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Synopsis of the book:
The arrival of the new Earl of Hawkesbury has the entire village aflutter — everyone except Lavinia Ellison, that is. In fact, in Livvie’s eyes, he is just as arrogant and thoughtless as his brother — who stole the most important person in her world.
Nicholas is weighed down by guilt, by ancestral obligations ,and by the legacy of war. He hadn’t anticipated that a perfunctory visit home would engage either his mind or his heart. Then the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. But between society’s opposition, his brother’s reckless past, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles for the two of them to every truly get along.
What a lovely story of romance and redemption. This regency reminded me of why I love this genre. The rules of station and conduct that restricted people at the time versus true love finding its way in no matter what the barrier. It was a good read.
I immediately liked Nicholas. The man definitely rubbed Lavinia the wrong way with his arrogance, but his genuine remorse at his part in hurting others and the fact that he was striving to be a better man, won me over. Lavinia as well.
At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Lavinia that much because she started off being kinda perfect. Soon enough she also won me over, particularly the part where she had to deal with an older lady who was a dragon to her. (No spoilers here, you will have to read to book to find out about it)
The family secret. Oooo. I was not expecting that one. It gave the story a good boost. I loved that.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
The slow simmer of romance between Nicholas and Lavinia.
What I didn’t like about this book:
Sometimes the romance felt a little slower than I would have liked, particularly before the family secret is revealed.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? I would, especially if you like the regency genre. That is one of my favorite genres and this book made me feel that love all over again. I am looking forward to more from this author and the next book in this series.
Note: I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
Where can I learn more about this author and their books?
Litfuse is having a giveaway for this book!
Regency romance fans have another must-read novel to add to their lists: Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison. 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. 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.
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- A copy of The Elusive Miss Ellison
- A Kindle Fire
- Two William Morris mugs (winner’s choice)
- A box of tea
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on March 22. The winner will be announced March 23 on the Litfuse blog.