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Pride, prejudice and forgiveness...Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leavePride, prejudice and forgiveness...Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along. Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known?...

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The Elusive Miss Ellison Reviews

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-04-10 22:21

    3 stars for this Kindle freebie Regency era romance (now 99c), maybe 3.5 or 4 stars if you're a reader who really likes historical romances with a strong Christian religious element. Lavinia Ellison is a lovely minister's daughter, a serious-minded bluestocking who takes to heart her duty to care for the poor in their English country village. When the new local earl, Nicholas Stamford--conveniently handsome and single--rides into town, she's highly prejudiced against him because of his tangential involvement in an accident that killed her mother years ago (lots of self-recrimination for Lavinia because of her inability to forgive and let go of her hard feelings). And also because: rich gentry guy. Nicholas and Lavinia dance around their feelings for AGES, compounded by several misunderstandings as well as rude things said in haste and regretted later. Lather, rinse, repeat.It had its moments, but dragged in several places, and was heavier on the Christian content than I prefer in my romance reading. There was a rather interesting and unexpected plot development in the final third or so of the book(view spoiler)[: it turns out that Lavinia is the granddaughter of a duke, and she goes to London and gets lots of new, expensive clothing and goes about in society for a while (hide spoiler)]. But given how strongly Lavinia feels about wealth and taking care of the poor, it felt a little weird(view spoiler)[ for her to go along with it for as long as she does. (hide spoiler)] It kind of seemed like the story wanted to have it both ways: share your wealth vs. living a privileged lifestyle.Anyway, it's not bad if you like this type of book, but if Christian historical romance isn't already your cuppa tea, I'd pass.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-12 00:10

    I had the wonderful opportunity to read this debut novel with the option of endorsing it to my readers and my reader friends! I cannot recommend it enough! If you love my books, you will likely fall in love with Carolyn Miller's as well! It was such a joy to read! And here is my official endorsement for when the book comes out in a few months! I'll be buying a paperback of this book for my keeper shelf! ❤️"Lovers of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer will be delighted with Carolyn Miller's debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison--especially readers who want to know more about the hero's journey to adoring their regency heroine. This new author's beautifully written book is definitely worth reading!"--Dawn Crandall, award winning author of The Everstone Chronicles

  • Carrie Turansky
    2019-04-17 21:15

    Fans of Regency romance will be delighted with Carolyn Miller's debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison! She transports the reader back to England with interesting historical details that add realism and depth to the story. Nicholas's journey from a proud, self-centered man to a caring and devoted suitor will capture readers' hearts as it did Lavinia's. The Elusive Miss Ellison included just the right touch of inspiration for those who enjoy English historical romance.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2019-04-04 18:25

    Oh be still my Regency-loving heart! With shades of Austen and Heyer, Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison had me swooning and holding my breath and chuckling and smiling and even tearful a couple of times.If you love the battle of wits between Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, you will adore Lavinia and Nicholas. Lavinia’s sharp comebacks and strong opinions combined with Nicholas’ brooding arrogance … their conversations are delightfully droll, though you may find yourself wincing a time or two at the sting. Perhaps my favorite thing about this book (besides the romance and vocabulary – more on each later) is the way both of these characters develop and grow from beginning to end. Both are humbled along the way, their hearts softened, and (dare i say) their pride and prejudices chiseled away by God’s grace and truth.The vocabulary made my booknerd heart so happy! Words like “romantical” and “prosiness” share space with “fastidious” and “flitted”. I smiled so often, just geeking out over the words! lol. Reading The Elusive Miss Ellison is that much more enjoyable thanks to the author’s clever turn of a phrase or delightful word choice.And the romance! Blissful sigh. Just … yeah. Blissful sigh. Bottom Line: The Elusive Miss Ellison is a fantastic addition to a regency fan’s library. The characters for the next books are minor characters in this first book, piquing our interest and ensuring we will be waiting eagerly for their stories. Lavinia and Nick are both flawed, purposefully so, and this makes them relatable as well as increasing the tension between them – both emotional and romantical. A delightful book from start to finish!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)see my review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  • Erin
    2019-03-29 20:23

