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The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #1)

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Pride, prejudice and forgiveness...
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Kregel Publications (first published February 2017)
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Donna Jensen I thought it was clear but not overpowering. As the parsons daughter Lavinia Ellison is devout and prayerful but as she discovers her failings she is…moreI thought it was clear but not overpowering. As the parsons daughter Lavinia Ellison is devout and prayerful but as she discovers her failings she is humble and very human. It does contain references to God and scripture but I think the context is valid and part of the characters journey to self discovery. It's quite enchanting!(less)

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I had the wonderful opportunity to read this debut novel with the option of endorsing it to my readers and my reader friends! I cannot recommend it enough! If you love my books, you will likely fall in love with Carolyn Miller's as well! It was such a joy to read! And here is my official endorsement for when the book comes out in a few months! I'll be buying a paperback of this book for my keeper shelf! ❤

"Lovers of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer will be delighted with Carolyn Miller's debut nov
Carrie Turansky
Oct 14, 2016 Carrie Turansky rated it it was amazing
Fans of Regency romance will be delighted with Carolyn Miller's debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison! She transports the reader back to England with interesting historical details that add realism and depth to the story. Nicholas's journey from a proud, self-centered man to a caring and devoted suitor will capture readers' hearts as it did Lavinia's. The Elusive Miss Ellison included just the right touch of inspiration for those who enjoy English historical romance.
Jan 25, 2017 Erin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Austen- Gaskell- Heyer fans
Shelves: netgalley
Hmmmm... I have hemmed and hawed about where exactly to place my rating. The Elusive Miss Ellison is a nod to the novels of the 19th century and the Regency period. We have in Carolyn Miller's Lavinia Ellison, a well loved and compassionate protagonist. A minister's daughter, Lavinia is quite wary of the arrival of the aloof Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury. Nicholas has returned to take over his uncle's estate, but appears to be blind to the needs of his tenants. Throughout the novel, Lavinia and Nich ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Oh be still my Regency-loving heart! With shades of Austen and Heyer, Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison had me swooning and holding my breath and chuckling and smiling and even tearful a couple of times.

If you love the battle of wits between Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, you will adore Lavinia and Nicholas. Lavinia’s sharp comebacks and strong opinions combined with Nicholas’ brooding arrogance … their conversations are delightfully droll, though you may find yourself winci
Mar 02, 2017 Iola rated it really liked it
The Elusive Miss Ellison is everything a good Regency romance should be: it’s consistent with the writings of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and features plenty of wit and sparkle in the dialogue, especially that of the titular Miss Lavinnia Ellison. She reminds me of a combination of Austen and Heyer heroines, and there is a definite nod to the BBCs Ehle/Firth version of Pride and Prejudice in terms of the characters.

The plot isn’t P&P (thankfully), but again has echoes of Austen. The bi
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Regency England is one of my favorite settings, and I was thrilled to find a new author to read in this genre! I loved the writing style, it was perfectly balanced between the formality of the time and revealing the emotions and feelings of the characters. There are powerful themes of humility, compassion, and forgiveness. Nicholas isn't the only one who goes through a process of change and self-improvement, Lavinia also learns some hard truths about herself and becomes more accepting and less c ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Feb 20, 2017 Susan Snodgrass rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Carolyn Miller before, but a friend posted this book on Facebook and the cover drew me in. I wanted to know more, so I purchased the book. I'm certainly very happy I did, for it was absolutely delightful.

I love a good Regency and this one fits the bill perfectly! It has everything Regency fans love; in fact, it reminds me a bit of an Austen novel. Miller's characters are well formed, even secondary ones, some of whom, I did not care for one bit!

The setting is great and the
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I thoroughly enjoyed Carolyn Miller’s debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison. The Regency romance is one of my favorite genres – and while many reviewers allude to Jane Austen, my love for this genre is entirely due to the prolific writing of Georgette Heyer. The Elusive Miss Ellison is well written with a vivid sense of place and period authenticity, and blends Heyer’s witty dialogue with a strong foundation of faith.

Beneath all the witty repa
Feb 28, 2017 Carla rated it really liked it
**I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Nicholas Stamford's brother did something awful to Lavinia's family in the past, and she finds it really difficult to forgive Nicholas and forget about it. Especially since he's the new Earl, and he's going to need to show more compassion for the people from the town if he wants to be in Lavinia's good graces.

