told from her POV and though I wished some things about her like her immatureness and naivety were not that pronounced, I enjoyed and understood why the author chose to portray her like that. She is an inquisitive girl with such a wish for independence. The story development was perfect as well as the character development! The descriptions were good, and I felt I was living in a medieval fairytale castle! Do I recommend it? Heck, yes! Absolutely! You will not regret it. Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ** I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All the above-mentioned thoughts are my own and weren’t influenced by the author or publisher. **
LucyMR1 19 days ago
In her sophomore book, Abigail Wilson continues to be a force to be reckoned with. I love the gothic feel to her Regency Romance and how it keeps you on the edge of your seat quickly turning pages. Her books show originality and have a lyrical tone that keeps the pace moving. Darkened hallways, a vast estate, candles, midnight riders, and a hero that you can imagine making your heart beat faster all cumulate for an incredible read. Trying to figure out who she can trust and the mysterious happenings, Rebecca Hunter shows great strength and bravery. She is curious, determined, and great at putting pieces together to form the big picture. I definitely recommend putting this on your must read list. I won a copy of this book and am so thankful I did. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Kristen_Gwen_Johnson 3 months ago
Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson is a tale of mystery as we journey along with the characters in solving two murders and try to figure out what the man of the manor does on his midnight rides. Rebecca Hunter`s mother died of madness. A madness that Rebecca is sure she will repeat. When she is sent to Graybourne Hall to her guardian, she is determined to find proof that he killed her brother, Jacob. What she didn’t determine to find was how much she could fall for him. Lewis Browning is a man who bears the scorn of the entire village. But he endures it for a greater cause. When Rebecca turns his life upside down, he tries not to let his midnight activities be known. But things done in the darkness are very often brought into the light. Lewis and Rebecca, once working against each other, now work together to figure out who a mysterious stranger is and what he could have to do with two murders on Lewis’ estate. I really enjoyed this book. Rebecca is a fun character and I was really rooting for Lewis and hoped that he wasn’t as bad as everyone thought he was. I did have some issues with character choices. There were a few in particular that I didn’t agree with and they brought me out of the story. Other than that, they were well rounded characters who figured out a very compelling mystery and I had fun going along with them. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
LoriP123 3 months ago
I absolutely loved this story by Abigail Wilson! If you love Gothic romances similar to what author Victoria Holt wrote then you definitely don't want to miss reading Midnight on the River Grey. Abigail Wilson gives you plenty of murder and mystery along with romance and love that will delight you for hours while reading this wonderful story. Rebecca Hunter is summoned to Greybourne Hall after her brother dies under mysterious circumstances, but when she gets there she doesn't know who to trust. She soon finds out that the only one she can trust is Mr. Lewis Browning known as the Midnight Devil to the locals. I'm looking forward to reading more wonderful stories by this author in the future. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Kelly Hodgkins 3 months ago
“I have news, Aunt Jo.” I sealed the drawing room door behind me and leaned back against the heavy wood. “But it’s not what I hoped.” – The opening lines of Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson Set in 1813, Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson emphasizes the struggle single, young women faced. Rebecca, having lost her parents and brother, is forced to be under the guardianship of the unknown Mr Browning, the inheritor of their wealth. Independent in spirit and mind, Rebecca bucks against the traces but, along with Aunt Jo, she has no alternative to moving to Greybourne Hall and live with Mr Browning. Lewis Browning is an enigma to both Rebecca and his neighbours. Suspected of killing Jacob, Rebecca’s brother, the atmosphere is hostile and he does little to help himself and assuage the worry of those around him disappearing at odd hours. Rebecca begins her own investigation into her brother’s death and the death of another swiftly finding herself in hot water and more confused by Lewis than ever. Written with a gothic romance mystery style, there is a wonderful eerieness throughout the book. Candles blown out, strange dreams and mysterious masked figures weave in and out of the narrative. The story itself is a tangled and clever web which Rebecca unravels with a surprising twist at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. The characters are interesting and the pace is swift. I highly recommend it, five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale.
