Thursday, August 2, 2018

MISS SERENA'S SECRET by Carolyn Miller, review by Paula Shreckhise

Miss Serena’s Secret by Carolyn Miller is a complex novel set in Regency England. 

Secrets abound and are being kept by more than just Serena Winthrop. Some distressing subjects are handled artfully by the author. In this time period such things were not discussed in genteel circles. Social customs of politeness sometimes kept accurate information and sincere feelings from being conveyed. Therefore misunderstandings would hamper friendships or romances. Carolyn captures the flavor of the period. The descriptions and the conversations are spot on!

The faith of Miss Serena Winthrop is evident from the beginning. And we see the journey of Henry, Lord Carmichael, develop over the course of the novel. Henry has a lot to overcome and now takes his responsibilities seriously. They both have the support of friends and some family members, especially Henry’s grandmother who spurs Serena toward painting once again. I was happy to see characters from previous books make an appearance. And there is a promise of familiar faces popping up in future works.

Carolyn Miller is a favorite author. I would recommend this and all her books to those who are partial to Regency England fiction. Come find out what secrets are hiding!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publishing on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. 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.
rances here. The witty banter will continue to draw in fans of Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Julie Klassen. 



  1. Great review Paula.
    Carolyn Miller is a favorite author of mine too. I have Miss Serena’s Secret sitting on my reading table waiting for me get too, hopefully soon.
    Blessings, Tina

    1. Thanks for visiting Tina! I'm so glad Carolyn chose this era. Love it!

  2. I have not read any books by Carolyn and I love Regency books. I know I'm missing out! This convinced me that I need to add her books to my ever-growing TBR pile :-)

    Thanks for a wonderful review, Paula!

    1. I actually have the first one on my digital TBR where books can really hide and be stacked to the sky. I'm hoping to get more reading done this winter.

    2. That reminded me to look in my digital library....boy are you so right about titles getting buried....looks like I have the first two of her Legacy of Grace series ebooks. The Elusive Miss Ellison & The Captivating Lady Charlotte. Now if only I had more hours in the day to read, maybe then I could whip through my massive amounts of books, lol! My reading friend said she wished there was such a thing as an eighth day set aside strictly for reading :-)

  3. Thanks so much Paula for your kind words! I’m so glad you enjoyed Miss Serena’s Secret!

    1. Thanks for stopping in, Carolyn. We wish you much more success!

  4. I haven't read this one yet, but I love Carolyn Miller's books. She's a wonderful writer. Georgette Heyer would be proud. :D


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