The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, #3)
Will a damaged reputation and desire for society's approval thwart the legacy of grace? 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.

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, #3) Details

TitleThe Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, #3)
Author
ReleaseOct 24th, 2017
PublisherKregel Publications
ISBN-139780825444524
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Regency, Christian, Fiction

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, #3) Review

  • Shantelle
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI had been looking forward to reading Clara's story since glimpsing her in The Captivating Lady Charlotte, and I believe I enjoyed The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey as much or more than the second book in the REGENCY BRIDES: A LEGACY OF GRACE series. The intrigue of the story, interesting and endearing characters, and a tender faith theme kept me turning pages. Now I need to go back and read the first book in this amazing historical romance series!Miss Clara DeLancey struggles with dashes 4.5 starsI had been looking forward to reading Clara's story since glimpsing her in The Captivating Lady Charlotte, and I believe I enjoyed The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey as much or more than the second book in the REGENCY BRIDES: A LEGACY OF GRACE series. The intrigue of the story, interesting and endearing characters, and a tender faith theme kept me turning pages. Now I need to go back and read the first book in this amazing historical romance series!Miss Clara DeLancey struggles with dashes hopes and bitterness, surrounded by scandal. A chance encounter with a stranger on the clifftops forces her to reevaluate her life. Might there be a second chance for her? Even at love?But the man who warms her heart is below her station, much to her parent's disapproval. And the past has a way of haunting one ...I quite liked getting to know Clara. Her story tugged at my heart. She's an imperfect, broken woman who finds grace and hope and life in Jesus. I love how authentic her journey to faith was!I love her friends, Mattie and Tessa! *beams* And Benjamin Kemsley ... I really liked his character as well. His seafaring tales. His struggle. His deep faith in and reverence for God. His tender care of Clara ... *sighs blissfully* What a sweet gentleman. So patient with her. So protective. And careful. And adorably romantic.I think the romance was incredibly beautiful and tasteful.The characters really were great. Carolyn Miller does such a fabulous job with them. I can hardly wait to read The Elusive Miss Ellison (book one) and Winning Miss Winthrop, the coming first release of a new series.A personal complaint: I didn't like how some of the characters got a bit disrespectful/demeaning/careless. Yes, they were dealing with mean-spirited or arrogant people, but I still feel they should have checked their own attitudes and made sure they were behaving honorably in God's eyes.But besides those few incidents, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is really a stunning read filled with faith, true friends, forgiveness, redemption, and tender love. I got lost in this gorgeous, emotional regency tale. Many a time I found myself laughing (perhaps mostly at Benjie's adorable wooing attempts), and my heart was touched by Clara's deepening relationship with God.Carolyn Miller knows how to write a rich and entertaining story set during the regency era. Recommend!I received a copy of The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved this series (and the covers!) from Carolyn Miller so much! It’s everything you want Regency romances to be, with delicious back-and-forth between the characters as well as a supporting cast to rival any that Austen or Heyer dreamed up.In this third and final (sob!) book, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, we home in on the character I’ve liked the least in the first two books – Miss Clara Delancey. Here in book three, I can honestly say that Clara is now a friend; Miller crafts such a I have loved this series (and the covers!) from Carolyn Miller so much! It’s everything you want Regency romances to be, with delicious back-and-forth between the characters as well as a supporting cast to rival any that Austen or Heyer dreamed up.In this third and final (sob!) book, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, we home in on the character I’ve liked the least in the first two books – Miss Clara Delancey. Here in book three, I can honestly say that Clara is now a friend; Miller crafts such a compelling and heart-tugging backstory for Clara as heroine that you can’t help but embrace her. Your heart will break for her circumstances, for her emotional pain, and for her self-esteem that has been crushed by one rejection after another. Not to mention the scandal that taints her in every social circle – save perhaps one. And that one exception proves life-changing.Because of Ben, yes. (Get ready to swoon, ladies!) But also because of the hand of friendship extended by a family who a) cares little for society’s opinions and b) cares everything for Clara’s soul. Their persistence in grace, their unconditional embrace, and their heart for those who need God’s rescue – all of these combine to leave a reminder for any of us who have ever personally needed or extended grace.Bottom Line: Perfect for fans of Heyer, Austen, Klaasen, Ladd and/or Hunter, Carolyn Miller’s A Legacy of Grace series is witty, romantic and heartwarming with a gentle dose of faith-boldness too. Layered characters and attention to historical detail make each read a great read, and while each book can be read as a standalone the whole series is a must for enjoyment’s sake! The Dishonorable Miss Delancey is all of these things and more – with a tender message of grace and restoration and of course romance. Looking forward to the author’s new series in 2018!