Midnight on the River Grey
She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . . After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?

Midnight on the River Grey Details

TitleMidnight on the River Grey
Author
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785224129
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Regency, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Midnight on the River Grey Review

  • Melissa Tagg
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    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*
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • The Sherlock
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    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.*
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Becky Van Daniker
    January 1, 1970
    “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.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsMidnight 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 starsMidnight 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.
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  • Rachel McDaniel
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • eyes.2c
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Breny
    January 1, 1970
    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. **
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • OLT
    January 1, 1970
    (2.5 stars) I read author Wilson's novel IN THE SHADOW OF CROFT TOWERS not too long ago and thought it wasn't too bad for a debut novel, so when her sophomore effort was offered as a Vine ARC, I decided to try it also.Well, in quality, it's pretty much on a par with the first. For a Christian genre book, published by Thomas Nelson Publishing, its inspirational message is not annoyingly preachy and pious. The main thrust of the plot is a mystery, with a low-key love story to add a little interest (2.5 stars) I read author Wilson's novel IN THE SHADOW OF CROFT TOWERS not too long ago and thought it wasn't too bad for a debut novel, so when her sophomore effort was offered as a Vine ARC, I decided to try it also.Well, in quality, it's pretty much on a par with the first. For a Christian genre book, published by Thomas Nelson Publishing, its inspirational message is not annoyingly preachy and pious. The main thrust of the plot is a mystery, with a low-key love story to add a little interest for romance lovers. I appreciated this because I don't like being hit over the head with a religious agenda. I enjoy good and decent people as main characters but I think good and decent people can be found in any groups, whether atheist, agnostic, or deeply religious.The premise of the mystery here is good. Rebecca Hunter's older brother Jacob died mysteriously a while ago near the River Grey at Greybourne Hall, country estate of Lewis Browning, Rebecca's guardian. At the moment Rebecca is living modestly in London with her Aunt Jo, now her only close living relative. When Rebecca is summoned to Greybourne Hall by Lewis, for her to live there until she can be married off to some eligible suitor, she is not financially independent enough to refuse.The problem is that Rebecca does not trust Lewis. She believes he may even be the party responsible for Jacob's death and that makes her fearful and reluctant to be around him. However, she decides it may be a good idea to bite the bullet and go to Greybourne Hall, thinking she can sniff around to investiage what really happened to Jacob. That's all well and good and the idea is interesting. However, the characters are developed shallowly and their actions often are strange and illogical. Rebecca's way of investigating is half-baked, to say the least. And Lewis runs around doing mysterious and, as it turns out, useless things at night. Rebecca runs around doing TSTL activities by day.To complicate the personal issues in Rebecca's life, she doesn't want to be married off to anyone, not even to the man she falls in love with. Her mother went mad before she died and Rebecca, who suffers from strange day and night visions, believes she may have inherited this madness and does not want to marry and have children.Well, it all turns out quite okay at the end and our MCs get their HEA. But, as I said, the mystery is not quite as polished as it should be and the characters' relationships and romances are rather superficial and shallow and, annoyingly, the characters quite often behave irrationally.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting read with some great suspense and mystery as every character had something to hide.I liked the main character, but towards the end, she took some huge risks that just didn’t seem to be in character. I think Mr.Browning was my favorite character, and he seemed to stay in character.I was disappointed again that no faith theme is in this book. It’s really a General Fiction Read, not a Christian Fiction one.The plot is interesting, lots of characters to follow, and some nice This was an interesting read with some great suspense and mystery as every character had something to hide.I liked the main character, but towards the end, she took some huge risks that just didn’t seem to be in character. I think Mr.Browning was my favorite character, and he seemed to stay in character.I was disappointed again that no faith theme is in this book. It’s really a General Fiction Read, not a Christian Fiction one.The plot is interesting, lots of characters to follow, and some nice twists. Though I had figured much out far before Rebecca did.If you liked her first book, you will love this one. It had a Jane Eyre sort of feel to it.I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kerry Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Once I read In the Shadow of Croft Towers earlier this year, I could not wait to get Abigail Wilson's second novel.I adored it! Midnight on the River Grey is a multi-layered historical filled with mystery and romance, and the atmospheric quality of the setting is astounding.Midnight on the River Grey keeps the reader guessing, turning pages as we follow strong-willed Rebecca, who's mourning her older brother's death, supposedly at the hands of Lewis Browning, her elusive guardian. The uncertaint Once I read In the Shadow of Croft Towers earlier this year, I could not wait to get Abigail Wilson's second novel.I adored it! Midnight on the River Grey is a multi-layered historical filled with mystery and romance, and the atmospheric quality of the setting is astounding.Midnight on the River Grey keeps the reader guessing, turning pages as we follow strong-willed Rebecca, who's mourning her older brother's death, supposedly at the hands of Lewis Browning, her elusive guardian. The uncertainty and sparks that fly from their interactions makes for an amazing story!As Rebecca struggles to unravel the mystery of her brother's death, she also must figure out what's happening at Greybourne Hall--and in her heart toward her guardian.Abigail Wilson's writing jumps off the page. The scenes are so vividly written and atmospheric I felt like I was there, traipsing the halls with Rebecca, under the glaring eyes of Lewis's family portraits. The romance grows naturally and sweetly, and the ending was a shocker. I love this author's voice and way with words, and how she weaves mystery and romance so seamlessly. I'm eager for her next story! Highly recommend for fans of regency romance and historical romance. (And this fan votes for a story for Torrington please!) I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Ashley Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Midnight on the River Grey was another mysteriously enticing novel from Abigail Wilson!  This book was intriguing and peeked my curiosity as the characters endeavored to make sense of a variety of obscure circumstances and murders.   This plot kept me guessing and searching for answers until the end!  
