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A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh

(Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Can a proper noble lady find a future with a fossil-hunting man of faith?

As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society--and she's always followed them precisely. But when she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. Questions she has never consid
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Kregel Publications (first published March 2019)
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Deanne Patterson
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a vibrant voice in the Regency fiction writing world! Carolyn Miller's novels are a pure delight to the senses, different than other Regency authors. Vibrant,exciting,insightful are words I would use to describe her books. I love hearing about the research authors do for their books and how they put it to use in their books. The time period Regency and a fossil-hunting scientist are not words you would think of as being associated with the same book but wait, Carolyn combines these effortle ...more
Cara Putman
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author has created compelling characters inside a fascinating piece of Regency England. What will a brother do to protect his sister? And how far will a friend go to protect her new acquaintance? With a keen eye for Regency detail and descriptions that transported me to the shores of England, this book was a delight. It will be well-received by Regency fans who love sweet, romantic novels.
Fiction Aficionado
Just when you find yourself lamenting the lack of undergroundologists in Regency romance, along comes Carolyn Miller to set things right. And if you’re wondering what an undergroundologist is, it’s exactly what it sounds like—and they don’t come much more honourable than Erasmus Gideon Kirby Carstairs. That’s one of the things I love about Carolyn Miller’s heroes: they’re original and down-to-earth, not in-your-face, “look at me, I’m a Regency hero” type men. And in this case, Gideon’s search fo ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
“A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh” by Caroline Miller sweeps you away to the windswept shores of Devonshire! Throw in some romance and danger, and you have a wonderful read! This is the first book in a new series, entitled “Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley,” although some characters from her other books make cameos.

What I especially love about this book are the characters! They are very well fleshed out—even the side characters. The main characters, Caroline and Gideon, remind me of Elizabeth and
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Would God even deign too listen to someone who scarcely believed in Him? What was she supposed to say?'

Caroline Aynsley, daughter of a viscount, is fully aware of all society's rules and has never put a foot wrong. Then she visits her grandmama in south Devonshire and develops feelings for a man who can never marry her, for he is beneath her on society's rung. Gideon Kirby, lover of science and a fossil hunter, feels he must protect his sister and her secret more than anything else, even his ow
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so completely immersed in this story that I didn’t want it to end! Carolyn Miller has written a wonderful story with very engaging characters, a bit of danger, a touch of humor, and a whole lot of heart!

My favorite part of this story is how Caroline grows and changes once she realizes that God wants to be the center of her life. It’s one of the most believable transformations that I’ve read! I also really loved her sweet relationship with Emma, who is Gideon’s sister.

Gideon is a wonderfu
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excited to read another wonderful book from Carolyn Miller: A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh and the first book of a new series. Lovely characters and an interesting and different style of a Regency story. The hero, Gideon Kirby whose love of science has him in search of a particular fossil. He and his sister are also trying to stay hidden and out of the sight. He meets the lovely Miss Hatherleigh who is been sent to stay with her grandmother because of her friends scandalous behavior. Romance, dange ...more
Abby Breuklander
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love love and love this story!! There are so many times when we search so hard to find things that will bring meaning to our lives, not knowing that the real treasures might just be right there in front of us. And maybe it's not things, but the people who make up our lives. Our worth isn't dictated by our material possessions anyway, but from Christ Himself. The labels that the World puts on us and what it feels are important don't even compare to what treasures God has available for the taking, ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Squeallll! Regency swoon!!!! "Surely a prospective husband must elicit greater feeling than the comfort experienced when wearing one's favorite slippers?" (p 9) Snort! I so love Carolyn Miller's droll humour and the way she captures the subtle nuances of the Regency era. So many conversations have double meanings which are fun to spot. And always oh-so-proper. I feel like I've been dropped into the middle of a Jane Austen BBC mini-series set! lol

I'll have to admit to being a bit lost in the firs
Paula Shreckhise
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller is a thoroughly enjoyable Regency book.

The Regency period is one of my favorites to immerse myself in, and Carolyn Miller writes this genre admirably. What intigued me was the fascination with archeology of the time period. It was well-represented in this tale.

