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The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace) Paperback – October 24, 2017
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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.
Her books include:
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace
The Elusive Miss Ellison
The Captivating Lady Charlotte
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey
Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope
Winning Miss Winthrop
Miss Serena's Secret
The Making of Mrs. Hale
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1815 Brighton Cliffs, England...the opening scenes of this story certainly captured my attention...I was holding my breath at one point!...as Miss Clara DeLancey finds herself in a rather dangerous predicament, thus setting the “stage” for what follows. I was not very fond of Clara in the first two books and was wondering how her story would unfold and if I would ultimately find her likable at least. I will say that the author has done a fantastic job in redeeming Clara in my eyes by weaving such a heart-tugging backstory for Clara, her growing-faith-journey in Jesus and in developing a humble-character that I could not help but find her charming. Well done Carolyn Miller! I still find her society-climbing mother hard to like.
Then we meet Captain Benjamin Kemsley, who is by far my favorite character in this story. I love his heart, honor and integrity, honesty, humor, the way he cares for his family and those in need and his strong faith. His family—well not so much his brother, captured my heart as well. I loved watching Ben and Clara interact on the occasions they meet and how their hearts yearned for more than friendship. I was hoping they would put the so-called social barriers behind them and allow themselves to find love.
I was happy to see some of the beloved characters from the first two books return in this book so we get a glimpse of their lives since we last saw them. I enjoyed the historical detail of Brighton’s seaside—beautiful, London in all it’s splendor and the Prince Regent’s ostentatious spending on a Grand Pavilion….oh my, it hurt my eyes/senses experiencing it through Clara and Ben’s first visit there! I especially appreciate the inspirational elements woven throughout the story and the importance of faith to the characters. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is a story of hope, redemption, forgiveness and relying on God—especially in times when you want to give up, fascinating details and well developed characters that come alive on the pages. A delightful, heartwarming story!
Clara begins to look outside of herself and focus on others which begins the healing process. And Ben is there for her every step of the way. Of the three books in this series, this one spoke most to my heart. The power of forgiveness and gratitude are represented well in both characters.
This book, as the others, can stand alone. However, you do miss some interesting details if you don't read them all, so I highly recommend the entire trilogy.
Clara can't understand what's so wrong with her that the man she loved (and she thought liked her) so thoroughly rejected her. Now that her dowry money has gone to pay off her scandalous brother's gambling debts, no man seems interested in offering for her hand. Gossip says she's desperate and misconstrues everything she does as dishonorable. Her parents still intend for her to marry someone of rank, so the kind brother of her new female friends may enjoy her company but doesn't have a chance.
While Clara and Ben seem well-suited to each other, the focus wasn't really on them falling in love. Rather, the story was about Clara changing as she learned to forgive and bless the people she resented. The characters developed and grew as events unfold. Ben rescued Clara from danger (ranging from kidnapping to assault) several times, and Clara attempted to help Ben by using her remaining influence. The author wove details about the period and the places into the story.
Part of Clara's transformation included growing closer to God and praying blessings on others. There was no bad language or sex. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable story.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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