    Hmmmm... I have hemmed and hawed about where exactly to place my rating. The Elusive Miss Ellison is a nod to the novels of the 19th century and the Regency period. We have in Carolyn Miller's Lavinia Ellison, a well loved and compassionate protagonist. A minister's daughter, Lavinia is quite wary of the arrival of the aloof Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury. Nicholas has returned to take over his uncle's estate, but appears to be blind to the needs of his tenants. Throughout the novel, Lavinia and Nicholas will be put through a number of scenarios that will test what they know of themselves and each other. Make no mistake, Carolyn Miller writes a good story. I just didn't find myself immersed enough in the book. Lavinia has Elizabeth Bennett/Marianne Dashwood moments in the book that were definitely reminiscent of the books they are in. Likewise, Lord Nicholas is a bit of a Mr.Darcy. It was only in the latter half that I felt that the characters stand on "their own two feet." A lot of things tend to happen at the end that it was certainly mystifying( yet satisfying) that Miller was able to wrap up her book so quickly.Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.

  • Celeste
    2019-04-07 23:12

    Full review now posted!Sometimes, you need a radical change of pace. Since October, I’ve read more fantasy in a shorter period of time than I’ve ever read in my life. Don’t get me wrong; fantasy is my favorite genre, and it always will be. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. So I decided that I needed a little fantasy break. This book was about as far away from fantasy as is possible, and it was a breath of fresh air.The Elusive Miss Ellison is a Christian historical romance, set in the Regency era. This is a genre that is very hit or miss for me, but this one was a hit. There were occasional sections that felt stilted, but all in all the book flowed well. The writing, while not that of the classic authors emulated, was solid. The romance was compelling, and the differences between our two main characters added interest. The setting was convincing, and felt exactly like Regency England. There were a couple of instances where modernity made itself felt, generally in medical practices, but the instances were few and understandable. As for the faith aspect, it was heavy-handed in places, but for the most part it was very well-handled and seemed neither forced nor an afterthought, either of which seem to be the case with a lot of Christian fiction. I really enjoyed this book. It felt light and fresh to me in a way that historical fiction often does not. It was a nice departure from the fantasy and horror I’ve been consuming almost exclusively these past eight months. I needed it. I’m going to start making more room for Christian fiction in my life again, because it’s something my mind and spirit need that I’ve missed. And this was a good book to restart that habit with. For more of my reviews, as well as my own fiction and thoughts on life, check out my blog, Celestial Musings.

  • Rebekah Rodda
    2019-04-14 17:22

    A witty regency romance for Jane Austen fans with a strong dash of faith. I admit I found the most elusive character at the start to be the Earl. I found him difficult to get but all is clear in the end. The journey to belief is well done and the banter was fun and there were some great plot twists. An enjoyable book all round that deserves all the hype it is getting.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    2019-04-24 19:09

    Regency England is one of my favorite settings, and I was thrilled to find a new author to read in this genre! I loved the writing style, it was perfectly balanced between the formality of the time and revealing the emotions and feelings of the characters. There are powerful themes of humility, compassion, and forgiveness. Nicholas isn't the only one who goes through a process of change and self-improvement, Lavinia also learns some hard truths about herself and becomes more accepting and less condemning of those whose society she has a difficult time with. The two have great banter and chemistry, although I would have enjoyed seeing more happy moments between them instead of so much angst, misunderstanding, and regret. Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more by the author!(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Iola
    2019-04-07 18:04

    The Elusive Miss Ellison is everything a good Regency romance should be: it’s consistent with the writings of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and features plenty of wit and sparkle in the dialogue, especially that of the titular Miss Lavinnia Ellison. She reminds me of a combination of Austen and Heyer heroines, and there is a definite nod to the BBCs Ehle/Firth version of Pride and Prejudice in terms of the characters. The plot isn’t P&P (thankfully), but again has echoes of Austen. The big difference (improvement?) is that The Elusive Miss Ellison is clearly Christian fiction: Livvie is a minister’s daughter with a real faith in God, and unwilling to be romantically involved with any man who doesn’t share her faith. Especially not the man she holds responsible for the death of her beloved mother, and who appears to hold too little regard for the wellbeing of his tenants. Nicholas obviously has his own personal and faith journey, and I think his is the stronger story—he’s the one with the obvious character faults which need to be changed through the influence of a good woman. And perhaps her love as well ... I’m a big Regency romance fan, so very much enjoyed the authentic Regency voice and attention to detail. Some of the writing was a little shaky, and the pacing was somewhat uneven. Parts of the novel sparkled with wit, but others felt as though the sparkled had been scrubbed out.All the same, I’ll be keen to read the sequel, The Captivating Lady Charlotte (love the title!). Recommended for fans of Christian Regency romance. Thanks to Kregel and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review

