Midnight on the River Grey

Midnight on the River Grey

by Abigail Wilson


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She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . .

After her elder 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 developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785224129
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 137,763
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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Midnight on the River Grey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
BetterThanRubies 11 days 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. **
Stardust_Fiddle 6 hours 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 10 hours 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 1 days 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 1 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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.
SusanKC 4 days ago
Midnight on the River Grey is a must read for readers who love gothic suspense. It is filled with dark family secrets, spies, unsolved murder, a sweet romance and a beautiful atmospheric setting. With an independent heroine and an enigmatic hero, the unpredictable but sweet romance was fun to watch unfold. The mysterious setting of Greybourne Hall almost appears as a character itself under the skillful pen of Abigail Wilson. The beautiful and vivid descriptions appeal to the senses, drawing the reader into the gothic setting, providing for the perfect fictional escape. I eagerly await Ms. Wilson's next book. Gothic suspense was one of my first loves and it is nice to find one that is a clean read. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 5 days ago
What if you lived in a time when someone else made all your decisions for you? Someone you never met? This is the situation that Rebecca Hunter has found herself in. Back in Regency England, women could not own land or inherit an estate, and so, often their futures were determined by the wealth of the husband they could snag. It would be bad enough to have no say in what happens to you, but imagine the person making those decisions is the very person you're sure murdered your beloved brother? Midnight on the River Grey is a gothic Regency romance full of mystery and intrigue, where nothing is as it seems and it seems everyone has something to hide. Rebecca's guardian Lewis has been ousted by the village after he caused the death of Rebecca's brother. It was declared an accident, but Rebecca is certain it was murder and she aims to see her brother's death avenged. Although, Midnight on the River Grey had little in the way of a Christian theme or message, the book was clean. There is mention of some "compromising situations," as well as some violence and as expected, murder. The narrative is descriptive and flowery as is pretty customary in Regency novels. Rebecca begins to understand Lewis as she too is an outcast, sequestered to the moors of Scotland to care for her dying mother. Because of this, Rebecca is outspoken and lacking in propriety and social graces. She also carries a secret, one that spurs her to blaze her own trail in a time when that's nearly impossible. I felt for Rebecca, she's an intelligent woman, but everyone treats her as if she is as helpless as Sophie the dog, but like Sophie, Rebecca will prove to all that she is more capable than they give credit for. I recommend Midnight on the River Grey to those who love historical murder mysteries and lovers of Regency romances. An excellent read and one you don't want to miss.
DKStevens119 5 days ago
In a mysterious castle we find mystery, history, suspense and secrets in the early 1800’s England. She vowed to find the truth and also find justice. Her new guardian was so much more than who she was expecting. I really liked how her search kept the story moving and how the romance developed. I was gifted a copy no review was required. My review is voluntary.
CaraPutman 6 days ago
I've come to love stories set in Jane Austen time period England, and this book is a great addition to that genre. The story is told in first person and has a gothic feel to it thanks to the large estate and crumbling mansion. The heroine is determined to find justice, and the hero is misunderstood and appealing. A great combination of characters, plot, and setting. Warning: this book is haunting and the heroine will pull you deeply into her world. I was immediately sucked in and struggled to leave until the story ended.
