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Underestimating Miss Cecilia

(Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton.

When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes
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Published July 23rd 2019 by Kregel Publications (first published July 2019)
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Deanne Patterson
The Queen of Regency Romance has done it again!
The second title in the Daughters of Aynsley series impresses as much as the first title does.
When you are in love with the boy next door, for quite a while, let me tell you and he makes no move but you feel like he really does have feelings for you well, it's beyond frustrating!
We all know how frustrating it can be waiting for the man to make the first move, especially when he flirts with other women of the ton and acts like you are just sister mat
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Underestimating Miss Cecilia" by Carolyn Miller has house parties, history and romance! Also present are some very original and likable main characters. I love Cecilia as she is a romantic, loves to write in her journal and read books. She is outwardly shy, but throughout the book we see her come out of her shell a bit. The hero, Ned, is a prodigal who is so sweet and compassionate. I love how the main characters both feel strongly about social justice and about Christ.

This story is also very
Carrie Turansky
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this wonderful Regency romance by Carolyn Miller. The characters were unique and faced interesting challenges through out the story. She has a way of bringing that time and place to life. The inspirational themes were very well woven into the story in a natural and meaningful way. I'll be looking forward to Verity's story in November!
Diane Estrella
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The author is a genuine voice for Regency books. I always know that the quality of her writing will be excellent. The characters well thought out, and the authenticity of her stories felt.

In a book series of three, you always figure that you will have a favorite, a middle and a least favorite. When I initially started this book, I thought, this will be my least favorite heroine, the middle child with middle child drama, and this is the journey to get to the third book that I will, probably, like
Abby Breuklander
Love love and love this story!! Waiting on God to answer a prayer about love can be one of the hardest things to do. Especially when we have this gut feeling that His answer is a yes, but the other person seems to be moving slower than molasses. It can feel like absolute torture, but that's where trust in God for His plans instead of our own comes into play. We don't know all the little details that may need to be worked out yet. What we feel or think is already perfect the way it is could possi ...more
“Oh, how wretched was he? Would he never learn that withholding the truth held consequences far beyond the ramifications of his own personal life?”

I have loved all of Carolyn Miller’s books through three different series but this book....this book really did the ultimate job shredding my heart and then gluing it back together. The plight of Edward (Ned) Amherst is heart-breaking and emotional given his past that is deemed sordid and riddled with guilt and shame, his determination to change his f
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Underestimating Miss Cecilia is the second book in the Daughters of Aynsley series by Carolyn Miller. This is the story of Cecilia Hatherleigh, the shy and sweet Aynsey daughter. She is in love with the boy next door, Edward Amherst, who is also the earl’s younger son. This lovely regency story traces their story as they both grow in their relationship with Christ, learn about God’s heart for those in need, and learn how to love unselfishly.

Underestimating Miss Cecilia talks of Gypsies, rebelli
Beth Erin
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What I thought was sure to be a sweet yet predictable plot spun my reader heart for a loop and challenged me to examine my own relationships as well.

Sweet Miss Cece reminded me that while it’s truly wonderful to be loyal and optimistically devoted to the one you love, doing so with a heavenly focus is our ultimate goal. God’s will and His glory trump our happily ever afters, my friends! Edward’s genuine repentance doesn’t cause his life to fall into perfect al
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Miller is a master storyteller when it comes to regency romance! Her books have such vivid detail that the story just comes to life! I truly felt Cecilia’s struggles with loving the boy next door and feeling like he didn’t notice her. I really didn’t want this book to end! I highly recommend it and the whole series!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This is not my favorite by this author. I normally love her consistent and yet fresh approach to Regency. And normally, my dislike of characters doesn't necessarily translate into disliking the book itself - I kind of see it as a reflection of real life, in that we don't always like every one we meet (true story even if we don't want to admit it lol). However, I felt like both hero and heroine were extremely immature at the start of the story. They both grew but the growing was excessively awkwa ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Carolyn Miller is one of my favorite Regency romance authors. Oh my goodness does she know how to write a story. She stays true to the time period, provides amazing details that make the story come alive to the reader, gives readers welcoming characters, and pens interesting storylines that you cannot turn away from. I always know when I'm reading a Carolyn Miller book that I need to make sure I have tons of reading time. I don't want to have to put the book down, and if I'm forced to I don't wa ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
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Carolyn Miller brings us a story about what happens when the Prodigal Son comes home.

