Monday, March 20, 2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace) by Carolyn Miller

Book Description:  Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.  


Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known?

My Thoughts:  Carolyn Miller is a brand new author for me.  So I didn't know what to expect when I began reading The Elusive Miss Ellsion.
Since this is a Regency Brides read the Victorian way of life is quite evident in this story.
Laviania Ellison is a sweet, kind, helpful person and not a lady who thinks lazy, non-responsible earls are good people.  So, when the seventh earl of Hampton Hall takes ownership Laviania is not impressed with him at all.
But life has a way bringing people into one another line of vision. 
As the story continues the reader finds out why Lavinia has issues with the new earl. 
When Nicholas and Lavinia meet, Lavinia is not impressed; in fact, she is quite aloof in her attitude towards Nicholas.  
Nicholas doesn't know quite what to think but think he does.
Love and forgiveness with a secret or two make this a most wonderful read!

*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*

  • Series: Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (February 27, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825444500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825444500


  1. I'm really enjoying this book! Thank you!

  2. Liked it so much I'm pre-ordering the next two.