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Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (February 27, 2017)
Publication Date: February 27, 2017
Beneath all the witty repartee, manners and social status is a story of humility, forgiveness, and the vastness of God’s grace. Nicholas and Lavinia are well-drawn, with a complexity under the surface. Nicholas had a battle background that showed amazing character, courage, leadership, and compassion, yet those qualities were missing in the new Earl of Hawkesbury. Lavinia had a deep faith and concern for the indegent, yet she fought with a pride and unforgiveness that “until it is destroyed, we cannot see clearly” (Nicholas). Both of these characters are flawed and have a spiritual journey to make. There’s plenty of intimate tension and I especially liked that they got a lot of display screen time together.
The Evasive Miss Ellison is exactly what a Regency should be and I eagerly predict book #2, The Fascinating Lady Charlotte, which releases in June. Recommended to all who enjoy Orlando Regency romances.
I was provided a free backup of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The views expressed in this review are completely my very own., Following having recently read several light, fluffy and, while reasonably well-written, but less amazing novels, I used to be very pleased to settle into the melody of Mrs. Miller's prose. Unlike two recent novels by other authors, The Elusive Overlook Ellison seemed much more cohesive in plot, style and character development. Definitely, the first half was captivating in this regard and deserves a reliable 4 stars. I used to be thrilled by her descriptive sections, her literary allusions and her intelligent dialogue. A few recency authors seem to try far too hard to capture an Austenesque wit, THIS author looked to find her very own tone of voice and put it to use to gas the wit of the characters rather than imitate Austen and Bronte.
As with other reviewers, I enjoyed the flawed figures of Lavinia and Nicholas, both finding their way past pride and harm to find joy in a changed heart.
I discovered the first about 62 % to be the best. Without revealing too much, I can only say I felt Lavinia' s entrance into community seemed almost too character changing. Did she completely forget the poor for a few weeks? The girl only seemed to give passing thought to her prior obsession with assisting the less fortunate. Whenever she was introduced to a lavish lifestyle, there was little to no introspection about this. It just seemed odd considering in how much detail Mrs. Miller had written her concerns, her deepest wants for helping the bad as well as the almost silence on any surprise at entering this lifestyle (there was a lttle bit but not much! ).
I was also a bit disappointed in Nicholas at the end but my disquiet is much more vague. Throughout the story, his character vacillated between coldness and regret, warmth and kindness. In the beginning this was obviously explained, the ideas and inner struggles and lack of faith sensible and regular with human frailty, sin, pride and his life experiences. It looked less clear in the latter half. Better than Lavinia perhaps, but still less clear.
The spiritual posts of outward and back to the inside forgiveness, have a problem with pride, offering and getting help and loving those who treat you shamefully were well-done, especially the latter. THAT last is woefully absent in some of the witty, cutting repartee common to Christian Regency novels., Within the Elusive Miss Ellison, first appearance author Carolyn Miller brings the Regency era alive. Lavinia Ellison has dedicated her life to assisting the poor in her small village, as an extension of her father’s parish. Once the new Earl of Hawkesbury arrives in the area, Lavinia is decided that he should take responsibility for his tenant’s welfare and the condition of his properties. Following barely surviving his army service, Nicholas Stamford attempts peace and quiet, somewhat than his newfound obligations as earl. Lavinia’s insistence on his taking care of the villagers soon becomes the voice of reason in his head, even as it clashes with the social expectations thrust after him by his mother and his social equals. Whenever Lavinia’s efforts for good place her in threat, Nicholas must choose between society’s expectations and doing right by her.
Ms. Miller writes a compelling and heartwarming Regency era history that readers will greatly enjoy. Lavinia and Nicholas, as well since the townspeople of St. Hampton Heath, will leave readers wanting more of Ms. Miller’s stories in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Evasive Miss Ellison. While a number of authors have written Regency era stories, Ms. Miller’s work feels true to the place and period. Inside addition, the novel remains firmly grounded in the Christian fiction genre, with extensive references to Orlando themes that are a natural extension of Ms. Miller’s characters and plotline. After reading this story, one is left to wonder why more books in the genre do not succeed in including that level of Christian recommendations in such a smooth manner. While The Evasive Miss Ellison is published by Kregel Publications (a publishing house with which I am relatively unfamiliar), the novel is very well polished, edited, and produced. In all credibility, I was surprised that this book was not released by one of the bigger Christian publishing homes, because of the sheer caliber of the storyline. While it may be a bit more challenging for some readers to find, I think that this novel is well worth the work to acquire through a local library or bookstore.
Brittany at BooksandBiscuits. com
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