Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller #BookReview #ChristFic

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About "The Elusive Miss Ellison":

Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.

That’s the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister’s daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won’t take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia’s pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother–who stole the most important person in Livvie’s world.

Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he’s just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there’s already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.

That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn’t the only heart that needs to change.

These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society’s opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.

Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love.

My thoughts:



Lavinia is the kind of person who always sees the good in others but when it comes to Nicholas she is rather bullheaded. Nicholas is a man daunted by his past who finds himself responsible for a village that needs his attention. Lavinia realizes that she is being unfair and becomes friends with Nicholas. The Earl of Hawkesbury finally steps up and tends to the villagers needs. Eventually, Nicholas and Lavinia overcome their pride and prejudice by exhibiting mercy, justice and forgiveness. I love reading tales set in Regency England especially when it teaches me something about the people who lived during that time period. I can't wait to read the others in the Regency Brides Series. Purchase a copy for yourself on Amazon.



About Carolyn Miller:

Carolyn lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. 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. Find out more about Carolyn at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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