Book Review: The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Book 3 of Legacy of Grace by Carolyn Miller

"Sometimes it is only when we are at our lowest that we realize our need for Someone higher than ourselves." (73)

Title: The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey
Series: Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, Book 3
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher:  Kregel Publications
Release Date:  October 24, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Will a damaged reputation and desire for society's approval thwart the legacy of grace? 

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She's lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's society mama is appalled at the new company she's keeping. 

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughter--not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe? 

When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together--without finances, family support, or royal favor? 

As the third and final installment of the Legacy of Grace series in the Regency Brides collection, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey satisfied fans of the series. The author, Carolyn Miller gave a dislikeable character from the first two books a voice, and a story of redemption and grace.

Miss Clara DeLancey was not what I'd expected, and that's usually the case. How often do we judge a person by their past or what rumors speculated? I was taken  surprise in a very pleasant way by two of my favorite series, where the author also turned around what one would assumed a "villain." So I came into The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey with an open mind, hoping for the best.  And I am glad to report, Carolyn Miller did not disappoint.  We see the transformation and are reminded by God's love for us, especially through the kindness of others, when kindness was the least expected.

"I despaired because of an absenceof hope. I did not realize then just how much God loves us and that His love means we have." (184)

The message is like a reminder, the story entertains with the various encounters as one expects in the Regency period, but also a little adventure. Speaking of adventure, we cannot fail to mention the hero of the story, Ben. Once a captain of the Navy, and a true hero in more ways than the literal terms, he balance out Clara quite nicely.  Though I must say, I find the deaths towards the end of the story unnecessary except for a chance to add in the message of salvation, thereby adding an element that felt somewhat off.  The epilogue gave readers a nice look into the short future, yet also seem like a tool to introduce the next book in the collection. Despite these qualms, I liked this close to the series and The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey honors what fans love about this series.

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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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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