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April 1815, Brighton Cliffs, England
Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is the daughter of parents who would like for her to marry according to their social standing. She failed to land Richard the Earl of Hawkesbury as left her to married Lavinia who was a well-connected countess. Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife, but his sister Matilda who sets out to find him one. Then Matilda starts matchmaking and so it begins.
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Series: Regency Brides
Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of ChristmasOlivia NewportShiloh Run Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 71 Reviews
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"Displaying a flair for comedy and witty dialog, Miller is clearly an author to watch. Her debut Regency rockets off the page with clever, snappy repartee, creating an exciting and fast-paced read. Fans of Georgette Heyer and Julie Klassen will love this romance."—LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
"Jane Austen left this world having written only six full works, but the world, two hundred years on, loved every word she wrote. . . . So what to do when you've read all of Jane's work over and over, and wish she'd written more? Read Carolyn Miller."—MERRY BELL, reviewer
"An engaging, page-turning read worthy of a Regency reader's time. . . . The Captivating Lady Charlotte has complex characters, a sweet, slow-building romance, and twists and turns."—RT Book Reviews
"With compelling characters and an engaging story, encapsulated by the romantic era of Regency England, Carolyn Miller's writing style is reminiscent of Jane Austen, with a modern sense of wit and spunk."—Amber Stockton, author of the best-selling Liberty's Promise
"This romantic story is reminiscent of Jane Austen: finding love despite the societal norms of the day while adding the spiritual elements of extending God's grace and forgiveness."—Christian Market
"The Elusive Miss Ellison will delight the hearts of Regency romance lovers with its poetic narrative, witty verbal swordplay, strict social constructs, and intriguing touch of mystery. Carolyn Miller is a bright new voice in the Regency genre."—Louise M. Gouge, award-winning author
Loss, Longing, and New Love...
Tainted by scandal, forced to remove to Brighton from London, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. A chance encounter sees a friendship slowly form with the sisters of an injured Naval captain, whose faith and blunt, high spirits are everything her mother despises.
Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife, especially not the penniless daughter of a Viscount, but the mysteries surrounding her appeal to his sense of fair play. But how can he dare to dream the impossible, when all his attention should be toward helping those he'd failed to protect?
Pushed into the highest echelons of Society, they must decide if maintaining family honor is more important than their hopes, while seeking to right the wrongs of the past, through the legacy of Grace.
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn MillerMarch 22, 2018MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey #3 Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace by Carolyn Miller
1815 Brighton Cliffs, England...the opening scenes of this story certainly captured my attention...I was holding my breath at one point!...as Miss Clara DeLancey finds herself in a rather dangerous predicament, thus setting the "stage" for what follows. I was not very fond of Clara in the first two books and was wondering how her story would unfold and if I would ultimately find her likable at least. I will say that the author has done a fantastic job in redeeming Clara in my eyes by weaving such a heart-tugging backstory for Clara, her growing-faith-journey in Jesus and in developing a humble-character that I could not help but find her charming. Well done Carolyn Miller! I still find her society-climbing mother hard to like.
Then we meet Captain Benjamin Kemsley, who is by far my favorite character in this story. I love his heart, honor and integrity, honesty, humor, the way he cares for his family and those in need and his strong faith. His family--well not so much his brother, captured my heart as well. I loved watching Ben and Clara interact on the occasions they meet and how their hearts yearned for more than friendship. I was hoping they would put the so-called social barriers behind them and allow themselves to find love.
I was happy to see some of the beloved characters from the first two books return in this book so we get a glimpse of their lives since we last saw them. I enjoyed the historical detail of Brighton's seaside--beautiful, London in all it's splendor and the Prince Regent's ostentatious spending on a Grand Pavilion...oh my, it hurt my eyes/senses experiencing it through Clara and Ben's first visit there! I especially appreciate the inspirational elements woven throughout the story and the importance of faith to the characters. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is a story of hope, redemption, forgiveness and relying on God--especially in times when you want to give up, fascinating details and well developed characters that come alive on the pages. A delightful, heartwarming story!
Jewelry Diva5 Stars Out Of 5Another Excellent Book!March 6, 2018Jewelry DivaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5LOVED THIS BOOK! This is the third book in the series. I suggest reading them in order to get the full effect. This may be my favorite of the three. I loved the message, the story, and the characters. I mean how could I not love Ben?! What a wonderful hero he was! I also love the fact the author brings back characters and gives us an update on them. The author made the characters come to life. I felt I was there in Brighton along with them.
Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey Carolyn Miller (4 Stars)February 27, 2018Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In the final novel of Ms. Millers Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey brings the events of three books to a worthwhile conclusion. Clara DeLancey has been at the heart of many problematic moments within the series. However, her damaged reputation eventually catches up with her, as her family is forced to move to Brighton to escape societys scorn. With little hope of a favorable match, Clara nearly gives up hope, until she meets the Kemsley family. Even without money or connections, the Kemsley sisters help Clara to find healing and purpose for her life. Likewise, their brother, Captain Benjamin Kemsley, has made a name for himself through his heroic deeds, even as they have left him nearly penniless. In spite of her familys disapproval of the Kemsley family, Clara is determined to stick by her friends, especially as she realizes the empty relationships common to her former society peers. With dangers lurking at the Prince Regents Brighton Pavilion, Clara and Captain Kemsley make an unlikely alliance to protect their families and ensure a future for them all.
