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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 estat 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. 


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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 estat 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. 

30 review for Midnight on the River Grey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Literary Garbage Can ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Christian fiction is not usually a genre of books I usually read because I am not religious, and tend to find the overwhelmingly sanctimonious and preachy messages of some of these books troubling at best and extremely uncomfortable at worst. But there's one thing I can't say no to, and that's a Gothic romance novel. MIDNIGHT ON THE RIVER GREY had a great cover and concept, and it had a plus-size model on the front cover. YAAASS To my surp Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Christian fiction is not usually a genre of books I usually read because I am not religious, and tend to find the overwhelmingly sanctimonious and preachy messages of some of these books troubling at best and extremely uncomfortable at worst. But there's one thing I can't say no to, and that's a Gothic romance novel. MIDNIGHT ON THE RIVER GREY had a great cover and concept, and it had a plus-size model on the front cover. YAAASS To my surprise, MIDNIGHT ON THE RIVER GREY was not all that religious. I think God was only mentioned in the epilogue, and there weren't any random prayer sessions or recitations of scripture, as many historical christian romances tend to have. Instead, what I got was a fantastic gothic romance with atmosphere and suspense, that managed to pay homage to the squeaky-clean romances of Phyllis A. Whitney and Victoria Holt, while also giving nods to much older favorites, like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. Rebecca Hunter is a scrappy young heroine who is a bit of a feminist-- she doesn't want to get married, and she's incredibly smart. When her older brother dies under mysterious circumstances, she decides to investigate his death. Especially when her guardian, a cousin named Lewis Browning, takes her to the reclusive and sinister Greybourne Hall. Lewis is a darkly attractive and intense man, and as with many Gothic romances, there's a suggestion that he might be guilty of murder. When more bodies turn up, and reports of sinister happenings stir among the nearby village, Rebecca is forced to wonder: who might want her brother dead-- and why? I enjoyed every second of this book. The writing is gorgeous and fits the time period, and given some of the references, was obviously well-researched. I loved the dynamic between Rebecca and her Aunt Jo; they reminded me of Sabrina and Aunt Hilda from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Aunt Jo had that bumbling but capable act down pat, and I was pleased that she got a side-romance of her own. The murder mystery element was also really well done-- I didn't even guess what happened! The final confrontation was suspenseful, and everybody (well, everyone good) gets a happy ending. Honestly, if you're a secular reader and saw this cover and wanted, but had second thoughts, fear not. Anyone can enjoy this book, and as long as you're not looking for something really racy, I think you'll enjoy it if you're into regency romances and Gothic romances. I certainly did, and think it really captures the essence of its 1960s and 1970s forebears. Definitely recommend! Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    I REALLY loved this book! I enjoyed this author's first book, but this one hooked me even more. The romance was steady and believable, and the mystery had enough twists and turns to easily keep me turning pages. And the both the voice and the atmosphere of the story were just pitch perfect! Also, I appreciated the small tie-in with the author's first book. (Also, dare I hope we get Torrington's story down the road??) Highly recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    I adore the Gothic atmosphere Abigail Wilson creates in her Regency novels. Even descriptions of perfectly mundane details, such as the room the characters are in and the time of day, are carefully calculated to perpetuate that delicious sense of uncertainty and nervousness: On Saturday night, Aunt Jo and I gathered in the drawing room, the dark night lurking beyond the curtains, a chill hovering just beyond the reach of the large fireplace.” I get tingles all over again just typing it. Couple t I adore the Gothic atmosphere Abigail Wilson creates in her Regency novels. Even descriptions of perfectly mundane details, such as the room the characters are in and the time of day, are carefully calculated to perpetuate that delicious sense of uncertainty and nervousness: On Saturday night, Aunt Jo and I gathered in the drawing room, the dark night lurking beyond the curtains, a chill hovering just beyond the reach of the large fireplace.” I get tingles all over again just typing it. Couple that with a plot that really did