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  • Kerrie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of #Midnight on the River Gray from #Netgalley and #Thomas Nelson Publishers. I want to thank them for this Kindle version.This is a mystery and a romance. The setting is perfect: early 1800’s England and a mysterious castle. The main character Rebecca is a conflicted damsel in distress, yet she has spunk. She is very upset because her brother has been murdered under mysterious circumstances, her parents are dead, and she and her Aunt have been forced to move from their home to I received a copy of #Midnight on the River Gray from #Netgalley and #Thomas Nelson Publishers. I want to thank them for this Kindle version.This is a mystery and a romance. The setting is perfect: early 1800’s England and a mysterious castle. The main character Rebecca is a conflicted damsel in distress, yet she has spunk. She is very upset because her brother has been murdered under mysterious circumstances, her parents are dead, and she and her Aunt have been forced to move from their home to a creepy castle. This castle is the property of Mr. Browning, who Rebecca believes is a villainous man, suspected of being complicit in her brother’s murder. Rebecca isn’t the type to give up or give in. She is determined to discover the events leading to her brother’s death even though she has many obstacles to overcome. Who can she turn to? Can she trust the pushy neighbors? Is Mr. Browning really the Midnight Devil as the town people call him? These and many other dilemmas must be solved.I like this book because the main character, Rebecca, is spontaneous. She gets into situations, but is clever enough to find a way out. The castle adds to the drama and of course there is a love interest to keep the reader turning the pages.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Abigail Wilson will be around for a very long time!I am amazed that this is only Abigail Wilson's 2nd book! She writes as though she is a seasoned author. It is fantastic!Rebecca is summoned to a very dark estate with a notorious history surrounding it to live with her newly appointed guardian, Lewis Browning. His reputation is dark, mysterious with a gruff persona. She finds it quite different when she gets to know him. Mysteries and emotions develop as you read the book and it is twists along Abigail Wilson will be around for a very long time!I am amazed that this is only Abigail Wilson's 2nd book! She writes as though she is a seasoned author. It is fantastic!Rebecca is summoned to a very dark estate with a notorious history surrounding it to live with her newly appointed guardian, Lewis Browning. His reputation is dark, mysterious with a gruff persona. She finds it quite different when she gets to know him. Mysteries and emotions develop as you read the book and it is twists along the way!Abigail Wilson will be around for a very long time! Can't wait to read more from her!