Melissa Andres 4 months ago
Another engaging regency romance from Abigail Wilson. I loved the slightly gothic feel of the story. The setting is almost a character in and of itself. I really enjoyed envisioning Graythorne Hall and its surroundings. Rebecca Hunter's family has all passed away and she and her aunt must go live with her guardian. Lewis Browning's reputation is in dire straights when two deaths, one being Rebecca's brother, occur within 9 months on his property. The townspeople think he's had something to do with them, so they steer clear. When Rebecca moves in, she's convinced that her brothers death wasn't accidental, but she needs help to discover what truly happened. This story line is engaging and quite enjoyable! I'm looking forward to seeing what Ms. Wilson brings us next! I received a copy of this story through NetGalley and the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
J_Augustine 5 months ago
She can't trust anyone....or can she trust him? I've been interested in this author since her debut novel came out awhile back. I really liked the idea of merging Regency era historical romance with romantic suspense. When I saw the blurb for this book, Midnight On The River Grey, I was even more intrigued. Needless to say, Abigail Wilson more than exceeded my expectations with this book. Midnight On The River Grey reads less like a second book and more like a tenth or.... Not every author can pull off a first person narrative but but Abigail Wilson did so with true skill. I was totally involved with Rebecca's story, from her painful past to her precarious present to her potentially tragic future. I loved the wonderfully chilling Gothic overtones to the mystery/suspense. You just can't beat reading about dark passages, family betrayal, midnight riders, mysterious murders, shadowed by madness. You can't beat it, especially on a dark night, all alone in the living room with only a single light on... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
PianoLady831 5 months ago
Abigail Wilson is a fresh voice in the historical romance genre and I enjoyed every minute reading Midnight on the River Grey. With a style reflective of the gothic romances of Victoria Holt and the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer, the author has captured the atmospheric feel of the era. Just picture Rebecca’s first sighting of Greybourne Hall, the country estate of Lewis Browning … Years of history and neglect had left a steady hush throughout Greybourne Hall. Almost as if the soul of the house had left it long ago and what remained was a hollow shell. Rebecca is a strong and spunky heroine who reluctantly agrees to move to Greybourne Hall. Believing that Lewis is responsible for her brother’s death, she also realizes that this move presents her with the opportunity to learn more about the events leading up to his death. But in a story where nothing is quite as it seems, Rebecca struggles with the difference between the Lewis she believes him to be and the Lewis she encounters daily. There’s great chemistry between these two and I loved the way their relationship builds. Lewis has become one of my favorite fictional heroes. The author also knows how to deliver on the unexpected. Twists and turns abound. Rebecca is determined not to marry because of her mother’s mental illness, but is there something she doesn’t know about its cause? And is the brother she lovingly remembers from childhood all that she thought he was? I loved how things are slowly revealed in this fast-paced page turner as Lewis and Rebecca grow closer. Two secondary characters also add much richness – Rebecca’s Aunt Jo and an English springer spaniel named Sophie. I greatly enjoyed Midnight on the River Grey and look forward to more stories from the pen of Abigail Wilson. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
eLynda 5 months ago
Midnight on the River Grey is Abigail Wilson’s sophomore novel. I thoroughly enjoyed her debut and was looking forward to this book as well. In no way did the author disappoint—in fact I liked this one even more than her first! I have read many Regency novels, it is one of my favorite genres, but I love how the author is able to add in historical details that further my knowledge of the time period and help to flesh out the world these characters live in. Details about medicine at the time, tensions with other countries, and the roles and expectations of women are all included, and in a way that contributes to the plot and my enjoyment of the book. The characters are strong and well-rounded, especially Rebecca and Lewis. They are complex and have varied motivations and reactions to the events they experience. The tenuous truce between the two adds to the feeling of uncertainty and suspense, keeping the reader in a perpetual state of unease right along with the characters. Backstory figures into Rebecca’s actions heavily, where her family’s past threatens to prevent her from having a happy ending, unless she can learn to trust the God who holds the future in His hands. Her struggles are realistic and I appreciated her fears and the desire to overcome them even as she isn’t positive it’s possible. Well-written, this book immediately drew me in and kept me immersed in its world; in a few instances, I became so engrossed in the novel that my husband caused me to jump when he tried to get my attention. I highly recommend this novel for fans of the Regency period, historical suspense, mysteries, or even just historical fiction in general. With enough twists to keep things moving along, this fast-paced novel is sure to please those who like their romance with a dash of mystery. I received a review copy of this book through Celebrate Lit but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Ourpugs 5 months ago
Midnight on the River Grey Rebecca is trying to find out what happened to her brother. Yet another death occurs right moving to Greybourne Hall. She has quite a investigation going. I did have my suspicions about her brother. Which I was right but I won’t give it away. Her aunt Jo lived with her. She has a little dog that adds so much to the story. She kept running off and Rebecca had to go find her. She kinda helps solve the mystery in a round about way. I don’t know why, but by the book cover I wasn’t sure how I would like the book. I loved it. Even though I figured it out. Read the book and see what you figure out. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This review is my own opinion.