  • Susan Snodgrass
    2019-03-30 21:05

    I had never heard of Carolyn Miller before, but a friend posted this book on Facebook and the cover drew me in. I wanted to know more, so I purchased the book. I'm certainly very happy I did, for it was absolutely delightful. I love a good Regency and this one fits the bill perfectly! It has everything Regency fans love; in fact, it reminds me a bit of an Austen novel. Miller's characters are well formed, even secondary ones, some of whom, I did not care for one bit! The setting is great and the plot well planned out as well. I could barely tear myself away from the book when life intruded. Truly, it was that good. I thoroughly enjoyed The Elusive Miss Ellison and very much look forward to Carolyn Miller's next novel, which, I believe, releases in June of this year.If you like a good Regency, look no further. You will definitely want to add this one to your list.

  • Carole Jarvis
    2019-04-14 21:09

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: thoroughly enjoyed Carolyn Miller’s debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison. The Regency romance is one of my favorite genres – and while many reviewers allude to Jane Austen, my love for this genre is entirely due to the prolific writing of Georgette Heyer. The Elusive Miss Ellison is well written with a vivid sense of place and period authenticity, and blends Heyer’s witty dialogue with a strong foundation of faith.Beneath all the witty repartee, manners and social status is a story of humility, forgiveness, and the vastness of God’s grace. Nicholas and Lavinia are well-drawn, with a complexity beneath the surface. Nicholas had a war background that showed remarkable character, courage, leadership, and compassion, yet those qualities were missing in the new Earl of Hawkesbury. Lavinia had a deep faith and concern for the poor, yet she struggled with a pride and unforgiveness that “until it is destroyed, we cannot see clearly” (Nicholas). Both of these characters are flawed and have a spiritual journey to make. There’s plenty of romantic tension and I especially liked that they had a lot of screen time together.The Elusive Miss Ellison is exactly what a Regency should be and I eagerly anticipate book #2, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, which releases in June. Recommended to all who enjoy Christian Regency romances.I was provided a free copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  • Carla
    2019-03-26 23:10

    **I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**Nicholas Stamford's brother did something awful to Lavinia's family in the past, and she finds it really difficult to forgive Nicholas and forget about it. Especially since he's the new Earl, and he's going to need to show more compassion for the people from the town if he wants to be in Lavinia's good graces.At first, Stamford seems really rude and oh so full of himself... but even so, I never disliked him! I just found it all hilarious, it was just ridiculous to see how his mind worked and what he found to be obvious and natural. No sir, you're a snob, and a dandy, and a selfish man... and I don't dislike you!Although it is true that very early in the story he starts to get over his pride and realizes his mistakes. At first it's like he doesn't care much about others, but doesn't really seem like a bad person for some reason. I was also surprised that war didn't change him that much in that regard.He does remind me of a certain Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, so, if you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice and like the man, there's a chance you might like Stamford.Lavinia I loved from the very start. She's smart, speaks her mind and is not afraid to stand up to the Earl, disregarding all the rules of society and its conventions. And she's also very dedicated and loves spending her time helping others, especially the poor.The story develops slowly, but we're only given the important parts, so we don't have to read about all that time in-between when nothing really happens, which I really appreciated.But, at some point, Stamford does something really awful (it was not like he meant to, but it happened) and I'm surprised Lavinia forgot about it so quickly and forgave him, I would've probably killed the man. And he just keeps screwing up all the time! It's like he's trying to win Lavinia over, but all he does is mess up! It's actually quite funny.Another guy makes an appearance and spends time with both Stamford and Lavinia, and I thought he might be interested in her, since he really cared about her and they had so much in common, and he was such a sweetheart as well! But alas, he ended up being a bit shallow, if you ask me.It does take Stamford and Lavinia a lot of time to finally be together though! I wish we could've been given some more pages about their time together, maybe even an epilogue? Because they're just adorable and I would've loved to read more about their relationship as a couple.More reviews on my blog: Lipstick and Mocha

