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Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  467 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Orphaned as a child, Miss Jane Milton lives to serve her Stover cousins, tending to their every need. Her beloved cousin Blair suffered a slow and painful death from wounds received at the Battle of Waterloo, and now, ten months later, Miss Milton feels utterly forlorn. Her one solace is caring for Lord Canfield’s orphaned son, Andrew, a sad boy dogged by rumors that he wa ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 17th 2014 by Camel Press (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
This has a low rating on goodreads and from some of my trusted goodreads friends. You're all wrong. This is a great book and I won't hear anything else about it. It would have easily made my five stars list but the ending let it down for me - I'll get to that.

Kelly is actually one of the darkest romance authors out there. She explores the dark aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars and the very real struggles of men and women in a difficult period of history. She does all of that whilst crafting lovel
Rachel McMillan
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sobbing wreck on the floor.
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.
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Lynn Spencer
As with all of the Carla Kelly books, I did like the characters in this one. Put-upon poor relation Jane Milton rather satisfyingly finds her voice and her wealthy neighbor Scipio Butterworth (am I the only reader who kept wanting to call him Skippy?) seems like a genuinely decent man. However, I just had a hard time getting drawn into all the machinations with Jane's obnoxious relatives, so I found I kept putting this book down and then picking it up again. It's not a bad read, but not as good ...more
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
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
Donna Hatch
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
2.5 stars

Not my favorite Carla Kelly.
Judy Bullard
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read - but I do wish she would add an Epilogue!!
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**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
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a cute little romance. It kind of reminded me of Miss Buncle's Book in tone, although I don't think it's quite as good and it had some comparatively darker plot elements. The last part of the book kind of lost some of it's charm, I think because there were additional plot elements and characters introduced and the heroine was depressed (not fun to read about that for too long...). Overall a sweet little book. I read it on kindle as my library didn't have it.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book

Carla Kelly can be relied on for a good read. She gives us in this book the view from the heroine's point of view solely, but her writing voice is the same consistent voice from all her books. And her understanding of the British law of inheritance is perfectly correct.
Sue Leinberger
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Another lovely story by Carla Kelly. It pulled me in and I ended up reading until 1 a.m. so I could finish it. She has such a deft way of revealing the inner struggles and motivations of her characters.
Gotta admire a Regency romance where the hero is a textile mill owner, and Robert Owen is name-checked.
Tame and sweet, the book centers around Jane, a put-upon poor relation and a mill owner. This book had an annoying number of side plots, but all resolved well enough.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice, little story where a woman learns to share her opinions about the world that is quickly changing around her.
This is another pretty serious story. I prefer the ones a little lighter in tone, but it was good.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-regency
This is a very traditional regency, with a few too many coincidences at the end - that part was annoying. However, the bulk of the book was really wonderful: our heroine is the put-upon poor relation who really gets everything done around the house, and the hero is the local mill owner and industrialist.
J Jares
One of the things a reader can expect from a Carla Kelly story is originality. This story is about the early days of the Industrial Revolution in England. The aristocracy looks down their noses at the emerging bourgeois class that is taking England into the forefront as an industrial power.

Jane Milton is a poor relation to the Denby-Stover household where she resides as a barely-tolerated servant by Lady Carruthers. Jane is almost too good a heroine; she forgives and speaks kindly to everyone.

Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Leanne Johnson
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Susannah Carleton
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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