ARS8 5 months ago
I very much enjoyed author Wilson's debut novel and I was quite excited to be able to read Midnight on the River Grey. This was a dark, gothic novel that was very hard to put down due to the many secrets, a few murder mysteries, a heroin who may or may not be going mad, and a gentleman who keeps going on midnight rides. Rebecca Hunter has already lost her parents, and now her brother has died under mysterious circumstances. Her guardian, the very mysterious Lewis Browning, has decided to move her and her aunt to his home, Greybourne Hall. That also happens to be near where her brother died. Rebecca was a resilient character that would not let life knock her down. She has experienced much pain already and she has the backbone and tenacity to turn the tides of her life around. And she certainly does not need a husband either. She is quite determined to find out what happened to her brother while she still can, before her greatest fear comes upon her. Lewis Browning is very mysterious and he admits freely he is keeping things from Rebecca. For her own good. Lewis was a character I certainly wanted to find out more about. What makes him go out every night? What was his relationship like with Rebecca's late brother? Why do the townspeople hate him? This novel kept me turning the pages for all these answers and more. So if you like atmospheric reads of an old estate, secretive relatives, mysterious yet dashing benefactors who have way too many secrets, pick this read up. I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
KimPotter 5 months ago
Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson is a regency novel set in an early English countryside estate. Rebecca Hunter wants to find out how her brother was murdered but the only problem is, her new guardian is the suspect. I loved the adventurous nature of Rebecca. How even though she was frightened she didn’t let her fear stop her from seeking answers to her questions. She wasn’t afraid to admit when she was wrong. I really enjoyed the story-line. It kept my interest all the way to the surprising end. I love plot twists! I received this book from Celebrate-Lit in exchange for my honest review.
5643437 5 months ago
Midnight on the River Grey is a historical mystery with a dash of romance thrown in as well. This book did an excellent job of pulling me into the story. Of course, the fact that the main female character has the same name as my daughter may have helped. I found the characters and plot were well-developed. I enjoyed the storyline. Being a person who enjoys reading historical fiction as well as mysteries definitely helped pull me into this story. The details and mystery in the book kept things interesting for me. So if you like historical mysteries, check out this book for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
SeasonsofGrace 5 months ago
This book started out pretty interesting, but I had a bit of a hard time following what was happening. It kept my interest, however, there were a lot of characters and things happening that for a while just didn't make sense or add up. It kind of follows a similar romantic pattern to her previous book, A Shadow in Croft Towers. In both books, the main characters are attracted to men who seem to have different personalities, and they don't know whether to trust them or not because of all the secrets. In this book, Rebecca is attracted to, but doesn't exactly trust Lewis, who may somehow be responsible for her brother's death. And yet, she also can't seem to resist him and part of her wants to believe he is upstanding. You'll have to read to see whether he is or not. It was past the halfway mark in the book before, I began to be able to put the pieces together and the who's, who and how that all affects the story. However, even though a bit of a challenge to read, the author still kept me interested in the plot. Rebecca at times felt just a little ditsy on figuring things out. Maybe she just wanted to trust people, but there was quite a bit to be suspicious about that she seemed to overlook. I was able to relate to all the different thoughts that were going through her mind though, questioning people and circumstances, and trying to make sense of things. I was blessed with this book courtesy of Celebrate Lit Bloggers. I was not asked or required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Virginiaw 6 months ago
