Garden of the Midnights is the first book I have read by Hannah Linder. I chose the book because I like the genre. I found the book to be a captivating and suspenseful novel set in Regency England. The story follows William Kensley, a wealthy gentleman who is framed for murder and forced to flee his home. He finds refuge at Rosenleigh Manor, where he meets Isabella Gresham, a beautiful and intelligent young woman. William and Isabella are drawn to each other, but their relationship is forbidden because of their different social classes.
As William and Isabella investigate the murder that he was framed for, they uncover a web of secrets and lies. They must also face the dangers of a hidden enemy who is determined to destroy them.
Linder’s writing is beautiful and evocative, and she does a masterful job of creating a believable and immersive world for her characters. The characters are well-developed and relatable, and the plot is full of twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the end.
Garden of the Midnights is a well-written and engaging novel that will appeal to fans of Christian fiction, historical romance, and suspense novels.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a positive review.
Garden of the Midnights is on Tour with Celebrate Lit!
Book: Garden of the Midnights
Author: Hannah Linder
Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Release Date: October, 2023
Danger Lurks at Rosenleigh Manor
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, he pleads for truth 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 love of Isabella Gresham, but even that has been threatened. When a hidden foe arises from their acquaintances and imperils Isabella’s life, will William be the only one willing to rescue her? And even if he saves Isabella from her captors, will he still have to forsake her heart?
Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award finalist, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and a self-portrait photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. To follow her journey, visit hannahlinderbooks.com.
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Sometimes, the things we say we’ll never do are exactly the things we find ourselves doing.
Back when I was still wearing two braids and walking around barefoot everywhere, I told myself I would never make a speech. Never. But by the time high school graduation came along, despite a thousand firm declarations that I wouldn’t, my mother shook her head. “I think you should do it,” she said—and because mothers are usually right, I did.
Granted, I read the speech off a folded sheet of copy paper because I was too nervous to face the crowd. And my knees were jelly. And I stood off-centered on the stage instead of behind the pulpit like anyone else.
But I did it.
For the rest of my life, I’ll look back and remember what it felt like. Standing on the stage, reading my heart, hearing the sniffles and glancing up to see tears glistening in the eyes of endless people I love.
That was special. Mother was right.
Want to know another thing I said I would never do? Re-write a novel. I’ve heard the stories all my life. The author second guesses their own ability and burns their manuscript. Then, years later, they rewrite the story that echoes through the ages as a classic. Or the novelist loses their entire document to a computer crash, so with a blank page and a blinking cursor, they start anew.
I never thought that was something I could do.
I never wanted to.
If I ever lost a novel or was prompted to start over, I would abandon ship and try for a different vessel. Anyway, that’s what I told myself.
Garden of the Midnights
Garden of the Midnights was the story I wrote many years ago when I was younger, when I knew less about manors and England and history. I made mistakes. I broke writing rules. I did too little research and too much overwriting…but it had my soul. Somehow, it was alive. The characters breathed. The tears in their pillow, the aches in their throat, became a part of who I was and what I felt.
This was the one. The story I loved most.
But the edits and the mistakes and the problems overwhelmed me. Like the fearful girl in braids who refused to make a speech, I wanted to throw in the towel and say with even more defiance, “I will never re-write a novel. Never.”
But Mother knew what was needed. She knew the story was too much a part of me to tuck away in some drawer, forgotten and dusty, unread by anyone. So she nodded her head and said, “I think you should do it.”
I didn’t want to.
I was afraid because it wasn’t easy.
But because mothers are usually right, I did. Now, Garden of the Midnights is ready. My heart is still tangled in all the words, all the twists, all the secrets—but this time more, because the book has yet another part of me. The part that was fearful. The part that was too close to quitting. The part that finished anyway.
For the rest of my life, I’ll look back and be thankful. When someone writes me a note that they enjoyed the book, or gets a whimsical tone to their voice when they talk about a scene, or looks up from the pages with tears shimmering in their eyes.
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