Saturday, February 20, 2021

Winning Miss Winthrop By Carolyn Miller

About the Book

Book:  Winning Miss Winthrop

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Release date: March 2018


Catherine Winthrop is almost at her last prayers, rejected years ago by the man who stole her heart. When tragedy brings him back into her life, she must suffer further grief in silence, amid her family’s pain and hostility, which eventually sends her to seek solace in Bath.

Jonathan Carlew might be wealthy, but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his life, bringing fresh challenges as he takes on the Barony. Caught between appeasing the Winthrop family’s concerns and doing what he could to salvage their failing estate, he must also weigh the echoes of the past with the demands of his new responsibilities.

Two hearts must decide whether present speculation will condemn them to the dust of their memories, or if the whispers of forgiveness can provide freedom for the future.
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My Review:

This is the first book in her Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Now, I will tell you, you should probably familiarize yourself with the characters in the previous series because they'll make appearances in this story as well. I've only read the first book in the other series. I could tell that I was missing something because the start of this story had me a little befuddled. Like I was missing an entire section of a puzzle. lol

It took me a little while, but pieces started to fall together and the story became more enjoyable. I mean, I enjoyed all of it, but not knowing the history of the characters (I mean, they "must" be in the previous series?) made it a little difficult to get engrossed in the story. Once I did, I was loving it!

Catherine is our heroine in the story. This poor, young woman has to endure SO much. The start of the story sets the tone for her current life. And her mother. I'm not ashamed to say I'd like to have slapped that woman silly on numerous occasions. How anyone could suffer her presence was beyond me. And the fact that no one was willing to put her in her place...?! Kudos to the author's writing for helping me not like Lady Winthrop. lol In fact, the author has skill in writing women who are easy to dislike. hahahaha

And then there's Jonathan Carlew. I liked him. I mean, I was already on Catherine's side when the story started, but I was willing to give him a chance... sort of. I actually started feeling sorry for him every time he was in the presence of Lady Winthrop. Heck, I felt bad for anyone who had to be within a mile radius of her. lol

There's a LOT to this story, but when the characters make their way to Bath, I was introduced to one of my favorite characters in the story - the General. He befriends Catherine when everyone else decides gossiping is what should be done. And I love how snarky he is. He and I would've been wonderful friends! I also enjoyed her Aunt Drusilla, Lady Winthrop's younger sister. She was considerate of her sister to a point and then just spoke her mind. FINALLY! hahahaha

Catherine and Jonathan, for the most part don't spend much time together and when they do, it's really uncomfortable. They both have opposing views (which aren't discussed) as to how and why their relationship ended. The ensuing years they haven't seen each other have only reinforced their pain and sadness. Of course they run in the same circles so they end up seeing each other in Bath.

A couple of crises hit at almost the same time which forces both of them to look at themselves and each other in a way neither expect. Whew, these two! I'm ready for book two in the series because... hello Carmichael. He's one of Jonathan's friends and he and Catherine's sister, Serena are already at odds.

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.

More from Carolyn

In 2015 I was fortunate enough to visit England and see my sister who was living there at the time. What followed was three weeks of visiting parts of England, Ireland and Scotland in a whistle-stop tour of some of the places I’d long dreamed about visiting, but never thought I’d get the chance: London, Brighton, the Blarney stone in an Irish castle, Chatsworth in the Peak District, Loch Ness and Culloden in the Scottish Highlands, the gorgeous grounds of Dunrobin Castle, and the beautiful Cotswolds of England, which includes World Heritage-listed Bath.

I’ve used many of the places I’ve visited as inspiration behind my historical stories, but none as much as the places I visited while in Bath. Pretty much every place I visited – Sydney Gardens, Bath Abbey, the Pump Room, The Assembly Rooms and more – were mentioned in my story Winning Miss Winthrop, which I view as my homage to Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which vies with Pride and Prejudice as my favorite Austen novel.

I loved my all-too-brief time in Bath, and I love this story, with its depiction of two people learning to overcome the misunderstandings of the past in order to find a future. Winning Miss Winthrop is the first book in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series, and has the attention to period detail, romance, banter, and faith threads that readers in the Regency Brides series have come to expect. I hope readers enjoy Catherine and Jon’s story.

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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.


megana said...

This looks amazing! Thanks for the recommendation!

Debbie P said...

I enjoy historical fiction and this sounds like a great read. Thanks for your review.

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful review, Mimi! I'm looking forward to reading Carolyn's book. Thank you for hosting.

Carolyn Miller said...

Haha! So glad you enjoyed this story. I hope you’ll check out Henry and Serena’s story too :)

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