Cecilia Hatherleigh has always held a candle for Edward who not only does not love her, but has said some unkind things about her.

Before dedicating his life to God, Edward Amherst lived a sinful life. He is now trying to turn his life around and redeem his past by using his background in law to help gypsies, the Irish, and orphans.

Cecy is also trying to help those that need it by writing anonymously to the paper
Brittany Searfoss
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the second in the Daughters of Aynsley series and is best read after A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, but it can also be read as a standalone.
Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been the meek middle sister, the one to go unnoticed or to be dismissed as shy and quiet. She has cared for Ned Amherst for years, but he has not reciprocated her interest and only sees her as a sister. Soon Cecilia's mother is pushing her to get acquainted with other young men and to make a match because Ned's past
Lisa Johnson
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Underestimating Miss Cecilia (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #2)
Author: Carolyn Miller
Pages: 352
Year: 2019
Publisher: Kregel
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Cecilia Hatherleigh is a young woman who has been in love with her next-door neighbor, Edward Amherst, for as long as she can remember. She has declared her love to him before, but he doesn’t feel the same. He views her as a younger sister. Her mother does not encourage this romance either as she feels her daughter can make a better
Fiction Aficionado
Carolyn Miller has once again delivered an enjoyable read for Regency lovers looking for character-driven fiction—particularly character-driven fiction with a strong spiritual thread. Set against the wonderfully authentic Regency backdrop Miller is known for, Edward and Cecilia mature both personally and spiritually before reaching their happy ending. Her books also bring the era to life by including some of the political and social issues relevant to the times, in this case the prevailing attit ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This is the second book in Carolyn Miller's Daughter's of Aynsley series. While it connects to previous books and directly follows the events of A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.

I went into the book not liking Ned (Edward), due to his actions in prior books in which he appeared. But here, he quickly won me over, thanks in large part to the change Christ made in his life. I also loved Cecilia and her kind and steadfast heart. While Ned and Cecilia's slow-burn rom
Susan Snodgrass
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
'It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one's existence.'
So begins Underestimating Miss Cecilia. The second Aynsley daughter suffers from unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl next door's son. Ned has a bit of a reputation; well, more than a bit, but he is reformed, but still doesn't know Cecy exists. However, the author has a plan for these two and she quite nicely brings it about.

I fell in love with Carolyn Miller's first book, 'The Elusive Mis
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read every novel Carolyn has published, so I feel like an expert who can say that Carolyn Miller is the #1 Regency-era writer of modern times. I’m blown away by Underestimating Miss Cecilia; it’s such a fantastically penned romance. It’s sweeping, it’s heartbreaking, it’s frustrating, it’s sweetly romantic, and it’s filled with timely lessons. Suffice to say, Underestimating Miss Cecilia is an exquisite read!

One of the most interesting and authentically thought-provoking concepts weaved t
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I do so love a redeemed rogue, and Ned Amherst definitely fits the bill. His is a life brought up from the pit, and the glimpses that Miller gives us into his transformed heart (with shades of the Prodigal Son’s story from Scripture) are so tenderly painted. I also loved seeing into Cecilia’s relationship with Christ – despite the fact that her parents want nothing to do with ‘religion’; both protagonists have sweet encounters with grace in their backstories and, again as with book 1 in this ser ...more
Caroline Grace
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a hard review to write! First, I'll tell you what I enjoyed about this book... then I'll explain why it sadly didn't make it to five stars for me.

"It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one's existence."