take me by surprise in the last quarter, and you have the makings of an unputdownable read. There were a few aspects, though, that I felt didn’t quite reach their full potential—in particular, the main characters. I’m a bit of a sucker for a Gothic hero—the more complex the better! And I did like Lewis Browning, but in some ways, that was the problem. He was a little bit too easy to like, whereas I would have preferred there to be more mystery or even broodiness about his character. And then there was Rebecca, whom I have to admit annoyed me at times, particularly the way she went about trying to discover information about her brother’s death. She didn’t really think through some of her actions (even as she justified them to herself and the reader), and she was a fairly flat character overall. I would have loved to have seen her grow more as a person. The romance develops subtly for the most part—just the way I like it in a Gothic—but I have to admit I sometimes wondered what Lewis saw in Rebecca. She didn’t do a lot to endear herself to him. But for those who are looking for great atmosphere and an intriguing mystery in their next Gothic read, this one is sure to satisfy. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    4.5 With a story just as suspenseful and eerie as In the Shadow of Croft Towers, Abigail Wilson kept me intrigued from beginning to end. Midnight on the River Grey captures the gothic feel of mystery well, and I completely enjoyed it. In the wake of her brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter finds herself under the guardianship of Lewis Browning, the man she suspects is responsible for her loss. With first-person narration, the subsequent tale unfolds with great intrigue, suspicion, danger, an 4.5 With a story just as suspenseful and eerie as In the Shadow of Croft Towers, Abigail Wilson kept me intrigued from beginning to end. Midnight on the River Grey captures the gothic feel of mystery well, and I completely enjoyed it. In the wake of her brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter finds herself under the guardianship of Lewis Browning, the man she suspects is responsible for her loss. With first-person narration, the subsequent tale unfolds with great intrigue, suspicion, danger, and unexpected romance. Twisting and turning until the end, Wilson builds the story masterfully, and I definitely recommend it. Regency readers should definitely pick up Midnight on the River Grey. This review is also posted on Hallie Reads. I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Satisfying historical mystery novel! Rebecca Hunter is determined not to marry because of her mother's mental illness. She is also determined to find out who murdered her brother. She is a spunky main character that doesn't like being told what to do, especially by Lewis Browning. The mystery of who murdered Jacob was entertaining to see unravel. The slowly blossoming romance was delightful. Secondary characters Aunt Jo and Sophie added to the novel. Abigail Wilson is highly recommended for readers Satisfying historical mystery novel! Rebecca Hunter is determined not to marry because of her mother's mental illness. She is also determined to find out who murdered her brother. She is a spunky main character that doesn't like being told what to do, especially by Lewis Browning. The mystery of who murdered Jacob was entertaining to see unravel. The slowly blossoming romance was delightful. Secondary characters Aunt Jo and Sophie added to the novel. Abigail Wilson is highly recommended for readers that enjoy a clean historical mystery novel. My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    Let me start off by saying I loved the premise and FEEL of this book. It was dark, yet not heavy. It felt almost gothic in nature, I was all for it. I instantly fell for our mysterious hero, Mr. Lewis Browning. *insert literally ALL of the heart eyes* He was my FAVORITE part of the whole book, and I might have cried a little when I realized we weren't going to get his perspective at all. He was so dark, and mysterious, yet there was such good in him. He had a huge heart though he tried to hide it Let me start off by saying I loved the premise and FEEL of this book. It was dark, yet not heavy. It felt almost gothic in nature, I was all for it. I instantly fell for our mysterious hero, Mr. Lewis Browning. *insert literally ALL of the heart eyes* He was my FAVORITE part of the whole book, and I might have cried a little when I realized we weren't going to get his perspective at all. He was so dark, and mysterious, yet there was such good in him. He had a huge heart though he tried to hide it behind a brooding facade. Rebecca was meh to me. Her voice was SO young and immature. She would jump to conclusions, she would speak without thinking, and she never thought about the consequences. People would tell her not to do something, for her own safety, yet she would do it anyways. I am ALL for strong, independent female leads, but she did NOT have that air about her. I wasn't a fan of her attitude. I did enjoy the intrigue plot to the book. I had my suspicions while reading the book, but I was excited when the author took the story a different way and gave us a different villain. As a whole I did enjoy the story in the end. I rated it a 3.5/5 stars. *I received this book from the author**All opinions are my own*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dragina

