Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson

A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest.
All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother. 

When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion. 

Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.

From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.”


This book had the best of both worlds... a little history and little romance. The beginning was a tad slow because it was setting up the story, but once the cousins came to town, it took a mysterious turn. There was darkness that shadowed the pages and secrets that clouded my visions. Throw in a wounded soldier and well I was hooked. 

Thomas definitely made the book more enjoyable for me. I really loved reading about Violet and his relationship. It started with bitter feelings and ended with a forbidden, all consuming love. It wasn't easy, but they proved just how much deep emotional feelings can overcome. 

The writing was top of the line and the premise of the story was intriguing. There was voodoo, slaves, country folk, and southern belles. We got to experience the feel of war and the struggle between master/slave. We also got to see that some southerners were not okay with what the law presumed normal. Many made friendships with the slaves and wanted to free them so they could make a better life for themselves. It was truly rich in history and for that I am thankful. 

I love romances that tie in raw reality and this one did just that. If you like history and romance tangled with mystery... then this one is for you!

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