I think I just read a Jane Austen novel, but I didn’t.
I have read several regency novels, Ms. Austen included. I haven’t found one I haven’t liked, but never have I read one written in modern times that felt like an Austen novel. The complex characters, the way the story progress, even the location changes—all spoke of Austen. But it was Miller!
I am sad to say that this is my first time reading a Carolyn Miller novel. I’m proud to say it won’t be my last. I’ve always said, “I just want to understand what I am reading”, when I read Austen novels. The language is too complex for my simple mind, but Miller wrote in a way that was simple to understand while not deviating from the regency feeling.
Now, I think I need to give an honorable mention to one of the characters — Nicholas, Earl of Hawkesburry. He is prime regency suited material, and not because of his bank roll. He tries to become the man God wants him to be but that blasted temper gets the best of him sometimes. I can relate. But the do-gooder, Miss Ellison keeps him hopping while he keeps her guessing. I found their back and forth misunderstandings irritating at times, but not because it was overplayed. I just hate not having clear communication.
Overall, I loved this regency novel and I can’t wait to read another Carolyn Miller story.
**I was given a copy of this book from the publisher through CelebrateLit. I am not required to give a positive review but I will freely give it.
About the Book
Book: The Elusive Miss Ellison
Author: Carolyn Miller
Genre: Historical, Regency Fiction
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Pride, Presumption, and forgiveness…
Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter—all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother—his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic singing voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible—he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?
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About the Author
Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc Her contemporary novels include Restoring Fairhaven and Regaining Mercy, as part of the Independence Islands series.
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Mr. Darcy has a lot to answer for, doesn’t he?
I’ve long been a fan of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and my first historical romance, The Elusive Miss Ellison, was so fun to write as I worked to weave the social commentary of Jane Austen with the wit and romantic dash of Heyer, an unwavering Christian thread, and a dash of Aussie perspective.
I’ve been very fortunate to visit many of the settings used in my Regency Brides series (of series), including the Cotswolds, Brighton, Bath, London, Derbyshire and the gorgeous Scottish castle featured on the cover of Misleading Miss Verity, and have loved seeing readers respond so positively to these stories of hope, redemption, family and love.
) and hope readers will enjoy being swept up into an age of ladies and true gentlemen, when the code of honor was paramount, and Mr. Darcy showed that first impressions can never be fully trusted, and that there is always something deeper to the story.
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