    Well I'm going to attempt to do something good to this book. It did heal me of some of this disease readers call "a reading slump". Where to begin?? It was a cold dark night, the moon was shadowed by clouds and a fog had grown up around the river. The bridge was slick and my was horse tired, or maybe it was I who was tired. In my daze I couldn't tell. The night was eerily quiet, far to quiet to mean anything good. The next second an alarming sound rang out over the waters and a man appeared in fr Well I'm going to attempt to do something good to this book. It did heal me of some of this disease readers call "a reading slump". Where to begin?? It was a cold dark night, the moon was shadowed by clouds and a fog had grown up around the river. The bridge was slick and my was horse tired, or maybe it was I who was tired. In my daze I couldn't tell. The night was eerily quiet, far to quiet to mean anything good. The next second an alarming sound rang out over the waters and a man appeared in front of me. My horse bolted, slamming into the man and pushing him over the side of the bridge. Jacob was dead. I claimed it was an accident, yet many believed me to be telling a lie. But on that night when things went wrong who's to say what was going on? Rebecca Hunter does not believe Mr. Browning innocent and when he makes her leave her town house she gets upset. But after moving into this old gothic house near where her brother perished things begin to happen. Dark things. Mysterious things. And Rebecca is determined to get all the details of her brother's death, even if it means talking to the one man she hates most. For the first quarter of this book I was board out of my mind . . . however I can't blame it entirely on the book itself for as I said before I have been in a reading slump. It did cheer me up halfway through when I figured out what might have happened. Then I found out surprisingly I was correct and my excitement at being right caused me to love the book more. ^.^ Details were average. . .although the setting was rather well described and built. I loved the gothic nature of this book!! 😍 The old creeping manor. Content was some gore and hints of sexual relationships . . . the one character was good at seducing men. I didn't like her from the beginning, even though she seemed nice. ;P The nightmares freaked me out a lot. And Sophie's disappearance was a good twist. One that confused me for a while. Romance was beautiful. I discovered beauty and the beast elements immediately . . . . The plot was well done. I can't find loads of problems with it (xD), but I didn't LOVE it at the same time. So it's kinda like a meh. I do suggest that those who are intrigued by gothic settings and unique romance check it out. The Main Characters were extraordinary along with most of the side characters. A couple of the side characters weren't flushed out as well as they could have been, but overall it was an enjoyable experience. =) **I received a complementary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    This book grabs you and keeps you in its finely-tuned world. Equal parts romance and mystery, Wilson excels at characterization and intricate setting. While clearly at home alongside perennial favourites such as Julie Klassen, Mimi Matthews and Sarah Ladd, Wilson's voice is distinctively her own and her heroes are--in short-- to die for.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    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. I was immediately sucked into the world the author created.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Gothic + Regency = this reader reeling in a tilt-a-whirl of frenzied delight! Taking a page from classic Gothic Romance authors such as Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney, Abigail Wilson has added her own flare to this genre which has been experiencing a revival of sorts in recent years. All the elements are here -- an isolated estate, an enigmatic guardian, the threat of madness, all cloaked in mystery. Whsssst -- an atmospheric shiver just tracked up my spine! Ella is an independent young wom Gothic + Regency = this reader reeling in a tilt-a-whirl of frenzied delight! Taking a page from classic Gothic Romance authors such as Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney, Abigail Wilson has added her own flare to this genre which has been experiencing a revival of sorts in recent years. All the elements are here -- an isolated estate, an enigmatic guardian, the threat of madness, all cloaked in mystery. Whsssst -- an atmospheric shiver just tracked up my spine! Ella is an independent young woman who isn't easily cowed. She's on a quest for truth, no matter the cost. She's spunky and opinionated and sometimes foolishly rash. As she digs for answers, her investigation leads her to witnesses with