Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)” as Want to Read:
Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Mist of Midnight

(Daughters of Hampshire #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,592 ratings  ·  382 reviews
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.

Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca re
Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Howard Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Mist of Midnight, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Susan Karsten I am reading it now. I really like it - only a couple of chapters in. I picked this up because I read Byrd's "To Die For" which was super-excellent hi…moreI am reading it now. I really like it - only a couple of chapters in. I picked this up because I read Byrd's "To Die For" which was super-excellent historical fiction and deserves to win many prizes. :)(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.83  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,592 ratings  ·  382 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A young woman returns to England after losing her entire family in a rebellion in India. Rebecca Ravenshaw has been away from her native country for many years and is eager to return to her ancestral home. Except that the reception she receives is anything, but what she expected. Rebecca, soon learns that the previous year, a young woman bearing her name had claimed to be Rebecca and she mysteriously dies. Now, Rebecca is on a mission to clear her name and discover who the deceiver was. Of cours ...more
I haven't been so drawn into a story in a while! Several things were in this story's favor from the get-go!

Sandra uses first person narration - my favorite! I love getting inside the head of the main character and really viewing the story from their perspective. Rebecca is a reliable narrator, but is very unsure of her situation at Headbourne House. There were a few times where I wish she would just say things outright, but this is always how I feel with books set during this time period - speak
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not since Jane Eyre have I read a Gothic romance that has captured my heart so completely. From the exotic India to an English estate shrouded in mystery, Byrd’s eye for detail shines through on every page. Readers are sure to devour the tale of Rebecca Ravenshaw and her search for the truth behind the mysteries of Headbourne House and the handsome young captain who lives on the estate. As with any good Gothic story, there's a little mystery and of course there's a rambling estate covered with l ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Daughter of missionaries to India, Rebecca Ravenshaw returns, orphaned, to Hampshire England to take possession of the home and finances bequeathed to her by her father, only to find that a mysterious imposter has recently appeared with the same intentions - laying claim on Rebecca's identity and inheritance - and then died; burying the trust and hospitality of those in the neighborhood with her.
Rebecca is denied the peace and security she came home searching for as she seeks to prove that she i
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
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 eleme
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....

Author Sandra Byrd has been in my tbr for a while and though I own two of her earlier novels, Mist of Midnight marks my first taste of her work and I'm happy to report I found the experience quite enjoyable.

First and foremost, I really liked how Byrd used identity theft in the context of this story. I'm used to seeing 19th century murder mysteries and I thought impersonation a fun and refreshing departure from that norm. Th
Quite a while ago I read a book by Sandra Byrd call Eat Cake which was a contemporary story about a West coast woman who goes to France to intern as pastry chef. It was fun and interesting especially since I enjoy books that have some sort of technical focus on a hobby or occupation. There was also a bit of gentle romance. Then I saw Mist Of Midnight come up in my feed and noticed the same author but this was historical fiction with a gothic sort of feel. Quite different. When I initially read E ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Mist of Midnight is a well done Gothic Romance novel. I was trying to figure out chapter after chapter who the fraudulent Rebecca was and why. In the midst of all that mind bending, there was a delightful romance developing between Captain Luke Whitfield and Rebecca Ravenshaw.

I especially enjoyed the historical detail woven into the story. Details including religions in England and English missionaries in India.

I recommend Mist of Midnight to fans of historical fiction that enjoy mysteries too.
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mist Of Midnight

 photo photostudio_1494130123016_zpsj0mhk1mk.jpg

Stolen identities, eerie happenings in a huge English estate, duplicitous characters. Mist of midnight has all the ingredients for a captivating gothic romance!

Rebecca Ravenshaw returns home to England after the tragic death of her missionary parents in India . But when she reaches Hampshire, England, to claim her family's estate. But she finds out that another woman with a Indian servant has already posed to be her! And has assumed her money and home. On top of that, th
Idril Celebrindal
Jul 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
I still want to read the book described on the back cover. It's an intriguing premise, with plenty of drama and creepiness and suspense seemingly built right in, but here the execution was so lacking. This was a clunky, awkward, silly mess.

Byrd shows no familiarity with the historical setting. The notes at the end appear to indicate that all of her research was on Christian missionaries in India, and none on what life in England (or India for that matter) was like at the time, which becomes a pr
Jan W. Mc
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on audio, and as the book moved on, I realized the story was familiar. I was halfway through before I was certain that at sometime, somewhere in previous years, I had read this book. I have no idea how I felt about it the first time, but I really enjoyed the second time around.

