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Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd w/ Giveaway

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Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Howard Books
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 384

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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.

I found myself quite engaged with plot and characters, so much so I swept through this wonderful book in a matter of hours, the suspense and mystery working hand in hand holding my attention and curiosity.

The gripping plot took me by surprise. Along with Rebecca discerning the culprit of who actually was the identity theft wasn’t easy, I was pleasantly surprised when the thief was discovered. Byrd provides enough twists and turns to add interest only fueling the mystery aspect. The romance element was well done, the tension builds as Rebecca and Luke tip toe around each other uncertain of each other’s true character as they attempt to ignore the undeniable mutual chemistry. Lots to keep your interest high as the story unravels. I wish there was a tad more ‘horror’ however, what was provided was entertaining.

Of course I took to Rebecca instantly. A strong young woman, independent and determined to prove her identity. Considering her loss and unfortunate circumstances she holds her own and isn’t deterred by others disbelief. Cautious, prudent, careful with trusting, she guards herself well, very self aware especially regarding her feelings towards Luke. An intelligent young woman with plenty of self discipline and restraint.

Byrd paints a wonderful setting of England and India. Her descriptions allow both locations to come alive. Weaving both settings into the narrative was well done adding texture and further interest.

Byrd deftly threads faith throughout the narrative with delicacy and appropriateness. Given Rebecca’s family background of missionaries her insertions were well placed giving plausibility to entire narrative.

A delightful read capturing your attention from the start, full of mystery, no doubt you will be enthralled until the very end.

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About the Authorimage
After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens including the Secret Sisters Series, London Confidential Series and a devotional for tweens.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has published many nonfiction articles and books. She is passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

Please visit http://www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more, or to invite Sandra to your bookclub via Skype. You can also connect with Sandra on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

*Giveaway*
To enter to win a lace bookmark (see image below) please complete the giveaway form below. US and CA residents only. Ends 3/10/15
Lace Book Marks Book Tour ENTRY-FORM

Rules
– Must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway US and CA residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Three winners randomly selected
– Ends 3/10/15

SANDRA BYRD is running a big giveaway on her website

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Mist of Midnight Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 2
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, March 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, March 4
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Thursday, March 5
Review at Reading the Past
Review & Giveaway at A Literary Vacation
Review & Guest Post at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Friday, March 6
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Monday, March 9
Review & Giveaway at Historical Readings & Views

Tuesday, March 10
Review at Just One More Chapter
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, March 11
Review & Giveaway at The Lit Bitch

Thursday, March 12
Review at Book Drunkard
Spotlight at Books and Benches

Friday, March 13
Review & Giveaway at Forever Ashley

Monday, March 16
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, March 17
Review at Layered Pages

Wednesday, March 18
Review at The Book Binder’s Daughter

Thursday, March 19
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Guest Post & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Friday, March 20
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for choosing to read my book, and for your very thoughtful review. I truly appreciate you!

    Reply
  2. Hallo, Hallo Melinda! 🙂

    I’m coming through the blog tour running concurrent to HFVBTs (of which I linked to on my own review for Mist of Midnight ) — I wanted to seek out other readers who caught a heap of wicked joy alighting inside this beautifully spun story from Ms Byrd! I do not oft get the proper chance to visit whilst a blog tour is in-progress (of late) and felt as I had such a strong attachment to this one, I should start to amend when I come by!

    Of all the tours I’ve hosted via HFVBT, I’m quite sorry I haven’t had the chance to drop by yours more often! Quite a lovely space you’ve created here! 🙂 I truly love your About Me page & the quotation you’ve selected to describe how books intrinsically transform your experiences through the breadth of what lies within them. I’ve started to follow you via Bloglovin and look forward to returning.

    Reading your thoughts, I nearly thought I were reading my own — except refracted back through a different lens!? You mirror me in your ruminations after you’ve read the novel, and I am delighted to have found someone whose loved this story as much as I have myself! It’s more than that though, you write with the whole of your heart & mind entwined into the review itself — disclosing attributes of the narrative style, voice of the writer’s spirit, and the way in which the key lead characters attached themselves to you as you read their lives. I cherish finding book reviewers who can clarify how a ‘story absorbs through them’ as they drink in the words — it’s a rare find and I appreciate the time you put into knitting together your thoughts!

    The second to last reflection is equally important to me — I love finding how faith is interwoven into stories — this felt natural and organic, believable because of how it was done and how seeing Ms Ravenshaw is anchoured in strength through grace was wonderfully executed by Byrd. I couldn’t agree with you more! 🙂

    Again, brilliant review!

    Champion finding you tonight whilst I’m still nestled into a fond remembrance of the story!

    My thoughts on Mist of Midnight are here:
    (http://wp.me/p4Y8Bq-2eE)

    Reply
    • Jorie,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind message. I’m happy you enjoyed Mist of Midnight as much as I did. I was completely taken by your review. Your blog is quite impressive, writing stellar, your passion for both reading and writing evident.

      I must confess, between my day job, life, reading, writing reviews, blogging I still find myself unable to peruse other blogs. I made myself a promise beginning of 2015 – I would make time to ‘like’ reviews, comment, search for other blogs and socialize more in the abyss of the blogosphere. Sadly I have failed BUT will still pursue my goal.

      I am so thrilled you stopped by and left such a complimentary comment, greatly appreciate. I’m happy our paths crossed, I will being reading your views from this point on. There are wonderful blogs out there, I need to make to time to sample and delight in each and every one.

      Thank you again Jory for your time and kindness.

      Best,
      Melinda

      Reply
  3. Very nice review. I enjoyed the book too. Loved the setting and the characters.

    A great read. I wasn’t on the tour, but found the linky list.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

    Reply
    • Great blog you have! I’m so happy you visited my blog now I am following you. I enjoyed your review of Mist of Midnight, looking forward to the sequal. Thank you for your lovely comment, very grateful.

      Reply

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