Mr. Gideon Kirby is searching for fossil specimens in the cliffs around Sidmouth in Devon, England. He is also caring for his ailing sister, Emma. Miss Caroline Hatherleigh has been shuffled
Carolyn Miller has written a beautiful story about family, friendship, and love. This story takes a fun twist on the unexpected friendship and romance a fossil-hunting scientist, his sister, and a woman of society. Miller has done her research for both the science and the history in her story, making the story even better. The friendships and romance in this story are fun and readers will easily relate to these character’s emotions and situations. Readers will enjoy how Miller thinks outside the ...more
Randi Annie Framnes
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
On the coast of Devonshire, lady Caroline Hatherleigh takes part in exiting hunts for rare fossil specimens together with scientist Gideon Kirby. They form a close relationship and as the plot progressed, I found it more interesting than I expected. Found I enjoyed learning about paleontology. The writing is superb, as always. I will recommend this book to fans of historical fiction.
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Caroline Hatherleigh knows her way around in the realm of society, after all she a viscounts daughter, and her actions shows that of someone who has been raised around a wealthy atmosphere. She thinks of no one but herself, she’s rude, doesn’t care how she acts. She reminds me of a big annoying brat! Thinking she needs a husband and not liking the guy she’s been hanging around, her mother sends her to south Devonshire, which is the best move her mom could have made!

Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘He might have come to the southeast of Devon searching for ancient treasure, but he suspected he had found treasure of a very different kind.’

I highly recommend this first book in the new series Daughters of Aynsley by acclaimed Regency author Carolyn Miller. I love how the author brings Christianity and science together in the character of Gideon Kirby. He is intelligent, self-sacrificing, and diligent in his pursuit of scientific discovery. He holds his sister in high esteem and is unafraid t
Connie Saunders
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This new book from author Carolyn Miller affected so many of my emotions. It made me laugh at its humor; it made me "swoon" when Caroline and Gideon were discovering each other romantically; it frustrated me with the gossip that was so rampant and it angered me when Gideon's sister Emma was suffering abuse from her husband, Lord Pratt. But most of all, this book inspired me because it showed how no one is complete until they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Caroline Hatherleigh seemed
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is my favourite Carolyn Miller book so far.
As usual, the writing is excellent, the sense of period is perfect, and the characters. I liked the way Miss Caroline Hatherleigh went through a complete yet convincing change in her character. I also liked the way what could have been a lighthearted romance showed unexpected depths.

Caroline Hatherleigh has been raised to believe that feelings of love in marriage are for the lower orders, and to consider attending church as a
“How did one keep a friend, anyway? Friendship seemed a delicate balance of openness about oneself whilst showing interest in others.”

I have been a fan of Carolyn Miller’s writing since her debut novels in A Legacy of Grace series and each book just gets better and better. Her newest release, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh -the first book in the Daughters of Aynsley series, is captivating with its melodic lovely prose and witty clever dialogue. The pomp and circumstance of Regency era England is so
Diane Estrella
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a fellow first-born child, I was able to readily relate with Caroline. Always trying to please her parents and staying in her rigidly defined lane in life; she is on autopilot. Behaving exactly as society and her family expects her too without a moment's hesitation or question for her own desires and self identity.

"Wouldn't you like to know what possibilities may be, rather than wish you had tried but never attempted the thing?" Was definitely a theme of this book and my favorite quote. Stepp
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller is the first book in the Daughters of Aynsley series. This new series follows the three daughters of Viscount Aynsley. In A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, the oldest daughter, Caroline Hatherleigh, is sent to Devonshire to visit her grandmother and to get away from a current problem. While she is in Devonshire, she meets a scientist-fossil hunter named Mr. Kirby and his sister who have secrets of their own. This is a delightful book with a very satisfyin ...more
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
I absolutely adored this novel by the ever talented hands of Ms. Miller. She’s among some of my top historical authors on my list. I loved her quirky characters, her attention to historical details and her ability to create a breath taking plot line.