At first, Stamford seems really rude and oh so full of himself... but even so, I never disliked h
Katie W
Mar 19, 2017 Katie W rated it really liked it
This charming tale of vivacious Lavinia and the proud Earl of Hawkesbury captured my heart and soul from the start. Lavinia is so atypical, which endears her to readers, and to Nicholas, as she stands up for herself and stands apart from the crowd. Her heart is fully entrenched in service, with little thought of herself, and because she's not caught up in the normal obsessions of society, she's deemed unworthy by some and an angel by others.

Loneliness often disguises itself in interesting ways,
Mar 21, 2017 Jamie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads
It’s always fun to get the chance to read an author’s debut novel. A new voice to the mix keeps things fresh. That’s one reason I decided to join in and review Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison.

While I liked the idea of this novel, with its hints of Pride and Prejudice and a Jane Austen type heroine, there were some parts that were a bit overdone for me with the characters. I think they were too much of what they were supposed to represent (if that makes sense at all). I’m all about a
Jan 28, 2017 Pamela rated it liked it
This started out for me with a delightful couple and charming banter between them. But, as the story progressed, the religious undertones seemed to take over and then I became less interested in the leads. I don't mind religious undertones, but I don't want it to be the whole story. It was a shame for me because I really did like the writing and the story. I want to read the rest in the series, but find myself hesitant to do so.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest
Mar 08, 2017 Kim rated it it was amazing
loved this book cant wait to get my hands on the 2nd book
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 Stars

THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON was a joy to read from the very first page! With a very Austenesque feel, charming characters, plenty of romantic tension, and a plot with a few twists here and there, it is sure to keep readers intrigued and ready for more from this new promising inspirational author.

I loved these characters! I loved Lavinia with all her honest, although sometimes cutting, remarks. She was so willing to help others and to also let those around her shine. A good friend. A good d
Great debut by Australian author, Carolyn Miller! If you love historical fiction written in the tradition of Jane Austen, this is a must read.

Carolyn Miller weaves a beautiful tapestry of words filled with rich historical detail in her debut, The Elusive Miss Ellison. She draws her reader into a world filled with the social restraints and expectations of this time period. Lavinia Ellison, hindered by these restraints, is not blinded to the needs of those around her. While serving the members in
Mar 07, 2017 Kav rated it it was amazing
Sqqquuuueeeallll! New Regency Author Alert!!!! And this is her debut novel...with two more to follow this year. I'm all aflutter as I sink onto my fainting couch in full Regency-worthy swoon. Pass the smelling salts please.

If you love Jane Austen -- especially Pride and Prejudice -- this novel is for you. Exquisitely written with rich dialogue and delightful descriptions. I felt like I'd time-traveled to 1813 Gloucestershire England. Be still my heart.

And I'm in rapturous joy over the sublime b
I enjoyed this Regency era story about an Earl and a minister's daughter who push each other to become a better version of themselves and in the process fall in love.

I liked the way Lavinia is so invested in helping the poor and sick and is so down to earth and does things for herself. I also like that even though she's generally a very kind and loving person, she's also portrayed as a flawed human being who struggles with a judgmental attitude toward the Earl because of a tragic incident caused
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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 Stam
Lynda Edwards
Mar 08, 2017 Lynda Edwards rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
When a new Regency author enters the Christian publishing scene, I pick the book up with a mixture of delight and fear. If done well, the novel finds a permanent home on my keeper shelf thanks to my BBC induced Regency obsession. If it is poorly written or has historical errors and modern intrusions, I find myself more disappointed than with a similarly written book in a time period with which I am less familiar. Thankfully, The Elusive Miss Ellison falls into the excellent fiction category and ...more
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Mar 14, 2017 Brittany rated it it was amazing
I have found a new series to love! I’m a fan of books set in the Regency time period, so I had high hopes for The Elusive Miss Ellison. This novel lived up to my hopes and I was absolutely delighted with this enchanting story. I was also extremely pleased to find out that there will be two more books in this series. I can hardly wait!

