I recently read the last two books in the Regency Brides Series by Carolyn Miller, and I have to be honest about something. Not only did I love them, but I couldn’t even write the reviews for over a week because I felt like if I wrote them, it would be final. They would be over and I could no longer think about the characters! But alas, I wrote them and closed the chapter on this series. For now. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be reading them again. Soon. As soon as I get caught up on the rest of my reading!
About the Books
Her heart is her own―but her hand in marriage is another matter
Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.
William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte’s father’s pick, not the young lady’s own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return–and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte’s sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.
Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller.
Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She’s lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara’s society mama is appalled at the new company she’s keeping.
Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won’t let him ignore the penniless viscount’s daughter–not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?
When they’re pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together–without finances, family support, or royal favor?
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is full of the captivating, flawed characters, fascinating historical details, and masterful writing that Carolyn Miller’s fans have come to know in The Elusive Miss Ellison and The Captivating Lady Charlotte. If you love Lori Wick, Georgette Heyer, and other clean, wholesome Regency romance, you’ll love this third book in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.
The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Out of the three books in this series, this one was my absolute favorite. It had all the components of love that I felt should be there – trust, loyalty, a deep connection and protection. Sure, I love a good romance novel where the characters fall head over heels in love with each other, but it’s also nice to read about the subtle attraction with a deeper and meaningful love forming between the characters. That is exactly what you have here. Charlotte and William had my attention from the beginning, and I could not turn the pages fast enough to see how their story would end up.
I have to say, when Charlotte was sort of infatuated with a certain gentleman in the beginning, it kind of reminded me of Anna in Frozen. Just went in “lust” first and didn’t really step back to look at what was underneath those kissable lips. But I got it. I may have been the same way if I were in her shoes. That being said, I loved the maturity she gained over the course of the book. The author did such a fantastic job of writing this character.
This is a book I will be reading over and over again for years to come. If you are looking for a wonderful love story with a meaningful relationship, then this is the story for you. Just make sure you schedule a big time slot to read it – you may find you want to read it all at once! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Enter Benjamin. Oh my word. He is my favorite hero of this series. He’s strong yet vulnerable. Just a man that you can feel an immediate connection with and want to get to know better. And get to know him better I most certainly did. By the end I was ready to step into the book and take him for myself! Just kidding (I am happily married). But you can certainly catch my drift. Be forewarned…..his character may make your spouses/boyfriends jealous!
The bottom line here is that this was another fabulous story from Carolyn Miller. And if you haven’t read the first two books in the series, please make sure that you do! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the 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. 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.