02 March 2017

Guest Review by Tina Rice of The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

The Elusive Miss Ellison #1 Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace by Carolyn Miller

Five Stars *****

Review by Tina Rice
Carolyn Miller's debut Regency novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, is a delightful story! The reader is swept away to 1843 England with the arrival of the new Earl of Hawkesbury, Nicholas. The villagers are all aflutter at his arrival, all, it would seem, except for one person, the reverend's daughter, Lavinia Ellison...so love their first meeting! She has good reason to not be thrilled at his being there...which I will not share, don't want to give anything away.

Nicholas arrives as a proud, self-centered man, who doesn't realize he is about to embark on possibly the most challenging journey of his life. Lavinia is a sweet, giving, godly woman who cares for the poor in the village and is a bit outspoken. However, she too is about to experience a journey that will be challenging and freeing in ways she would never have envisioned. Both Nicholas and Lavinia have tragedy and grief from their past that has affected their lives in similar ways and may even impact their future. Unexpected surprises and twists in the storyline brings about a possible hope that seemed impossible just months earlier. Never saw that coming!

I love the banter between Lavinia and Nicholas. They soon captured my heart as my favorite characters in the story. I enjoyed the historical detail of the village, England and the people. I have never been to England, but I could envision the countryside, the ballroom and so much more from the detailed descriptions. The dialect adds authenticity to the era and helped “carry” me there. I especially appreciate the inspirational elements woven throughout the story and the importance of faith to the characters. A delightful, heartwarming story! I am looking forward to reading the second book.

~I received a copy of the book from the author via TBCN, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~


GIVEAWAY: Carolyn Miller is graciously giving away an ebook copy of her debut book!!! Leave a comment to enter!

37 comments:

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  2. Typo above. Let's try this again. lol I saw this book on two of my friend's timelines & finally just had to run to Amazon. Since I didn't have enough money left on my giftcard to buy it, I thought I would wait to see what my friends thought of it first. I had not seen this book before nor heard of the author. I guess I have been living in a cave. Anyway, all that being said, I loved your review, Tina! That cover makes me drool. haha

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    1. DIANA, thank you for your kind words.
      This is Carolyn Miller's debut novel and I had not heard of her before myself until her book was offered on TBCN. The book cover is beautiful and the next two books in the series are just as beautiful. So, have your pretty lace hanky ready to catch the drool when you see them...wink, wink. (not sure if I can post her contact information here so will personal message you on facebook so you can check her out). Oh, she lives in Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia!
      Blessings, Tina

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    2. Oops, that should be web site and facebook page not 'contact'....
      Blessings, Tina

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    3. Thanks so much, Tina! I'm still catching the drool from this one! LOL! I love hearing about great NEW authors! Australia? Hmm...will have to see if Noela has heard of this author. I read another great review of this book by a friend of mine yesterday so I think I'm sold! hehe

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    4. I hope you get a chance to read it soon Diana. I am sure you will enjoy it.
      Blessings, Tina

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  3. Great review, Tina - thank you so much!! I've seen several reviews online applauding 'The Elusive Miss Ellison' this week, sounds like a must-read!! Would love to learn more about Lavinia and Nicholas.

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    1. BONNIE, thank you for your kind words.
      I hope you get a chance to read Lavinia and Nicholas' story soon Bonnie.
      Blessings, Tina

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  4. I have heard so much about this book that I really want to read it! And the cover is beautiful.

    Arletta

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    1. ARLETTA, the cover is so beautiful, isn't it? I hope you get to read Lavinia and Nicholas's story soon. Thank you for commenting.
      Blessings, Tina

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  5. I'm very much looking forward to reading this book.

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    1. CAITLIN, it is delightful book. I hope you get to read Lavinia and Nicholas's story soon. Thank you for commenting.
      Blessings,Tina

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  6. This sounds like a wonderful book! I will have to check it out, especially if Tina likes it!!

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    1. Oh, BECKY, what a sweet thing to say! You had me chuckling girl! It is a wonderful book, hope you get to read it soon.
      Blessings,Tina

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  7. Nice review Tina! Anything Regency gets my heart all aflutter :-)

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    2. TRIXI, thank you for the kind words! Agree, love Regency stories. I am sure you will love Lavinia and Nicholas' story.
      Blessings, Tina

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  8. Wonderful review Tina! I've added this to my wishlist. It is one of my favorite genre's.
    Thank you to the author for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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    1. ANDREA, thank you for the kind words! Regency has become one of my favorite genre's. I am sure you will love Lavinia and Nicholas' story.

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      Blessings, Tina

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    2. andreastephens (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    3. CONGRATS ANDREA, you won a copy of Carolyn Miller's debut book which is receiving all kinds of accolades!

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  9. I've been seeing good things about this book, thanks for the review and giveaway!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. PATTY, thank you for commenting. Hope you get a chance to read Lavinia and Nicholas' story soon.
      Blessings, Tina

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  10. Beautiful review, Ms. Tina! I love the Regency era!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. CARYL, thank you so much! Regency genre has become one of my favorites. Hope you get to read Lavinia and Nicholas' story soon.
      Blessings,Tina

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  11. Thank you Tina for this review! Must admit I don't usually read Regency era stories,but this one has caught my interest. Thank you for this new story,Carolyn and the giveaway. May you have a blessed writing career. lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. LYNNE, thank you for comments. I hope you enjoy this Regency era story-Lavinia and Nicholas' story.
      Blessings, Tina

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    2. Thanks so much for your encouragement Lynne :)

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  12. I've heard so many good things about this debut. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. PAULA, thank you for commenting. Hope you get a chance to read Lavinia and Nicholas' story.

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      Blessings, Tina

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  13. Oops. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet. Thanks!

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    1. CONGRATS PAULA! You are our winner! Will be emailing you about your win of Carolyn Miller's The Elusive Miss Ellison!

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  14. Thanks Carrie and Tina for your wonderful support. Hope you all get the chance to read Miss Ellison's story soon!

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