Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: The Ellusive Miss Ellison (Litfuse Blog Tour)

Title: The Elusive Miss Ellison
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel Publishing
Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-0-8254-4450-0
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017

Synopsis:
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.
Review:
I've come to really enjoy the regency era stories. They are fun and keep the fun of Austin alive with a new spin and new characters. So, it's always fun to read a debut author in the genre.

First I have to say, I love the cover! You can not go wrong with purple. It is such an eye catching cover, and offers a glimpse of the whimsy of the time.

Carolyn Miller's debut novel I thought was a good introduction of her writing. She has a way to tell a good story. Her detail and research for the time shine and emphasis and add to the story.I wish the characters had a little more depth to them. But, the themes of this book really shined. Forgiveness was a big part of this story and I enjoyed that aspect.

Carolyn Miller's debut was fun and I honestly am looking forward to more from her!

Too Read
4 out of 5

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.







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.



Thank you to Litfuse and the Publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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