As the final novel in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey brings complexity and thoughtfulness to a character that many fans of the series may have written off as the villain. Ms. Miller expertly crafts a novel that turns this thought on its head, revealing the power of forgiveness and second chances in her characters lives.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey. At first, I found the novel to have a somewhat slow start. However, the pacing and plot soon picked up and returned to the writing style that I have come to know as being quintessential to Ms. Miller. Clara DeLancey is a rather hard character to like, especially at the beginning of the novel. In comparison, the Kemsley family provide a significant contrast to her character and bring much-needed light to the story. Ms. Miller does an excellent job of showing growth and complexity in her characters, even as this seems to be somewhat rare in many Regency-era romances. Her inclusion of the Brighton Pavilion was absolutely fascinating, as I was completely unaware of this location and its relationship to the monarchy. I really enjoy learning about new places and historical events through fiction, which made this part of the book an absolute delight! After reading such a fascinating series of books by Ms. Miller, I am looking forward to her next series.
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Unexpected and with a great message!December 27, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Sometimes it is only when we are at our lowest that we realize our need for Someone higher than ourselves." (73)
As the third and final installment of the Legacy of Grace series in the Regency Brides collection, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey satisfied fans of the series. The author, Carolyn Miller gave a dis-likable character from the first two books a voice, and a story of redemption and grace.
Miss Clara DeLancey was not what I'd expected, and that's usually the case. How often do we judge a person by their past or what rumors speculated? I was taken surprise in a very pleasant way by two of my favorite series, where the author also turned around what one would assumed a "villain." So I came into The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey with an open mind, hoping for the best. And I am glad to report, Carolyn Miller did not disappoint. We see the transformation and are reminded by God's love for us, especially through the kindness of others, when kindness was the least expected.
"I despaired because of an absence of hope. I did not realize then just how much God loves us and that His love means we have." (184)
The message is like a reminder, the story entertains with the various encounters as one expects in the Regency period, but also a little adventure. Speaking of adventure, we cannot fail to mention the hero of the story, Ben. Once a captain of the Navy, and a true hero in more ways than the literal terms, he balance out Clara quite nicely. Though I must say, I find the deaths towards the end of the story unnecessary except for a chance to add in the message of salvation, thereby adding an element that felt somewhat off. The epilogue gave readers a nice look into the short future, yet also seem like a tool to introduce the next book in the collection. Despite these qualms, I liked this close to the series and The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey honors what fans love about this series.
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.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5BeautifulDecember 12, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5It is a truth universally acknowledged that all romance novels since Jane Austen are mere copies.
Well, not really. As we know, we are all unique, so our journeys to love are also unique. But many romance novels do offer a conscious or subconscious nod to Austens work, and The Dishonourable Miss DeLancey is no exception.
At five-and-twenty, Miss DeLancey is close to being on the shelf. Her marital prospects are not helped by a mama who combines Mrs Bennetts silliness with Lady Catherines snobbery, a brother who has gambled away her dowry, and a father who reminded me of Mr Bennett: intelligent and personable, but influenced by his wife. There are also echoes of Persuasion in the decorated sea captain who was rejected in love when a lowly lieutenant.
Carolyn Miller takes these well-known tropes and gives them new life in The Dishonourable Miss DeLancey, the final book in her Legacy of Grace seriesand the best (well, in my view).
Miss DeLancey had the misfortune to fall for someone who didnt return her regard, and was then humiliated for it. It didnt help that her brother gambled away her dowry, making it difficult for her to find another suitor. (Yes, there were several times when I thought Richard DeLancey needed to take a long walk off a short pier.)
Ben Kemsley has his own problems. Hes spent most of his prize money caring for the families of the men he captained, especially those who didnt make it back to England. The Prince Regent has promised him a reward, but Prinny is famously self-centred and how exactly does one ask the Prince of Wales for a promised fortune?
My favourite aspect of Clara DeLanceys story was the focus on her spiritual journey.
In fact, that was the major focus of the first half of the novel. Claras turning point comes when she realises there is more to Christianity than church. She sees the need to change from the dissatisfied person she had beenand the need to put that change in Gods hands. Fortunately, she has her new friends to guide her new friends with a handsome brother.
I also enjoyed the references to the marine chronometer. I read Longtitude by Dava Sobel many years ago. She explained that weve been able to calculate latitude through the position of the stars and sun, calculating longtitude accurately meant having an accurate clockand one that could remain accurate throughout a long ocean voyage.
I love this kind of mix of fact and fiction, because it was the lack of such a clock caused the shipwreck that made Captain Ben Kemsley a minor Regency celebrity. There were also several scenes set in and around the famed Brighton Pavillion, redecorated by the Prince Regent at great expense and with dubious taste, and I enjoyed this as well.
Overall, an excellent Christian Regency romance with element of suspense. Recommended!
Thanks to Kregel Publications for sending me a free paperback to review.