Friday, October 27, 2017

Captivating! The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey - Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace - by Carolyn Miller

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She's lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's society mama is appalled at the new company she's keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughter--not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together--without finances, family support, or royal favor?

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is full of the captivating, flawed characters, fascinating historical details, and masterful writing that Carolyn Miller's fans have come to know in The Elusive Miss Ellison and The Captivating Lady Charlotte. If you love Lori Wick, Georgette Heyer, and other clean, wholesome Regency romance, you'll love this third book in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.

My review:

This was another wonderful story I did not want to put down!  The characters were wonderful; I loved seeing the change in Clara as she learned more about faith and forgiveness after meeting Ben's sisters.  She was in the previous books as somewhat of a troublemaker and I enjoyed seeing the transformation.  It was hard to see a woman feel so rejected by a man that she struggled with depression and such strong feelings of unworthiness.  I liked that she turned to God for her true worth and chose to believe in God's love over her feelings.  Ben had such strong character and I just loved how he looked out for his sisters and other people.  I also enjoyed his sense of humor and bravery.  I think he was my favorite character.  Ben and his sisters also had a very strong faith and they lived it so Clara noticed their lives were different.  I also liked that it was shown how important our thoughts are; when Clara focused on feeling unworthy and rejected and negative, she felt worse and worse but when she focused on God loving her and forgiveness and blessing others, her outlook improved a lot.  I can't imagine how hard it would have been to be among the higher classes, where it seemed like you were watched so closely and judged for everything.  There were wonderful romantic moments.  There was also some exciting and suspenseful ones.  I highly recommend this book and the whole series!

I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.

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