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  • Chautona Havig
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    “Two murders. One bridge. And the truth as elusive as the fog.”Such is the crux of the adventure and intrigue of Abigail Wilson’s “Midnight on the River Grey”. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but it also perfectly reflects the sinister ambiance that characterizes the novel. Atmospheric and foreboding, this book ushers in a sense of unease that lingers throughout the story. The setting further highlights this, with stunning descriptions that seem to make Greybourne Hall rise up out of the fog, ri “Two murders. One bridge. And the truth as elusive as the fog.”Such is the crux of the adventure and intrigue of Abigail Wilson’s “Midnight on the River Grey”. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but it also perfectly reflects the sinister ambiance that characterizes the novel. Atmospheric and foreboding, this book ushers in a sense of unease that lingers throughout the story. The setting further highlights this, with stunning descriptions that seem to make Greybourne Hall rise up out of the fog, right before readers’ eyes. With contemporaneous language, Wilson brings Regency England to life, infusing the narrative with gothic elements that serve to enhance the suspense. From the secluded estate to the prototypical characters, “Midnight on the River Grey” has a decidedly cinematic quality to it. All is not as it seems at first blush, and there is no certainty in determining who is trustworthy. Murders, madness, conspiracy, and romance coalesce into this gently ominous novel, with a building crescendo that reverberates through the denouement. The characters are foils for each other, in both humorous and ominous ways. Rebecca Hunter relates the story from her first-person viewpoint as she works toward discovering the true story behind her brother’s death. Headstrong and impulsive, Rebecca is a daring figure, particularly during a time period when women were expected to be simpering and submissive. Lewis Browning is something of an enigma, his role as protector or villain hazy. Including the King Charles spaniel, Sophie, adds some lightheartedness while also furthering the mystery. “Midnight on the River Grey” contains all of the essential qualities of an eerie mystery and is a clean read, albeit with only a few passing mentions of Christianity (my only complaint). I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys light suspense, Regency-era fiction, and historical romance.I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    I could not put this book down. From the setting, the descriptions and the eery feelings, to the subtly written love story, the mystery, and the unexpected surprises, Abigail Wilson has proven she is a force to be reckoned with in the historical fiction world. I had to keep reminding myself that this is only her second novel – that’s how good she writes! You are immediately sucked into not only the story line, but the setting itself. Wilson immerses you in the thick of it, and it almost feels li I could not put this book down. From the setting, the descriptions and the eery feelings, to the subtly written love story, the mystery, and the unexpected surprises, Abigail Wilson has proven she is a force to be reckoned with in the historical fiction world. I had to keep reminding myself that this is only her second novel – that’s how good she writes! You are immediately sucked into not only the story line, but the setting itself. Wilson immerses you in the thick of it, and it almost feels like you’ve stepped in a time machine. Each scene vividly plays out in your mind. There are a few that will make the hairs on your arm stand, and yet they are not written so gory that you have to skip over it. I can’t even describe it – it’s just really good!I think the thing that intrigued me most about this book was Lewis Browning’s character. Was he a bad guy? Was he a good guy? Who was he? The whole story I tried answering these questions, and little by little Wilson gives you the pieces you are looking for to answer them. There was such mystery behind him – which I love in a hero by the way. I was slightly intimidated by him at first, but as I kept reading and the pages kept turning, I found myself enjoying his character so much. You certainly cannot judge a book (or character) by it’s cover, as was the case in Browning.I found Rebecca to be fun to read too. She was head strong, and didn’t appear to be afraid of putting herself out there in the middle of the mystery. She wanted to find answers, no matter the cost. I kind of can see a little of myself in her. I think I’d be willing to just go out there and search for clues too, although not at night in the dark. I mean, let’s be serious ;). I loved the fact that she didn’t just automatically swoon over Browning. Kudos to Wilson because I expected it and it didn’t happen. Instead she really took the time to get to know him, as much as she could anyways – kind of hard to do when he’s never around.You find all the answers you’re looking for by the time you reach the end, and yet I still found myself wanting more. This is one of those books that you don’t want to end because you have been so involved with the characters that you’re not quite ready to say goodbye. Even so, I had a smile on my face, sighed a big sigh, and put it on my bookshelf to read again in the future when I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Wilson brings us next!I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally posted at: https://thecalicobooks.wordpress.com/...*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thank you to the author and publisher!*After reading the synopsis of this book, I was instantly intrigued. I love a good mystery, and that is something Midnight on the River Grey definitely has!The thing I loved most about this book was the setting. It had such a gothic, dark vibe, without being too dark. It was a very atmospheric read!I also lov Review originally posted at: https://thecalicobooks.wordpress.com/...*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thank you to the author and publisher!