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Winning Miss Winthrop

(Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Catherine Winthrop has cried out to God too many times to count. Years ago, the man who stole her heart rejected her--and she's never recovered. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it's her home and her family's good name--and she has no one to share her grief.

Jonathan Carlew's life may look enviable from the outside--w
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Kregel Publications
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Deanne Patterson
One things that's evident when reading this author's books is that she REALLY loves the Regency period. She really drew me into the regency world, from the description of the clothing to the atmosphere to the dialogue to the etiquette. I could not turn the pages quickly enough. You will not be disappointed with this rich in historical detail novel set in Bath, Regency England. You'll be enriched reading about new characters while enjoying reuniting with characters in past books. Then first in th ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written story! If you like Jane Austen's "Persuasion," you will love "Winning Miss Winthrop!" "Winning Miss Winthrop" is the first book in a new series called "Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope."

Ms. Miller writes a great story filled with a lot of faith content. I appreciate that she doesn't shy away from putting Christianity into her story. Faith plays such a big role in many of the characters’ lives and there are many important lessons learned as the characters grow in thei
Susan Snodgrass
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"How could she bless others when God had removed all blessings from her?"

Carolyn Miller's debut novel last year, The Elusive Miss Ellison, proved to this reader that she could do a Regency well indeed. My opinion has only been solidified with each successive book. I love a good Regency and I am most satisfied with each offering from Miller's pen.

Miller begins a new series with Winning Miss Winthrop and already, after closing the last page of the book, looking forward to the next in the series.

Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

Blissful sigh. Can that be enough of a bottom line? Because that’s all I wanted to do after I closed the book. Stare dreamily off into the distance and sigh blissfully at the delightful Persuasion-esque romance I’d just read. Catherine and Jonathan are both steady of character and strong in faith, yet societal expectations and hurt feelings keep them from having the one conversation that would have made this a very short story indeed. Which is fine with me, because that means I got to
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Since reading Ms. Miller's first book, what has struck me as refreshing is her characters' integrity. They are never portrayed as perfect or unapproachable, but there is a noble air to them which is very much appreciated. It also, many times, sets the pace of the plot as the characters try to remain steadfast through a time period stained by unruly tongues and a judgemental society.

I saw this integrity portrayed once again in Jonathan Carlew as he sought to wisely fulfill an unexpected inherited
Suzie Waltner
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Before I finished Carolyn Miller’s book and read the author’s note, I saw echoes of Jane Austen in Winning Miss Winthrop—especially Persuasion in the first three quarters and a little Pride & Prejudice in the final pages.

Yet Miller’s story is original and engaging (and maybe a little sad—at first). I couldn’t help but feel bath for Catherine as trial after trail invades her life. She is forced to leave the only home she’s known to live with her unhappy mother. The man she once loved is now t
Carrie Turansky
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Miller never fails to stir my heart with her engaging Regency novels, and she has done it again with Winning Miss Winthrop. This delightful story has just right blend of family drama, faith, romance, and redemption. Separated by a heartbreaking misunderstanding in the past, Catherine and Jon’s journey will keep you turning pages and longing for them to learn the truth. Readers who are looking for an English historical romance reminiscent of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer will be delight ...more
Lynda Edwards
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
When I first discovered Jane Austen, I was a young lady just beginning life. I adored Pride and Prejudice and longed for the day when my very own Darcy would appear. But as I have matured, and yes, found my own Darcy, I have learned to appreciate and sigh for those who need a second chance to find happiness with the one they love. Persuasion is one such example, and Winning Miss Winthrop is another, an enjoyable novel of lost love regained after much heartache.

This is the first book in the seco
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen eat your heart out! There's definitely a Persuasion vibe to this incredible first book in a new series by Carolyn Miller. We're back exchanging banter and barbs in Regency England where appearances are everything and everyone must live by an exhaustive list of rules or be cut from polite society. And our hero and heroine -- Catherine and Jonathan -- are a pair of the most exasperating characters I have ever met within the pages of a book.