SBMC 6 days ago
Another stellar read from Abigail Wilson! Written from first person perspective of main character Rebecca, the book has intrigue and danger of 1811 England shrouded in foreboding, chill-inducing Gothic-like mystery, deliciously crisp and witty dialogue, deeply layered and rich characters, a sweet and tender romance, and a plot that twists and turns to make it an incredible historical romantic suspense. From the prologue, Rebecca’s plight will draw you into her heart and thoughts and this bold, loyal, outspoken, intelligent, determined young woman will captivate you as she grows and matures despite the secrecy surrounding her new home at Greybourne Hall and her painful past. Rebecca, having survived her parents’ and her beloved brother’s deaths, has no choice but to move to her guardian’s estate of Greybourne Hall with her widowed aunt. She’s determined to find out the exact circumstances of her brother’s death near Greybourne Hall. Her guardian, Lewis Browning, is young, handsome, and charitable though quite stand-offish at first and has many secrets that begin to unfold page by page. As each secret and puzzle piece to the masterful plot is revealed, you’ll be mesmerized and will likely finish the book in one sitting like I did. I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
AdventurousBookworm 9 days ago
Can we all agree that the colors of the cover of Midnight on the River Grey are beautiful? As much as I wanted to like this book, I could not get into it. The characters seemed a little flat. Rebecca was serious about her investigation but how she went about it was a bit different than how I would have done it. I think that is why I couldn't connect with her. Rebecca does a lot of illogical things and she just didn't make sense. Lewis was a bit confusing. Everyone describes him as 'mysterious' and thinks that he was involved in the death of Jacob. It was hard for me to see where the villages were coming from because he seemed very polite throughout the whole novel. The romance was probably the main thing that made me a bit uncomfortable. You see, Rebecca and Lewis were distant relatives who called each other 'cousin' at the beginning of the novel. Their families are still close enough that Lewis was the heir when Jacob died. That probably would have been fairly normal considering the time period, but it was hard for me to wrap my mind around. As far as the plot - it was interesting but something was missing. Please take note that these thoughts are all my opinions and you may end up loving this book. Rating: 3 Stars Content: 4 Stars *I received a complementary copy of this novel from the publisher. A positive review was not required and all thoughts are my own.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Midnight on the River Grey By Abigail Wilson I’ve been lost lately in historical western romances and I was happily swept up in this intriguing regency drama. Rebecca Hunter has been orphaned and living with her aunt when she learns of her brother’s death. Although his death was accidental there is suspicion her guardian murdered her brother. In order to get the facts Rebecca and her aunt join her guardian, Lewis Browning, at Greybourne Hall. Initially living with Lewis reaffirms Rebecca’s suspicion of Lewis’s guilt in her brother’s death however in her snooping Rebecca discovers Lewis may not be the villain she thought he was. What happened to Jacob is not as simple to determine as originally thought. This clean romance was an exciting and perfectly suspenseful read. I look forward to reading more work by Abigail Wilson. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review which I’ve shared here. For more book reviews be sure to check out my blog: https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com/
PrincessGlor 11 days ago
I have been waiting months to read this! Ever since reading and loving Abigail's debut novel in January, I knew I HAD to read this one. I am happy to say it did not disappoint! It was a bit of a slower start for me and it took a bit for me to really connect to the characters, but once I did I was hooked. The mystery was great and had a couple twists I did not see coming which I really liked about the book. It connects to her first book(which I HIGHLY recommend) and also to her upcoming book that releases in the Spring of 2020. Make sure you check out Abigail's books soon! I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
PreppyBookQueen 12 days ago
Midnight on the River Grey is a mesmerizingly beautiful story that combines regency era England with a plot that twists and turns, a romance reminiscent of an Austen or Bronte novel, and many elements woven throughout that heavily reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. Right from the start, I enjoyed the character of Rebecca Hunter. Determined not to marry on account of the fact that she's convinced she's inherited her mother's severe mental illness, and never wants a husband to have to deal with such a fate like her father and herself were forced to, Rebecca plans to find a way to become self sufficient. However, life doesn't work out the way she's planned it to, and instead her and her aunt Jo are forced to move to the estate owned be her current guardian, a Mr. Browning. Mr. Browning is surrounded by secrets, and is the person suspected of being responsible for her older brother's death a few months before. Rebecca's determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, and her quest will turn up information, secrets, and betrayals that she could never have prepared herself for. However, her quest will also have her growing closer to Mr. Browning, and starting to doubt her earlier stances on love and marriage. How can she truly love someone that's whole life is shrouded in secrecy, and how can she ever expect anyone to love her back with just how bleak her future truly is. From start to finish, Midnight on the River Grey is a page turner that kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters are all well developed and three dimensional, the romance was exactly what I was hoping for, the mystery kept twisting and turning all throughout and kept me guessing, the setting was captivating, the writing was atmospheric and detailed, and I loved that the romance stayed clean but still had the swoon worthy chemistry I've come to love in Christian romance novels. With just how much I enjoyed this one, I was quite surprised to discover that this is only Abigail Wilson's second novel. Her writing comes across as seasoned and complex, and I honestly thought I was reading a book from someone who'd been in this career for years. I expect many great things from her in the future, and after how much I loved this one, I know I will for sure be looking forward to her future releases. And I can't end this review without mentioning how much I loved the Beauty and the Beast undertones woven throughout. As someone who's a huge Disney fan, and a huge fan of retellings, I really enjoyed this addition. Rebecca comes to live in a huge house under the care of a new "beastly" guardian, there's a wing that's off limits, the library plays an important role, there's a Gaston character (Mr. Galpin), and Aunt Jo also heavily reminded me of Mrs. Potts. I couldn't have enjoyed this beautiful story any more than I did, and it gets a perfect five star rating from me. If you're a fan of Gothic romance, historical fiction, retellings, or mysteries, than I highly recommend giving this one a chance. Thanks so much to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to advance read this! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.