  • Susan
    2019-04-04 19:11

    Great debut by Australian author, Carolyn Miller! If you love historical fiction written in the tradition of Jane Austen, this is a must read. Carolyn Miller weaves a beautiful tapestry of words filled with rich historical detail in her debut, The Elusive Miss Ellison. She draws her reader into a world filled with the social restraints and expectations of this time period. Lavinia Ellison, hindered by these restraints, is not blinded to the needs of those around her. While serving the members in her community, she meets the new Earl of Hawkesbury. Nicholas struggles with this new role and the guilt that haunts him. What will it take for him to find peace and make amends for past mistakes? While this story is filled with the witty banter similar to that in Jane Austen's novels, more importantly is the depth of character found in the main characters of this story. Although Lavinia is described as beautiful, intelligent and talented, I found her gentleness of heart to God's correction the most appealing. Can two strong-willed people from such different backgrounds manage to break down the walls of pride that societal expectations have raised as circumstances throw them together? I eagerly await the next installment of this series!I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Katie W
    2019-04-12 22:09

    This charming tale of vivacious Lavinia and the proud Earl of Hawkesbury captured my heart and soul from the start. Lavinia is so atypical, which endears her to readers, and to Nicholas, as she stands up for herself and stands apart from the crowd. Her heart is fully entrenched in service, with little thought of herself, and because she's not caught up in the normal obsessions of society, she's deemed unworthy by some and an angel by others.Loneliness often disguises itself in interesting ways, but as these two solitary souls find themselves thrown together in unconventional situations, the prejudices slip away into a delightful account that truly warmed my heart. I love to see deserving people find happiness, just as I love it when judgmental and jealous people find out that karma isn't all that fun.There are many elements, some small and some monumental, that make this story enjoyable from start to finish. Most of the characters are easy to like and to relate to, although there are some to hate. The writing style causes the reader to feel immersed into the Austen Regency period, which is a fun escape. I loved the events that propel their spiritual and emotional learning forward. My only wish? I would have loved to have a little more romance--those sweet, tender feelings of emerging love.All in all, this is a great start to a new series--one that I'm looking forward to reading more of.Content: very mild romance; mild-moderate religious elements; very mild violence.*I received a complimentary copy, which did not affect my thoughts in any way.*

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    2019-03-31 20:14

    4.5 StarsTHE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON was a joy to read from the very first page! With a very Austenesque feel, charming characters, plenty of romantic tension, and a plot with a few twists here and there, it is sure to keep readers intrigued and ready for more from this new promising inspirational author.I loved these characters! I loved Lavinia with all her honest, although sometimes cutting, remarks. She was so willing to help others and to also let those around her shine. A good friend. A good daughter and niece. She also had to wade through her conflicting world to find what was true and where her happily-ever-after would be. I also loved Nicholas. He was such a contradiction at times, but really just a slightly tortured and lost man with all his brooding looks and high-societal charm. Very Darcy-like. There was a lot more to him than first impressions and looks. Together, they make for some entertaining banter and some nice sparks.I also appreciated that the religious element, which was stronger than I normally prefer, also felt authentic and natural. I enjoyed this aspect of the story quite a lot. I also appreciated that the author let her characters waver and doubt, not only with regards to their faith in some places, but also as to trusting their hearts and other people. Some aspects were a little too perfectly tied up or unrealistic, but not enough so that they hindered my enjoyment of the story.In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes! I loved how this story made me fall in love with these characters and brought out all the feels. It was sweet, heartbreaking, frustrating, and beautiful in equal parts. I can't wait for the next book in this series, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, which is to be released in June!Content: CleanSource: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

  • Kim
    2019-04-12 19:04

    loved this book cant wait to get my hands on the 2nd book

  • Pamela
    2019-04-25 23:29

    This started out for me with a delightful couple and charming banter between them. But, as the story progressed, the religious undertones seemed to take over and then I became less interested in the leads. I don't mind religious undertones, but I don't want it to be the whole story. It was a shame for me because I really did like the writing and the story. I want to read the rest in the series, but find myself hesitant to do so.**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**