Misunderstandings based on assumptions and wou
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
In the last two months I have read all of Carolyn Miller's books, one was a re-read. I have become a fan of hers and I will try to get my hands on everything she writes. I have already pre-ordered her book coming out in November. I am hooked.

Miss Winthrop is a treasure. She has led a blessed life and gives back by helping those who are less fortunate. Her future changes when her father unexpectedly passes away and the man she loved three years ago becomes his heir. Things did not end well for th
Kellyn Roth
Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.

Title: Winning Miss Winthrop

Author: Carolyn Miller

Series: Regency Brides: Promise of Hope, #1

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Era: Regency

Setting: English countryside, Bath

Publisher: Kregel Publications

Source: from NetGalley (in exchange for honest review)

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

I have no idea what to think of this book! I’ll unashamedly admit it. I loved it … and yet there were a couple problems that detracted from my enjoyment of the story.

PLOT: 3/5
… eh?

Abby Breuklander
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love love and love!! This is one of those stories where you feel that it was written just for you, I felt everything that Catherine felt, from anger to sadness to hope. What a wonderful reminder that sometimes the very circumstances that we think are going to break us can actually be the very path to get us right where we're supposed to be. There is always hope.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Persuasion is not my favourite Jane Austen novel. I find it frustrating, because the problems faced by the hero and heroine could be solved by one simple conversation. Unfortunately, Jane Austen lived in a society where men and women were unable to speak plainly to each other. That meant Persuasion's hero and heroine spent most of the book at odds, even though they had mutual feelings towards each other.

Winning Miss Winthrop is loosely based on Persuasion, and has the same central trope.

Two ye
Paula Shreckhise
Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller

With flowing prose true to the Regency time period, Carolyn Miller pens a tome in the vein of Jane Austen. Set in Gloucestershire and Bath, England in 1816, this novel is reminiscent of Persuasion with it’s estranged hero and heroine. A secret romance, meddling parents, hurt feelings! Will their love die before it has a real chance to grow?

Catherine Winthrop’s papa has died leaving a distant cousin, Jonathan Carlew, as the new Baron. Though he is an honor
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exquisite! Carolyn Miller's beautiful prose conveys her readers to the world of Regency England filled with rich historical detail and charm. As a fan of all things pertaining to Jane Austen, I was thrilled when I read Miller's debut novel. Oh, to have beautiful stories in the grand tradition of one of my favorite authors, yet to include a strong faith element as well immediately brought Ms. Miller to my favorites list.
In Winning Miss Winthrop, Miller brings us two characters who need to leave
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a great story, I just wish there was more interaction between the 2 MC's.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
"Winning Miss Winthrop" is a Christian romance set in 1816 England. I prefer romances where the main characters are better people for having met each other, and this author's previous books have had this. However, I can only describe these main characters as becoming worse people from having known each other.

The hero started out as kind and thoughtful of others, even those that he felt had offended him. However, he became harsh and controlling. His main fault was that he refused to listen to peo
Charlotte Dance
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every book by this author hits just the right note. They fit so nicely into the Regency time period without ever feeling that they are modern characters placed into a historical setting. In fact, the basis of the story wouldn't have happened in current times. I am not generally a fan of plots using mistaken ideas to keep people apart, but it did work well in this case. Both Catherine Winthrop and Jonathan Carlew are humble, sweet characters that handle grief and disappointment in totally differe ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Travel back in time to the Regency Era where Miss Winthrop’s Story is brought to life by the skilled penmanship of Carolyn Miller. Visit Gloucestershire and Bath where the sights and sounds are brought to life and you can envision the Balls. This is a page turner that has you identifying with Catherine and Jonathan and hoping a long ago misunderstanding can be made to rights. I love how Catherine holds to her integrity and faith throughout the difficulties she encounters. This is a difficult tim ...more
Kristin Davison
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, regency
3.5 stars

I would like to thank netgalley and Kregel Publications for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Catherine's father dies leaving her and her mother to move out of their comfortable home and into a small cottage to make room for Tue new Lord Winthrop. Jonathan inherits the tittle unexpectedly and has to come to terms with living close by to the women who broke his heart two years ago.

