Regency Romance Book Review: A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh

Publisher's Description

"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 considered about the importance of friendship and faith suddenly confront her--and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance. What if God wants to be the center of her life, rather than merely a social obligation?

Gideon Kirby loves science, and hunting down proof of past lives is a joy he won't willingly give up. But his scientific leanings are being challenged both by his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister's illness becomes more desperate, her care growing more demanding. Adding a viscount's daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected--especially since he must stay far away from this young woman he’s falling for in order to protect his beloved sister’s secret.

When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret will be exposed, no matter how Gideon fights. Then tragedy strikes in a smugglers' cave. And the threat of scandal may lead to broken hearts and passionless propriety. Will the shaky bond these two have nurtured be strong enough to overcome their differences--or will the trust they've withheld from each other tear three lives apart?"

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My Review

From the breathtaking ocean scene in the captivating cover art, to the engaging story contained within, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, by Carolyn Miller, is a novel that captured my attention and kept me enthralled. A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh combines elements of history, mystery, suspense, action, faith, and romance that effortlessly meld together to create a uniquely satisfying Regency story.

The well-crafted elements of plot, characterization, and setting come together artfully to create a truly enjoyable reading experience. The intriguing plot of this novel is extremely clever and refreshingly unique. The moments of mystery and suspense sprinkled throughout the story are entirely satisfying and compelling. The characters are well-developed and experience remarkable growth as the story unfolds. The British, seaside setting adds depth and history to the story as the characters interact with each other and the natural wonders they encounter.

Ms. Miller’s incredible talent as a writer is fully displayed through her endearing characters. Not only are they genuinely sympathetic in their frailties and failures, but they are also deeply relatable as they struggle to overcome their insecurities, face their fears, and pursue their dreams. They are truly inspiring as they grapple with their desires, wrestle with their doubts, and develop their faith with sincerity and humility. Like a stunning ocean view remembered and revisited, the characters and their experiences are unforgettable and moving long after the book has ended.  

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is a story of faith and courage, perseverance and redemption, and love and loyalty. It is a book that beautifully depicts the gift of God’s saving grace that is freely offered to all. With each carefully chosen word and phrase, Ms. Miller has succeeded in composing a well-written story that is undeniably thoughtful and memorable. With great skill, thorough research, and heartfelt insight, Ms. Miller has once again crafted an inspiring story that is entertaining, touching, and thought-provoking. I can easily recommend this book to all readers.

*I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

My Reflection

How thrilling that in the midst of history, adventure, mystery, and romance a novel can also overflow with faith, forgiveness, and restoration. As the main characters struggle with difficult choices and turbulent trials, they learn to nurture their faith and hope in God. They pray for guidance, seek his mercy, and trust in his faithfulness. They make mistakes, of course, yet they continue to grow in their faith as they learn to wait for God’s direction, trust in his faithfulness, and rest securely in his grace and his provision. I find it encouraging and richly satisfying to read a novel that not only entertains the mind, but also inspires the heart and the soul to cultivate a deeper faith and knowledge in God and the Bible.

About the Author

"Hi, I'm Carolyn Miller, author of 'The Elusive Miss Ellison'.

I live in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.

I'm married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!) as I do (except not in the Regency genre - funny, that!).

My favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but I also enjoy contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

I try to write stories that are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus 'true love', and other challenges we all face at different times.

I hope you enjoy reading my novels. Thanks for stopping by!" --Biography from Carolyn Miller's author page on



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