Historical Fiction, Review, Spotlight

In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail Wilson + Midnight on the River Grey

Hello, reader friends! Join me in welcoming author friend Abigail Wilson for a JustRead Publicity Tours blog tour celebrating Midnight on the River Grey!! Before we dive into the new release excitement, I’m sharing my review of Wilson’s debut novel, In the Shadow of Croft Towers.

about the book

Title: In the Shadow of Croft Towers
Abigail Wilson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date:
January 15, 2019
Genre: Historical Suspense/Gothic Romance

From debut author Abigail Wilson comes a mysterious Regency tale of secrets and spies, love and treachery.

Orphaned Sybil Delafield jumps at the opportunity for a position at the mysterious Croft Towers. She believes she was hired to act as companion to a dying woman, but a highway robbery and a hostile welcome from the Chalcroft family cause her to wonder if she was actually hired to help someone spy for France.

An unsolved murder adds intrigue to this already secretive family, and Sybil recognizes Mrs. Chalcroft’s handsome grandson as one of the infamous highwaymen who robbed her. Sybil must determine if this man’s charming smile and earnest eyes speak the truth or if he is simply using her like others in the house. Everyone seems to have something to hide, and Sybil must decide who to trust while also coming to terms with the truth about her own past.

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my thoughts

Y’all know I am not a fan of being scared, spooked, or alarmed in any way so naturally, I tend to steer clear of gothic, thrillers, and a lot of suspense. However, there are occasional books which I (quite bravely) step out of my comfort zone to read and due to glowing recommendations from my trusted bookish friends, In the Shadow of Croft Towers is now one of those books.

The setting has a cold, damp, and dreary atmosphere, much like the weather while I was reading, which begs the question, “which came first, the story or the weather?” My apologies, I don’t have an answer for you, I was lost within the pages of the story. Honestly, who am I to complain when God sends the perfect soundtrack for a particular story?! Challenge accepted!

The majority of the plot is shrouded in mystery and various characters wear that particular figurative cloak with intelligence and subtlety. Readers who enjoy an underdog hero or heroine to encourage on his or her way will be completely smitten with Sybil as she seeks to unravel the tangled web and discern who is worthy of her trust and perhaps affection.

Books which captivate me despite being outside of my comfort zone deserve a standing ovation and I say BRAVO to Abigail Wilson for this stirring and intriguing debut! I look forward to reading her future stories and highly recommend this one!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


new release

Title: Midnight on the River Grey
Abigail Wilson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date:
July 2, 2019
Genre: Historical Suspense/Gothic Romance

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?

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about the author

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.

Visit her website or connect with Abigail on facebook, twitter, or instagram!


Follow along at the link below to learn more about Midnight on the River Grey!

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