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The Making of Mrs. Hale

(Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Marry in haste, repent in leisure—Mrs. Hale is about to find out how painful that repentance can truly be.

Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn't turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn't know where—or if he's ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Kregel (first published November 2018)
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Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Making of Mrs. Hale” by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the “Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope” series. It can easily be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series since characters from past books play major roles in this story. And I’m happy to say “The Making of Mrs. Hale” is a great conclusion to this wonderful series!

This particular story is different from Ms. Miller’s previous works in that it contains more adult themes. It is still wonderful, but keep in
Kellyn Roth
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-to-come

I am obsessed with this series aggg can't believe it's over!

Like, it's not particularly well-written or anything, but I still love it?? And I don't know why???? It's also a little heavy on the content side - especially since it's about a married couple this time around and talk about adultery, etc. So it wasn't squeaky clean, but neither was it explicit. 15+, but that doesn't mean it's super graphic.

Some thoughts: the blurb and cover both misrepresent since (view spoiler)
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I admire Regency stories that are different from the norm, and this book explored heavier themes such as infidelity, consequences of rash choices, and forgiveness. I was instantly pulled into the story and even when all seemed hopeless, found myself rooting for Julia and Thomas. They have some pretty insurmountable obstacles to overcome, but they both grow and strengthen through their adversity. I appreciated the message of faith that brought depth to the story and characters.

(I received a
Carole Jarvis
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, this is not your typical light Regency in the style of Georgette Heyer. It’s quite different, and I loved that difference. It works well as a standalone, although characters from previous stories figure prominently. The historical detail is rich, giving an authentic feel to the era’s social mores, society’s structure and demands.

The characters are flawed and the situations dealt with are timeless – such as infidelity, betrayal, a questioning faith, etc. I loved that it starts with
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Miller continues to excel in writing outstanding Regency historical romance novels. In The Making of Mrs. Hale, Ms. Miller spins a story that deals with some sensitive issues with grit and grace. This book is unusual in that Julia and Thomas are already married. However, the couple are separated through a series of circumstances as Thomas’s past continues to haunt him. The story switches POV between Julia and Thomas in this heartrending tale. Can they redeem a marriage that had such a ...more
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I enjoyed the secondary characters a lot! I will for sure be reading their stories.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book. The pacing felt a little off, and a few ends weren’t explained very well.

I did enjoy the writing style, and the banter and wit made me happy.

It was a cute story overall!
Paula Shreckhise
The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the Promise of Hope series.

One of my favorite genres is historical fiction and within that Regency is special. So when I discovered Carolyn Miller wrote in this time period, I just had to try her books. I immediately fell in love with her stories and the people who inhabit them. I have devoured each one as they came out. This one is exceptionally good.

Hope resonates through this book, even in the midst of hopeless situations.

Lynda Edwards
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper-shelf
This book is perhaps a bit of a different romance in that the characters are married before the opening pages. Unlike still others, this is not a marriage of convenience story, either: their marriage begins in love but a hasty elopement, then endures separation and interference. The characters undergo tremendous obstacles to be together, both physically and emotionally, sometimes despairing of a happily-ever-after ending. After all of the pain and heartache, can they find true love together at ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 Stars

THE MAKING OF MRS. HALE is an sweet inspirational romance set in historical England with plenty of twists and a good dose of danger. Recommended to those who enjoy inspirational historical romance with suspense, an interesting group of characters, a unique situation, and intense romance.

The story begins dramatically with both main characters in peril, which draws the reader right in from the beginning. The story then unfolds as the reader gets to know the characters and as the plot is
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Making of Mrs. Hale is the third book of the Regency Bride series but it totally reads like a stand alone novel and in fact is my first time reading anything by this author. (I’ve since downloaded book 1 & 2 so I can see how some of my favorite secondary couples got together.)

