This is Carolyn Millers debut novel, and it is a winner! She can be compared with authors like Carrie Turansky, Dawn Crandall, and Jody Hedlund. Lovers of regency novels will love this romance novel! Carolyn weaves a beautiful tapestry of words and lots of historical detail into this novel.
Lavinia Ellison, sees the plights of those villagers around her and desperately wants something to be done. Lavinia doesnt care about the high demands of her social status or needs around her. Lavinia has such a gentle and inner beauty that makes the reader fall in love with her!
The new Earl of Hawkesbury, Nicholas, struggles with a guilt which haunts him greatly, and he struggles with the new roles that are being placed on his shoulders. Nicholas has much to overcome and has to rely on God to do so.
Both Lavinia and Nicholas dance around each other in frustrating circles. But in the end, will feelings or frustration win it?
This is a wonderful and delightful story that won this readers heart from the first page. I felt like I was biting it a delightful piece of apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I am very pleased and excited to find another favorite author! I am looking forward to book two in this series, and other books by this author.
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I have found a new series to love! I'm a fan of books set in the Regency time period, so I had high hopes for The Elusive Miss Ellison. This novel lived up to my hopes and I was absolutely delighted with this enchanting story. I was also extremely pleased to find out that there will be two more books in this series. I can hardly wait!
I loved the setting and the pacing of this novel. It was very reminiscent of Jane Austen's pacing, yet this author definitely created her own unique style in the story. I felt as if I truly got to know these characters and the various settings so well.
Lavinia was an absolute delight, from her desire to care for the poor to her inability to control her words at times around Nicholas Stamford, the new Earl of Hawkesbury. It was hard to watch Nicholas make mistake after mistake in the way he treated Lavinia and others. However, it made his journey of emotional and spiritual growth throughout the book even more appealing. The way the author worked on the hearts of these two characters as the story progressed was natural and refreshing. It kept me happily turning the pages!
I highly recommend this novel and am looking forward to when the future books in this series will be released!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
As I begin the story, I was immediately taken by the witty dialogue between the characters, especially our main protagonists, Lavinia (Miss Ellison) and Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury. It reminds me a little of the first scenes of my favorite novel, Pride & Prejudice between Darcy and Elizabeth. And it goes on. The nods to Jane Austen's books had me devouring this pretty number in a mere few hours. Granted, not all books that reminisce or retell Jane Austen's works were great. This one is one that alludes to it, but hold its own. Is it weird that this is my favorite nod?
"Insufferable man!" (19)
The Elusive Miss Ellison is a wonderful start to a series set in the Regency period, providing fans of historical fiction a visual representation of the social hierarchy, the rules that dictates between each class and the expectations to remain as such. The characters were all entertaining, though I find the strongest character development with our main characters. Their struggle to find common ground, and overcome all the different challenges to their friendship, let alone their union was infused throughout. It gave the story depth. One thing I might note that was a tad disjointed was the pace. It was quick, then slowed, then quicken, but it was mostly the first part of the story. I think by the second half, the story "found" its own pace and that my dears, allowed it to soar.
Soar it did with the subtle and not so subtle messages of forgiveness and pride. I find the prejudices from Lavinia worth exploring, as her character, at least her humility doesn't seem to correlate, but when we look further in, pride can easily lead to prejudices. The message of forgiveness also reigns in The Elusive Miss Ellison, from old hurts to new misunderstandings. In all, a story that makes a great read. I look forward to the rest of the series, all release this year!
"Unforgiveness holds us slaves . . ." (16)
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.
I'm going to be honest: I'm not typically a huge fan of Regency novels, though I do enjoy them on occasion and have a couple particular authors whose books I always snatch up and devour. That being said, I was intrigued by this book - the title, cover, and I love checking out debut authors, so I decided to give it a go. And while it wasn't a favorite, I did enjoy it. The characters were interesting and it is most definitely a Regency novel. Ms. Miller did an excellent job of making it period correct and it's obvious she studied her craft and made sure the wording and behaviors would be accurate. Despite these things, I think this book simply falls into the category of "just not my cup of tea."
As mentioned, the writing is excellent, but it didn't capture my attention as quickly as I had hoped. I struggled, at first, to connect with the characters and found them a bit annoying. But as the story progressed, I slowly found myself liking them more and cheering them on in the end. It definitely helped to see them grow through the story and become better versions of themselves. One of my favorite things about this story was how the author didn't have them change overnight, but showed them struggling to hold their tongue, or let go of their pride, or not react in the same old manner. It was a great reminder that we're all a work in progress. I know some may dub this book "preachy" because of that very aspect, but I loved the scripture references and spiritual discussions (Lavinia is a rector's daughter, after all) and seeing Nicholas gradually find peace for his past.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Regency romance that challenges the heart.
My thanks to the author and Kregel Publishing for my complimentary copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
"The Elusive Miss Ellison" is a great start to a Regency Brides series by Carolyn Miller. Carolyn's writing style transports the reader back in time to a different time period and a different kind of life and she writes with such vivid details and imagery that it is easy to become completely engrossed in the story and in the characters' lives. Lavinia (Livvie) is so spirited and also has such a kind heart, except toward Nicholas. He is just like his brother and she is not fawning over him like the rest of village. Livvie and NIcholas have many interactions and chemistry as they try to deal with the past and move on from past hurts. I immediately liked both characters as well as the minor characters. The cover of the book is gorgeous as well and I am looking forward to book #2 in the series coming out in a few months!