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Alas, we have reached the end of this stunning debut Regency series and I should be wallowing in a woe-is-me-my-reading-nirvana-has-come-to-an-end-blues but some amazing news has pulled me out of my funk -- Carolyn Miller's NEW Regency series, Regency Brides : A Promise of Hope Book 1 releases in Spring 2018. I can almost wish Christmas over so I'll be able to read it sooner. :-)At last we get Clara's story. For those who have read The Elusive Miss Ellison, you will recognize Clara as 'the other Alas, we have reached the end of this stunning debut Regency series and I should be wallowing in a woe-is-me-my-reading-nirvana-has-come-to-an-end-blues but some amazing news has pulled me out of my funk -- Carolyn Miller's NEW Regency series, Regency Brides : A Promise of Hope Book 1 releases in Spring 2018. I can almost wish Christmas over so I'll be able to read it sooner. :-)At last we get Clara's story. For those who have read The Elusive Miss Ellison, you will recognize Clara as 'the other woman' who caused such concern for Lavinia and Nicholas. I enjoyed being righteously indignant over Clara's behaviour in that first book so did I really want to read an entire novel featuring her as a heroine? Well, yes, if Carolyn Miller is writing it! And, by the way, you don't need to have read The Elusive Miss Ellison in order to enjoy The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey but you just might feel it more if you have.So Clara finds herself on the fringes of society after the 'scandal.' She is completely at the mercy of the gossiping 'ton'. And it doesn't help that her brother has made matters worse with his behaviour. Banished to Brighton for a time, she encounters the Kemsleys. The Captain (insert euphoric swooning and furious fanning here) and his sisters. Once again, Miller enchants with period dialogue and all its subtle nuances. The half-crooked smile, a simmering glare, a soft sigh of longing. It's no wonder my ecstatic readerly sighs ruffled pages all the way through. Simply exquisite.And inspiring. I love the way this author incorporates a solid faith thread into her stories. Never stilted or preachy but unapologetically brazen in declaring the truth about Grace. Clara has a lot to learn about that and the Kemsley's are just the kind of friends willing to teach and share.A stupendous conclusion to one of the best Regency series ever!Book provided courtesy of Kregel Publications
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    I have thoroughly enjoyed each of Carolyn Miller’s novels to date; this book is no exception. Her characters live and breathe on the page, but become so three dimensional in my mind as I read that it is as if visiting friends for a while. This book finishes the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, and though each stands alone, this one is best enjoyed after reading the first two as we get to revisit some of the characters from them.This installment explores some darker themes in a refreshin I have thoroughly enjoyed each of Carolyn Miller’s novels to date; this book is no exception. Her characters live and breathe on the page, but become so three dimensional in my mind as I read that it is as if visiting friends for a while. This book finishes the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, and though each stands alone, this one is best enjoyed after reading the first two as we get to revisit some of the characters from them.This installment explores some darker themes in a refreshing and honest way: past sin, depression, and gambling are among the topics. But so are more positive aspects of life such as forgiveness, recovery, and family love. I really appreciate the author showing that no one is beyond redemption and we can have hope for restoration, both with God and with the people we have wronged (or who have wronged us).Those who enjoy Regency-set stories will appreciate the historical period details, too. The descriptions of the Royal Pavilion, the Regent himself, and even the aristocratic rule-following ton help to ground this story in its setting. I like the Navy thread in this installment; it is not often that I get to read much about life for those who worked for their living during this time period, giving this book yet another unique characteristic. I highly recommend this final installment of Regency Brides and look forward to the first of Miller’s upcoming series in the spring.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • Tricia Mingerink
    January 1, 1970
    Each of the books in this series continued to get better and better. While I found the first one a tad boring, the second book and this one stepped up the game with tighter writing and more action. This one really did a good job of redeeming a character who wasn't likable in the earlier books.
