Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Captivating Lady Charlotte

GIVEAWAY
MILLER, CAROLYN
THE CAPTIVATING LADY CHARLOTTE

Regency Brides - A Legacy of Grace

All she wants is to marry for love. And as the belle of the season, Lady Charlotte Featherington should have her choice of suitors. But even this captivating lady must obey her papa's wishes - and the marquess has determined that his daughter will wed a widowed duke, not a dashing young lord.

All the ninth Duke of Hartington wants is for the lady who has captured his heart to love him in return, despite their arranged marriage. But the betrayal of his first wife and the scandal she dragged him into make it nearly impossible for William to believe a woman's heart can ever be trusted.

Now this wounded widower and the romantically inclined young lady must find a way to negotiate a future together and learn the real meaning of both trust and love. Can the legacy of grace help them to find healing and hope?

Poignant and charming, in the tradition of Georgette Heyer and Julie Klassen, this is another beautifully written, clean and wholesome Regency romance from critically acclaimed author Carolyn Miller.

My Review:

Are you ready for my trademark Regency Romance squeal? Plug your ears -- Sqqqqquuuueeeeeee! I adored Carolyn Miller's debut novel, The Illusive Miss Ellison, which I read earlier this year and I'm happy to report she's wowed me again with Book Two in her Regency Brides : a Legacy of Grace series.

If you've read the first book, you'll be thrilled to discover Lavinia and Nicholas play a major role in this one, though The Captivating Lady Charlotte reads beautifully as a standalone so no worries if you haven't.

It features Lavinia's cousin, Charlotte -- the captivating lady who catches the eye of a duke. It's drawing rooms and balls and genteel conversation and all the social niceties associated with a young lady's 'coming out'. Including a dragonish mother's determination to find the perfect (aka rich and powerful) match for her marriageable daughter, which provided many laugh-out-loud (in a cringing kind of way) moments.

Honestly -- such a delight to read! The staid Duke; the guileless young miss. He's a little world weary and cynical. She's wide-eyed with wonder -- though I have to admit that Charlotte irked me in the beginning. Her husband hunting seemed so shallow. Like she hadn't thought much further than achieving a proposal. But this is the kind of story that shows growth in the heroine which was a privilege to be privy to.  Particularly her spiritual growth as she comes to understand that being a Christian and living as a Christian are two entirely different things.

And then the author throws a bit of Gothic in with suspicious happenings at Hartwell Abbey and the sinister specter of danger threatens the Duke and all he holds dear. (Cue alarming organ music,) Soul-stirring, toe-curling and completely captivating.

Book provided courtesy of Kregel Pulications

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Captivating Lady Charlotte, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 8 2017. Draw open to International Readers. Good luck.

49 comments:

  1. I have both of her books on Kindle (unread), but I would adore a paperback copy of "The Captivating Lady Charlotte"! You've probably already guessed from your time of knowing me, that I'm crazy for Regency fiction. :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You and me both so stay tuned -- I'll be reviewing the third book in this series next week. Woot! Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. These look great I have them on kindle, but have yet to read them I was sort of hoping to get Book #3 1st. Thank You for the chance to win a copy.
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com :)

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    1. I can never wait for all the books in a series to release before starting in on book 1. Too greedy for a good story to wait! Good luck, Linda.

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    2. I'm always behind in reading my review books I don't even usually get to read the books I buy lol
      Thanks 😄

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  3. I have read the other one, not this yet!! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. You must continue with the series, Susan. Good luck.

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  4. I have not read anything from this author, it sounds like a fantastic read; thanks for the chance.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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

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  5. Don't enter me (as I've already got both books one and two in this series, and am all set to receive the third soon!), but I just HAD to tell everyone here that they NEED TO GET THESE BOOKS!!!!!
    I'm IN LOVE with this series! I definitely HIGHLY RECOMMEND these books! This is one of the BEST new series I've read!
    I'd encourage EVERYONE to read this series (and if you're a Regency fan, DOUBLE-ENCOURAGEMENT!!)
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. Yay -- Elly -- I totally agree. I can't wait to read book three. Such swoonworthy heroes and plucky heroines and all the trapping of the Regency era -- which I would not want to live in but find it hight amusing to read about! Thanks for adding your recommendation.

