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Review and Giveaway: Dusk’s Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller June 8, 2021

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How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness?

Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England’s beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it’s a peaceful life.

That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary’s caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer–but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he’s plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?

Adam wants no charity, but he’s also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal–and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.

Best-selling author Carolyn Miller is back with a fresh series that will not only thrill readers eager for more of her work, but bring in new fans looking for beautiful writing, fascinating research, deftly woven love stories, and real faith lived out in the Regency period.

About the Author:

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia with her husband and four children.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel and food.

A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynmillerauthor.com or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author)Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor)

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My thoughts:

I have missed Carolyn’s books. I read them all and I was getting worried she wasn’t writing anymore. But, alas, here we are and she hasn’t lost her touch.

Although, I think I might disagree with her on some theological issues as seen through Mary’s POV, Dr. Bloomfield brings some balance to that and I appreciated that very much.

The romance between Mary and Adam isn’t something the developed quickly and for almost the first half of the book there isn’t any at all, but we have the hope that it will happen, I was just curious how it would happen.

If you like historical romance you will enjoy this read.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller December 3, 2019

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Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, she’s sent off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.

Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.

The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Once again Carolyn has crafted a beautifully intricate story. It’s so interesting because the two main characters don’t even met until around page ninety. But I didn’t feel like it was dragging, it was just part of the story. The pages leading up that that moment are filled with other important things taking place.

One thing I love about this time period is how people just travel and stay at other people’s house for lengthy periods of time. I find that so interesting.

It was nice to finally get to know Verity, she was somewhat of a mystery in the other books with all her scraps and bruises. Now we get to learn more about her.

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Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller November 26, 2019

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Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton.

When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes to convince him to choose her—but God may want her to forget the wayward nobleman and put her future in His hands alone.

These two try to find their way toward happiness, but prejudice, political riots, and the changing face of England’s societal structures begin to block them at every turn. Can their struggles turn to triumph—or will their paths permanently diverge?

My thoughts:

I am a huge Carolyn Miller fan and somehow I missed the release of this book. Here is the deal, you know I love an author when I go and purchase the book if I missed it. That is the case with this book. Next week I will be reviewing the next book in this series, so I had to read this one first.

Once again, Carolyn has written a wonderful historical romance. I could identify with Cecy and her shyness and how she often got overlooked by her family.

I really wondered how Ned and her would ever find their way to each other. Would Ned ever see Cecy as more than a friend? It didn’t seem likely. But you’ll have to read to see how Carolyn works it all out.

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Review and Giveaway: A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller April 6, 2019

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Can a very proper noble lady find a future with a fossil-hunting man of faith?

As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society—and she’s always followed them precisely. It’s simply the way things are done in her world. When she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. She is suddenly confronted by questions she has never considered about the importance of friendship and faith—and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance.

Gideon Kirby loves science, and hunting down proof of past lives is a joy he won’t willingly give up. But his scientific leanings are being challenged by both his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister’s illness is becoming more desperate and her care grows more demanding. Adding a proper Viscount’s daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected—especially since he has a secret that demands he stays far away from this young woman he’s falling for in order to protect his beloved sister.

When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret is set to be exposed, no matter how Gideon fights. Then tragedy strikes in a smugglers cave. And the threat of scandal may lead to broken hearts and passionless propriety. Will the shaky bond these two have managed to build be strong enough to overcome their differences—or will the trust they’ve withheld from each other end up tearing three lives apart?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have enjoyed every book by Carolyn. I will say it took me awhile to get into this book. It wasn’t until around page fifty that I found myself not wanting to stop reading.

Carolyn is a master at creating a story world that seems very believable. I enjoyed the overlap from a previous series that Carolyn wrote. I gives the reader a new perspective on the scene.

I will say Caroline is a bit hard to like at first. She seems a bit selfish. But once we see her around Gideon and Emma the reader gets to see her in a new light and she seems much more likable.

Overall, another great book by Carolyn.

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

 

The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller December 27, 2018

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Marry in haste, repent in leisure—Mrs. Hale is about to find out how painful that repentance can truly be.

Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn’t turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn’t know where—or if he’s ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they’ll forgive her. Especially now that she might be carrying a baby from her brief marriage.

Carolyn Miller’s clean and wholesome Regency romances continue with The Making of Mrs. Hale, following familiar characters as they learn how restoration can occur by finding hope and healing through a deep relationship with God. Full of rich historical details and witty banter, this series continues to draw in fans of Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Julie Klassen.