What a first sentence! Cecy's love for the boy next door is so authentic in its angst. Anyone who has had a crush knows how stubborn the heart's affections are and how real the battle for surrender can be! I really identified with her journalin
A sweet read! If you know me, you know that I'm a big fan of historical fiction. The Regency era is an especially lovely time to read about, what with the proper courtships, gentlemen and ladies, and dances in abundance. Carolyn Miller has definitely become a favorite when it comes to this genre. The way that she weaves faith into her romance stories is something that I really appreciate and admire. Her characters experience genuine walks with God - there are soul deep conversions, intense momen ...more
Paula Shreckhise
Carolyn Miller is one of my favorite authors of the Regency Period. She writes strong characters and endearing heroines who get into unusual circumstances. Her grasp of the language and settings of the era are delightful and reminiscent of Jane Austen. The cover is just stunning and fits perfectly.

As a daughter of Aynsley, we met sister Caroline in the first of this series. It is now Cecelia’s turn to find a suitable match. Cecelia Hatherleigh is not the usual miss interested in only gossip and
Suzie Waltner
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This may be my favorite book written by Carolyn Miller yet (but that’s pretty much the case with each new release). There was just something that resonated with me in this story.

Quiet, unassuming peacemaker Cecilia Hatherleigh has loved the man next door for as long as she can remember. But Edward (Ned) Amherst only views her as a sister. After some poor decisions, Ned is now finding his purpose, one in which Cecila’s kind and soft heart thoroughly stands behind and backs in any way she can.

Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Perhaps this trial was yet another way God was trying to gain her attention,so she would focus more on Him, and not let the distractions of this world steal her thoughts and emotions.”

I enjoyed this read and the fun characters that really drive the plot. Cecilia and Ned are both flawed characters as Carolyn Miller’s usually are. If you are fond of the girl falling in love with the boy next door or the prodigal son returns home in a wonderful historical setting this book is for you.

I really like
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Ms. Miller's books hold the stories that I never knew I needed in my life! "Underestimating Miss Cecilia" is, no kidding, one of the BEST books I have EVER read! I loved the characters, the circumstances, the setting. Everything was perfect! Everything about this story was beautiful and made my heart sing! The depth of Ms. Miller's research into Regency-era customs and events is unparalleled! I always come away from this author's books feeling as if I've been living in another era!😍
The charac
Author Carolyn Miller has written a delightful boy next door romance in her book Underestimating Miss Cecilia. This story is about trying to find happiness in a continual changing English society and the prejudices of the people there. It’s about falling in love with someone that may not be the right person, but then having to put trust in God that finding the right person and true love will be possible. This story has characters from the first book in the series too. Readers will enjoy this res ...more
Lauren Rentschler
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! I loved it way more than the first of the series! It has the perfect amount of action, character building, and content. I love how it starts out exciting and draws you right in! I couldn't wait to read how Ned would come back and redeem himself from his scandalous reputation. I definitely was pleased with how each character was built and it was nice to get to know each one's thought process. I liked Cecy's journaling and Ned was a deep thinker. Ned had so much to wrestle w ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a new Carolyn Miller book it becomes my favorite and this one now tops the list as the absolute BEST! I loved how the characters grew and developed throughout the story in their faith and in their quest to help others. The historical aspect was very interesting as I didn’t know about the London riots during this Regency Era. It is well crafted and captivating as it flows so smoothly and keeps you turning pages to the very end. The cleverness of the characters was refreshing. I ...more
Kristine Morgan
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Miller has done it again! She continues to delight with her Regency tales. Underestimating Miss Cecilia the story of Cecelia Hatherleigh's quest for love. For years she has loved Ned Amherst, her next door neighbor, but he only sees her as a sister. Her parents have forbidden Cecelia to have anything to do with him after he was involved in a scandal that rocked the Ton.
I love Miss Miller's style of writing. She creates realistic characters and situations. She has obviously researched Re
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Underestimating Miss Cecilia holds a good premise, and even though the characters didn’t capture me in the beginning, they eventually grew on me. Especially Edward. He is flawed, yet redeemable, and his actions felt authentic. Cecilia’s younger sister, Verity, also adds to the story. I enjoyed the struggles and the faith message.

My fondness of Regency stories has diminished over the past few years, so this one didn’t pull me in as much as I’d hoped. The wording and sentence structure were a bit
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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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