Friday, January 12, 2024

GARDEN OF THE MIDNIGHTS by Hannah Linder, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"But the truth is they are no worse and no better than we ourselves. They are simply less fortunate."

One might consider William Kensley the most fortunate "unfortunate" young man in all of England. Or was it the exact opposite; the most unfortunate "fortunate" young man . . . more importantly, did it even matter? Apparently, it did. Inheriting a modest property upon the death of his grandfather, Williams is confronted by two family members whose jealousy and greed force him to flee for his life, heading towards the person long rumored to be his father, Lord Gresham. However, it is not the powerful lord who greets William, but his lovely daughter Isabella instead.

"Make sure you do sunshine and feel the seashore, hmm?"
Surviving the numerous twists and turns in this story is truly a feat of endurance! Just when it seems that all is well or that all is lost, another unexpected occurrence turns the plot inside out and upside down . . . over and over again! William and Isabella undergo many changes of heart while surviving more than their share of tragic events . . . will the truth, and nothing but the truth, ever come to light? Of course it will . . . after much soul searching and innumerable prayers of forgiveness, an appropriate overriding theme of this book.

"Just have to forgive dem. Even if you got to do it over and over again . . . just got to forgive dem. "
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:
She begged him once more to meet in the garden at midnight.
“If you love me,” said the letter.
But if he loved her, he would not come at all.
Enjoy another Gothic Style Regency from Hannah Linder.

The accidents are not a matter of chance. They are deliberate. As English gentleman William Kensley becomes aware of the danger at Rosenleigh Manor, he pleads for the truth of his past from the only man he can trust—until that man is murdered.

As the secrets unfold into scandal, William’s world is tipped into destitution, leaving him penniless and alone. His only comfort is in the constant friendship and love of Isabella Gresham. If he does not have their nonsense at the seashore, their laughter, their reckless adventures, has he anything at all?

He should have known that would be ripped from him too. When a hidden foe arises from their acquaintances and imperils Isabella’s life, William may be the only one willing to risk his life to rescue her. But even if he frees Isabella from her captors, will he still have to forsake her heart?

Some sacrifice everything for love. Others sacrifice love for everything else. In this haunting tale of rigid social prejudices and heart-aching regrets, the greatest decision of their life will be determined in the garden of the midnights.

Barbour Publishing, September 30, 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook
Buy GARDEN OF THE MIDNIGHTS at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House


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