Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison

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MILLER, CAROLYN
THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON

Regency Brides : A Legacy of Grace

The arrival of the new Earl of Hawkesbury has the entire village aflutter -- everyone except Lavinia Elliston, that is. In fact, in Livvie's eyes, he is just as arrogant and thoughtless as his brother -- who stole the most important person in her world.

Nicholas is weighed down by guilt, by ancestral obligations, and by the legacy of war. He hadn't anticipated that a perfunctory visit home would engage either his mind or his heart. Then the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. But between society's opposition, his brother's reckless past, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles for the two of them to ever truly get along.

Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister's daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past their painful histories presumptuous to a humbled appreciation of God's grace and the true strength of love.

My Review:

Sqqquuuueeeallll! New Regency Author Alert!!!! And this is her debut novel...with two more to follow this year. I'm all aflutter as I sink onto my fainting couch in full Regency-worthy swoon. Pass the smelling salts please.

If you love Jane Austen -- especially Pride and Prejudice -- this novel is for you. Exquisitely written with rich dialogue and delightful descriptions. I felt like I'd time-traveled to 1813 Gloucestershire England. Be still my heart.

And I'm in rapturous joy over the sublime battle of wits! Seriously cutting dialogue. Lavinia excels at getting a point across no matter who she is talking to. Sometimes she manages that with a subtle nuance, other times it's an outright blast of icy disdain -- always delivered with proper decorum, of course. I'm giddy recalling some of her jibes.

Of course Nicholas is just as adept -- a worthy sparring partner. The two together are lethal which is funny and frustrating verging on infuriating. Gah, but I wanted to knock their heads together a time or two! They battle with pride in different ways and, truthfully, I found Nicholas a bit off-putting at the beginning of the book. Still enjoyed the witty repartee but I didn't connect with him until later in the story. Just like Mr. Darcy. He annoyed me no end when I first met him too. :-)

But this hero's journey is compelling and as the story progressed I began to understand the motivation behind Nicholas's detached manner. There's an interesting tug of war going on between the battle-scarred cynic and the new man coming to life from within.

These two make an intriguing pair -- the independent-thinking minister's daughter and the world weary nobleman. A romance seems impossible until forgiveness and grace prepare the way for an epic happily ever after. A stunning debut novel!

My thanks to Kregel Publications for providing me with a copy of this book.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Elusive Miss Ellison please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 12 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

39 comments:

  1. Ah yes, I've seen the recent excited buzz about this book!! Regency always makes my heart flutter and reaching for my fainting couch. I love that is her debut novel as meeting new authors is always fodder for future new books! ;-) GAH!!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It's so exciting because the other two books are coming out this year so we won't have long to wait. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. I already own this book, so don't enter me. I'm just commenting to say that it looks like an amazing book, and I'm looking forward to starting in on my copy!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. Dive in soon, Elly. You'll enjoy it.

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  3. I've been seeing lots of good things about this one! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. They are all true. Good luck, Abbi.

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  4. I love these Regency novels. Sounds like another great writer to follow!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I do too. As you can tell, I get quite excited when I spy a new one. :-) Good luck, rubynreba.

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  5. Oh this one has some serious buzz going on right now! Thank you, Kav for hosting the giveaway!
    betherin02 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Beth Erin. Good luck. (and it's soooooooo good it's worth all that buzz)

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  6. Backwards, I know, but I've already pre-ordered the second book, The Captivating Lady Charlotte. It was too good a price when I saw it and the first book was releasing with so much praise. Now, I just need to make sure I read the first book before the second is released. :) tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL -- I like a prepared reader. Funny though that you bought the 2nd before testing the waters with the first. Great that they have discount prices when you preorder though. Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. Like you, I LOVE regency. I know this is cliche for most romance readers, but Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite romance. I'm sure nostalgia has much to do with it since it was also the first romance I ever read. It's also the only romance book I have ever re-read. :)

      Sometimes you get a feeling that you will enjoy a book based on descriptions and feedback, as well as the book love of trusted reviewers. Witty regency is definitely a fave.

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    3. I adore Regency as well (though I hide my enthusiasm pretty well - teehee) and this is is very P&P-y. The story covers a longer timespan than most romance novels and oh, the social settings, the banter, the talking at cross purposes. It's awesomesauce.

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  7. I love Regency also. I have seen this book reviewed a lot lately. Makes me want a copy. Thanks for the giveaway! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. It's such a fun time period to read about when it's done well. Good luck, Paula.

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  8. It sounds delightful! I like the cover too.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Isn't the cover beguiling?! Good luck, Pam.

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  9. Have wanted to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Mindy. Good luck.

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  10. Sounds like a great read!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. It really is, Samantha. Good luck.

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  11. KAV, you had me at Regency! Thank you for your stunning review.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You and me both. LOL Good luck, Caryl.

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  12. Sounds so good. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Oh my!! I can hardly wait to read this series. I love it when there is a battle of wits! This sure sounds like another author I need to keep a watch out for her books. Thanks for your review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Yes -- the banter is divine!!!!! I felt like I was dropped into the middle of an Austen book. Good luck, Donna.

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  14. I love Regency stories! This one brings to mind The Inheritance by LM Alcott. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    visionwriter2 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, wow, I remember reading The Inheritance years ago. Thanks for the reminder. Going to hunt a copy down. Good luck, Amber.

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  15. Sounds like a really fun read!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Ooohhhh I'm very excited about this book. 😁 It sounds so great. Thanks for sharing on your blog and for the chance to win. 😍 iamabho (at) gmail dot com

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  17. Ah. I so want to read this one-regency, battle of wits...seems like another winner!

    Count me in, please.
    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's scrumptious, Janka. Good luck.

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  18. Sigh...I am totally swooned with your description of this book, Kav. I can't wait to curl up with a blanket and escape into this delightful Regency novel. I understand there are 2 more books to come in this series by Carolyn Miller....squeal!!!
    ~ Alison

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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