When a novel is garnering comparisons to those of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, it makes me take notice — sometimes the comparisons are justified, but sometimes they are not.
When it comes to Carolyn Miller’s “The Elusive Miss Ellison,” those comparisons are completely on point.
This novel set in the Regency era is a fun, refreshing read.
Lavinia is an outspoken, feisty heroine with a big heart when it comes to those in need.
She has no use for rules of society that are vapid and shallow, and little use for people who perpetuate their usage.
The new earl of Hawkesbury, Nicholas, is a proud and self-centered man who has returned to the family seat in Gloucestershire.
He has little patience for insipid husband hunters and their daughters.
However, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the one woman who wants nothing to do with him — Lavinia.
Lavinia and Nicholas have a history that only is hinted at in the beginning of the novel, and it helps to create a believable tension between the two.
Miller’s setting is described wonderfully, from the country setting to London itself.
The novel is well-plotted and its events unfold with pitch-perfect timing throughout.
The second book in the series is set to be released June 27 — and I can’t wait to read it.
But “The Elusive Miss Ellison” definitely is a must-read now for fans of historical fiction set in the Regency era.
I gave it five out of five stars. Miller definitely deserves the comparisons to her literary predecessors.
Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book. However, all opinions are my own.
Carolyn Miller’s ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’ Kindle Giveaway
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:
- 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.
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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.
Find out more about Carolyn at https://www.carolynmiller.org.