The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


This one sounded so fabulous! I do love my banter and Regency romances.
You can read my review and find out about the fabulous giveaway below...

The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace)
The Elusive Miss Ellison
(Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #1)
by Carolyn Miller
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 304 Pages
February 28th 2017 by Kregel Publications

Summary

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.

Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love.

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My Review

THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON was a joy to read from the very first page! With a very Austenesque feel, charming characters, plenty of romantic tension, and a plot with a few twists here and there, it is sure to keep readers intrigued and ready for more from this new promising inspirational author.

I loved these characters! I loved Lavinia with all her honest, although sometimes cutting, remarks. She was so willing to help others and to also let those around her shine. A good friend. A good daughter and niece. She also had to wade through her conflicting world to find what was true and where her happily-ever-after would be. I also loved Nicholas. He was such a contradiction at times, but really just a slightly tortured and lost man with all his brooding looks and high-societal charm. Very Darcy-like. There was a lot more to him than first impressions and looks. Together, they make for some entertaining banter and some nice sparks.

I also appreciated that the religious element felt authentic and natural. I enjoyed this aspect of the story quite a lot. I also appreciated that the author let her characters waver and doubt, not only with regards to their faith in some places, but also as to trusting their hearts and other people. Some aspects were a little too perfectly tied up or unrealistic, but not enough so that they hindered my enjoyment of the story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! I loved how this story made me fall in love with these characters and brought out all the feels. It was sweet, heartbreaking, frustrating, and beautiful in equal parts. I can't wait for the next book in this series, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, which is to be released in June!

Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About 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.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

Regency romance fans have another must-read novel to add to their lists: Carolyn Miller's The Elusive Miss Ellison. Enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister's daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God's grace and the true strength of love. 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.

Settle in for a cozy night of reading with a cuppa and a Kindle from Carolyn!


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on March 22. The winner will be announced March 23 on the Litfuse blog.



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