Ms. Miller’s characters are intricately chiseled and made to steal your heart. They did just that with me! I loved Caroline and Gideon so good. They’re quirky and charming, and really made a home in my heart forever. Both aren’t looking for love, bot
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
If Regency Romance is your love then you don’t want to miss this latest book by Carolyn Miller. This is book one in the new Regency Brides Daughters of Ansley series. It will leave you wanting to read Book Two. This book is elegantly written and sucks you into the time period of 1818 England. The research is impeccable and I loved the author’s note at the end about fossil hunting during this time period. Who would have imagined? This book deals with domestic violence during a time when women did ...more
Christina Li
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Move over, Miss Jane Austen! Author Carolyn Miller wondrously draws you into Regency England through intriguing characters, a compelling plot, and plenty of mystery and romance. Miss Caroline Hatherleigh is the daughter of a viscount and likes her proper place in society and the rules that go along with it. However, when she meets fossil hunter Mr. Gideon Kirby, everything changes.

The thing I like the most about Ms. Miller's books is the fact that she asks the hard questions and is willing to e
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
“Oh how she needed him, needed His help. ‘God forgive me.’ “

3.5 A beautiful regency read with some true scientific history woven into the plot as well as other historical events. The characters are truly lovable.

It is really a nice easy beach read which the cover does a good job of suggesting. I truly love the faith theme in the book as well. Hearing of other characters that I’ve learned to love in other series was an added delight.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Miller has done it again! She has written another excellent regency story! I absolutely loved it! This is one of those books that I wanted to read quickly so I could find out what was going to happen, but I paced myself so I could savor the entire story. I really like that you get a taste of the gospel without it sounding preachy. Carolyn Miller’s books kind of remind me of Jane Austen’s books. I love it! I highly recommend this for fans of Michelle Griep and Sarah Ladd.

I received a comp
Dana Michael
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this era! This book delved into science during the Regency era and I thought it was very original. Miller does a fine job of sharing history in her books with unique story lines.
I enjoyed the characters and the romance. I look forward to the next two installments.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is a great beginning to Miller's Daughter's of Aynsley series! I honestly wasn't thrilled that Caroline Hatherleigh would be the heroine of this novel, as I knew—and disliked—her from Miller's previous A Promise of Hope series. But she so quickly won me over! I loved watching her change after her "banishment" to Devon; she became far less self-centered and much more caring, largely due to her acquaintance with Gideon and Emma Kirby and her growing desire to understand ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another excellent beginning to a new Regency series from Carolyn Miller. As before the author delivers a memorable tale blending Romance and family drama with a flavouring of mystery and adventure.

Mrs Miller transports readers to the rugged and rough beauty of the Cornish coastline bring together Caroline Hatherleigh, the eldest of three daughters of a country Viscount with Gideon Kirby. The author often has a way of incoporating unsual or little known historical details into her stories, and i
Nola Lorraine
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Carolyn Hatherleigh is expected to do all the proper things society expects of her, including finding a suitable husband. However, she's banished to Sidmouth to stay with grandmother to avoid the 'wrong impression'. How will she survive?

Fortunately, a handsome undergroundologist by the name of Gideon Kirby is also in Sidmouth, hoping to find his own fossilised skeleton to rival that of the ichthyosaurus discovered by Mary Anning. Caroline can't help being drawn
Lauren Rentschler
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book starts out a little slow for me. The middle to end of the book had a really good plot! I do understand that it is the first of the series about three sisters, so some background and family familiarity was necessary!

I really liked that the author touched on domestic violence. I can't remember ever reading anything in this era before that dealt with that subject, especially with the outcome of some of the violence. That was very hard to read, but unfortunately it is probably something th
Suzie Waltner
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love when an author can take a character from a previous book who maybe wasn’t all that likable and deliver as story of change and redemption that makes me see them in a new light. And that’s exactly what Carolyn Miller does with the previously gossip-minded, self-centered Caroline Hatherleigh.

When Caroline’s mother sends her to Devonshire to avoid a scandal, Caroline is none too happy. Then she meets Gideon and Emma Kirby. These two are unlike anyone in Caroline’s social circles and they chal
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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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