This book started out a little slow for me but by the middle I was completely hooked and loved how it ended. There were many twists and turns in the second half of the book. I was quite surprised by the ending and loved it. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
MelissaF 6 months ago
I think I have found a new favorite author. What an intriguing book. I really enjoyed it. The romance and mystery woven together perfectly to create a captivating story. I knew there was something very suspicion going on and I honestly didn’t think it was from Lewis, there are other characters that made me wonder what they were up to and how did it all tie in with the two deaths that took place in this book? If you enjoy historical romance with a bit of mystery I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book. A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
BlessednBookish 6 months ago
Midnight on the River Grey swept me away with the heavy current of mystery, deception, and madness. Whom could I believe? What clues could be trusted? I was left guessing until the end! It was one of those books where you can hardly put it down, but you don’t want it to end. Yet--you must know what happens next!! This is only the second book I’ve read in the gothic-type style. The darkness of Greybourne hall, an intruder lurking like a ghost within the estate, and episodes of madness are all typical qualities of the genre. The first person narrative can take some getting used to, but it is a great tool to keep secrets, as we only get to ‘live’ in one person’s mind (Rebecca). Speaking of Rebecca Hunter, I loved her spunk and her quick wit. More than once, she was able to put others in their place while still maintaining a polite tone to the conversation. But it was her fortitude to discover the truth about her brother’s death despite her deepest fears lurking in the shadows of Greybourne Hall that really endeared me to her. I wanted her to find peace both in the mystery surrounding her brother’s death and in her own troubles. Mr. Lewis Browning is so intricately entangled in the dark mysteries of the book, I wasn’t sure if it was safe to like him. But just as he is able to soften Rebecca’s heart, he will soften yours as well. You will be drawn to the quiet, yet confident man who keeps his emotions well guarded and his work often hidden in the dark of night. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the very beginning, I appreciated the well-developed characters. And as I delved into the meat of the mystery, I got wonderfully lost in the pages for hours. The romance is not at the forefront but is still satisfying for romance lovers like me. It is a genuine connection and will warm your heart. If you enjoy Regency-era novels, Gothic novels, Christian suspense and mystery, then you’ll enjoy this book from front to back. Happy reading! I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
NKBookReviewer 6 months ago
This was a great book. It had mystery, drama, intrigue, and romance. It took me one page to become invested and want to read this riveting story with the haunting blue cover. This was a page turner. This is the tale of feisty, determined Rebecca Hunter. Her brother, Jacob, has been murdered, and Rebecca has determined Lewis Browning also known as the Midnight Devil, is responsible. Since all of her immediate family are dead, Rebecca and her aunt must live with her new guardian, who happens to be Browning. The twists and turns are plentiful as well as much drama in this exquisite Regency romance. I was very disappointed it was listed as a Christian novel. The faith and inspirational message is very light. Author Wilson has done a great job with her second novel. Her writing style is even and has a nice, steady pace. I enjoyed the authentic dialogue and her exceptional descriptions which whisked me off to Regency England. The characters were not developed enough for me to become totally engaged with them. I was to a degree but not totally. They just needed a little more honing. I definitely recommend this to Regency lovers and mystery lovers. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a review. These are my own words. I rated it a 4 out of 5.
