Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller

Have you ever had a book just totally take your breath away? Yeah, that was me with this book. Oh my goodness it was good. Dare I say my favorite Carolyn Miller story? At least until the next release comes out 😉

Cecilia Hatherleigh has many secrets in her shy, sweet heart–but none bigger than her unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl’s son next door. Her love has persevered over many years, even when he grows to be a bit of a rake. Yet despite his fondness for females, he never seems to see her as anything more than the quiet younger sister, and nothing Cecy does has changed that. Rather than pining after his perhaps unworthy love, she decides to turn her focus toward living out her newfound faith. Now she’s determined to follow God’s leading to make a better world for the poor and dispossessed around her.

A London riot awakens Edward to the responsibilities due his family name. It’s time to turn his life around to please his noble father–and that means restoring his abandoned legal career and making a marriage of convenience. Neither will be easy, given his past and the prejudices of the upper echelons of society to which he belongs.

When misadventure strikes at a house party, these two are thrown together even as their lives are upended. If Cecy can’t trust God, overcome her shyness, and find her inner strength, the good work they’ve both done may be for naught-and neither will ever find true love . . .

Well known for her authentic Regency romances set against less-explored, true historical backgrounds, best-selling author Carolyn Miller continues her newest series with a clean, wholesome tale sure to please her many fans.

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Carolyn Miller is one of my favorite Regency romance authors. Oh my goodness does she know how to write a story. She stays true to the time period, provides amazing details that make the story come alive to the reader, gives readers welcoming characters, and pens interesting storylines that you cannot turn away from. I always know when I’m reading a Carolyn Miller book that I need to make sure I have tons of reading time. I don’t want to have to put the book down, and if I’m forced to I don’t want it to be for very long!

I think Cecilia just might be my favorite Hatherleigh sister. She just has this way about her – you cannot help but love her! I think what I liked most about her was the fact that she sees people beyond their faults. Society as a whole had pretty much given up on Ned, but Cecy wasn’t willing too. Yes, there was a bit of a school girl crush if you will, but in all honesty Cecy took the time to see Ned for the man he was today, not what he had been portrayed as in the past. She didn’t hesitate to tell her mother what kind of man she thought he was either! 

Perhaps the most moving storyline here was of redemption, the power of forgiveness, and our duty as Christians in treating others with compassion. Ned had a horrible past, one that he was very ashamed of. Because of that most people wouldn’t even give him the time of day. Most characters may have run away from that, but not Ned. Deep down he was so caring and compassionate. Sure, ever now and then I wanted to flick him in the forehead to make him see how wonderful Cecy would be for him, but I knew I needed to let the story proceed at its own speed, not my own. Miller kept things moving at just the right speed, and the way Ned and Cecy’s relationship blossom was absolutely beautiful. But before they get to that point, they needed to learn to rely on the One who had brought them on this earth in the first place. And perhaps that is the best lesson for us all.

I cannot get enough of Carolyn Miller’s stories. It seems like every story gets better and better. Frankly, I’m not sure how she can top this one. It had so much in it – faith (huge part of the book!), love, mystery, redemption, forgiveness, and even a few comical parts. I could read this story over and over. I cannot wait until the next installment releases! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have to first admit that it was hard to limit the quotes I found in this book. There were so many!! But here’s the ones I narrowed it down to. Fair warning, it’s still a long list 🙂

“Why couldn’t young gentlemen assign greater importance to things like that rather than the shape of one’s face of form?”

“Except…this morning’s Bible reading had challenged her to forgive, the words of Jesus from he Gospels striking deep in her heart.”

“Gypsy or no, the man is still one of God’s creation, formed in His image.”

“He would return home and seek God’s direction.”

“And he would pray, and plead with God to show him the way forward.”

“In fact, your only judge is God, and if you repent and are truly sorry, which I gather from your appearance here that you are, then why continue to seek absolution from others?”

“Understand God’s plans are for good, not to be a weighty burden.”

If God cared so much for tiny birds, then surely God’s blessings would be beyond mere sufficiency?”

“We too often put our trust in people and treat them like gods, when really we would be better served seeking such approval from the One whose principles never change, and is ever infallible.”

Award-winning author Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. She is married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!).

A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of Romance Writers of American (RWA) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) contests as well as the Australian Omega Christian Writers Award. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Her favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but she also enjoys contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

Her stories are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus ‘true love’, and other challenges we all face at different times.

8 thoughts on “Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller

  1. Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely review- I so appreciate your kind words!

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