About The Elusive Miss Ellison By Carolyn Miller:
That’s the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister’s daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won’t take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia’s pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother-who stole the most important person in Livvie’s world.
Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he’s just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there’s already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.
That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn’t the only heart that needs to change.
These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society’s opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.
Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love.
I received a complimentary copy as a member of Litfuse. All opinions are my own.
My Thoughts On The Elusive Miss Ellison By Carolyn Miller:
More than a romance novel, this is a story about opening your heart and hearing God’s word, letting Him in and finding forgiveness in the way He wants us to. Sure, there’s romance but the real romance, for me, is in both Nicholas and Lavinia finding what it means to really love and listen to God.
The story was a little slow for me at first, but once I got into it, I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished the story. I like that Lavinia isn’t immediately infatuated with Nicholas. They aren’t sure they even like eqch other. I like that their relationship isn’t rushed and that it takes time to learn to trust each other. For me, the slower beginning actually made the story more believable. Both Nicholas and Lavinia are hard headed as can be! So it took time. (sounds like some real life folks I know ;) )
This story has love, compassion, hurt, loss and more.
I am a fan of Regency romance and this story did not disappoint!
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About the author:
Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.