  • Kav
    2019-04-01 23:09

    Sqqquuuueeeallll! New Regency Author Alert!!!! And this is her debut novel...with two more to follow this year. I'm all aflutter as I sink onto my fainting couch in full Regency-worthy swoon. Pass the smelling salts please.If you love Jane Austen -- especially Pride and Prejudice -- this novel is for you. Exquisitely written with rich dialogue and delightful descriptions. I felt like I'd time-traveled to 1813 Gloucestershire England. Be still my heart. And I'm in rapturous joy over the sublime battle of wits! Seriously cutting dialogue. Lavinia excels at getting a point across no matter who she is talking to. Sometimes she manages that with a subtle nuance, other times it's an outright blast of icy disdain -- always delivered with proper decorum, of course. I'm giddy recalling some of her jibes.Of course Nicholas is just as adept -- a worthy sparring partner. The two together are lethal which is funny and frustrating verging on infuriating. Gah, but I wanted to knock their heads together a time or two! They battle with pride in different ways and, truthfully, I found Nicholas a bit off-putting at the beginning of the book. Still enjoyed the witty repartee but I didn't connect with him until later in the story. Just like Mr. Darcy. He annoyed me no end when I first met him too. :-)But this hero's journey is compelling and as the story progressed I began to understand the motivation behind Nicholas's detached manner. There's an interesting tug of war going on between the battle-scarred cynic and the new man coming to life from within.These two make an intriguing pair -- the independent-thinking minister's daughter and the world weary nobleman. A romance seems impossible until forgiveness and grace prepare the way for an epic happily ever after. A stunning debut novel!My thanks to Kregel Publications for providing me with a copy of this book.

  • Jamie
    2019-04-22 23:23

    2.5It’s always fun to get the chance to read an author’s debut novel. A new voice to the mix keeps things fresh. That’s one reason I decided to join in and review Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison.While I liked the idea of this novel, with its hints of Pride and Prejudice and a Jane Austen type heroine, there were some parts that were a bit overdone for me with the characters. I think they were too much of what they were supposed to represent (if that makes sense at all). I’m all about a strong and independent lead, – those are my favorite – but many times, instead of spirited, I thought Lavinia came across as a bit too pushy with her opinions to Nicholas. On the other hand, sometimes I wasn’t sure why Nicholas didn’t reach out to Lavinia. I thought as the novel went on, the interactions and development improved though.While this may not have been a favorite of mine, I admit, I still wanted to know how it ended and that’s always a good thing. Plus, I’m curious what will happen in the next two novels. Also, if you prefer stories with strong faith conversations and scenes, then this is one you’ll want to pick up.What debut are you looking forward to this year?(Thank you to Kregel for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)Originally posted at

  • Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
    2019-04-09 23:19

    What a fun read! I started this book and couldn’t put it down! This was a new twist on the Regency era. I loved Lavinia’s character. She is definitely not going to be one of the society belle’s. She is more interested in helping the poor and sick. It reminded me a little of Pride and Prejudice. I thought the interactions between character’s were a lot of fun. I liked how Carolyn Miller took her characters and put them in difficult situations which stretched and strengthened them. Even though this book is fiction, I strongly believe the reader can apply the truths in this book to their own life. Full of wit and laughter, this book will keep you reading until the end. I recommend this book to family and friends.I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-06 00:13

    I have found a new series to love! I’m a fan of books set in the Regency time period, so I had high hopes for The Elusive Miss Ellison. This novel lived up to my hopes and I was absolutely delighted with this enchanting story. I was also extremely pleased to find out that there will be two more books in this series. I can hardly wait!I loved the setting and the pacing of this novel. It was very reminiscent of Jane Austen’s pacing, yet this author definitely created her own unique style in the story. I felt as if I truly got to know these characters and the various settings so well.Lavinia was an absolute delight, from her desire to care for the poor to her inability to control her words at times around Nicholas Stamford, the new Earl of Hawkesbury. It was hard to watch Nicholas make mistake after mistake in the way he treated Lavinia and others. However, it made his journey of emotional and spiritual growth throughout the book even more appealing. The way the author worked on the hearts of these two characters as the story progressed was natural and refreshing. It kept me happily turning the pages!I highly recommend this novel and am looking forward to when the future books in this series will be released!I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog at:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  • Rachel
    2019-04-18 19:59

