Carolyn Miller has once again written a book to satisfy readers who love Regency romance and who also appreciate stories filled with faith. Her first book The Elusive Miss Ellison concentrated on Lavinia and Nicholas and now, in this book, Lavinia's cousin Charlotte is given her own story; a story worth waiting for! Charlotte is eighteen and she longs for a mad, exciting love and she thinks she has found him but her father thinks otherwise. Her mother wants her to 'marry well' and she has Duke Hartwell in mind as the perfect candidate. As we watch Charlotte mature from a selfish young girl looking for love and passion we also get a glimpse of the truly good man that Duke William is. A man who has been hurt by his late wife's deception and yearning for a wife to love and treasure; a man who wants a marriage filled with loyalty and a mate who loves God as much as he does.
The Captivating Lady Charlotte has mystery, intrigue, and humor and watching the relationship develop between Charlotte and William is very satisfying to those who enjoy romance. I also enjoyed seeing Lavinia and Nicholas featured again and it is because of them that Charlotte and William are both able to witness what true love is and to also grow spiritually. The author has shown through Lavinia and Nicholas the ability to praise God even as a person strives to overcome burdens.
It is obvious that Carolyn Miller has done extensive research about this historical period and she has been able to share it in a story that both entertains and inspires. I am looking forward to her next book that will be published later this year.
I received this book from the author and Book Club Network and chose to share my honest thoughts in this review.
Regency romance at its best! I enjoyed this story very much. It was fun, lighthearted and romantic. Charlotte was such a fun character to get to know. I liked how she grew and developed into an even better person throughout the story. Each character was well developed and believable. I loved how the author sprinkled historical fashion and society facts throughout this story. She describes this time period very well. Its easy to picture in my mind. Carolyn Miller weaves Gods truth throughout this story without sounding preachy. This story is heartwarming and fun.
The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller, 2017
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, Book 2
After reading the first book in the series, The Elusive Miss Ellison, I was looking forward to this second story in the series.
I immediately was surprised to find the Marchioness dropping in for an extended visit unannounced under a pretense of being looked-for... as if the estate owner is just in wait for her arrival, rather than attending to the needs of the day. She did send a letter ahead, but its arrival has barely made it before her.
"...Then we shall wait."
--The Captivating Lady Charlotte, 211
Lady Charlotte Featherington certainly doesn't have the qualities of her Mama, which assuredly is a good thing! Without recommendation to her own thoughts and cares, Lady Charlotte is to fit into everyone else's plans and decisions for her. Fortunately, as her future looms before her, this current plan has merit. Well worth waiting for her to find it so beyond what is seen. For her unplanned adventure may unfold exactly as it should, a surprise even to herself.
To be young and pensive, certain the ninth Duke of Hartington is much older... Her heart is so exposed as he sees her spared from contrived bias. An aspiration of hope and benefit to his life ~ his very livelihood.
Mystery surrounds Hartwell Abbey as whispers and immediate family critiquing for their own means seek to destroy steps toward the desired relationship of assurance and trust.
Author Carolyn Miller has built a story so soundly developed, the outcome is not assured as rosy. I look forward to reading the continuing story in the series of Grace by this author!
***Thank you to Kregel Blog Tours for inviting me on the tour for Carolyn Miller's novel, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, and for sending me a copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
The Captivating Lady Charlotte (2017) by Carolyn Miller is the second novel in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 312 pages in length. With a full-time job and a rambunctious five-year old at home, this novel took me four days to read. I give this novel 5 STARS. This novel is a Christian Historical Romance.
This is an excellent novel!!! Charlotte and William are the protagonists, and they are lovely characters. Charlotte is young, and totally annoying at the beginning of the story because she is so shallow and narcissistic. She has zero concept of what love actually is. Over the course of the story, as she witnesses her cousin go through one of the hardest things a woman can go through, and as she watches William in his day-to-day interactions, Charlotte realizes that real love is selfless and sacrificial. By the end of the story, I was rooting so hard for her, and I definitely wanted her to get her happily ever after. William is a perfect hero. He is hurt and withdrawn, but he is so loving. He tries everyday to do what is right, and what God would want him to do. He tries all the time to put God first, and this shows as his main concern is with the people and land that he is responsible for rather than what society would dictate. And, his interactions with Charlotte are sweet and endearing. Together, they make a great couple!
This novel has a little bit of mystery to it, which I wasn't really expecting, but I loved. Suffice it to say, there is a curse, an old abbey, some poison, and a stalker. All of this makes for a fantastic read that I could not put down. As with book 1, when I had to step away from the book, I was a little sad and couldn't wait to get back to it!
Carolyn Miller is a brilliant writer. She crafts stories that come to life. Her history is soundly researched, her characters brilliantly come to life, and her settings are breathtaking. Many times throughout the story I had to stop to research the various places Charlotte visits! The Captivating Lady Charlotte is a page-turning, highly-engaging story that I completely recommend. If you have room on your August TBR list, I suggest you add this novel to your pile.
This is the first book by Carolyn Miller that I've read and I am quite impressed. This is the second book of a series and I didn't read the first book (but will do so shortly) prior to reading this one; this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone, though my curiosity is quite peaked about the couple in the first book who has a significant role in this book.
The writing is fluid and quite easy to read. The author really knows how to put the feelings of her characters into words that are so poignant, beautiful, articulate, and heart-wrenching. This Regency novel is a bit different from the others I've read; the novel focuses heavily on character development as the main drive of the story which I enjoyed more than I thought I would.
Now the characters.....Lady Charlotte starts out as an immature, selfish, self-indulgent, self-absorbed eighteen year old debutante daughter of a marquess who is looking for "love" to marry while her parents look for a "suitable" match. William is a duke and a recent widow, burned and embittered by a wife who did not love him and sought love elsewhere. The story starts as they meet and develops as both Charlotte and William mature, grow, and truly understand what love means. I loved watching Charlotte become a woman in the story.
There is also intrigue and mystery in the plot that intensify towards the latter part of the book, which kept me turning the pages to find out who and why and how. The component of faith and prayer was prominent in the story and very well-intwined in the personalities and actions of the main (and supporting) characters.
The ending felt too swift and I wanted a bit more of the story...but, alas, I will have to wait for the third book, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey.
I am thankful for this copy of the book I received from the author and Kregel Publications through Where Book Fun Begins. I was not required to give a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.