Rebecca Ravenshaw returned to England from India after the deaths of her missionary parents in a native uprising. On arriving at Headborne, her family's country home that she had left as a small child, s
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, 2015
I’ve been a fan of Sandra Byrd’s writing since I devoured her Ladies in Waiting series. As soon as I found out she was releasing a new series, Daughters of Hampshire, I knew I wouldn’t miss out on a chance to read them. And boy oh boy, she didn’t disappoint!

I attempted several times to make myself read faster. I tried to will myself. I really did. Why? Because this is the kind of story that you want to find out what happens, but you also want to enjoy every page penned. Oh the sufferings of a r
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Where I got the book: purchased on Amazon. I know Sandra Byrd personally. An IRL book club read.

I’d only read one of Sandra Byrd’s Tudor historicals (To Die For) in the past. I didn’t read the series, not being a big Tudor fan (although my oldest daughter IS a big Tudor fan and has read the lot). But now she’s diving into Victorian gothics, she’s got my full attention. I’m starting to think of Byrd’s books as “romance-plus”—there’s a strong romantic arc but there’s a whole lot more going on unde
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mist of Midnight is an opening story of a series I’m told. Set in Victorian England is the perfect backdrop for this story. A young girl, Rebecca Ravenshaw, returns to England from India. Her parents-missionaries-died in the Indian Mutiny. When she arrives no one believes who she says she is. A year before someone else claimed to be her and was quite convincing. The imposter died and Rebecca’s Father’s estate and his investments where given to a distant relative. His name is Captain Luke Whitfie ...more
It's official. I'm two for two with Ms. Sandra Byrd's historical romances. I couldn't put either of them down until the very end. Maybe it's the slightly creepy vibe or the vulnerable yet strong heroines that the author features in her books. Maybe it's the strong historical details and interesting backdrop to her stories. Whatever the whole reason, it's also undoubtedly the strong, faith-based message that I've come to strive for in my daily life.

I've really enjoyed the two historical romances
The Lit Bitch
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been looking forward to this book for a long time now. I love Gothic romances and am a huge fan of authors like Victoria Holt. This book sounded like a Victoria Holt novel so I was totally on board to review it!

I love not knowing if the hero is implicated in the crime or not….you hope he’s not but with the evidence mounting, how can you deny that it looks suspicious? That’s what I like best about Gothic romances, the hoping that the hero isn’t really the villain.

In this book, there was pl
I've given this a B for narration and a C- for content, so I'm calling it 3.5 stars.

Although Sandra Byrd is known primarily as an author of Inspirational Romances and I’m not in the least religious, I’m not averse to an Inspy when there’s a good story and the religious element isn’t too prominent. In any case, I’ve got a soft spot for a good gothic romance and the premise of Mist of Midnight sounded interesting. Rebecca Ravenshaw is the daughter of missionaries who were killed in the Indian Mut
Mist of Midnight, drew me in from the very beginning. Byrd has masterfully written a very intriguing and compelling Gothic Romance novel. The characters come to life right off the page and keep you on your toes, guessing as to who you can and cannot trust. Hope battles doubts, and the story comes to ahead wonderfully at the end. A very satisfying read and conclusion! I look forward to Byrd's next novel Bride of a Distant Isle.
4 1/2 Stars!!!
"They were gone now, every last one of them. Gone, but not completely gone.

I still saw them at midnight."

With an opening line like that, you'd think that you were in for a novel full of excitement, intrigue, and mysterious happenings based around a Victorian mansion, just like the novels of Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney, right.

Instead, what I got was a far too overdrawn novel of tea parties, riding horses, and utter boredom.

Rebecca Ravenshaw is the daughter of British missionaries who li
Cheryl Olson
“Um, I forgot”- isn’t this a response that mom’s constantly hear from their darling cherubs who perhaps didn’t complete their list of chores? Well I have to say, after reading Sandra Byrd’s captivating Gothic Romance novel Mist of Midnight, that was my response- “Um, I forgot how much I love a great Gothic Romance novel!", especially when penned by the hugely talented Sandra Byrd who weaves the historical parts of the novel into the story seamlessly . It just adds to the enjoyment for the reader ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
I bought this, looking for a classic Gothic novel, and it initially seemed ok. However, over the course of the novel, it moves from being annoyingly preachy to flat out cheeseball inspirational at the end (view spoiler) ...more
Michelle Griep
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hot dang! I'm a jaded reader, so it's a rare occurrence when I find a new author that I actually like. Sandra Byrd is the lucky winner this year. In her book, MIST OF MIDNIGHT, I discovered some sweet turns of phrases in a setting that I wouldn't mind packing my bags and moving into right now.