My thoughts:

I think I say this with every book I have read by Carolyn Miller (and I’ve read them all) but she keeps getting better and better.

The tension and drama and lies this book begins with are sure to capture the reader and propel them forward to keep reading more.

The reader knows Julia is hiding something from the beginning but we don’t get the full story for quite some time.

The reader knows what Thomas will have to hide when he returns to his bride but we can’t help but wonder how long that will last and what will happen when Julia finds out.

If you are a regency romance lover I have no doubt you will adore this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Miss Serena’s Secret by Carolyn Miller August 1, 2018

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How can a wounded young woman ever trust a too-flirtatious earl with her heart?

With devastating scars in her past, Serena Winthrop is sure no man can be trusted—especially not a man like the too-smooth Viscount Carmichael. His reputation as a flirt and a gambler is everything she despises. And the young artist makes sure that this disreputable heir to an earldom knows of her deep disapproval whenever they encounter one another.

Henry, Lord Carmichael, is perfectly aware of his charms. He’s gambled with plenty of ladies’ hearts as easily as he has with their husbands’ money. But lately he’s wondered if there’s more to life—and if his actions might prove unworthy of an admirable wife such as his friends have found.

When Serena’s guardian asks his best friend to protect his young ward, Henry promises to be on his best behavior and not woo her. But the more he learns of her, the more he realizes she might be his best reason for changing his character.

Then the lady’s art leads her to London infamy. Now Henry must choose between the life mapped out for him as the earl apparent and the love of his life. And Serena’s secret may mean the end of his titled family line.

This second novel in a new series by internationally popular author Carolyn Miller is full of the rich historical detail and evocative writing her readers enjoy, and familiar characters make appearances here. The witty banter will continue to draw in fans of Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Julie Klassen.

My thoughts:

I’m pretty sure Carolyn gets better with each book. I think this one has been my favorite yet, and I have read all of her books.

The tension and romance between Serena and Harry had my heart aching for them, literally.

My heart was so sad for Serena in the beginning when she hid away her talent but I loved when she began to bloom again in her gifts.

I loved the story of redemption and forgiveness in this book. It is a strong theme, one we must remember. God can redeem anyone and we need to keep praying for them.

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

 

Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller April 5, 2018

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Years ago, the man who stole Catherine Winthrop’s heart rejected her—and she’s never recovered from the grief. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn’t her heart he’s taking, it’s her home and her family’s good name.

Jonathan Carlew’s serious demeanor and connection to trade, not to mention the rumors surrounding his birth, have kept him from being a favorite of the ladies, or their parents. Now, suddenly landed and titled, he finds himself with plenty of prospects. But his demanding society responsibilities keep pressing him into service to the one woman who captured his heart long ago—and then ran off with it.

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England’s royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won’t want to miss this new set of characters—or appearances by their old favorites.

My thoughts:

I read Carolyn’s series before this one and loved it. So I couldn’t wait to read this book.

Wow. I think I was drawn into this story more quickly than any other one I have read by her. The characters we fast endeared themselves to me, or irritated me, depending on the character.

You will be swept away into the story of Catherine and Jonathan. It’s funny because for about the first quarter of the book I don’t think they even really spoke to each other and we don’t find out what happen between them for much longer than that.

I highly recommend this one for regency romance lovers, you will not be disappointed in Carolyn’s latest installment.

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A copy of this book was given to my through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller October 23, 2017

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Will a damaged reputation and desire for society’s approval thwart the legacy of grace?

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She’s lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara’s society mama is appalled at the new company she’s keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won’t let him ignore the penniless viscount’s daughter–not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they’re pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together–without finances, family support, or royal favor?

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is full of the captivating, flawed characters, fascinating historical details, and masterful writing that Carolyn Miller’s fans have come to know in The Elusive Miss Ellison and The Captivating Lady Charlotte. If you love Lori Wick, Georgette Heyer, and other clean, wholesome Regency romance, you’ll love this third book in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.

My thoughts:

I have loved this series. Each book brings to life a new cast of characters.

Clare was introduced in the first and was not very likable. In the second book we saw her becoming a bit more humble. In this book she is definitely more likable but still struggles with who she used to be and who her parents want her to be.

Benjamin is a strong hero with his own flaws but he is a hero from the start. His sisters are so sweet too, they have an important place in this book.

Overall, a wonderful addition to this series. If you have read any of the book I highly recommend that you do.

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The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miiller August 1, 2017

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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. 

 

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller March 20, 2017

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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.

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