Stardust_Fiddle 6 months ago
“Two murders. One bridge. And the truth as elusive as the fog.” Such is the crux of the adventure and intrigue of Abigail Wilson’s “Midnight on the River Grey”. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but it also perfectly reflects the sinister ambiance that characterizes the novel. Atmospheric and foreboding, this book ushers in a sense of unease that lingers throughout the story. The setting further highlights this, with stunning descriptions that seem to make Greybourne Hall rise up out of the fog, right before readers’ eyes. With contemporaneous language, Wilson brings Regency England to life, infusing the narrative with gothic elements that serve to enhance the suspense. From the secluded estate to the prototypical characters, “Midnight on the River Grey” has a decidedly cinematic quality to it. All is not as it seems at first blush, and there is no certainty in determining who is trustworthy. Murders, madness, conspiracy, and romance coalesce into this gently ominous novel, with a building crescendo that reverberates through the denouement. The characters are foils for each other, in both humorous and ominous ways. Rebecca Hunter relates the story from her first-person viewpoint as she works toward discovering the true story behind her brother’s death. Headstrong and impulsive, Rebecca is a daring figure, particularly during a time period when women were expected to be simpering and submissive. Lewis Browning is something of an enigma, his role as protector or villain hazy. Including the King Charles spaniel, Sophie, adds some lightheartedness while also furthering the mystery. “Midnight on the River Grey” contains all of the essential qualities of an eerie mystery and is a clean read, albeit with only a few passing mentions of Christianity (my only complaint). I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys light suspense, Regency-era fiction, and historical romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
BMace 6 months ago
‘There are some ghosts you might not want to summon back to life.’ The author has once again done a fabulous job of drawing the reader into the web of intrigue. Between nightmares, insanity, murder and suspicious occurrences you will find this Regency era story impossible to put down! I loved all the details about the Gothic style castle that added so many incredible ideas of what mystery surrounded it. The dark halls with nothing but candlelight, the creaking and shadows made me grateful I was reading in the daylight. The walks among the greenery just made me wonder if good or evil was around the corner. Young Rebecca is banished first to Scotland and just when she thinks things are getting better she must leave London for Greybourne Hall, close to where her brother died. Will she be able to discover what really happened that dark night? Perhaps these are some of the ghosts she doesn't want resurrected! I must admit, I was very caught up trying to figure out who could be trusted. I received an ARC through NetGalley and CelebrateLit. These impressions and opinions are my own.
Deana0326 6 months ago
I enjoyed the time period set during the 1800s in London. I could already feel a chill come over me as I started the book. The author grabbed my attention right away with the way she makes the story eerie and mysterious with words that send chills down your spine. It sure wasn't fun to be kicked out of your home and find out your new guardian was a distant cousin. Rebecca and her aunt are not thrilled but maybe Rebecca can gather information into her brothers' mysterious death. Lewis was a strange character to me. I wasn't sure if he could be trusted and it made for a wonderful treat to find out more about him. The estate they were staying at sounded spooky and yes I would be the first to go explore the place. The land seemed to always be surrounded by fog with a heaviness that almost chocked you. How safe is she and her aunt at this new dwelling? Regency novels can be quite intriguing if written with words that take you back in time. The author does this with such brilliance that I started to really get into the story. Oh my the secrets, dishonesty, plotting and unsavory characters were there in the midst of the story. What I liked is that the author doesn't make things obvious, rather she has readers dig deep into the story and find clues that startle them. Not everyone is who they say they are. Rebecca is getting close to finding out something about her brother that could have a lasting affect on many people. People in the area don't think highly of Lewis and in fact believe him to be a murderer and a danger to everyone. Rebecca will need to distinguish the truth from lies in order to trust the right person. I loved how the suspense builds and how Lewis and Rebecca start to grow close. Now my question for Rebecca is, Are you keeping your friends close and your enemies closer? Get ready for a fast paced story that will leave you with unexpected outcomes and a book that has been crafted by an author that can write a story with layers that need to be peeled away to find the truth one step at a time. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
WishEnd 6 months ago