What's not to love about a manor home in England? A handsome captain who may or may not be a bad boy? Lots of intrigue and a French maid that you kind of want to slap? All these ingredients make for a fine
Jessie Pannell
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-read
Will some dear writer use all the talent, resourcefulness and creativity that is ours in Christ Jesus to write something that moves and is intelligent? Unfortunately, this is not it for me. This book further confirms my theory that Christian fiction is graded on a curved scale, which explains its 4+ reviews. This story is watered down and benign with tension that never tightened either romantically or mysteriously, although I enjoyed the British/Indian connection.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read
Overall, this story offered many good elements.
I liked the gothic atmosphere, the constant doubts arising from every single situation the heroine was involved in, all the little details which were there to make us think and doubt everyone. I think the author succeeded in creating a tone as misty as the title indicates.
However, I think the romance part was too vague and undetermined - which I understand, since the hero wasn't always clearly defined as such - and when things are finally solved I j
Colleen Turner
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Find my full review at

I became a huge fan of Sandra Byrd after reading her delicious Tudor Ladies in Waiting series and therefore snatched up this newest novel of hers, the first in a new series set in Victorian England, as soon as I got the chance. While this novel has a very different feel from those mentioned above it was still as engrossing as its predecessors.

When Rebecca Ravenshaw steps off the boat from India she is seeking nothing more than some war
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it

Was this woman the "real" Miss Ravenshaw or was the Miss Ravenshaw that was at Headbourne House a few weeks ago the "real" Miss Ravenshaw.

Rebecca Ravenshaw arrived with her chaperone from India after her parents were killed in an uprising and she was the only one in the family that had survived. Miss Ravenshaw had no place to go but back to her family mansion in England. When she arrived, everyone was shocked beyond belief.

How can this be Miss Ravenshaw when she committed suicide not more than a
Rachel McMillan
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lovely gothic setting complete with rumbling castle and military veteran turned brooding hero. It had the essence of Daphne DuMaurier with more than a sprinkle of Jane Eyre. Having long been enamoured with stories of the spices and mystery of the Orient, I appreciated the vivid tapestry of India interwoven with the British Colonial fervour.

As in her Tudor-set novels, Byrd is adept at interweaving taut verisimilitude with a crafty pen, a keen eye for detail and a favourable reading pace. Mist of
Rebecca Ravenshaw has barely escaped India with her life and is still grieving the brutal mirder of her parents. She hopes to come home for a good rest—and, instead, is greeted by skeptical chill. She is shocked to learn that someone impersonated her only months before, took possession of her home, and died by suicide. She has an uphill battle to prove herself to the wary community and servants, and in addition she begins to fear that the woman who pretended to be her was, in fact, murdered.

Jennifer Lynn
would have had a much higher rating if the author could have decided whether she was writing a sermon or a gothic romance....
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Girl in the Gatehouse
  • A Castaway in Cornwall
  • An Unlikely Courtship (Regency House Party: Somerstone #2)
  • The Bridge to Belle Island
  • The Light at Wyndcliff (Cornwall, #3)
  • A Daring Venture (Empire State, #2)
  • Midnight on the River Grey
  • Fall from Trace (London League #5)
  • By Hook or By Rook (London League #4)
  • The Jewels of Halstead Manor (Ladies of Devon #1)
  • Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey
  • Lady of Ashes (Lady of Ashes, #1)
  • The Lady of Larkspur Vale (Ladies of Devon #2)
  • On Wings of Devotion (The Codebreakers, #2)
  • The Bride of Ivy Green (Tales from Ivy Hill, #3)
  • The Painter's Daughter
  • The Secret of Pembrooke Park
  • The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
See similar books…
Bestselling author Sandra Byrd has published fifty books over her editing and writing career. Her traditionally published books include titles by Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Tyndale House Publishers, WaterBrook Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and Bethany House Publishers.

Sandra’s series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling Mist of Mid

Other books in the series

Daughters of Hampshire (3 books)
  • Bride of a Distant Isle (Daughters of Hampshire, #2)
  • A Lady in Disguise (Daughters of Hampshire, #3)

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
15 likes · 0 comments
“Many have doubts; few voice them. The silent tended to quickly condemn those honest few who air misgivings dormant deep within us all.” 2 likes
“. . man he made and for him built Magnificent this world, and earth his seat, Him lord pronounced; and, Oh indignity! Subjected to his service angel-wings, And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their earthly charge: Of these the vigilance I dread; and, to elude, thus wrapped in mist Of midnight vapor glide obscure, and pry In every bush and brake, where hap may find The serpent sleeping; in whose mazy folds To hide me, and the dark intent I bring. —PARADISE LOST, JOHN MILTON” 0 likes
More quotes…