Midnight on the River Grey

Midnight on the River Grey

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...

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Title:Midnight on the River Grey
Author:Abigail Wilson
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Midnight on the River Grey Reviews

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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*

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.**

  • 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.

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    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,

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    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,

    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

    and

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    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

    . 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

    ) 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!

    4 stars

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