I really enjoyed the story and the religious tones weren't too over the top. The no
Pauline Ross
I got off on the wrong foot with this, misunderstanding the opening scenes pretty comprehensively. Too many random names, unexplained relationships and (frankly) comments which made no sense. When a baron dies, there is never the least question of who will inherit the title. The rules were laid down at the time the barony was created and simply can’t be changed, so no one would be in any doubt about it. Eventually, I restarted, discovered the family tree at the beginning and thereafter got on ra ...more
Seema Khan
“You have always, and will always, live within my heart”: ...

My thoughts in a word? #Beautiful <3

Winning Miss Winthrop is Carolyn Miller 's fourth Regency and first in the new series "Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope".

Those who have read Carolyn's earlier books, will concur that this too is a trademark Carolyn Miller book with exceptional writing (with a close eye on details), a beautiful heartfelt story, believable characters, interesting plot and overall a book carving a place in you a
Beth Erin
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

In a delightful Downton Abbey meets Pride and Prejudice mashup, Miller weaves a story with everything we love about Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy in a Matthew and Mary Crawley-esque drama with rich layers and depth!

Catherine Winthrop is a simply enchanting heroine. She is compassionate and kind, loyal, devoted, and long-suffering. Jonathan Carlew is an upright man of faith and integrity. His compassion for everyone in his care is admirable.

Although lovers’ spats ba
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great beginning to a new series! I always enjoy a good Regency book, and Ms. Miller has yet to disappoint. I enjoyed the fact that much of the setting was in Bath and thought there was some uniqueness to the story. While I really liked both Miss Winthrop and Mr. Carlew’s characters, there were some secondary characters, particularly the aunt in Bath and the captain, that I thought really added to the story.
Jenny Glazebrook
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all of Carolyn Miller’s books and this one was no exception. I was captivated from the very start. My heart was carried along with Catherine’s as she struggled to let go of the past, find peace in God, and accept all He had for her. I loved that the hero, Jonathan, was so realistic. I appreciated that he was a man of character who tried to live up to God’s standards, but that he also came to realise that on his own he simply couldn’t do it and needed God to intervene and rescue him ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Catherine and Jonathan are a perfect example of what happens when we do not communicate and make assumptions. It was great reconnecting with previous characters and viewing them with the new relationships. One of the things I love about Carolyn's stories is that the relationships are not superficial. She showcase people speaking the truth in love according to the scriptures. These are stories that any reader can learn from and hopeful take away from it how much God is active in our lives.

I recei
I started reading this book during my work week and had a bit of trouble really getting into it. I'm going to blame that on both life and the book itself. Life kept interfering with my reading time and the author writes for this time period so well that it took me a bit to settle in and get used to the word choices she used. Ah, but when the weekend arrived there was no stopping me. Once I had a chance for some uninterrupted reading that's exactly what I did. Read almost the entire book in one s ...more
Brittany Searfoss
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This first book in a new series by Carolyn Miller brings back beloved characters from the first series and also introduces some new characters that have their own appeal.
Catherine Winthrop knows what it is like to have loved and lost a good man. She thought he loved her too, but one day he broke off their relationship without any explanation. Several years later, a tragedy has befallen her family, and Jonathan Carlew comes back into her life because he has inherited the Winthrop family estate t
Dana Michael
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have become a huge fan of Miller's. This was another winner! This book reminded me somewhat of Persuasion by Jane Austen. Miss Winthrop, the heroine has lost her father, her home, and her love. The new occupant of her home, is the man she fell in love with over two years ago.

This is a sweet and clean romance that kept me turning the pages. I really do love her writing style and I look forward to the next book in the series. #winningmisswinthrop #netgalley
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, regency
Being a Persuasion fan, a "Persuasion"-like premise + regency period made this book enticing even before I started it. Miller's story-telling is so good that the book hit the right spot of being like "Persuasion" and not being like "Persuasion".
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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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