    I enjoyed this Regency era story about an Earl and a minister's daughter who push each other to become a better version of themselves and in the process fall in love.I liked the way Lavinia is so invested in helping the poor and sick and is so down to earth and does things for herself. I also like that even though she's generally a very kind and loving person, she's also portrayed as a flawed human being who struggles with a judgmental attitude toward the Earl because of a tragic incident caused by his brother when she was a child. She does some major growth in character throughout the story, which is great to see.Nicholas was a complex character that was hard to like at times. On the one hand, I felt like he didn't deserve the way Lavinia treated him but on the other hand, I felt like he was really wishy-washy in his attempts to become a better person. Sometimes he came on really strong in trying to do things for his tenants and Lavinia and then he would turn around and let society's expectations way lay him. However, he also does a lot of character growth through-out the story and he's wonderful to Lavinia so he gets major swoon worthy points for that. :)All in all, this is a well written story with lots of character growth, beautiful English countryside, and a major twist that lends some intrigue. :)*Thanks to Litfuse for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2019-03-31 21:10

    About this book:“Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world. Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known?”Series: Book #1 in the “Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace” series. Spiritual Content- Prayers & Thanking God; Many Scriptures are quoted, mentioned, read, thought over & talked about; Bible reading; Church going, sermons & noticing stain glasses of those in the Bible; Hymns are sung & written out; Witnessing; Many talks about God, the Bible, the cross, His will & forgiveness; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God (expect one); Nicholas isn’t happy with God & doesn’t think it’s useful to pray (he does at one moment wishes he knew how to, & later tries; *Spoiler* (view spoiler)[ He starts reading the Bible and starts to believe half-way through(hide spoiler)]*End of Spoiler*); Lavinia feels that God is very far away at one point; Many mentions of God, His love and peace & forgiving; Many mentions of a reverend (Lavinia’s father), sermons, church going, services, hymns, a church & Sunday schools; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of those in & books of the Bible; Mentions of thanking God; Mentions of blessings; Mentions of Christians, believers & faiths; Mentions of sins & sinners; A few mentions of salvation; A few mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of martyrs; A mention of a prayer book; A mention of a miracle; A mention of an angel; *Note: The phrase “Good God!” is exclaimed by Nicholas; Nicholas mentions thanking “whatever gods may be” for something; A mention of praying to a man’s god; A mention of “ghosts or some such Gothic nonsense”; A mention of a devil-may-care attitude; A mention of a man wishing he was in Hades. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘biddy’, a ‘dash it’, a ‘what the devil’, two ‘blast’s, sixteen forms of ‘stupid’; Two curses are said (said, not written); A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); A bit of sarcasm; Nightmares about the war, pain & being shot (up to semi-detailed); Pain & Sicknesses (up to semi-detailed); Drinking wine, whiskey & brandy (Nicholas); Mentions of & remembering an accident, death & blood (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a war, fighting & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of illnesses, fevers, possible deaths & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of an old dog’s death, pain & whimpering (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of fighting & blood (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of pain, injuries & blood; Mentions of nightmares; Mentions of drinking, wine & brandy; Mentions of rumors & gossip; Mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of a little boy who drowned; A few mentions of saloons & pints; A few mentions of lies; A few mentions of hunting; A couple mentions of bets & gaming. Sexual Content- a thumb-to-lips touch, two palm kisses, a cheek kiss, a forehead kiss, a semi-detailed kiss and a detailed kiss; Touches, Nearness & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Wondering about touching & kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); A man tries to corner, touch & kiss Lavinia (he’s pulled away from her, up to semi-detailed); Mentions of reputations, not having a chaperone & things looking scandalous; Mentions of noticing; Mentions of blushes; Mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of a flirt & flirting; A couple mentions of someone carrying a girl off to “ravish” her (it doesn’t/didn’t happen, just a mention of the thought); Love, falling in love & the emotions; *Note: Wearing & mentions of a dress with a low neckline (which Lavinia isn’t comfortable in) and men glancing at the contents of her dress (Lavinia says their glances are “dirty, hot, and soiling”). -Lavinia Ellison, age 23-Nicholas Stamford, age 29 P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1813 303 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- One StarEarly High School Teens- Two Stars (and a half)Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four Stars Debut author Carolyn Miller had me smirking & laughing in her novel “The Elusive Miss Ellison”. I mean, I had some pretty high hopes for this book because one of my favorite historical authors, Carrie Turansky, gave a blurb for this one, but I wasn’t disappointed. I did enjoy it. The writing style was a little bit different from what I’m used to, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing at all. Character wise: I absolutely adored Lavinia. She is gold, pure, witty gold. And that fact that I was listening to my beagle bark while reading about Lavinia and her beagle was just icing on the cake. I got quite tickled at one of her lines towards Nicholas: “You, sir, are outside of enough!” Hahaha! I love that wording! Nicholas had his good moments as well, but I feel like Lavinia and I would get along splendidly. I was pleasantly surprised by all the faith & Spiritual content, and so enjoyed reading all those parts. I am curious to see how the differences on such content will be in the next book of the series (releasing in June) with the main girl not having a reverend as a father. Regardless, I’m looking forward to reading it. :)Link to review:https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Kregel) for this honest review.