*After reading the synopsis of this book, I was instantly intrigued. I love a good mystery, and that is something Midnight on the River Grey definitely has!The thing I loved most about this book was the setting. It had such a gothic, dark vibe, without being too dark. It was a very atmospheric read!I also loved Lewis Browning’s character. In my opinion, he was the most well-developed character in the entire novel. He was very well written and complex.The actual premise of this novel was quite gripping. The mystery was very well done and the motive and villain was something I kept second guessing and trying to figure out until the very end! It is evident that the author put a lot of effort into creating this mystery novel.That being said, I found myself struggling to stay connected and invested in the main character, Rebecca. I cannot explain why, exactly, I couldn’t connect with her, but there was just something about her that left me wanting a bit more.Overall, this was an enjoyable read. Midnight on the River Grey had me intrigued until the very end! I would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a mystery and enjoys historical romance and Regency novels.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts on Midnight on the River Grey:Great read. New author to me but reading her bio made me want to get to know her. I love curling up with a good book and hiking as well so we must be kindred spirits. Oh and England is definitely a dream destination of mine. Let’s not even forget crazy little children, I have a few or more of those too.First things first. The book is definitely unique. You’ve got madness and spells(not the witchcraft kind) plus murder and mystery. Everything a good suspe My Thoughts on Midnight on the River Grey:Great read. New author to me but reading her bio made me want to get to know her. I love curling up with a good book and hiking as well so we must be kindred spirits. Oh and England is definitely a dream destination of mine. Let’s not even forget crazy little children, I have a few or more of those too.First things first. The book is definitely unique. You’ve got madness and spells(not the witchcraft kind) plus murder and mystery. Everything a good suspense book has plus the added bonus of some love story thrown in. I can’t help but feel connected to Rebecca. While I’m not an orphan and don’t have a guardian I do feel that she’s a new friend who I fiercely want to protect and champion. To lose both parents and your brother within a few years has to be hard. Add on that having a guardian that you don’t feel so friendly towards and certainly don’t trust definitely tends to muddle the thinking.Rebecca does have an older relative who stays with her as her companion and chaperone. While Rebecca vows to never marry her companion might have other ideas.So, I like the author’s style of writing. But there are some parts of the story that seem to drag or I don’t see the significance. I love the setting as I love anything English countryside. The resident of the dower house though, I don’t like her from the start. Just letting you know.I consider this a great read and recommend it as a good romance/mystery. It’s not an overtly Christian one though so would be a good book to gift to a friend who might not be receptive to “preachy” fiction works. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    Wilson is a new author to me but she definitely caught my notice. I love books set in Regency England and mysteries and this blended both beautifully. Reading of the entailment at the beginning reminded me of “Pride and Prejudice” but Lewis Browning is nothing like Mr. Collins. Mr. Browning is handsome, young, and very much in control. He’s also dangerous and goes out on mysterious rides at night. When Rebecca Hunter hears news of her brother’s death, she can’t help but wonder if Lewis Browning Wilson is a new author to me but she definitely caught my notice. I love books set in Regency England and mysteries and this blended both beautifully. Reading of the entailment at the beginning reminded me of “Pride and Prejudice” but Lewis Browning is nothing like Mr. Collins. Mr. Browning is handsome, young, and very much in control. He’s also dangerous and goes out on mysterious rides at night. When Rebecca Hunter hears news of her brother’s death, she can’t help but wonder if Lewis Browning had anything to do with it. Rebecca was an interesting character. She is a bit headstrong and determined to remain independent. I understood her desire to find out the truth but her recklessness at times had me whispering, “No, don’t do that!” The mystery was well developed with multiple potential villains. There were twists along the way that added to the craziness. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I’d recommend it to mystery lovers.Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own. #MidnightOnTheRiverGrey, #Netgalley
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson is a historical Regency mystery filled with a creepy suspenseful setting and delightful characters. Wilson's novels reminded me a lot of Wurthering Heights by Emily Bronte. A mysterious hero who takes in a heroine and the entire house acts as a mysterious character in the novel. The writing is exceptional because Wilson writes the story in first person, so as soon as Rebecca sees something or discovers something to help her in discovering what happen Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson is a historical Regency mystery filled with a creepy suspenseful setting and delightful characters. Wilson's novels reminded me a lot of Wurthering Heights by Emily Bronte. A mysterious hero who takes in a heroine and the entire house acts as a mysterious character in the novel. The writing is exceptional because Wilson writes the story in first person, so as soon as Rebecca sees something or discovers something to help her in discovering what happened to her brother, Jacob, we learn it for the first time too. The mystery was the train of thought for Rebecca during the entire novel. She didn't think about it once and then move onto wooing Lewis; Rebecca actually wanted to solve what happened to her brother. She even included Lewis, her guardian, in the discovery. The romance did seem a little odd at first, but after a while, it did seem to fit the characters well. Overall, Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson is definitely a suspenseful book for fans of classic literature like Wurthering Heights or Jane Eyre.I received a complimentary copy of Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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