contradictory accounts about the night her brother died. Accident or murder? Who can Rebecca believe? And, more importantly, who can she trust? Certainly not the man who holds her future in his hands. The intriguing Lewis Browning -- gruff bordering on rude, he is reviled by villagers and peers alike. And then there's the mystery of his midnight rides. Cue the creepy organ music, grab some chocolate and settle down for a thrill of a page-turning read! Sidenote 1: My only complaint is the lack of any kind of faith thread in the story. It wouldn't have bothered me at all -- this is still a clean read -- if it was published for the general market, but Thomas Nelson is a Christian publisher and I read Christian Fiction for the added inspirational element so I'm disappointed when I don't find it in a story. Sidenote 2: I listened to the audible edition and was blown away by the narration. Laura Kirman brought this story to life. I hung on every word and about jumped out of my skin over the exciting bits since I couldn't skim ahead. I had to patiently wait while she expertly drew out every word. Sweet torture!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    Having heard wonderful things about Wilson's debut novel, I, of course, leaped at the chance to nab a copy of Midnight on the River Grey. And I'm so glad I did! From page one, this book drew me right into the story and I did not want to put it down. Wilson has a beautiful writing style that fits the time period so perfectly and drew me right into the story. Everything down to the characters' dialogue is so perfectly accurate, although there were a few instances of dialogue that I felt were too m Having heard wonderful things about Wilson's debut novel, I, of course, leaped at the chance to nab a copy of Midnight on the River Grey. And I'm so glad I did! From page one, this book drew me right into the story and I did not want to put it down. Wilson has a beautiful writing style that fits the time period so perfectly and drew me right into the story. Everything down to the characters' dialogue is so perfectly accurate, although there were a few instances of dialogue that I felt were too modern. The plot was intriguing and kept me on my toes, guessing as to how the story would end. Although I did surmise the ending ahead of time, that didn't take away from the enjoyment of the story for me. I loved each of the characters as well, but I have to say, they felt rather flat to me. I feel like more depth could have been added and made the story that much better. While they were good characters, and I enjoyed their story, they could have been better characters with a little more fleshing out. All in all, I very much enjoyed this intriguing Regency novel and look forward to reading more by this talented author! If this is only her second book and it's already this good, I look forward to reading even more excellent works! I highly recommend checking this book out! You won't regret it. FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Midnight on the River Grey was a captivating read. It started off slowly, but the story drew me in and I ended up really enjoying the book. I liked how it had so many twists and the mystery wasn't easy to guess. The characters were well written. I found the heroine, Rebecca, to be a bit reckless at times, but I liked how she wasn't afraid of finding out the truth. Lewis was an interesting character...I didn't know at first whether he was a good guy or not! All in all, Midnight on the River Grey wa Midnight on the River Grey was a captivating read. It started off slowly, but the story drew me in and I ended up really enjoying the book. I liked how it had so many twists and the mystery wasn't easy to guess. The characters were well written. I found the heroine, Rebecca, to be a bit reckless at times, but I liked how she wasn't afraid of finding out the truth. Lewis was an interesting character...I didn't know at first whether he was a good guy or not! All in all, Midnight on the River Grey was better than I hoped and I recommend it. I look forward to reading more of this author's books in the future. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    Having finished a book by Abigail Wilson not long ago I was wanting more. This did not disappoint. Quite a mystery set in the Regency era that kept me guessing all the way through. Rebecca's home in London is sold and she's moved to Greybourne Hall, the country estate of Lewis Browning, her new guardian who she never knew up to this point, and whom she believes may be responsible for the recent death of her only brother, Jacob. Having no other choice or home, she makes the most of her new surrou Having finished a book by Abigail Wilson not long ago I was wanting more. This did not disappoint. Quite a mystery set in the Regency era that kept me guessing all the way through. Rebecca's home in London is sold and she's moved to Greybourne Hall, the country estate of Lewis Browning, her new guardian who she never knew up to this point, and whom she believes may be responsible for the recent death of her only brother, Jacob. Having no other choice or home, she