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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - The Elusive Miss Ellison Author: Carolyn Miller On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 



About the Book

Book: The Elusive Miss Ellison

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Historical, Regency Fiction

Release Date: February 28, 2017


Pride, Presumption, 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 singing 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 happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?
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About the Author


Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc Her contemporary novels include Restoring Fairhaven and Regaining Mercy, as part of the Independence Islands series.

More from Carolyn

Mr. Darcy has a lot to answer for, doesn’t he?

 

I’ve long been a fan of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and my first historical romance, The Elusive Miss Ellison, was so fun to write as I worked to weave the social commentary of Jane Austen with the wit and romantic dash of Heyer, an unwavering Christian thread, and a dash of Aussie perspective.

 

I’ve been very fortunate to visit many of the settings used in my Regency Brides series (of series), including the Cotswolds, Brighton, Bath, London, Derbyshire and the gorgeous Scottish castle featured on the cover of Misleading Miss Verity, and have loved seeing readers respond so positively to these stories of hope, redemption, family and love.

 

I love to share images of my trips and what I envisage concerning these stories at my website (www.carolynmillerauthor.com) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CarolynMillerAuthor

) and hope readers will enjoy being swept up into an age of ladies and true gentlemen, when the code of honor was paramount, and Mr. Darcy showed that first impressions can never be fully trusted, and that there is always something deeper to the story.

 

Happy reading, friends!

 

Carolyn 🙂


My Thoughts

This is also the first book that I have read by this author. I do not read a bunch of Regency books - but I always enjoy them when I do. Ms. Miller writes like Jane Austen did. I had a hard time with the first few chapters - but once I got the hang of the language I was able to to sit back and relax, and get lost in the story. 
When you open this book, you will be transported to Gloucestershire, England in 1813. We meet Lavinia Ellison who is a reverend's daughter. She enjoys caring for the sick and does not have an interest in meeting, the new local earl, Nicholas Stamford. She feels that since he is not a church goer that they would never be well matched. Lavinia has a lot of despise for Nicholas - for he was involved in her love ones death. 
I love that the author chose to focus on a theme of letting things go and forgiveness. I know that sometimes that is so hard to do. Especially as a woman. Lavinia had a lot of pent up anger towards the new Earl, that she says a lot of hurtful things toward him. One of the things I loved about these two characters is that they grew and matured through the book. They were able to find a common ground of sorts. 

Well written characters, Unique story line - I will be on the look out for the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Connie’s History Classroom, October 28

Losing the Busyness, October 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 29

Emily Yager, October 29

Worthy2Read, October 30

Artistic Nobody, October 30 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 31

Mary Hake, October 31

Splashes of Joy, November 1

deb’s Book Review, November 1

Texas Book-aholic, November 2

Inklings and notions, November 3

Vicky Sluiter, November 3

For Him and My Family, November 4

Heidi and Books, November 4

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 5

Bigreadersite, November 5

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 6

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 7

Mia Reads, November 7

She Lives To Read, November 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 8

Simple Harvest Reads, November 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Godly Book Reviews, November 9

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, November 10

Captive Dreams Window, November 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon prize and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/102ad/the-elusive-miss-ellison-celebration-tour-giveaway


9 comments:

  1. A lovely cover and synopsis, this sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this story and the book and author details.

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  2. Thanks much for sharing your book and a giveaway. Sounds great and happy to have read about it.

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  3. Forgiveness is certainly hard sometimes. Sounds like a good book!

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  4. This sounds like a really great read.

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  5. Wonderful review, Connie! I enjoy reading about the Regency era. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your review, love the cover.

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  7. This books sounds so good that I've put it on my TBR list. The bit of mystery only adds to its strong appeal based on the elements of faith and eventual romance.

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  8. Sounds like a good book. Added to my TBR

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