I admit that I prefer my Regency heroes to be charming and titled if possible which made me not really like Major Thomas Hale for much of this book. But alas, that may have been the author’s point. In an
Fiction Aficionado
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the things I liked about Carolyn Miller’s stories right off the bat was that they take a slightly less beaten path in Regency romance fare. There’s less emphasis on the glittering world of the haut ton and the social whirl of the Season, more emphasis on the day-to-day lives, concerns, and responsibilities of the middle classes and landed gentry—be they titled or no. But in terms of “off the beaten path”, this one surpasses them all. When the excitement and romance of an elopement to ...more
Rachel McMillan
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed the different take on an inspirational Regency Romance. A long pursued and hard-won relationship forged in absence. With moments finding the couple divided, Miller was able to strengthen their dimensions and portray two well-rounded characters with a believably layered relationship. To add, she was able to exhume many of the double-standards afforded a woman of the time period as well as the unfair advantage allotted Regency males. Accessible writing ( a few anachronistic ...more
Rosanne Lortz
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
As the book opens, Julia Hale is abandoned and destitute, trying to make her way back to friends and family in London with a baby in tow. The story gradually unfolds to reveal that Julia, after eloping to Gretna Green with Thomas Hale, no longer knows where he is. Is he the worthless rake her family thinks he is, or does he still love her?

Imprisoned in a Spanish jail, Thomas yearns to get back across the Channel and reunite with his beloved Julia. The secret mission he went on didn’t go as
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
The Making of Mrs. Hale is not your typical regency romance. It begins with Julia and Thomas already married (and physically separated—she has no idea if he's even alive), and as the novel goes on, they have to deal with the consequences of their actions and work to repair relationships with their family, friends, and each other.

This novel started out fairly slowly for me, and I didn't like either Julia or Thomas, which made caring about their stories difficult. I'll be honest: I didn't really
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I have known what it is to hold onto bitterness and resentment; it is not something I wish for anyone I care about to dwell with. Unforgiveness is a poison that shrivels the heart. It means a person cannot truly live in the present as they’re always thinking about the past.”

Oh, what a most excellent conclusion to A Promise of Hope series! This book can definitely be read as a stand alone, but reading the first two books (Winning Miss Winthrop and Miss Serena’s Secret) will heighten the reader’s
Susan Snodgrass
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'She should have known it was too much to ask for help from a God she scarcely believed in.'

When I read Carolyn Miller's very first novel, I knew I had found a wonderful author. Miller writes a top-notch Regency and does it very well. If you're a fan of Jane Austen, give this author a try.

This last novel in Miller's 'A Promise of Hope' series in her Regency brides format, tells Julia Hale's story. Julia ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas Hale in the last book, going against the wishes of
Suzie Waltner
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carolyn Miller’s Regency series are some of my favorites. And with The Making of Mrs. Hale, these books are elevated to an entirely new level.

Major Thomas Hale and Julia Carlew shirked social conventions when they ran away and wed in Gretna Green, but their happily ever after is quickly crushed by reality. Julia hasn’t heard from her husband in more than six months, and Thomas questions whether his wife has waited for him.
As the story unfolds, readers quickly find there is something nefarious
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Carolyn Miller’s book The Making of Mrs. Hale, she brings to life a story of the struggles, as well as the beauty of young love. Miller’s characters come to life from the pages as she tells the story of a hasty marriage and the struggles because of it, including unacceptance from family members, as well as society in general. This story suggests the possibility that through misunderstanding and deception, there is still a possibility of forgiveness from past mistakes and the beauty of love. ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book by Carolyn Miller, as it had meat to sink your teeth into. This book is more gritty and the characters more real, as life isn’t always a pretty picture. Circumstances and choices dictate our destiny but with Christ we can overcome all things through His power. There is always hope through the grace and mercy of Christ. I loved the Authors Note at the end explaining elopements for that time period. I felt it was well researched and gave a new spin to Regency Romance. A wonderful ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book gives several treats that I so love to get in a book. Doesn’t it seem most reads end with an engagement or wedding? This one starts with a married couple! That right there is something I love in a book! It also has a non perfect marriage. Any of you married to the perfect mate? Or think perhaps you are that perfect mate? ( or at least closer than yours?) This book deals with some real life raw issues ...things that can occur in marriage.