Librarycataloger 12 days ago
Rebecca Hunter has had so much to deal with in the past few years. Her mother's struggle with mental illness and her subsequent death; her brother Jacob's fatal accident that was likely murder; and then, being sent with her Aunt Jo to live with the man that many believe is responsible for Jacob's death. What follows is a story filled with mystery, intrigue, and the tantalizing start of a romance between Rebecca and her guardian Lewis Browning. The very strong attraction between the two of them soon becomes obvious and their first kiss simply took my breath away! Set in the Regency era, this book reminds me of the gothic romances by Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart that I fell in love with many years ago. Greybourne Manor with its many rooms and dark passageways; mysterious midnight rides and a hero who has been referred to as the Midnight Devil; and the young heroine who can't determine her true feelings for her guardian. 'Lewis Browning. What was he to me? My guardian? My coconspirator? My brother's murderer? Or something else entirely?' Midnight on the River Grey is the first book that I've read by Abigail Wilson but it won't be my last. She has proven herself to be a wonderful historical fiction author and I look forward to enjoying more of her books in the future! A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and via JustRead Publicity Tours. I voluntarily chose to share my review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
FHlady 12 days ago
This new-to-me author swept me away with this wonderful suspense novel that reminded me a lot of Victoria Holt's Gothic suspense. Rebecca Hunter's mother has died, and her father is already dead. Lewis Browning has been appointed her guardian, and she will be moving to Greybourne Hall. She is not thrilled to be living with Mr. Browning and her Aunt Jo as a chaperone because she is sure he is responsible for her brother's death. Set in a spooky, dark castle filled with ghostly sounds, Rebecca and her Aunt Jo sense more is going on than meets the eye as one mysterious happening after another occurs along with a second death. Wilson's writing flows well and the action kept me riveted and turning pages. I loved Rebecca's strength and independence, Aunt Jo's comfort and caring, and Lewis' determination. Sophie, the English springer spaniel, was a delightful addition to the story. Even the castle had a role to play. Combining gothic suspense with a slowly developing romance created a captivating read. I would like to have seen more of a Christian thread since this is noted as Christian Fiction. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Feather 13 days ago
I absolutely loved this book. It kept me guessing about the whole time, who did it? Did Browning have something to do with it? ( you will have to read the book to find out ) I can not praise this book enough. I loved every aspect of it! And of course the main character, Mrs. Rebecca was smart, funny, and a daredevil might I say. Go read this book! You will be glad you did. I received a free copy of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Christianfictionandmore 14 days ago
Regency England, historical mystery, and romance written by Abigail Wilson, need I say more? This book is all you would expect. Abigail Wilson's debut book, In the Shadow of Croft Towers, displayed her talent for crafting a truly compelling mystery, and this second book shows that Wilson is definitely not a one-hit-wonder, but rather an up-and-coming author in this genre, one that will quickly build a large fan base. Rebecca and her Aunt Jo were forced to leave their London townhouse to move into her guardian's estate following her brother's death. The problem, Rebecca is convinced that her guardian murdered her brother. The townspeople near his estate are equally convinced. While moving to Greybourne Hall was distasteful, maybe Rebecca could find the evidence she needs to find justice for her brother, and so the mystery begins. I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Those opinions are that this is a well written, engaging story, and that it is well worth the time spent reading.
RachsRamblings 14 days ago
This was an interesting read with some great suspense and mystery as every character had something to hide. I liked the main character, but towards the end, she took some huge risks that just didn’t seem to be in character. I think Mr.Browning was my favorite character, and he seemed to stay in character. I was disappointed again that no faith theme is in this book. It’s really a General Fiction Read, not a Christian Fiction one. The plot is interesting, lots of characters to follow, and some nice twists. Though I had figured much out far before Rebecca did. If you liked her first book, you will love this one. It had a Jane Eyre sort of feel to it. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
The_Calico_Books 15 days ago
*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thank you to the author and publisher!* After reading the synopsis of this book, I was instantly intrigued. I love a good mystery, and that is something Midnight on the River Grey definitely has! The thing I loved most about this book was the setting. It had such a gothic, dark vibe, without being too dark. It was a very atmospheric read! I also loved Lewis Browning’s character. In my opinion, he was the most well-developed character in the entire novel. He was very well written and complex. The actual premise of this novel was quite gripping. The mystery was very well done and the motive and villain was something I kept second guessing and trying to figure out until the very end! It is evident that the author put a lot of effort into creating this mystery novel. That being said, I found myself struggling to stay connected and invested in the main character, Rebecca. I cannot explain why, exactly, I couldn’t connect with her, but there was just something about her that left me wanting a bit more. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. Midnight on the River Grey had me intrigued until the very end! I would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a mystery and enjoys historical romance and Regency novels.
