Sunday, June 19, 2022

Midnight's Budding Morrow

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend time with her best friend at her crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Yet she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend's rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family's estate, he can't be bothered to pay attention to his responsibilities as the heir. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father's stunning decree: marry before returning to war, or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he does not love.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. It isn't until her husband returns from war seemingly changed that she begins to hope they may find real happiness. But can she trust that this rake has truly reformed?

When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and his plans. Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope? 

My thoughts:

Midnight's Budding Morrow had a slow start for me, but I found that, as I continued, I began to be intrigued by the characters. Soon, I was returning to the story over and over whenever I could make time. The thoughts of both Sarah and James were shared, so a bit of the inner turmoil gave meaning to their struggles. While it wasn't light, happy reading, it was at times suspenseful and sprinkled with happy moments. Each was dealing with their own deep issues and hurts that they carried into the marriage. 

I enjoyed watching the characters develop. It seemed that nearly all of the characters changed in some way in the course of the novel even some of the background characters.

I found the storyline to be fresh. I've not read this plot before. I found myself liking both Sarah and James in different ways while being very frustrated with some of the other people.

I think ladies who enjoy reading novels with a lot of psychological things taking place will especially like this book. I did enjoy it myself. It was a clean book. No bad language. No s--. No descriptive violence. The influence of God, salvation, His forgiveness, and the changes that come to a believer were expressed through the story well.

Because I was behind on my deadline, I decided to listen to this book on my Scribd app. I'm so glad I did. Sometimes, listening makes all the difference. The interpretation of the novel was excellent.

★★★★      I really liked it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I use the Goodreads star system.
★               Did not like it
★★            It was okay
★★★         Liked it
★★★★      Really liked it
★★★★★   It was amazing

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.
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. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.

Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. 
Learn more about Carolyn at, or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author)Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your kind words, Laura. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this book. I hope you'll check out the next one in the series too.


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