Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison Review & Kindle Package Giveaway

The Elusive Miss Ellison
by Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel Publication
ISBN: 978-0825444500

I really enjoy being part of book reviewing groups! It's nice to be introduced to new authors. I received my book from Litfuse to review for my readers!


Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.

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.

The Elusive Miss Ellison Carolyn Miller

My Review:

Now, I have to preface this by saying, read my whole review, not just the beginning.

When I first started reading The Elusive Miss Ellison, I wasn't very impressed. I cringe saying that knowing that a novel is an author's baby. I just felt like it was forced, contrived. Gah, really, I hate saying that, but I have to be truthful. It seemed like the author was trying to hard to make it sound old British instead of it feeling natural. I decided by the end of chapter 1 that I would give the author a chance and read into chapter 2, and maybe on to chapter 3.

I was actually glad I kept reading! Much of what felt like forced writing seemed to fade away. I was able to start enjoying the story and the characters. I still had a bump here and there with how things were written, but it was rare. I liked Lavinia and her desire to take care of the poor, and loved how she didn't give a hoot about Nicholas's title.

It took a little bit, but I came to like Nicholas. There was a turning point about halfway through the story that solidified his character for me. From that point on, I was looking forward to him and Lavinia finally figuring out that they belonged together.

By the end of the book, I was surprised that I had ended up liking it so much. What started off with me being concerned about continuing the story found me looking forward to reaching the end, but in a good way, knowing I'd enjoyed the overall story.

I would give her other books a read to get to know the author and her writing better.

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.

Settle in for a cozy night of reading with a cuppa and a Kindle from Carolyn!

One grand prize winner will receive:

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.

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.


Hillary Franklin said...

These are all awesome giveaways! Thank you for hosting them and for blogging about them to give us a chance to win. Cheers! Hillary

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