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Crystal4 Stars Out Of 5Strong Female Lead with a Sharp Wit!November 27, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0About the Book:
Nicholas Stamford, the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, loathes the social requirements shackled by his title, is haunted by the atrocities he experienced in battle, and finds his responsibilities toward the people of St. Hampton Heath burdensome. But the country preachers daughter, Lavinia Ellison, has captivated him with her simple beauty, intelligent and engaging conversation, and tireless care of the poor in the village. Her disdain for the Earls perceived arrogance and indifferent attitude toward his villagers leads to many a sparring match. However, between their bantering the roots of a blooming romance begin to form as each wrestles with their desire to spend more and more time together. After nearly losing her to influenza and small pox, Nicholas finally opens his heart not only to her, but also to God. However, his realization that he loves her does not nullify his familial obligation to marry at his social status. In the meantime, Lavinia faces her own struggle with a newly revealed deeply held family secret that will not only change her life significantly, but will also impact the potential of a future with Nicholas that she so desires.
A story with a strong female lead with a sharp wit and who isnt afraid to speak her mind is always fun! Lavinia and Nicholass interactions were amusing, and I chuckled at how Nicholass attraction to Lavinia only grew stronger with her cool manner toward him. Oh, how I love when an arrogant man is put in his place! Endearing just as much, however, was Nicholass tenderness toward her after he chooses to surrender his life to God, and the realness of the battles he faces within between his old self and his new, redeemed self. The ending was a little convenient, Id say, but still gratifying.
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BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Regency romance with strong faith elements! Must read!October 27, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The first book of the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series begins with a comfortably traditional approach to Regency romance. The country setting, character dynamics, and storyline gave me the initial impression of a lovely faith meets Pride & Prejudice inspired tale.
Lavinia Ellison's passionate concern for and service of the less fortunate leaves her frustrated with those who have greater resources yet fail to meet even the basic needs of their dependents. Nicholas Stamford is a well-rounded character with his military background and willingness to learn and consider other perspectives.
Despite my high expectations, I found this story to be much more than everything that I hope for in a Regency romance! The historical, spiritual, and relational elements, the overall story flow, plot, and characters everything about this story is exceptional.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Elusive Miss EllisonAugust 29, 2017jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller is book one of the series, Regency Brides, a Legacy of Grace. This is a light, entertaining historical romance set in Gloucestershire, England and later in London, in 1813. Lavinia Ellison, very attractive daughter of a village minister, demonstrates her faith by caring for the poor and needy and seeking to alleviate any burdens that they bear. The seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, Nicholas, whose father had overseen his duties and assisted the less fortunate under his care, was handsome, tall and dark. Yet, Lavinia told her friend Sophia that a handsome appearance counted for little, if not matched by good character and deeds. Nicolas Hawkesbury seemed aloof to the problems of the people under his jurisdiction.
Their first encounter did not go well. Nicolas mistook Lavinia for a poor simpleton when he saw her working in the garden and asked her if her master was within. That careless introduction coupled with the horrendous incident from years ago did not bode well for a friendly relationship. Many twists and turns in the plot lead to an engaging story. This novel is a well-crafted story with intriguing central characters and several minor characters that add depth and entertainment. I look forward to book two, The Captivating Lady Charlotte. I recommend this book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Elly4 Stars Out Of 5I LOVED this book!August 26, 2017EllyQuality: 4Value: 0Meets Expectations: 4This book was so much better than even I could have expected...and I expect a LOT when it comes to reading. Such a delightful story! I kept catching glimpses of Austen's style in Ms. Miller's writing, which thrilled me to the core! I'm a HUGE Austen fan and I can't tell you how delighted I was to find this book so Austen-esk and yet uniquely it's own!
I loved the storyline, the characters, how they handled their problems, all of it! I was completely absorbed into this time and setting and could easily relate to the feelings and hesitations of the characters.
This is the best book I've read in months and I HIGHLY recommend it to all! I can't wait to get reading book 2 in this series: The Captivating Lady Charlotte!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and The Book Club Network site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Regency Romance!August 14, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Quite possibly he was the world's biggest fool . . . . . . . "
During an era where romance demanded a certain allegiance from those whose name bore a title, Miss Lavenia Ellison was an anomaly; lovely, plain-spoken, selfless, devoted to her faith, she could pin a man to the wall with her words, while showing unwavering kindness to those in need. The Earl of Hawkesbury can hardly decide whether or not the elusive qualities of the local minister's daughter are a blessing or a curse when it comes to their tenuous association.
Lavenia Ellison is not accustomed to the attention of an earl, especially when she discovers that his family has a deep investment into the grief of her own. His high-handed posture and incessant sarcasm is quite a challenge to decipher, for in unguarded moments his demeanor can be quite charming and kind. Hers is a quiet life in the country, he has a legacy to protect; after all, matters of the heart can be complicated even in the best of circumstances, and society will certainly not permit the young earl to marry beneath him.
Carolyn Miller has written a lovely story filled with truths and observations that any generation can appreciate.