The Mirk And Midnight Hour by Jane NickersonThe Mirk And Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson

The Mirk And Midnight Hour

byJane Nickerson

Paperback | March 24, 2015

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A Gothic thriller and captivating love story set in Civil War Mississippi
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 threatening powers of voodoo, Violet fights to protect her home, her family, and the man she’s begun to love.
“An exciting story—juicy, romantic and at times quite chilling.” —BookPage
“An atmospheric story in which darkness houses mysteries, [with] rich imagery and imaginative subplots.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Compelling. . . . There’s a languid ease to the prose that invites readers to become fully immersed.” —The Bulletin

From the Hardcover edition.
For many years, JANE NICKERSON and her family lived in a big old house in Aberdeen, Mississippi, where she worked as the children’s librarian at the local public library. She has always loved the South, “the olden days,” Gothic tales, houses, kids, writing, and interesting villains. Her first novel was Strands of Bronze and Gold, a ret...
Title:The Mirk And Midnight HourFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.19 × 5.44 × 0.81 inPublished:March 24, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385752881

ISBN - 13:9780385752886


Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK. Wow. I could not put this book down. There was so much suspense and a constant feeling of danger that kept me anxious and on edge. The characters were potent and I wanted so badly for them to succeed. Amazing book. I have also read the first in the "Strands" trilogy and it was also fantastic, although I think this one was just slightly better. TWO THUMBS UP!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Civil War Southern Gothic Fairy Tale Retelling Just like Nickerson's previous novel, this one was sweet and old-timey with a touch of Gothic and the supernatural. It takes place in Civil War Era Mississippi, so that was pretty cool. Once again, I wish there had been a stronger supernatural element to the story. Still quite enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-03-25

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2014:"There’s a languid ease to the prose that invites readers to become fully immersed in the sweltering heat of a Mississippi summer, and Nickerson paints a picture of the Southern landscape that is rustic but ethereal and at times, eerie."Publishers Weekly, January 13, 2014:"Tomboyish Violet’s interactions with Seeley and the Union soldier are charming."Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2014:"Far from the typical Civil War romance...[w]ith rich imagery and imaginative subplots driving the storyline."BookPage:"An exciting story—juicy, romantic and at times quite chilling."From the Hardcover edition.