{Guest Post and Giveaway} THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR Lookbook with Author Jane Nickerson

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Earlier this week, Misty interviewed Jane Nickerson and featured Emily from Oh Magic Hour's guest review of THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR

For many years Jane Nickerson and her family lived in a big old house in Aberdeen, Mississippi, where she was also the children’s librarian. She has always loved the South, “the olden days,” gothic tales, houses, kids, writing, and interesting villains. She and her husband now make their home in Ontario, Canada.

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by Jane Nickerson

A seventeen-year-old young lady, such as our heroine, Violet Dancey, would find herself at least somewhat interested in styles even as the War Between the States raged. In spite of the blockade, in spite of enemy lines, an awareness of fashions would eventually trickle all the way to Scuppernong farm, in northern Mississippi. Especially with a dashing stepsister such as Sunny, Violet was aware of the new vibrant analine dyes that allowed for shades of magenta and electric blue. 

Even if the fabric was unavailable to her in her war-torn world, she knew of the popularity of stripes and checks, laces, flounces, pagoda sleeves, and engageantes. 

Sunny wore a stylish outer corselet to her mother’s wedding, and when she crossed the Union army’s line, she procured a bag embellished with brilliant fish scales.

In the beginning of our story, Violet is in mourning.

Even her undergarments were dyed black and the only permissible jewelry would be made of jet, or of the woven hair of the departed loved one. 

By the year 1862, skirts had reached their maximum width. With all her chores and explorations of the woods, however, Violet rarely wore her hoops, and neither did she lace her corset as tightly as would a fashionable young lady. She needed a beekeeper’s headwear to extract honey from her beegums. She also wore an amber pendant, endowed with enchantment.

As Violet’s heart began to heal, it was a joy to her to gradually come out of mourning, first with bits of white and then purple. 

By the time of the bazaar, Violet could wear blue with good conscience.   

Here are some other lovely fashions of the times that Jane has included to share with you and truly bring the world of THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR to life!


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Author: Jane Nickerson
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers / Random House

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.


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by Jane Nickerson?

To celebrate the release of THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR, Jane has offered up 2 copies of the book for our lovely Fairy Tale Fortnight readers!

All FTF giveaways run until May 10th.

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  1. Voodoo and a historical read?! Is any other explanation needed?

  2. Historical in the story and the romance :)

  3. Very period time clothing. Awesome post.

  4. (This is Darith L)

    Whoa, it sounds very chilling. I'd love to read it. :)

  5. Pretties! I'm addicted to House of Worth designs, and I love the styles of the 1860s and 1880s (to look at, not to wear...big hoops and I do not get along). Thanks for sharing these!


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