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The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace) Paperback – February 28, 2017
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I hope you enjoy reading 'The Elusive Miss Ellison' - she was certainly a lot of fun to write about!
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Pride, prejudice and forgiveness...
Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.
Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.
Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known?
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If I hadn't agreed to review this book, I might have given up about four chapters into it. And if I'd done that, I would have missed out on a really great story!
With shades of Pride & Prejudice and Beauty and the Beast, The Elusive Miss Ellison really picked up (at least for me) about a third of the way into the novel. At that point, events caused Lavinia and Nicholas to spend more time together and really get to know each other—to see past their preconceived notions. Also, both had a spiritual awakening of sorts—I was pleasantly surprised by the faith thread in this book, which felt realistic and showed the importance of not just having faith in Christ, but in allowing Him to continually refine you.
There's also a twist in the novel that I didn't anticipate and greatly enjoyed, and I loved the interactions between Lavinia and Nicholas, as well as with their friends and family.
The Elusive Miss Ellison is, overall, a very enjoyable novel, and I'm glad I kept going past the first few chapters! I highly recommend it to regency romance fans.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
While I do commend author Carolyn Miller for the aforementioned choices, I am sad to say that I did not enjoy this novel. The amiable elements are there, but for some reason, I was not fond of the story. The characters seemed bland to me, and Miller’s writing wasn’t the strongest I’ve ever read. In fact, there were some overused phrases that became so frequent, they became an annoyance. The one in particular I’m thinking of is the mentioning of “flushed”, “heated” or “pinked” cheeks. It seemed on every other page, there was a mentioning of cheeks and how they were being warmed or tinted due to riled emotions, whether they be positive or negative feelings.
I do not want to be overly harsh in my criticism of The Ellusive Miss Ellison. While I did not find it fascinating, I can easily recommend it to lovers of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Julie Klassen and other Christian authors, if only based on content-related issues. Perhaps others can look past the writing style, and perhaps they will find the characters to be more compelling than I did. As the beginning of a series, Ellison is a fair start, and perhaps as the collection continues, the storytelling will improve.
Set in 19th century England, this beautifully written novel will have you feeling as though you are right there. Lavinia Ellison is a young woman with heartache that clouds everything in her life. She is hurting from the loss of her mother and feels anger towards those she feels are responsible. Nathaniel has recently returned to the family home and he has a lot of issues of his own. He feels the responsibility of so much and some of it is really not at his doorstep.
I really loved the dialogue in this book. Very profound and memorable - you'll find yourself wanting to infuse your everyday conversations with some of the quotes. I also love that faith is a part of this book but in a natural, normal way. It plays an important part when it comes to forgiveness and that's what I really feel this book is about - learning to forgive, whether it's others or yourself.
The pace was a little slow in some places but I still enjoyed this book very much. If you enjoy a good historical romance, you'll enjoy this book. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
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