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March 20, 2017

THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON









 March 20-24, 2017
 
THE 
ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON
Regency Brides:  A Legacy of Grace
Book One of Two
by
Carolyn Miller
Pride, prejudice 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 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 will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known?
 

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From the Author

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's previous novels have won several contests, including the 2014 RWA "Touched by Love" and 2014 ACFW Gensis contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy.

 I hope you enjoy reading 'The Elusive Miss Ellison' - she was certainly a lot of fun to write about!I love reading about feisty heroines as much as the next redhead :) but sometimes too much 'feist' can come across as just rude. Miss Ellison has some sass, but a warm heart, and when she meets her match in Lord Hawkesbury, she begins to learn a few home truths.I try to create characters that face some of the same challenges and problems as we all do at times: issues with families, loneliness, financial constraints, society's expectations. It's my hope that people can identify with, and appreciate the journey these characters go on, from presumption to understanding, from pride to humility, and be inspired with hope, as these characters transform into people we want to be. People who forgive, who extend grace to the unlovely, who care more about other people than they do about their appearance. People who bring kindness into the world.Miss Ellison has been close to my heart for years - I hope she'll grow close to yours, too.And don't forget to look out for her cousin's story, 'The Captivating Lady Charlotte', releasing mid-2017!

 
MY THOUGHTS
 We have two very different characters,  Nicholas is a egotistical, proud man who is bound and determined to marry someone appropriate but what about liking, loving and respecting that person?Miss Ellison thinks nothing but of her faith and she sees nothing in Nicholas.   But fate steps in and they become attracted to each other.   Life has it's ways.  Did the relationship have even the hint of love, a tender kiss?  The author takes the reader to England and adds a great deal of realism and history to the story. Will Nicholas become a caring and loving partner to Miss Ellison or will their relationship remain standoffish?
 It seems to me that Miss Ellison and Nicholas didn't have much to say to each other and their romance left so much to be desired. This, to me, was a problem with the book.  I wanted that heated romance, that passion, even if it took the entire book to get there.
 
I received a copy of this book from Kregel Blog Tours and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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