I loved the setting and the pacing of this novel. It was very reminiscent of Jane Austen’s pacing, yet this author definitely created her own unique style in the st
Mar 01, 2017 Anne rated it it was amazing
I tried to win this book in numerous giveaways, to no avail! I knew from the cover and blurb that I was going to like this story but I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE this story!!!

Rarely do we get to see the protagonists POV this prominent in a book. Stamford is the quintessential Regency earl. I love his character! Being inside his head so much was a real treat. His doubts and cynicism and struggles were presented in such a realistic way that I was not positive he was going to come to
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
A well written Regency Romance is always a delight to read. There are reasons that I am a fan of the genre and this book didn't disappoint me. I love the formality, flirting banter, society gossip, and maneuvering matrons. The best part is when there is a strong female who refuses to be governed by society, in this case it is Miss Ellison.

This book caught my attention right from the beginning. Miss Ellison doesn't relegate chores to the servants and is mistaken for one when she first meets the E
Mar 06, 2017 Sydney rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of regency romance novels, so when I was given the opportunity to review Carolyn Miller’s debut regency novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, I was thrilled. This is a splendid and delightful regency-romance that readers will absolutely love. From page one, Miller captures the attention of her readers with her charming characters and enjoyable story. This was everything I expected from a regency novel. The story was well-written and entertaining, pleasant, and even funny at times. And ...more
Paula Vince
Feb 27, 2017 Paula Vince rated it really liked it
I enjoy it when modern authors who have immersed themselves in this time period choose to write Regency romance novels. Those famous authors who lived around the early 1800s made us love their work, but when we get through it, we look for more. That's why it's easy to appreciate authors like Carolyn Miller, who have taken up their mantle. She's also done something they didn't have to do, which is put in a heap of research to make her story authentic.

Miss Lavinia Ellison is the daughter of the lo
Heather Snyder
Mar 16, 2017 Heather Snyder rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Miller’s book The Elusive Miss Ellison is set in England during the Regency period. It is the story of the young Miss Ellison, who is the daughter of a kind vicar in a small village. Miss Lavinia’s goal in life is to serve others. Not because she is haughty and feels it might be her duty, but because her tender heart has great concern for those who have less than her. Even though Livvie tends mostly to the poor, she does rub shoulders with those is society. In fact, one of her best frien ...more
Feb 05, 2017 charlotte rated it really liked it
Galley provided by publisher

I'm on something of a regency kick at the moment. No other books have appealed to me so much, so obviously I had to pick this one up.

And, while it shares a lot of similarities with Austen novels in particular, it is a good one. To start with the similarities, in the beginning, it is almost to a T, Pride and Prejudice (in fact, the blurb even makes that comparison as well). Then there are scenes which remind me of Emma (specifically, a certain picnic scene). But if you
Vera Godley
Mar 25, 2017 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing
Delectably sweet and genteel and a highly recommended read for teens and adults of any age. The author takes the reader back to a gentler, nobler time and shows the differences between the haves and have nots and how one sweet pastor's daughter seeks to help the have nots.

The story is infused with a budding romance between the Earl and the pastor's daughter although their society's mores coupled with Miss Ellison's strong minded will and contempt for the arrogance she perceives in the Earl (Nich
Diane Estrella
Mar 21, 2017 Diane Estrella rated it really liked it
This was a sweet read from start to finish.

I will admit, the first few pages had a lot of characters being introduced and I had to go back a couple of times to figure out everyone, but the story was lovely and all of the characters were engaging.

There was not a huge climax in the story where you felt the steep rise and fall of the action and storyline. I liked that it was a gentle ride throughout the book with many small rises and surprises with a complete story being written and conveyed. The m
Susan K
Romance, Clean, Christian elements (stronger)
This was a lovely read! Lavina and Nicholas were great characters, conflicted, miscommunicating as they tried to figure out their relationship, and fight the attraction they had for each other. Their sincere and honest hearts, both of them hurting from different things in their past, some of it their common past, made for a lovely story. The 'secret' at the end was well done, and enjoyed seeing how they finally found their HEA. This truly was a lovely
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Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's previous novels have won several contests, including the 2014 RWA "Touched by Love" and 2014 ACFW Gensis contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Bo
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