Sunday, August 19, 2018

MISS SERENA'S SECRET by Carolyn Miller, review by Winnie Thomas

Carolyn Miller has fast become one of my favorite authors. Her novels set in Regency era England are brimming with historical detail, gripping plots, and fascinating characters. Miss Serena’s Secret is the second in the series Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. It can be read as a stand alone book, although characters from the first book in the series make an appearance in this one. 

The main characters, Serena Winthrop and Henry, Lord Carmichael, are realistic and layered, each of them with their own problems. Although Serena is wounded, hurting, and distrustful of men, she is striving to overcome her past experiences. Lord Carmichael is trying to leave his past behind and become a more worthy man. The author brings these two imperfect people together with wit, humor, a big dash of tenderness. A stellar supporting cast and an intriguing story line drew me into the story and kept me turning pages.

Miller has a talent for seamlessly adding elements of faith, forgiveness, redemption, and hope into her stories, bringing another layer of depth and enjoyment.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy excellent Regency stories. I’m looking forward to the next in this series.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

How can a wounded young woman ever trust a too-flirtatious earl with her heart?

With devastating scars in her past, Serena Winthrop is sure no man can be trusted—especially not a man like the too-smooth Viscount Carmichael. His reputation as a flirt and a gambler is everything she despises. And the young artist makes sure that this disreputable heir to an earldom knows of her deep disapproval whenever they encounter one another.

Henry, Lord Carmichael, is perfectly aware of his charms. He's gambled with plenty of ladies' hearts as easily as he has with their husbands' money. But lately he's wondered if there's more to life—and if his actions might prove unworthy of an admirable wife such as his friends have found.

When Serena's guardian asks his best friend to protect his young ward, Henry promises to be on his best behavior and not woo her. But the more he learns of her, the more he realizes she might be his best reason for changing his character.

Then the lady's art leads her to London infamy. Now Henry must choose between the life mapped out for him as the earl apparent and the love of his life. And Serena's secret may mean the end of his titled family line.

This second novel in a new series by internationally popular author Carolyn Miller is full of the rich historical detail and evocative writing her readers enjoy, and familiar characters make appearances here. The witty banter will continue to draw in fans of Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Julie Klassen. 

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