Delightful... refreshing... relaxing... surprising... all words that describe The Elusive Miss Ellison, the first in the new series Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace. Carolyn Miller leads the reader gently, calmly through the sometimes tumultuous emotions of both Lavinia Ellison and Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury. Lavinia is a pastor's daughter with a heart the size of Texas for the poor of her village. Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury is a rather bored, uninterested landlord who doesn't take his responsibility to the villagers very seriously. You guessed it, this causes some clashes between the two.
This is another book where if they could read each other's thoughts, all would be well. They just say things the wrong way and end up misinterpreting so much. Hmmm... sounds like my husband and I sometimes. ~grin~
This is a clean book without bad language or scenes, if you know what I mean. There is a scene with violence, but it would have passed muster to be on t.v. in the 1960's. Altogether, it was a book that kept me reading, because I just couldn't figure out how it could all turn out with a happy ending. It turns out there was a mystery in the background that I didn't pick up on that influences outcome significantly. Well, that was a cryptically unhelpful observation, but I did enjoy this book, and I recommend it if you like regency romances that won't make you blush, cringe, or skip pages.
Great underlying Christian theme.
Now, a description from the publisher....
The Elusive Miss Ellison
by Carolyn Miller
"Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions." That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother---who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.
Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect. That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.
These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.
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Meet the Author
Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.
Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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