Hello, reader friends!!! I don’t know about y’all but I love a good binge-read and series are just the perfect binge-reading material!
The Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series by Carolyn Miller have been in my tbr from the time the first was released yet I wasn’t able to squeeze them in… until now!
The Elusive Miss Ellison
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace book 1
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.
The first book of the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series begins with a comfortably traditional approach to Regency romance. The country setting, character dynamics, and storyline gave me the initial impression of a lovely faith meets Pride & Prejudice inspired tale.
Lavinia Ellison has not only a heart for the poor but she also uses her hands and feet for their cause. Her passionate concern for and service of the less fortunate leaves her frustrated with those who have greater resources yet fail to meet even the basic needs of their dependents. Lavinia is shaped by her experiences but it is her solid foundation of faith that sees her through.
Nicholas Stamford is weighed down by his responsibilities and experiences. He wants to do the right thing but his predecessors have left him in a tight spot and crossing paths with Miss Ellison only makes him feel worse. Nicholas is a well-rounded character with his military background and willingness to learn and consider other perspectives.
Despite my high expectations, I found this story to be much more than everything that I hope for in a Regency romance! The historical, spiritual, and relational elements, the overall story flow, plot, and characters… everything about this story is exceptional. I ardently adore and highly recommend this book!
I purchased an ebook of this title and received the paperback from a friend. The opinions expressed are my own.
The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace book 2
Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility hen she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.
William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte’s father’s pick, not the young lady’s own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return–and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte’s sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.
Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace?
Family duty and social expectations play a large role in finding one’s marriage partner during the Regency era. When young ladies want to be swept off their feet and widowers need someone they can trust, parents tend to have their own agenda altogether and may the most persistent party win!
Charlotte Featherington is an eager debutante whose beauty and family situation gives her access to any of the season’s eligible bachelors her heart desires. Her innocence, naivety, and affectionate nature are both endearing and endangering. Like all young people, Charlotte needs to learn the difference between emotional attraction and committed affection.
William Hartwell is a man of faith who has been sorely tested in the marriage department. Following the failures of his first attempt, he bravely seeks to find a trustworthy and compassionate candidate, despite his doubts that such a person exists. William is not the kind of man that sweeps ladies off their feet but carefully chooses and patiently woos just one. (I adore him!)
This story is full to the brim with conflict and trials but also the peace of faith in those storms. While this second installment in the series flowed seamlessly from the first, the author provides adequate backstory for those who wish to enjoy this story on its own. I love this story just as much as the first and can’t wait to see what happens to who next!
I purchased an ebook of this title and requested a paperback through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace book 3
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?
When authors reveal the painful brokenness beneath the surface of their selfish, wicked characters, we readers have the opportunity to open our hearts to compassion and our minds to new perspectives… and these are life exercises worthy of practicing!
Miss Clara DeLancey certainly is in a nasty pickle, some of her own doing, some not. My heart breaks for this young lady who feels so crushed by her circumstances. Clara has a lot of growing to do in this story. She tackles lessons of forgiveness, friendship, and faith, just to name a few, but I adore the young woman who blossoms out of the pain.
Benjamin Kemsley knows a thing or two about difficult situations from his experiences in the Royal Navy. His protective nature, steadfast faith, and friendly sisters set his heart on a collision course but he’s not one to abandon ship. Ben is the kind of man all fathers want for their daughters if money was no object and titles were of no consequence… but this IS a Regency.
Each book in this series has touched on biblical truths and characters have come to faith and/or grown in their faith in genuine, authentic ways yet the trials and struggles in this third story dig especially deep and it is so good to dig deep with God! This is the beauty of Christian fiction, y’all: redemption, restoration, and as the series title reminds us, “A Legacy of Grace.” This entire series is going straight to my all-time favorites shelf!
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.
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 loves reading, music, films, gardens, art, travel and international food, and really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love.
Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all published by Kregel Publications.
Carolyn is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series
Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series
Thanks to the publisher, I have one paperback copy of The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey for a fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader friend!
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