Review: Fire at Midnight by Lisa Marie Wilkinson

"Adventurous from the start, FIRE AT MIDNIGHT repeatedly interweaves daring escapades amongst a touching romance to capture the imagination of the reader."

Although FIRE AT MIDNIGHT may be the first release from Lisa Marie Wilkinson, this author shows remarkable talent and her gift is evident with the depth of characterization plus the innovative storyline. Ms. Wilkinson brings a factual historical event to life with an accurate setting and particularly credible fictional characters, whose extraordinary story you truly come to believe.

Bribery is the means by which the corrupt uncle of Rachael Penrose uses to send her to Bedlam insane asylum in London. While Rachael has no real mental problems, her relative wants her locked away so he can dispose of her infant brother in order to inherit what was left to them after both parents died. Even if she does not die in the asylum, because of her uncle’s manipulations, he has knowingly threatened her outside life by leading others to believe she is the informant who told an English Customs enforcer about smugglers in her area. One French privateer, Sebastien Falconer, is exceedingly angry as he lost everything pertaining to his operation because of this woman, and he is determined to make her pay if ever given the chance.

When an outside friend arranges for Rachael to flee from the hospital, her future does not improve much as she soon finds herself under Sebastien’s control. He wants to know all about this woman who has ruined his life, but discovers she is not at all like he imagined as he spends time with her and hears her version of what has happened, though he still feels nothing she says can be fully trusted. When Rachael realizes Sebastien does not trust her, she knows he is not the man she thought him to be yet cannot ignore her fond sentiments for the Frenchman. Although feelings of mistrust always surround these two, they continuously find themselves being thrown together and having to fight against criminals plus nature for their lives.

Lisa Marie Wilkinson creates intense scenes depicted with realistically honest feelings to keep you immersed in every compelling situation of FIRE AT MIDNIGHT. The insightful emotions expressed throughout this story will deeply touch the reader, as Ms. Wilkinson breathes life into each of her characters, making them not only seem alive but also ones whom you will absolutely like or utterly despise. Sebastien and Rachael are an unforgettable couple, and I found myself concerned about their welfare from the instant they are met. There are countless misconceptions each of them perceives about the other, and these mistaken beliefs cause them much palpable anguish and make them even more convincing as these feelings are revealed. Both are tortured individuals, and their reactions reflect how the past affects the present. While their minds harbor one set of rules, those regulating their hearts let desirous passions soar with overwhelming yearning and turns some encounters fervently explosive. There are certainly a couple of merciless characters in the story, and their natures are ruthlessly divulged through malicious acts. The importance of many of these emotional choices leads to scenes where life or death could rest on one critical decision. Numerous dramatically portrayed circumstances will frequently leave you gasping with anxiety, as their outcome is never certain, and the sprinkling of shocking surprises keep the enjoyment factor extremely high. Superb storytelling by Ms. Wilkinson results in plenty of suspense to keep the story gripping, and the scenes during The Great Storm of 1703 make for one enthralling moment after another. FIRE AT MIDNIGHT is a notable historical story overflowing with dangerous action and heartfelt passions.

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About the Book:
Genre: historical
ISBN: 978-1933836546
Page Count: 363
Price: $ 7.95
Reviewer: Amelia Richard

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posted Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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