Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller

About the book:

Will a shrinking violet and a prodigal son come together to better their world?

Cecilia Hatherleigh has many secrets in her shy, sweet heart–but none bigger than her unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl’s son next door. Her love has persevered over many years, even when he grows to be a bit of a rake. Yet despite his fondness for females, he never seems to see her as anything more than the quiet younger sister, and nothing Cecy does has changed that. Rather than pining after his perhaps unworthy love, she decides to turn her focus toward living out her newfound faith. Now she’s determined to follow God’s leading to make a better world for the poor and dispossessed around her.

A London riot awakens Edward to the responsibilities due his family name. It’s time to turn his life around to please his noble father–and that means restoring his abandoned legal career and making a marriage of convenience. Neither will be easy, given his past and the prejudices of the upper echelons of society to which he belongs.

When misadventure strikes at a house party, these two are thrown together even as their lives are upended. If Cecy can’t trust God, overcome her shyness, and find her inner strength, the good work they’ve both done may be for naught-and neither will ever find true love . . .

Well known for her authentic Regency romances set against less-explored, true historical backgrounds, best-selling author Carolyn Miller continues her newest series with a clean, wholesome tale sure to please her many fans.

Publication Date: July 23, 2019

Publisher: Kregel Publications

Genre: Regency, Historical Romance

Series: Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, #2

My thoughts: Not really loving the first book in this series I was anxious to read this one. I was hoping to get all those wonderful feelings back that I normally have when reading a Carolyn Miller novel. I’m excited to say that those feelings were back and I enjoyed this story immensely.

The premise of the story sounded interesting and the author didn’t disappoint. The story moves along at a respectable pace and the buildup to the climax is perfect. I have to admit that some of my favorite parts are between Cecilia and her mother towards the end of the story. The author made me laugh at some of the dialogue between the two and it was such a bright spot in the story and added to Cecilia’s likability.

As far as the characters go in addition to liking Cecilia I found Ned to be a likable character. He was very believable in his feelings and the fact that he struggled in overcoming the actions of his past made him that much more realistic. I also liked Verity and can’t wait to read her story. She is a fun character and adds mischief and lightness to the story.

Regency romance fans won’t want to miss out on this book. It’s an easy read and one that will stay with readers long after the last page is read. Definitely one for the keeper shelf. Happy reading!!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

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 previous novels have won several contests, including the 2014 RWA “Touched by Love” and 2014 ACFW Genesis contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy.

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