The title of this book piqued my interest. When I first began reading it, I kept looking to see why the book was titled the way it was. I figured it was a little like some other books I had read, where the main character might have been partly elusive but was quickly won over by the man and then everything else was predictable in the book. I was quite excited to see that was not the plan of Miller’s new book.
In fact, there were some sections of it that reminded me a little of Pride and Prejudice, which is probably one of my favorite books. It was neat to see a few comparisons, even if she didn’t intend for this book to be like that one.
Lavinia is definitely elusive, but she has a good reason for being that way. Her mom died when she was young and it wasn’t of natural causes. She has to work through completely forgiving, even though the pain is very real. It makes it even harder for her to do so when she is reminded of that day in many different ways.
The new Earl of Hawkesbury might be cute, but he’s hardened his heart for completely different reasons than Lavinia. He can’t really marry for love. It has to be of convenience because she has to be able to meet his mother’s high standards. However, he’s always been one up for a challenge and when Lavinia puts up a challenge before him, he can’t help but take it. He’s not truly aware of all the reasons Miss Ellison has some hard feelings toward him and his family so they must acknowledge the pain before any friendship can form.
I am looking forward to reading more in this new series by Carolyn Miller. Her second book, A Legacy of Grace, shouldn’t be too far behind this book!
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ABOUT THE BOOK
The Elusive Miss Ellison
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.
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.
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.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.