Marissa_B 15 days ago
Weaving elements of Jane Austen, Daphne du Maurier, and Ann Radcliffe's fiction throughout “Midnight on the River Gray,” author Abigail Wilson crafts a diverting story of mystery and romance. While there were times I felt the story was trying to blend too many different elements together and I didn't much like the main character, overall this book was fun and engaging. If you're a fan of historical regency fiction, then there's a good chance you'll find this is a fun summer read. The story opens with Rebecca Hunter's life in turmoil. She's spent much of her life caring for her mother in Scotland as the woman slowly goes mad. Having lost both her parents, she's left to the care of her elder brother. When he dies a mysterious death, the man who inherits his entailed estates becomes Rebecca's new guardian. This man, Mr. Lewis Browning is known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and he's the one Rebecca believes is responsible for her brother's death. Summoned along with her aunt to Browning's reclusive country estate, Greybourne Hall, Rebecca launches an investigation into her brother's death. The story continues with midnight riders, mysterious visitors, another murder, and night terrors that make Rebecca wonder if she's following her mother into madness. Meanwhile, she discovers Lewis isn't the villain she imagined. In fact, she might actually be starting to admire him. I'm not really a fan of self-righteous heroines in my fiction. Rebecca starts out the novel having found Mr. Browning guilty with (apparently) no evidence other than her own prejudice. We learn later that she does have some facts to base this conclusion on, but when the novel opens she just seems rude, outspoken, and judgmental. There were times when I sympathized with her, but very few moments when I truly liked her. I felt like she was overdoing the sassy, independent woman trope. Even though the whole story is written first-person from Rebecca's perspective, I still managed to enjoy the book. Part of this has to do with two of the other important characters: Lewis Browning and Rebecca's Aunt Jo. Both offered a welcome foil to Rebecca's character and helped balance her out. Another thing that rescued he book for me is the vivid, immersive setting descriptions that Abigail Wilson brings to this story, which reminded me of two books on the character Rebecca's shelf – Ann Radcliff's “Mysteries of Udolpho” and (to a lesser extent) Francis Burney's “Camilla.” Still, it wasn't quite enough to make me really fall in love with “Midnight On The River Gray” and this book more of a 3.5 for me, though I rounded up to 4 stars when rating. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Rachel McDaniel 15 days ago
2:02 am. This is the exact time I finished Abigail Wilson’s sophomore novel Midnight on the River Grey. And coming from a woman who prizes her sleep just as much as her dark chocolate, this is a huge credit to the author. But seriously, this novel! With its engaging plot, heart-sighing romance, and hard-to-guess mystery, I’m going to be in a story-fog for quite some time! From the first page, the heroine, Rebecca, impressed me with her grit. Her brother Jacob’s mysterious death ignited a desire within her to discover the truth at all costs. Her drive and determination are admirable but what I adored most about her was her kind yet discerning heart. She’d experienced so much pain within her lifetime, but refused to be discouraged. On top of everything else, the man the entire town suspected to be bear the blame of her brother’s death is also the one she needed the most to help navigate the hazy situations that arisen during her stay in the country. Mr. Browning is shrouded in secrets, and while his guarded nature makes me curious about his involvement in Jacob’s passing, I can’t help but like the man. He treats Rebecca with admiration and respect while giving her space to be herself on his large estate. The romance in this story is organic and unforced which are crucial elements for me when reading novels. And while I LOVE this time period, I’m a huge fan of this author’s storytelling. Her voice is unique and fresh. I’m so glad Abigail Wilson stepped onto the regency era scene, and I can’t wait for her next story. *I received a copy from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Stacey724 15 days ago
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Midnight on the River Grey. I didn't read it immediately because I wanted to savor its presence before getting lost in the mystery created by Abigail Wilson. Rebecca Hunter has arrived at the mysterious Greybourne Hall, newly dependent on its owner Lewis Browning after her brother Jacob's death. Since Mr. Browning may have had something to do with what happened to Jacob, Rebecca is reluctant to stay but decides to take the opportunity to look for answers. As she does so, she is faced with more questions regarding her past, her future, and the people around her. A suspenseful mix of historical romance and mystery with a gothic touch, Midnight on the River Grey captured me with the first word and only released me after I had devoured the last