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Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison

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Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Christian Regency Romance
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: February 28, 2017

Regency romance is not my usual reading preference but The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller was a joy to immerse myself in. Its fast pace and rich period details made this a tough book to put down! I learned so much about the social conventions of the time period. My only wish as I read was that there had been illustrations of the gorgeous dresses Ms. Miller describes so eloquently.

Lavinia Ellison has grown up believing that a man’s heart is far more important than his wealth. As the daughter of the town vicar, she spends her days caring for the poorest in her town or making life a bit easier for their aging servants. She is unimpressed when her best friend gushes the news that the new earl is in residence at the Hall and he’s not only young, he’s also very handsome. Livvie’s first concern is, will he finally fix his tenants’ housing? She has no interest in the earl. After all, his brother’s recklessness stole one of the most important people in her. world from her.

Nicholas Stamford, Earl of Hawkesbury, is used to being fawned over by beautiful girls and their mothers. When he meets Lavinia and she treats him as misbehaving equal, he is intrigued. The more he gets to know her, the more he sees her sincere heart and strong faith. As his regard for her grows, she challenges him in ways no other has. Can he stand, though, against what society expects of him in order to pursue the love he wants?

I loved the push and pull that the earl and Lavinia had going on in this book. They spoke to each other at such cross purposes sometimes that I wondered if they were ever going to figure out the reasons for their jealousies. Many of the secondary characters were also so well drawn that they nearly stepped off the page – in particular, Lady Hawkesbury, the Earl ‘s mother, and Livvie’s friend, Sophy.

Fans of Regency romance will definitely want to pick this one up but I think any romance reader, even if you prefer another era, will enjoy this. There is a strong faith element for the Christian romance reader, as well. This is a quick, beautiful read that is easy to get into with a strong, honorable hero and an equally strong, principled heroine. If, like me, this is a new author, don’t let that scare you off! You won’t regret picking up The Elusive Miss Ellison!

Rated G: No issues here. (The couple barely kisses and there is no violence.)

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

 

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