Historical Romance Book Review: Dusk's Darkest Shores

About the Book

Title: Dusk’s Darkest Shores 

Series: Regency Wallflowers, Book 1 

Author: Carolyn Miller 

Genre: Regency Historical Romance/ Regency Fiction 

Publisher: Kregel Publications 

Release Date: May 18, 2021

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Publisher's Book Description

How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness? 


Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England's beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it's a peaceful life. 


That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary's caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer--but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he's plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition? 


Adam wants no charity, but he's also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal--and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end. 


Best-selling author Carolyn Miller is back with a fresh series that will not only thrill readers eager for more of her work, but bring in new fans looking for beautiful writing, fascinating research, deftly woven love stories, and real faith lived out in the Regency period.”


My Review

Dusk’s Darkest Shores, by Carolyn Miller, is the first book in the Regency Wallflowers series. Set in the Lake District of England during the early 19th century, it is a captivating novel with elements of mystery, adventure, romance, and faith. From the characters’ clothing, to their mannerisms, to their patterns of speech, and even to their habits and expectations, this well-researched novel certainly succeeds in immersing the reader in the history and culture of the time period. With a genuinely compelling plot, this story is thoroughly intriguing and meaningful from beginning to end. 


With grace and vulnerability, this novel unflinchingly explores the themes of loss, love, redemption, faith, courage, and hope through a varied cast of interesting characters who are richly developed and authentically believable. Their struggles, insecurities, fears, and beliefs are truly relatable and moving. Though at times they are heavily burdened by doubt and despair, they persevere nevertheless in the face of trials and uncertainty. Even in the midst of disappointment, their search for purpose and meaning is utterly inspiring.

Dusk’s Darkest Shores is a well-written story of mercy, second chances, and truth. Offering new possibilities and fresh perspectives, it is a touching story of perseverance and the power of encouragement. This novel is a story of two hearts in search of being known, accepted, appreciated, and loved. 

I can easily recommend this book to readers of historical fiction who also enjoy elements of mystery and romance. Ms. Miller has once again crafted a novel that is achingly beautiful, worthy, and memorable. Dusk’s Darkest Shores is honest, tender, emotionally-stirring, and ultimately uplifting. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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


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. My novels can be considered 'inspirational', and may appeal to readers of Christian fiction, who want stories of hope and redemption - with a twist of Aussie humour. 
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.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed reading Dusk’s Darkest Shores ❤️


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