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jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Captivating Lady CharlotteNovember 2, 2017jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller is book two in the series Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace. Lady Charlotte Featherington wants to marry for love. Her parents have found their perfect choice for hera widowed duke with an infant daughter. Charlotte resists being matched with someone who is not her idea of an ideal man.
The dukes past relationship with his unfaithful wife and his lack of trust in any beautiful young lady causes him to resist Lady Charlotte. However, he finds that he cannot stop thinking about this lovely young lady who has charmed him.
Charlotte imagines herself in love with a dashing young lord, a friend of her brother, but, as she later learns, he is not what he pretends to be. He tries to persuade Charlotte that he is the perfect match for her and even stoops to influencing her choice by any means.
The journey of Charlotte and the duke to a promising future together must overcome distrust, mysterious happenings, and danger. I recommend this enjoyable Regency romance that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent and exciting Regency romance!October 27, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Family duty and social expectations play a large role in finding ones 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 seasons eligible bachelors her heart desires. William Hartwell is a man of faith who has been sorely tested in the marriage department.
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.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Captivating!October 22, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Lady Charlotte Featherington is entering her first London season, where she attracts the attention of several men, including the handsome and flirtatious Lord Markham, and the widowed and mysterious Duke of Hartington. She is certainly capitvatingif a little vapid and immature. However, this is Regency romance, where all the best girls were married off at the age of eighteen, so its not surprising that shes that awkward teenage mix of shallow and insightful.
Charlotte is determined to marry for love. Her parents (for reasons I didnt quite understand) choose the widowed Duke for her. Yes, hes a much better choice than Markham, who is the typical sophisticated and disreputable Regency rake. But hes friends with Charlottes brother, which leads her to think hes a worthy suitor (yes, immature. Although perhaps her brother should pick his friends more carefully ).
The Duke of Hartington is certainly captivated by Lady Charlotte, despite her outward resemblance to his late unlamented wife. (She might have been more lamented if she hadnt been quite so obvious about her extramarital activities.) This did lead me to wonder why Hartington was attracted to herId have thought hed have sought a wife who wasnt attractive enough to be tempted to wander.
The result of this was that I found the first half of the book a little confusing. But the second half was much better as we (and Lady Charlotte) get to know the Duke of Hartington better. We see his observation and considerationhes the only person who notices she doesnt like champagne and brings her lemonade instead. We also see Charlottes character develop, which I liked.
There are three strengths to Carolyn Millers writing. First is the accuracy.
Ive read two novels recently where the heroines travelled north to get from Bath to London. Even the most inaccurate map shows London and Bath are roughly east-west. If youre travelling north (or south), youre going the wrong way. Simple errors like this pull me out of a story, but I had no such moments with The Captivating Lady Charlotte.
Second, I love Carolyn Millers witty dialogue.
Like most readers, the two authors who introduced me to Regency romance were Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer (of course, if Jane Austen ever put a genre to her writing, she would have called it contemporary romance). Austen and Heyer are both known for their intelligent female characters, and their witty dialogue. Carolyn Miller is a worthy successor.
But the main reason I love Carolyn Millers novels is because of the way she naturally integrates the Christian faith into her novels.
Hartington has an active Christian faith which is important to himwhich is one of the reasons his first wifes betrayal hit him so hard. We see him live his faith, and we see Lady Charlotte observe him and see there is more to Christianity than the cultural aspect of being seen to go to the right church.
The Captivating Lady Charlotte is the sequel to The Elusive Miss Ellison. It can easily be read as a standalone novel, although those who have read Miss Ellisons story will enjoy seeing more of her storyespecially the way she and her husband influence both the Duke and Lady Charlotte.
Overall, recommended for those who enjoy Christian Regency romance.
Thanks to the author for providing a free book for review.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Soul-stirring, toe-curling and completely captivatingOctober 3, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Are you ready for my trademark Regency Romance squeal? Plug your ears -- Sqqqqquuuueeeeeee! I adored Carolyn Miller's debut novel, The Illusive Miss Ellison, which I read earlier this year and I'm happy to report she's wowed me again with Book Two in her Regency Brides : a Legacy of Grace series.
If you've read the first book, you'll be thrilled to discover Lavinia and Nicholas play a major role in this one, though The Captivating Lady Charlotte reads beautifully as a standalone so no worries if you haven't.
It features Lavinia's cousin, Charlotte -- the captivating lady who catches the eye of a duke. It's drawing rooms and balls and genteel conversation and all the social niceties associated with a young lady's 'coming out'. Including a dragonish mother's determination to find the perfect (aka rich and powerful) match for her marriageable daughter, which provided many laugh-out-loud (in a cringing kind of way) moments.
Honestly -- such a delight to read! The staid Duke; the guileless young miss. He's a little world weary and cynical. She's wide-eyed with wonder -- though I have to admit that Charlotte irked me in the beginning. Her husband hunting seemed so shallow. Like she hadn't thought much further than achieving a proposal. But this is the kind of story that shows growth in the heroine which was a privilege to be privy to. Particularly her spiritual growth as she comes to understand that being a Christian and living as a Christian are two entirely different things.
And then the author throws a bit of Gothic in with suspicious happenings at Hartwell Abbey and the sinister specter of danger threatens the Duke and all he holds dear. (Cue alarming organ music,) Soul-stirring, toe-curling and completely captivating.
Book provided courtesy of Kregel Pulications
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Captivating indeed!September 21, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Because you are good, and faithful, and not self-seeking." (300)
Another wonderful read by Carolyn Miller! Regency & gothic fans of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights will want to pick up the next Legacy of Grace novel, The Captivating Lady Charlotte. I'm a little surprised only because the first book of the series, The Elusive Miss Ellison seems to have such a different vibe than this second one. Yet, the author's writing style is still evident. I'm not the biggest fan of the characters in this second installment, minus the reemergence of the main characters in book 1, Lavinia and Nicholas. I did get a kick out of this little assessment of Lavinia by Charlotte:
"She possessed a measure of grace that seem to permit her to smile and turn the other cheek, even as she must surely writhe inside." (9)
Despite not loving the characters, I find the this book captivating enough to overlook it completely, just like I did with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. What stood out was, yes, the storyline, but it had more to do with the message of love that brewed and manifests through the pages.
"Real love perseveres through the hard times, never giving up. True love trusts." (303)
It's profound and with such depth that it stops you in your tracks after you turn the last page and contemplate a bit. I can tell you the sensitivity on this subject mixed with the boldness of one's courage in faith and hope, well, the author had me in awe. With that said, I look forward to Book 3, The Dishonorable Miss Delaney with quite the anticipation.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.