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Review: The Captivating Lady Charlotte

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Review: The Captivating Lady Charlotte

The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: June 27, 2017

Lady Charlotte Featherington is the debutante of the season – and her mother won’t let ANYONE forget it. While her dance card is always filled and gentlemen come out of the woodwork to woo her, Lady Charlotte holds out for ‘true love’ like her cousin, Lavinia Ellison found. Just when she thinks she’s found the man of her dreams, her mother steps in and pushes her toward the Duke of Hartington. Why marry a mere gentleman when you can snag a title? Who cares if he’s older? Who cares if he appears dull? Who cares if the rumors are flying about his first wife and her death? He’s wealthy, titled, interested in Charlotte, and that’s enough for Charlotte’s mother.

William Hartwell, Duke of Hartington, already endured one faithless wife. He has no desire to jump into another marriage with another silly socialite. If he didn’t need a male heir, he wouldn’t even think of getting married at all. Then, he meets Charlotte Featherington. Her beauty entrances him but it is her sympathy that truly captures his heart. Her disinterest in him, though, is a problem. Can he make her see that they have much in common? Can his quiet ways win the heart of a girl who dreams of excitement and passion?

When I first met Charlotte in ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’ she seemed rather silly. The things that concerned her were almost childish, and book 2 started off with her in much the same vein. Then, I began to see glimpses of the woman peeking out past the youthful 18-year-old. I loved the way she compared each of her suitors to the I Corinthians 13 passage – love is patient, love is kind, etc. The only man who met all of the criteria put forth in those verses was the one man she didn’t expect to want, the Duke. I also had a strong dislike for her social-climbing mother. While everyone else rolled their eyes and let her jabber on endlessly about things that just didn’t matter, I loved that William and her husband were both able to put her in her place, so to speak.

Readers who enjoy Regency romance will love this one! I couldn’t put it down once I started reading. It was a history lesson in a romance in a mystery with a heavy dose of scripture to guide the choices of the main characters. I highly recommend this series!

Rated PG: There is some discussion of the many infidelities of the Duke’s first wife. Probably not something for very young readers.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via Thank you!


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