  • Anne
    2019-04-13 18:17

    I tried to win this book in numerous giveaways, to no avail! I knew from the cover and blurb that I was going to like this story but I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE this story!!! Rarely do we get to see the protagonists POV this prominent in a book. Stamford is the quintessential Regency earl. I love his character! Being inside his head so much was a real treat. His doubts and cynicism and struggles were presented in such a realistic way that I was not positive he was going to come to know the Lord but I held out hope and his faith journey did not disappoint. Miss Ellison is an interesting character. Outspoken and service oriented, she has a distinctive personality and it was fun to watch her interactions with the Earl. The author penned beautiful imagery and it was easy to imagine Lavinia escaping into the ‘hedge’ for solitude. For my friends that are sensitive to certain things in books, there is some occasional alcohol use but no drunkenness. It does not detract from, or in any way sully the story. It really is a wonderful book and I hope fans of Regency and historical fiction will grab a copy to enjoy while sipping a cup of hot tea. I actually became so lost within the confines of the pages that my cuppa was long cold before I even thought to take a sip. :)High fives on this debut novel by Carolyn Miller! Thank you, Kregel Publications, for a complimentary paperback copy to read and review. No compensation has been received.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-13 21:10

    This starter out as a Pride and Prejudice type novel. Very proud and stubborn people who fight the attraction they have for each other. The tension is there but this is a very proper novel like P and P. I loved everything at first and the novel started off great. Good characters with our hero being a wounded war veteran and a bit of a brat. Then we have the proud but very good reverends daughter. The banter between the two was fun and took me to regency England. The Religious element was a little heavy but not pages of preaching for some reason it just felt forced. The more the book went on the more these characters were all over the place and the romance was so up and down it got irritating. It was a sweet story line that never drug with a good flow and plot line. This is very very clean.

  • Rachael
    2019-04-23 20:08

    This was a truly enjoyable read. Lavinia was so easy to love! She had such an endearing personality, and as a reader I really felt I knew her. The scenes are set so well, the writing is lovely, and I was thrilled with the strong faith and forgiveness thread that was woven in the plot from beginning to end! I found this read truly engaging, and I'm thoroughly looking forward to more from this author."All things are forgivable, when we realize how much we have been forgiven."