makes the most of her new surroundings by investigating what she can to get to the bottom of the "accident". Mr. Browning is secretive, very often absent, and when she stealthily listens in at closed doors, all she hears is cryptic conversations. She's increasingly aware that he leaves about midnight and is seen patrolling his estate... for what?? Unknown. Yet, for some reason, although she doesn't trust him, she gives him the benefit of the doubt often, even defending him, and is increasing aware of her growing attraction. But who is breaking into her London townhouse, her room, and even murdering if it's not Mr. Browning? Why are so many people suspect in her mind. Loved the ending. Loved the innocent interactions between Lewis Browning and Rebecca. Good book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    The Sherlock

    this book was absolutely amazing! Im obsessed. I am sooo totally getting the rest of her books in the future! That ending... I’m speechless. Nope I’m beyond speechless. I’m so speechless I have words again!!!!! IT WAS THAT GOOD!!! It reminded me of Jane Eyre/Jane Austen. I highly recommend this book to everyone in existence. This one gets all of the stars!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    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 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    Tennessee Reads (Overdrive) had the audio version of this book, so I picked it up. I actually enjoyed it more than reading it. Great narration.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    Well, that kept me on the edge of my seat! I can easily point out my favourite part of historical suspense novels, the prose! It’s lyrical and pulls you in easily. You get lost in the emotions, tension and scenes. Abigail Wilson has delivered this to a T while also bringing authenticity. She’s certainly becoming a voice to keep an eye out for. Rebecca Hunter is a mixture of light and darkness. She’s spunky, outspoken and confident. But deep down, she’s haunted, unsure and afraid of who she will bec Well, that kept me on the edge of my seat! I can easily point out my favourite part of historical suspense novels, the prose! It’s lyrical and pulls you in easily. You get lost in the emotions, tension and scenes. Abigail Wilson has delivered this to a T while also bringing authenticity. She’s certainly becoming a voice to keep an eye out for. Rebecca Hunter is a mixture of light and darkness. She’s spunky, outspoken and confident. But deep down, she’s haunted, unsure and afraid of who she will become. And then, her brother dies and she’s left in the guardianship of his murderer, who claims it’s an accident. Well, Lewis Browning is known as the Midnight Devil, is hated by the villagers, is adored by her neglectful father and hated by her beloved brother. He’s also vexing and maddening. But Lewis Browning is also the only one who can provide the answers Rebecca needs to find peace and uncover the mystery of her brother’s death. The real danger will be when he ends up being the one to uncover the mysteries of Rebecca’s own heart. Abigail Wilson takes her time revealing, taking us readers by surprise and making each chapter impossible to be the last. Full of twists and turns, I loved how historical the mystery turned out to be. I’m so looking forward to her next release! * I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becky Van Daniker

    “Midnight on the River Grey” is Abigail Wilson’s second novel which I quite enjoyed. This is a regency mystery that will keep the pages turning and full of intrigue. Although the whodunit is a bit predictable, the authors fills the pages with many unexpected twists and turns. Fans of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters will love this! I wasn’t sure of what to think about any of the characters at first, but as the story continued, they began to grow on me. So much that readers will want to cheer on “Midnight on the River Grey” is Abigail Wilson’s second novel which I quite enjoyed. This is a regency mystery that will keep the pages turning and full of intrigue. Although the whodunit is a bit predictable, the authors fills the pages with many unexpected twists and turns. Fans of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters will love this! I wasn’t sure of what to think about any of the characters at first, but as the story continued, they began to grow on me. So much that readers will want to cheer on a certain romance. Although I do wish that the author would have used Mr. Browning within the story a little more so we can learn more about him. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot. Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    A wonderful read. This book is a regency era mystery with romance. I love reading regency era books and I love mysteries, so put them together and you have a win win situation. I thoroughly enjoyed it. *I received this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    4.5 stars 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 predictable 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, drawi 4.5 stars 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 predictable 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    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, l 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    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 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Scott