MIDNIGHT ON THE RIVER GREY is a story with a very Gothic feel and a constant undertone of danger while romantic sparks fly. The characters are easy to like and the story is engaging from beginning to end. Recommended to historical romantic suspense fans! This story was so much fun! From the start you could feel romantic tension begin to build between Rebecca and Lewis and that tension just continued to grow, with plenty of swoon-worthy moments. I also really liked Rebecca and her aunt. Their relationship was simply charming and I adored it! The suspense was constant. At one point, it felt very Jane Eyre like and I wondered if there was a mentally unstable person hidden away. There were so many secrets and Rebecca had to figure out who to trust, who to believe, and what questions she needed to ask. There were some predictable parts, but there were also quite a few twists. I also could not put this down and stayed up late to finish it because I just had to find out what would happen. The characters were great and I really enjoyed the roller-coaster of emotions and figuring out the mystery. There were just a few things that didn't quite work for me. The reasoning behind selling the townhouse in London and some other things were never explained. I also did get a little frustrated that Rebecca didn't just ask Lewis about her brother instead of always feeling like she had to be careful, and that the letter from Lewis explaining things wasn't part of the story until quite a ways in. The other thing was that knowing what I did at the end of the story, I didn't see how one of the things that happened could have under the circumstances (I can't say more without spoiling it). I also felt the epilogue was unnecessary. In the end, was it what I wished for? Again, this was a really fun story! I had a few issues, but they didn't affect my overall enjoyment of it. This author writes really great characters and the romance was fabulous! Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
Erin_Slocum 6 months ago
My Thoughts on Midnight on the River Grey: Great read. New author to me but reading her bio made me want to get to know her. I love curling up with a good book and hiking as well so we must be kindred spirits. Oh and England is definitely a dream destination of mine. Let’s not even forget crazy little children, I have a few or more of those too. First things first. The book is definitely unique. You’ve got madness and spells(not the witchcraft kind) plus murder and mystery. Everything a good suspense book has plus the added bonus of some love story thrown in. I can’t help but feel connected to Rebecca. While I’m not an orphan and don’t have a guardian I do feel that she’s a new friend who I fiercely want to protect and champion. To lose both parents and your brother within a few years has to be hard. Add on that having a guardian that you don’t feel so friendly towards and certainly don’t trust definitely tends to muddle the thinking. Rebecca does have an older relative who stays with her as her companion and chaperone. While Rebecca vows to never marry her companion might have other ideas. So, I like the author’s style of writing. But there are some parts of the story that seem to drag or I don’t see the significance. I love the setting as I love anything English countryside. The resident of the dower house though, I don’t like her from the start. Just letting you know. I consider this a great read and recommend it as a good romance/mystery. It’s not an overtly Christian one though so would be a good book to gift to a friend who might not be receptive to “preachy” fiction works. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
Becky5 6 months ago
English moors beset by swirling mists and winds; wicked storms, dreary weather, and centuries-old decrepit buildings slowly decaying; combine to make a great Gothic tale, but not a place I would care to visit. Abigail Wilson, in Midnight on the River Grey, carefully employs dark words, effectively painting a very dreary, spooky mood in Regency England. What is the allure of a musty setting like this? It “must” be the reader’s desire to see if the unfortunate characters can find hope or color in their lives, against all the odds of the Dickens-like environment. Rebecca has an overriding fear that she must face head-on. Lewis Browning has a horrible reputation that causes townspeople to ostracize him completely. Under the darkness of this tale is a thin ray of light struggling to find greater purchase and freedom. As a reader, I raced through the pages hoping to free Rebecca from her invisible prison. Would she determine the cause of the turmoil in her new surroundings, or would she become the next victim? Who will not like Rebecca? She can’t seem to stay safe, but she is determined to prove her loved one innocent and make the guilty pay. Rebecca has spunk, inquisitiveness, and clear thinking in spades, although some might like her to think otherwise. I loved the slow unwrapping of the romance as if one were unwrapping a present covered in layers of newsprint. Lewis was kind enough to sympathize with Rebecca’s feelings. That goes a long ways towards winning her respect, as opposed to just defending her father. Lewis also proves himself to be thoughtful and generous in undeniable ways. By this point, I didn’t care if Lewis was good-looking or not. Actions transform the face and person. I wondered if maybe Rebecca had unfairly judged both her father and Lewis. My Bible reading just yesterday cautioned against judging. It seems we point fingers back at ourselves when we refuse to extend grace to others. Aunt Jo is very likable and seems to have a quiet caution and wisdom. She is an excellent foil for Rebecca. A quote. (I will post longer ones as memes.) “Sometimes people do awful things when they feel justified.” I recommend this book, with a few caveats. While it is clean, there are, however, a few situations that would make it for mature readers. There was no mention of faith, which is disappointing when the book comes from a Christian publisher. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. No positive review was required and all opinions are my own.