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Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  303 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A lovely young woman is the guardian of her cousin's son, whom she has cared for since his parents's death, and loved as her own. Her wealthy relatives question the true parentage of the boy, placing his inheritance and their future in jeopardy. Then a handsome mill owner offered to tutor the young boy, catching the eye of his guardian, as well. But could she really find l ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Signet (first published 1998)
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I am a BIG fan of Carla Kelly's Regency romances. Even her stories that I have rated three stars, I would consider reading again. That said, I was deeply disappointed with MISS MILTON SPEAKS HER MIND. It hurts me to give one of her romances two stars. :-(

It started out slowly but I could forgive that. It contained those dreadful annoying relatives that kept showing their faces but, yes, I could look the other way. For a while. It even took some time for the hero, Mr. Butterworth, to take an acti
3+/3.5-ish stars. A traditional Regency with a very subtle and low key romance between a successful mid-40s mill owner and a 29-year-old poor relation in an aristocratic household.

The romance, which features elements of the beta hero, gentle giant, friends-to-lovers, and the pining hero, may actually have been a little TOO subtle, to be frank. There weren't enough opportunities for us to see Scipio's pining (and, in fact, there was no hero POV at all in the book), although the internal narrativ
Definitely not Carla Kelly's best. Slow to start, told entirely from the heroine's POV and way too little interaction between the hero and heroine. I didn't feel the romance in this one like I should. Only a desire to see if my guesses on their secrets were correct compelled me to finish it in a sitting. So, a good story, but not so great of a romance.
This is a book about secrets and being bullied.
I figured out one secret early and I suspected what the other secret was. The third secret came out of the blue.
In a Carla Kelly Regency romance, if the hero and heroine don’t get married right away, then their relationship does not reach a climax until the very last pages…and you have to read and read to get there and it is always satisfying because the two always end up getting what they want – no matter what their age!! Love it!!
The hero and her
Sakura Yue Michaelis
Again, Carla Kelly moved me to tears. She is one of the two authors in historical romance that never fails to deliver wonderful stories.

Jane has been living as a slave in the house of her cousins. She takes care of Andrew since he was a baby. Both of them have been bullied by her Aunt for many years. Her neighbor, Mr. Butterworth, a mill owner, is a dear friend (from many years ago) but only now they get closer. He invites her to his country house to spend Christmas, and it is there were she rea
I’m closing in on twenty Carla Kelly books. Obviously I really like her writing! She not only includes some creative English Regency plots, but I find that the characters she writes about are fascinating. I love that CK weaves her stories through actual important historical events: wars, peace time, English laws, social customs and classes, and in this one, “Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind”, we get the subject of child labor laws and the coming of the Industrial Revolution. Even though it seems seco ...more
**Very Slight Spoilers**

Deceased Characters:
Blair: Dead from wounds sustained in the war between England and France, Son of Lord Denby, husband of Lucinda, father of Andrew although his patronage of Andrew is considered questionable.
Lucinda: Dead from wounds sustained after stepping in front of a moving carriage when her son, Andrew, was six weeks old.

Living Characters:
Jane Milton: 30 year old spinster and poor relation of the Stover family. She is used as a part-time servant, mother to the litt
It seems like many of Carla Kelly's books are more about internal struggles than any major outward plot, and this book is no different. The only thing that really happens plot-wise is that Jane plans an army reunion for her cousin and she goes to spend Christmas with Mr. Butterworth's family. But she struggles with a lot internally, like, as the title suggests, with speaking her mind, as well as with getting over guilt from the past. Mr. Butterworth, despite his awful name, is one of my favorite ...more
Sumeetha Manikandan
If you are sick and tired of Victorian romance then you should read this one before giving up on this genre. This book came highly recommended at, as one of their Desert Isle Keeps and I totally agree with their assessment.

Miss Milton is the perfect poor relation, with no prospects of marriage or employment, she lives at Stover Hall making herself indispensable. Mr. Butterworth is their neighbour, a Mill owner who traced his antecedents to a Pig farm no less. The heir to Sover Hal
Leanne Johnson
At first I thought this was going to be a hard story to read, it took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did it was so good! The story reminded me a little of North and South but not so detailed and probably just because it was similar time period with the mills and such. I love Carla Kelly's way of writing, she tells us everything the main characters are thinking and it really helps us to know them quite well. I liked Jane, "Miss Mitten" and especially Mr. Butterfield, though I hated ...more
Starts slowly, the heroine too sedate thereby making the story sounding monotone, and Mr. Butterworth is no help in that area. The book is almost boring - not that Carla Kelly is a bad writer. It's because she's a good writer, able to catch the tone of someone who's been meek and tame all her life that even her thoughts are subdued. It's no easy feat for many modern writers raised in a totally different era to capture someone such as Jane. They are good at writing feisty heroines, sometimes plai ...more
Amanda Caswell
At first the book was hard to get into because it seemed a common enough theme in Kelly's books: dreadfully put-upon spinster finally has to decide to come out of her shell and take command of her life. But the slow romance between the older Mr. Butterworth and Miss Milton was sweet and the interactions between the two of them and her charge were fun to read. There were a lot of annoying characters and it became frustrating after a while for the hero and heroine to fall out of contact for stupid ...more
Kami Reeve
I enjoyed this one. Interesting to read about manufacturing and the influence of American business practices in England before WWI.
Judy Bullard
Good read - but I do wish she would add an Epilogue!!
I really wanted to like this book, but it was just too hard to at times. The female lead was too weak and wishy washy, while the male lead just couldn't find his cojones to do the right thing. But even having said that, I really did like them both! I liked most of the characters, in fact!

Bottom line, the storyline just dragged and if there was a plot, it only made itself known closer to the end with one of the most surprising plot twists I've read in a long time.
Connie Dickey
I love her books generally...but out of a couple dozen have found 5 of them to be kind of risque about 3/4 of te way through. It certainly could be worse, but I feel like it doesn't have to be that way at all!
Interesting pretext...I don't know. This wasn't one of her best works and the beginning was so confusing to me, I couldn't figure out who was who and how they were all related to each other.
Susannah Carleton
Wonderful! Intriguing characters and more secrets than one would expect a small town could hold. Ms. Kelly's superb character development and storytelling shine throughout.
Donna Hatch
Both characters were likable and both had ghosts to lay to rest. The end was touching and the hero had just the right amount of vulnerability and manliness.
My first book from this author. It was just ok for me. I liked that the hero and heroine seems to be friends. And I like the twist in the story.
I'm very glad i went to the effort of requesting an inter-library loan. I may have to buy it though. It's worth reading again.
Fantastic author - great book
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Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National P
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