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The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miiller August 1, 2017

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:11 pm
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Responsibility, romanticism, and true love…

As the daughter of the Marquess of Exeter, Lady Charlotte Featherington always knew she was destined for great things on the marriage mart. Little did she imagine falling in love with a man on the eve of her parents announcing her betrothal – to someone else.

William Hartwell might be a Duke, but he suspects neither his title nor wealth will prove enough to hold the heart of the young lady who has captured his. The scandal surrounding his first wife’s death makes trusting again difficult, while the mysterious happenings at his ancestral home, Hartwell Abbey, seek to separate before they are wed.

How can a young Lady negotiate her future when her heart demands the opposite of duty?  Can they both learn to truly love from the legacy of Grace?

My thoughts:

This is book two in a series and from an author I am quickly coming to love. And I’ve seen what book three will be about and can’t wait to get to know that next character more.

Charlotte thinks she knows what she wants, like any young lady, but God has better plans and even works through the selfish ambition of her mother.

William is so heartbroken and is so afraid to trust another woman and for good reason. He isn’t the overly handsome, dashing hero we are typically used to and I appreciated that.

Wonderful truths come through this book. Charlotte and William both have to acknowledge their utter reliance of God. They realize they can’t do this life without Him.

Also, I love the fact that love is an action more than a feeling is talked about. Our world has made it a feeling only and when the feeling goes away relationships go away. So I truly enjoyed the truth in this book.

There is even a bit of mystery thrown into this story.

Overall, I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoyed historical romance. You can read it without reading the first book but I recommend the first book as well.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

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The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller March 20, 2017

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:54 pm
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Pride, Presumption, and forgiveness…

Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter—all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother—his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic singing voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible—he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?

My thoughts:

First, isn’t the cover just beautiful? That alone made me want to read this book.

So, I will be honest, it took me a couple of chapters before I liked this book. The first chapters didn’t grab my mind and I was sure I wasn’t going to enjoy this story. But I kept reading and I am glad I did.

I really did enjoy this story very much. The cast of characters are all unique and the town in which it is set becomes very clear and endearing.

It almost has a Pride and Prejudice kind of feel to it. Both Lavinia and Nicholas are so stubborn. Just when one begins to soften then something happens to make them not be able to stand each other.

The give and take to this book was timed perfectly to push the reader forward and into the lives of these characters. I will be anxious to read the read of this series.

Visit Carolyn here.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.