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  6. Such a good book and such an unconventional yet swoony hero!

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    1. Yes, and I enjoy an unconventional hero. :-)

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  7. I'm blessed to be on her promo team. I'll squeal with you. Good luck ladies.

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    1. We can start a squeal team, Lucy.

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  8. I'm a huge fan of Carolyn Miller and this series. So good! So looking forward to the third book in the series which will be out soon.

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    1. I'm about to read the third book. Woot! I love this author!!!

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  9. I am a fan of Regency and can’t wait to read these. Please enter me. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet thanks

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    1. You're entered, Paula. Good luck.

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  10. By the way Kav. I tried to leave a comment three times on yesterday’s blog but they didn’t show up. I also tried to email you but it said it wasn’t a valid email address. Could you check on 5hat? paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet. Thanks!

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    1. I'm in Canada so my email is .ca not .com. Lots of people make that mistake and their emails don't come through. So it's kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. A couple of other people have said they've had problems posting too. Not sure why, but when they tried again later it worked. The vagaries of blogger, I guess.

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  11. Oh my this sounds so good, New author to me Yay!
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This is just her second book so we're in at the very beginning of her career. Good luck, Karen.

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  12. ohh this really sounds so interesting. it can be very hard to go against our fathers wishes.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. And the mother...gah!!!!! Good luck, Lori.

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  13. Sounds like a winner! Thank you for sharing, Kav!

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

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  14. I enjoyed The Illusive Miss Ellison as well, but haven't read this second one yet. I feel like Carolyn did such a great job with the first one, and I think as soon as anyone reads it, they will be hooked. Thanks for the chance to win the second one!
    LLWaltz [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Yes! We're all blessed with a new favourite author. Good luck, Laura.

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  15. I’m convinced by what I just read that I really need to get this book. Either thro here or otherwise. 😉😉 it’s sounds like a winner!! becci43atgmaildotcom

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    1. Glad we could convinced you, Becky. Good luck.

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  16. Love these type of books. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I do too -- I guess you could tell that though. :-) Good luck, Kim.

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  17. I have heard such great things about these books but have yet to read them (although I do have the first one, it just hasn't made it's way to the top of my TBR pile yet). nashpredsfan (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Ohhh -- scoot that book up to the top of the pile, Suzie! Good luck!

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  18. I haven't read the first in this series, but have heard good things about them!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. All those good things you heard are true! Good luck, Patty.

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  19. I enjoyed the first book in this series. The story reminded me of my first exposure to regency romances way back when. :) I'm looking forward to reading this one and the third one in this series.
    Thanks for the review and the giveaway!
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    1. Nothing like capturing your youthful reading experiences! Good luck, Loraine.

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  20. Definitely my favorite type of book and this one sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance!
    Dezi A
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    1. Mine too -- I get sooooo excited when a good Regency comes into my house!!!! Good luck, Dezi.

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  21. I really want to read this series!! Can we add a few more hours to the day, please? ;) It sounds so good! And the cover is stunning!

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    1. Yes -- we need a 25 hour day -- a magical extra reading only hour. Wouldn't that be awesome? Good luck MomisReading.

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  22. I LOVE Regency fiction! This series is on my MUST read list.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. I adore Regency too. Good luck, Caryl.

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  23. I haven't read the first book in this series but it sounds like I need to read it as well as this one. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. It's an awesome series, Donna. Good luck.

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  24. Ooh!! I always love a good regency! Such an intriguing era.
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I know -- intriguing and infuriating when it comes to women's rights. Good luck, Nicole.

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