    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 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    Why Do Christians Love Books about Sin and Sorrow? Midnight on the River Grey should read like one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Sin, sorrow, secrets combine into a plot that I absolutely couldn’t put down. To avoid TMI, I’ll just say that I didn’t put it down… even when perhaps I should have. This was my second book by Abigail Wilson and it will not be my last. Not by a long shot. If the character of Rebecca hadn’t first caught my attention, her “voice” would have. She comes alive on the page of a Why Do Christians Love Books about Sin and Sorrow? Midnight on the River Grey should read like one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Sin, sorrow, secrets combine into a plot that I absolutely couldn’t put down. To avoid TMI, I’ll just say that I didn’t put it down… even when perhaps I should have. This was my second book by Abigail Wilson and it will not be my last. Not by a long shot. If the character of Rebecca hadn’t first caught my attention, her “voice” would have. She comes alive on the page of a novel written in first-person, and I didn’t even care. Yes, I noticed it. Usually, that’s an issue. It wasn’t this time. In fact, I believe the book is better for it. You won’t see me admit that often. But if that hadn’t caught me and gripped me, the opening lines of chapter three definitely did. 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. From the cobweb-decorated parlor to the abandoned chapel, a transient gloom roamed the halls, leaving my body yearning for warmth.” Wilson can write… and write well. We become immersed in Regency England and Greybourne Hall from the first page of Midnight on the River Grey. She does it with judicious use of almost lyrical description, careful attention to characterization, and a deliciously layered plot that tastes better with every bite. Yes, I went there with a food metaphor. I’ve been unable to eat for forty-hours and food is calling my name. The biggest objection I have to this book is that I didn’t see a faith element shown in a book published by a Christian publisher and by a Christian author. The Book of Common Prayer is mentioned–as a place for something hidden. And forgiveness is offered freely after grave sin. But I don’t read Christian fiction only because it doesn’t have sex or foul language. I read it for my faith to be encouraged. I had to dig to find it here… and it was all under deep layers. Still, I loved it. Not only did Abigail Wilson write a compelling story with every element perfectly placed, but she did it so subtly and delicately that I didn’t realize how phenomenal the book was until I started dissecting it for this review. Every choice she made in point of view, characterization, plot, twists, writing style—all of it is affected by the others. It’s my contention that she did every bit of it with careful deliberation. And that it’s brilliant. Oh, so brilliant. And all in a plot full of sin, secrets, sorrow, and oh, so much ugliness. Why do we like this? Why would we want to read about what we so wish to avoid in life? Better still, why do we “enjoy” these things as “entertainment”—these things Jesus died for? I have two answers for that. It took a while to figure out why I wasn’t satisfied with my original one. You see, it was incomplete. I first thought, “Because it helps us see our own sin for the ugliness it is. It helps us understand all we’ve been saved from because we’re able to disassociate ourselves from it a bit.” I still believe those things, but even more, I think what I discovered tonight is true. Why do Christians love books about sin and sorrow? I think the answer is less satisfying than I first assumed. The answer, I think is… We don’t. We don’t like any of that. What we do like is that once all that ugliness has played out on the page, something beautiful happens—a weak, pathetic imitation of what happens in real life. See, the author takes all that ugliness and gives it meaning. Well, in a good book anyway. We see why the horrors had to happen and justice on the other side of it. Sometimes we see mercy and forgiveness. In short, we see a shadow of the beautiful thing The Author of life does with His “characters” in their “stories.” And Abigail Wilson’s Midnight on the River Grey is one of the best examples I’ve seen of that in a long time. When I requested a free review copy of the book, I didn’t know what to expect. Lately, I’ve been disappointed in quite a few books I’d really been looking forward to. I picked it up with a bit of trepidation, but it just plopped on my best of 2019 list without a second thought—and even with a few things that I don’t think are quite accurate. She made me not care. Impressive.