So many books are written on the falling in love
Becky Van Daniker
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brief review for Instagram. A much thorough one will be coming soon.

If you are a fan of Jane Austen or anything regency, then you might want to check out this one. This is book three in the series, but no worries because it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I'm definitely going to check out the other books in the series. This is one of the best books I have read on the topic of forgiveness. I even found myself pulling out my journal to write out some of the quotes. This book is
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Making of Mrs. Hale
Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope #3
By Carolyn Miller

Julia Hale, whom the reader was introduced to in Winning Miss Winthrop has her story told in this book. Julia was determined to escape her brother and her mother's control and with Major Thomas Hale ran off to Gretna Green to get married. Thomas was not whom her family envisioned her marrying - he had no title and no estate - and though he was her brother Jon's friend he wasn't considered good enough for her. And now
The Making of Mrs. Hale (2018) by Carolyn Miller is the final novel in her Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 336 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me four days to read. I received a copy of this book in paperback form from the author via her publisher, Kregel Publications. I also purchased an eBook copy of this book from Amazon on December 10, 2018 to review. In no way has this ...more
Randi | randiloves2read
Maybe a bit higher drama element in this one than the first two books in the series, but I don't mind. I enjoy the plot and catching up with characters from the first two books. I highly recommend this to fans of historical fiction.
Jerrye Bell
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


Story Notes

Carolyn Miller delivers her third installment of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series that begins rather slowly and only slightly redeems itself by the end.

I have loved reading this series by Carolyn Miller; getting to know these ladies and their families has been fun and I love the snappy conversations that often go on. However, this
Connie Saunders
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the final book of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series and it is a wonderful way to wrap the series up. As I read this story I was struck with the thought "the more things change the more they stay the same". It is 1818 in Regency England and two young people elope to a small village in Scotland that is known for quickie marriages. This is what Julia and Thomas did in the nineteenth century and this is what young couples are still doing today, two centuries later. The hopes are ...more
Brittany Searfoss
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is the next installment in Carolyn Miller's series Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading her other books in order so the characters and events that are mentioned can be understood more completely.
Julia Hale didn't know what she was getting into when she ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas. Soon after they were married, Thomas disappeared without notice and hasn't come back. Escaping from Edinburgh, Scotland with her
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Making of Mrs Hale is Carolyn Miller's sixth book, the conclusion of her second trilogy set in Regency Britain.
It follows Julia Hale, the sister of a nobleman who disappeared in the first book with a friend of her brother known as Major Thomas Hale. Thomas was known to be a rake and knowing her family would disapprove of her marrying a commoner with no title or lands and such a reputation.

Eighteen months later, Julia reappears having been apparently abandoned by her husband on the doorstep
Grace Tolman
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book from my library. I am not familiar with the author, in fact, this is my first read from her. However, after checking out the Goodreads reviews about this title, I was intrigued and excited to dive into it.
The first thing I noticed was that the author is well versed in the regency and Old English time periods. The way she constructed her sentences brings me back to any of Jane Austen's novels. I had to look up many words as I was not familiar with them. I find this really
Lisa Johnson
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Making of Mrs. Hale: Regency Brides: Promise of Hope #3
Author: Carolyn Miller
Pages: e-book
Year: 2018
Publisher: Kregel Publications
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Julia Hale arrives on the doorstep of a friend bedraggled, unkempt and starving. She also has a baby in tow. She eloped in Scotland two years ago with Major Thomas Hale. They were happy even as their financial circumstances fell. Then, Thomas had the opportunity to earn some money by serving his country. He didn’t tell Julia
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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

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