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The Captivating Lady Charlotte (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Carolyn Miller brings a story of high hopes, deep forgiveness, and a quiet kind of love that rings with truth. Drama and high society combine in a tale Regency lovers won't want to miss!"--Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of the Ladies of the Manor series (3/16/2017 12:00:00 AM) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace
The Elusive Miss Ellison
The Captivating Lady Charlotte
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope
Winning Miss Winthrop
Miss Serena's Secret
The Making of Mrs. Hale Regency Bride: Daughers of Aynsley
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh
Underestimating Miss Cecilia
Misleading Miss Verity --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01MY88KD9
- Publisher : Kregel Publications (27 June 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1630 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 129,160 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Like most eighteen-year-olds, Lady Charlotte chafes under that sense of being an adult, yet not quite an adult. She’s been presented at Court and now has some freedom to move about in society, but her mother dictates where she may or may not go, and whom she will associate with and speak to. She comes across as a little petulant and self-absorbed at the beginning of the story, but it is to her credit that she allows her cousin Lavinia’s (The Elusive Miss Ellison) gentle reproofs to take root as she considers the truth that while she may not have as much control over her circumstances as she wishes, she does control how she responds to those circumstances. And thus begins the maturation of the captivating Lady Charlotte.
It was lovely to see Lavinia and Nicholas feature so prominently in this story, and especially to see the way in which Lavinia’s Godly example paved the way for Charlotte to think more deeply about what true love is: that it is more than feelings and emotions; that it is patient, always seeking the good of the other person; that it is steadfast in all things; and that it can be cultivated. Charlotte definitely blossoms through this friendship, as does her relationship with William, hesitant though it may be.
And William...there’s something about the quite ones that always squeezes my heart. They’re harder to pull off in fiction, but Carolyn Miller manages to capture the nuances that bring warmth and vitality to William’s character, despite his less gregarious nature. Sometimes it truly is slow and steady that wins the race!
If you love Regency romance, don’t pass this one up!
I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Will she or wont she? Will he or wont he?
Two of my favourite characters - (no spoilers!)
William actually got more and more handsome (in my minds eye) as we discovered more about him each chapter.
Oh- and what about that manservant! (You'll need to read it to see why I like him so much :))
Give yourself a treat this weekend and snuggle down with a good read.
Highly recommend it.
Well done Carolyn Miller!
Charlotte is determined to marry for love. Her parents (for reasons I didn’t quite understand) choose the widowed Duke for her. Yes, he’s a much better choice than Markham, who is the typical sophisticated and disreputable Regency rake. But he’s friends with Charlotte’s brother, which leads her to think he’s a worthy suitor (yes, immature. Although perhaps her brother should pick his friends more carefully …).
The Duke of Hartington is certainly captivated by Lady Charlotte, despite her outward resemblance to his late unlamented wife. (She might have been more lamented if she hadn’t been quite so obvious about her extramarital activities.) This did lead me to wonder why Hartington was attracted to her—I’d have thought he’d have sought a wife who wasn’t attractive enough to be tempted to wander.
The result of this was that I found the first half of the book a little confusing. But the second half was much better as we (and Lady Charlotte) get to know the Duke of Hartington better. We see his observation and consideration—he’s the only person who notices she doesn’t like champagne and brings her lemonade instead. We also see Charlotte’s character develop, which I liked.
There are three strengths to Carolyn Miller’s writing. First is the accuracy.
I’ve read two novels recently where the heroines travelled north to get from Bath to London. Even the most inaccurate map shows London and Bath are roughly east-west. If you’re travelling north (or south), you’re going the wrong way. Simple errors like this pull me out of a story, but I had no such moments with The Captivating Lady Charlotte.
Second, I love Carolyn Miller’s witty dialogue.
Like most readers, the two authors who introduced me to Regency romance were Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer (of course, if Jane Austen ever put a genre to her writing, she would have called it contemporary romance). Austen and Heyer are both known for their intelligent female characters, and their witty dialogue. Carolyn Miller is a worthy successor.
But the main reason I love Carolyn Miller’s novels is because of the way she naturally integrates the Christian faith into her novels.
Hartington has an active Christian faith which is important to him—which is one of the reasons his first wife’s betrayal hit him so hard. We see him live his faith, and we see Lady Charlotte observe him and see there is more to Christianity than the cultural aspect of being seen to go to the right church.
The Captivating Lady Charlotte is the sequel to The Elusive Miss Ellison. It can easily be read as a standalone novel, although those who have read Miss Ellison’s story will enjoy seeing more of her story—especially the way she and her husband influence both the Duke and Lady Charlotte.
Overall, recommended for those who enjoy Christian Regency romance.
Thanks to the author for providing a free book for review.
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The heroine is a young girl who, while naturally quite uncertain about what she wants, doesn't have the spirit to protest what her parents are doing to her. Oh, she is spirited enough to think it unfair and to speak to her brother or friends about it, but not to fight her ridiculous and quite stupid mother - out of ingrained filial duty, we are given to understand.
I stopped reading the book when her father, after having accepted a request of marriage for her without even consulting her or telling her beforehand, is said to feel compassion for the heroine when he informs her of it. Not even at this point does she know to protest too much, only repeating that the news is "a shock" and that she "hoped to marry for love".
Really, they are all ridiculously sketched. I think the author might have made a bit more of an effort to create believable individuals.
The only good observation I have of this book is a fairly good use of vocabulary and grammar.
The thing that bothers me about this book is that it is what I would call “running on fumes.” In my opinion, you can use misunderstanding, miscommunication, and characters fighting their own stupidity only so many times before you should really change up your tactics. It gets so tedious. And that is what this story runs on as far as conflict goes. Oh, there is the whole “who is sabotaging my estate” thing. But when the reader has that figured out right from the get go and is wondering why it takes the hero the entire book to figure it out when he is supposed to be so smart, then that’s a problem.
While I’m sure there are many readers out there who would appreciate a plot such as this, I am, unfortunately, not one of them. This book really dragged on for me. Usually plot devices such as these lessen the effect of the characters for me, I’m glad I was able to hold on to my regard for them.