Historical Fiction Book Review: Underestimating Miss Cecilia


About the Book

Title: Underestimating Miss Cecilia
Series: Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley (Book 2)
Genre: Historical Regency Romance
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel
Release Date: July 23, 2019

Publisher's Description

"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 to convince him to choose her—but God may want her to forget the wayward nobleman and put her future in His hands alone.

These two try to find their way toward happiness, but prejudice, political riots, and the changing face of England’s societal structures begin to block them at every turn. Can their struggles turn to triumph—or will their paths permanently diverge?"

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My Review

Once again, with grace and beauty, author Carolyn Miller has written a novel that is as charming as it is engaging. Underestimating Miss Cecilia, the second book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series, is an inspirational, historical romance that is well-written, thoughtful, and utterly endearing.
From the pastoral acreage of stunning country manors, to the bustling streets of London, this novel’s early 19th century English setting is captivating and truly inviting. Significant themes of egalitarianism, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness ensure this novel is rich with significance and relevancy; while a richly detailed and well-researched plot makes this story sincerely compelling. Furthermore, relatable characters who bravely pursue justice, truth, and purpose guarantee that this book is entertaining, worthwhile, and unforgettable.

As revealed in the pages of Underestimating Miss Cecilia, Ms. Miller has a genuine talent for meaningful and uplifting storytelling. From beginning to end, this novel is moving, thought-provoking, and altogether enjoyable. I recommend it wholeheartedly to all readers.

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

My Reflection 

Offering much more than a delightful romance in a lovely Regency setting, Underestimating Miss Cecilia draws attention to the immutable, inherent value of each and every human being, while also emphasizing the forgiveness, redemption, and restoration that is available to all through the saving grace of Jesus. Drawing from the depths of their own experiences, the main characters in this novel endeavor to use their resources and talents to advocate for those who have been unjustly denied basic human care, compassion, and consideration. Having themselves been overlooked, misunderstood, and misjudged, the characters strive to use their experiences as motivation to support and defend those without power or agency. Through their choices and actions, the characters affirm the truth that when it originates from a willing and humble heart, no action is inconsequential when performed in honest service to others.

About the Author: Carolyn Miller

“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
.” –Biography from Carolyn Miller’s author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Carolyn Miller's website. 


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