Review: Winning Miss Winthrop (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, Book 1) by Carolyn Miller

"My dear fellow, a woman is either decidedly pretty or decidedly not." (15)

Title:  Winning Miss Winthrop
Series: Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, Book 1
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date: March 27, 2018 
Genre: Historical Romance
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Catherine Winthrop has cried out to God too many times to count. Years ago, the man who stole her heart rejected her--and she's never recovered. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it's her home and her family's good name--and she has no one to share her grief.

Jonathan Carlew's life may look enviable from the outside--wealthy, handsome, landed--but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his entire life. Now as he ascends to the barony, fresh challenges await, including a scheming mama who wants him to embrace power, even at the cost of losing love. How can he remain the kind, honorable man he strives to be and still meet the demands of his new society responsibilities?

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in Carolyn Miller's new series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won’t want to miss this new set of characters.


MY THOUGHTS

My dear bookish friends, here's a bit of unsolicited advice from yours truly: one really shouldn't compare a new story to one of one's favorite stories of all time. That said, I'm glad I gave myself a bit of time to mull over Carolyn Miller's Winning Miss Winthrop, the first of her Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series before strapping down to put my thoughts in writing. You see, after reading it, I wasn't sure how I felt about it since it reminded me so much of Jane Austen's Persuasion, and granted it is sort of a retelling of sort of it.  Yet, days after, I realized several points.

First, I read Winning Miss Winthrop in one sitting, being fully engaged and invested in the meek little mouse we read in Catherine Winthrop. Secondly, the storyline throughout had me guessing at various points. And finally, I enjoyed meeting the various characters and the lovely social circle in Regency Bath that was entertaining to say the least. And we can't forget the adversarial characters that have you wanting to give them a piece of your mind.   All that said, I do look forward to the next one in the series with as much anticipation this booknerd can muster (which is a lot).


"Remember, trials are merely opportunities for faith to grow." (298)

In all, Winning Miss Winthrop has all the markers of a delightful and interesting Regency Romance. Add in the inspirational elements and it makes it a story (and series) that should be at the top of your to read list. Fans of Regency period stories will love it for sure.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.


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