  • Lynda Edwards
    2019-04-01 20:23

    When a new Regency author enters the Christian publishing scene, I pick the book up with a mixture of delight and fear. If done well, the novel finds a permanent home on my keeper shelf thanks to my BBC induced Regency obsession. If it is poorly written or has historical errors and modern intrusions, I find myself more disappointed than with a similarly written book in a time period with which I am less familiar. Thankfully, The Elusive Miss Ellison falls into the excellent fiction category and I find myself eagerly anticipating further books in this series.For me, historical accuracy is a must in Regency fiction—I want a story that could have happened during this time in the past, not a modern woman in a gown going to a ball. From early pages, Miller’s familiarity with customs and terminology is evidenced and it contributes to the setting, extending to things like dress and how a woman was expected to behave.Expert word choices immediately call to mind well known passages in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, giving us clues to the characters and situations in The Elusive Miss Ellison. For example, readers will recall the infamous dance where Mr. Darcy calls Elizabeth “tolerable,” giving us vital clues to how Nicholas sees himself and those around him. And I felt that I completely understood another character simply from Miller’s description of her campaign to get her daughter in the “path” of as many “eligible” men as possible. But while the parallels and comparisons exist, this story is quite original and wholly Carolyn Miller’s plot—she obviously knows and loves Jane Austen’s story, however, and the nods to that novel enhanced my enjoyment of her own.The spiritual component is more pronounced in this book than many others, even in Christian fiction, owing in part to the heroine’s father being a minister, but not entirely: we get a lot of it from the heroine herself, who is more outspoken than the typical Regency lady. Her upbringing has trained her to contribute to her community rather than gracing it as a fragile beauty, and in more ways than simply through words or a basket sent by way of a servant. Lavinia is a woman of faith in action, part of the reason the aristocracy finds her too forward and opinionated.This slowly built romance involves changes in both the hero and the heroine, in their thoughts as well as their actions. The believable relationship takes time because each character must gradually overcome mental objections to the other, and only as they witness the other's transformation. The final scenes are well-worth all of the obstacles and misunderstandings to arrive at a shared future and I really enjoyed the resolution and how everything played out.I would highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy Regency fiction—it is a well-written and unique contribution to the genre. Dialogue and action are balanced well in this interesting, and at some points mysterious, story. Those who enjoy the works of Jane Austen especially will find much to enjoy here and should not miss this exceptional debut.I received a free copy of this book from the author and the publisher, but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  • Beth Erin
    2019-03-26 18:29

    Full series review on Faithfully BookishThe first book of the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series begins with a comfortably traditional approach to Regency romance. The country setting, character dynamics, and storyline gave me the initial impression of a lovely faith meets Pride & Prejudice inspired tale.Lavinia Ellison's passionate concern for and service of the less fortunate leaves her frustrated with those who have greater resources yet fail to meet even the basic needs of their dependents. Nicholas Stamford is a well-rounded character with his military background and willingness to learn and consider other perspectives.Despite my high expectations, I found this story to be much more than everything that I hope for in a Regency romance! The historical, spiritual, and relational elements, the overall story flow, plot, and characters… everything about this story is exceptional.

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2019-04-06 22:14

    A well written Regency Romance is always a delight to read. There are reasons that I am a fan of the genre and this book didn't disappoint me. I love the formality, flirting banter, society gossip, and maneuvering matrons. The best part is when there is a strong female who refuses to be governed by society, in this case it is Miss Ellison.This book caught my attention right from the beginning. Miss Ellison doesn't relegate chores to the servants and is mistaken for one when she first meets the Earl of Hawkesbury. Not a good way to make a first impression. I love that the characters are flawed. I enjoyed the depth of faith and the Christian acts of Miss Ellison. Yes, I am gushing because this book has a lot to offer readers.

  • Sydney
    2019-04-15 21:23

    I am a huge fan of regency romance novels, so when I was given the opportunity to review Carolyn Miller’s debut regency novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, I was thrilled. This is a splendid and delightful regency-romance that readers will absolutely love. From page one, Miller captures the attention of her readers with her charming characters and enjoyable story. This was everything I expected from a regency novel. The story was well-written and entertaining, pleasant, and even funny at times. And I know a book should not be judged completely by it’s cover, but I am in love with the cover of this book!! This is an easy and light read that I would recommend this splendid novel to readers that enjoy regency historical romance.Series: Regency Brides: A Legacy of GraceGenre: historical, romance, Regency ChristianPublisher: Kregel PublicationsPublication date: February 28, 2017Number of pages: 304Content Rating: PGBook Rating: 5 starsA review copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Kregel Publications, as well as provided by the publisher via the author’s launch team and LitFuse. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.