  25. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Dangerous persistence! A young woman who has fears of descending into madness like her mother, a dead older brother, a mysterious guardian, a supportive aunt and a rather cute small dog all figure in this Regency mystery. Things come together when Rebecca Hunter is forced to leave London to stay with her now guardian Mr. Lewis Browning at the large and inhospitable Greybourne Hall. It appears that in this supposedly safe place, death doesn't stop with Rebecca's brother, Jacob. Just after her arriva Dangerous persistence! A young woman who has fears of descending into madness like her mother, a dead older brother, a mysterious guardian, a supportive aunt and a rather cute small dog all figure in this Regency mystery. Things come together when Rebecca Hunter is forced to leave London to stay with her now guardian Mr. Lewis Browning at the large and inhospitable Greybourne Hall. It appears that in this supposedly safe place, death doesn't stop with Rebecca's brother, Jacob. Just after her arrival, a friend of Lewis' is found dead under the bridge nearly in the same spot as Jacob was discovered. Couple that with, rumors about Lewis' clandestine moonlight rides are doing the rounds of the village. (Rebecca has witnessed evidence of these). The talk is so strong that the locals call Lewis the Midnight Devil. Then there's the widow of Lewis brother, Isabell, her rakish brother Adam who leave in the Dowager residence and the neighbor Mr. Galpin. All seem to wander into the hall without a by your leave, but it's Mr. Galpin in particular who sets Rebecca's teeth on edge. Rebecca is determined not to be forced into any marriage and to find the real cause or perpetrator of her brother's death. Lewis is her main culprit as he has accepted responsibility for having, in the darkness of the night, knocked Jacob off the bridge when his horse collided with him. However it is all somewhat hazy, especially as Lewis can barely recall any of what happened. As Rebecca's questions increase Lewis has a running joke about her being a badger in her pursuit of various answers. And as Rebecca says, “Well, what else do badgers do, but dig?” A most unexpected and enjoyable read, with a storyline that had me guessing up until the near end. A Thomas Nelson ARC via NetGalley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Breny

    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 was 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 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 was 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. **

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2LMIIG5 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 throu Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2LMIIG5 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is the new book by Abigail Wilson which I have had the privilege and pleasure to read before the release date. I loved it! Here is a little tease of what it's about...She knew the house was keeping secrets, if only the darkness would speak....After her elder brother's 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.... suspense, mystery, history, romance and characters you This is the new book by Abigail Wilson which I have had the privilege and pleasure to read before the release date. I loved it! Here is a little tease of what it's about...She knew the house was keeping secrets, if only the darkness would speak....After her elder brother's 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.... suspense, mystery, history, romance and characters you will love and some that you will despise. I could not put this book down, every page kept me intrigued to find out what would happen next. The characters are flawed and therefore more real. Loved this book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    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 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. http://pausefortales.blogspot.com/201...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Raechel

    I love the author's writing stlye. I found the writing of this book to be just as captivating as her debut novel, "In the Shadow of Croft Towers", and I was easily enveloped within its pages right away! The mystery and intrigue were marvelous and kept you on the edge of your seat, just waiting to find out the whole truth. And once we did...goodness! This book will certainly bring you on an excellent adventure! The characters were very well written, and I enjoyed Rebecca's relationship with her Aun I love the author's writing stlye. I found the writing of this book to be just as captivating as her debut novel, "In the Shadow of Croft Towers", and I was easily enveloped within its pages right away! The mystery and intrigue were marvelous and kept you on the edge of your seat, just waiting to find out the whole truth. And once we did...goodness! This book will certainly bring you on an excellent adventure! The characters were very well written, and I enjoyed Rebecca's relationship with her Aunt Jo. That was very endearing. I liked Rebecca herself quite well, although she could aggravate me with some of her strong-willed (and a tad bit selfish) characteristics. She also made some dangerous decisions that I wanted to shout at her for XD But I did love Mr. Browing's character a reat deal. He wasn't all that he appeared to be, and he had an excellent heart and sense of honor. This was a clean, wholesome book, but very sadly was lacking any real Christian thread. There was no mention of the Lord at all, and I think a message of trusting God could've been perfectly woven throughout the story. Rebecca loved the stars and they brought her great comfort - I kept expecting her to remark on how they were God's creation and how it connected her to Him. I was a vastly entertaining book - were it to have a strong faith strand, I think it would have been perfect! I look forward to the next book this author blesses us with! Her talent is enrapturing and I love how easy it is to lose myself within the pages.

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