Welcome to the Celebrate Lit blog tour for Midnight on the River Grey! I’m excited to share with you an excerpt from the book. I think you’ll find you want to go grab a copy for yourself right away 🙂
Book: Midnight on the River Grey
Author: Abigail Wilson
Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery
Release date: July 2, 2019
Abigail Wilson returns to Regency England with another tale of murder, mystery, and romance.
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. He alone was on the bridge that fateful night and openly admits striking her brother with his horse, but he claims he remembers little else.
Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation. 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 whether she too will follow the same heartbreaking path.
Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Lewis, 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?
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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.
“Either way, there was more to Lewis than he’d allowed us to know, and I meant to find out what it was.”
“…but I beg you not to forget the importance of patience. In the end, my dear, there may be options that you have not even considered.”
“Don’t plan too much, my darling. You’ll miss what is right in front of you.”
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children. Connect with Abigail at www.acwilsonbooks.com; Instagram: acwilsonbooks; Facebook: ACWilsonbooks; Twitter: @acwilsonbooks.
An excerpt from Midnight on the River Grey
My heartbeat turned sluggish as an ache swelled in the back of my throat. This man—the person responsible for my brother’s death—expected me to live with him? In his house? Madness.
“And if we refuse?”
“I’m afraid there is little choice in the matter at this point. The arrangements are already complete.”
Mr. Browning narrowed his blue eyes, scrutinizing me, no doubt, as the numbing shock of his declaration faded to resignation across my face. He sighed. “I do realize Greybourne Hall might hold unfortunate associations for you—”
“Unfortunate?” My voice came out a bit louder than I’d expected. “Is that what you choose to call it?”
He gave a sideways glance at Aunt Jo then returned to me, a pained look hovering about his eyes. His voice, however, remained firm. “Forgive me if I startled you. I hadn’t expected such a violent reaction to what I assumed was the logical next step. Perhaps I should make myself a bit clearer.” He gave a curt sigh. “I only intend for you to stay at Greybourne Hall till some place more suitable can be arranged. Unfortunately, there are few options at present.”
Ice enveloped my heart. I had no wish to travel to, let alone live at that dreadful house, not even for a single night. In his letters, Jacob had described the rambling structure as a gray pile of stones fit for vampires, or worse. I could only image Mr. Browning, this dark-headed devil before me, at home in such a place.
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To celebrate her tour, Abigail is giving away a grand prize of a copy of her book!!
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