Historical Fiction, Review

Miss Serena’s Secret by Carolyn Miller

The Regency Brides saga continues with Miss Serena’s Secret by Carolyn Miller, the second book of the A Promise for Hope series!


about the book

Miss Serena’s Secret by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope book 2)

With devastating scars in her past, Serena Winthrop is sure no man can be trusted—especially not men like the far-too-smooth Viscount Charmichael. His reputation as a charmer 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 to the women of the ton. He’s gambled with plenty of their hearts as easily as he does their husband’s money—it’s all in good fun to him. But lately he’s been wondering if there’s more to life—and confronting the idea that his actions might not prove worthy of the admirable wives his friends have found.

When Serena’s brother-in-law 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.

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my thoughts

Beauty and artistry leap from the pages of Carolyn Miller’s latest faith-filled Regency Brides romance. These authentic, complex characters are perfectly flawed and completely endearing.

Serena Winthrop’s predicament did a number on my heartstrings! Her aloof and often biting manner is the icy armor she uses to protect her wounded spirit. As Serena heals, she avoids, deflects, and even attacks at the slightest hint of vulnerability. Any reader who has ever felt betrayed or unworthy will be inspired and encouraged by her journey.

Lord Carmichael knows he hasn’t exactly been living his life on the straight and narrow but for the first time, it’s a path he regrets. Henry’s eyes and heart are opened to the consequences of both action and inaction. Personally, I love a roguish character who has a change of heart and this handsome viscount is determined to support his reform with action.

I am again impressed by the ease and natural flow of faith-based elements within this story. Struggles, prayers, scriptures, and more are seamlessly integrated into the fabric of the characters’ lives and impressed on the heart of this reader. I highly recommend this series as well as Ms. Miller’s previous Regency Brides series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. 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 WinthropMiss Serena’s SecretThe 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.

Visit her website or connect with Carolyn on facebooktwitter, or instagram! 


Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series

Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller Miss Serena's Secret by Carolyn Miller The Making of Mrs Hale by Carolyn Miller


Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller


Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller


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