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  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Miller has done it again! She has created a wonderfully written, hope-inspiring novel that is sure to sweet all her fans, new and old alike, off their feet and plop them down in a whole new world filled with uniquely witty characters. I was once again in awe of the way Ms. Miller captured my whole heart and left me wanting more. In this addition to the series, we get Miss DeLancey's story. I loved her in the first books, and I loved her in this book. She was dealing with so much, from sc Carolyn Miller has done it again! She has created a wonderfully written, hope-inspiring novel that is sure to sweet all her fans, new and old alike, off their feet and plop them down in a whole new world filled with uniquely witty characters. I was once again in awe of the way Ms. Miller captured my whole heart and left me wanting more. In this addition to the series, we get Miss DeLancey's story. I loved her in the first books, and I loved her in this book. She was dealing with so much, from scandal to rejection (I've been there on both accounts!), and I felt her emotions as my own. She just wanted to be loved for herself and it was quite hard with her circumstances. But, then Ms. Miller brings Ben into the story, and oh my goodness did I ever fall in love! I loved his character and cheered for him and Miss DeLancey so much through the story. A story of hope, forgiveness and relying on God in times when you want to give up, Ms. Miller has concluded this series with a bang. Five stars, hats off and two thumbs up, this is one book you want on your wish list this holiday season! I can't wait to see what Ms. Miller brings her fans next. If they are books like this one, then I know I'm in for a witty, charming regency novel that will sweep me to the heart of England. Well done, Ms. Miller! *Cafinated Reads received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good Regency novel. I read Carolyn Miller's very first novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison and realized here was a fresh voice in Christian Regency. Each book she was written seems even better than the last! This one is my absolute favorite, especially because the spiritual theme is so powerful. I love it when God speaks to my own heart through fiction. Miss Clara DeLancey has somehow managed to have her reputation tainted and has moved to Brighton with her family, now without the funds to I love a good Regency novel. I read Carolyn Miller's very first novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison and realized here was a fresh voice in Christian Regency. Each book she was written seems even better than the last! This one is my absolute favorite, especially because the spiritual theme is so powerful. I love it when God speaks to my own heart through fiction. Miss Clara DeLancey has somehow managed to have her reputation tainted and has moved to Brighton with her family, now without the funds to live their accustomed lifestyle. She becomes very depressed and, as a result of a chance encounter because of that depression, becomes acquainted with a wonderful family, who lead her into a healing relationship with Christ. Miller's voice is indeed strong in this book and I loved every moment of it. She has a way with a Regency and I love it! Her characters have been created with such a depth that they actually seem quite real to the reader. This one also has more than a little intrigue and a lot of danger. The strong element of forgiveness is also much needed in today's world. Bravo! I highly recommend this one if you're a Regency fan and even if you're not.*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley. My review is my own and honest opinion.
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full series review on Faithfully BookishWhen authors reveal the painful brokenness beneath the surface of their selfish, wicked characters, we readers have the opportunity to open our hearts to compassion and our minds to new perspectives… and these are life exercises worthy of practicing!Miss Clara DeLancey certainly is in a nasty pickle, some of her own doing, some not. My heart breaks for this young lady who feels so crushed by her circumstances. Benjamin Kemsley knows a thing or two about di Full series review on Faithfully BookishWhen authors reveal the painful brokenness beneath the surface of their selfish, wicked characters, we readers have the opportunity to open our hearts to compassion and our minds to new perspectives… and these are life exercises worthy of practicing!Miss Clara DeLancey certainly is in a nasty pickle, some of her own doing, some not. My heart breaks for this young lady who feels so crushed by her circumstances. Benjamin Kemsley knows a thing or two about difficult situations from his experiences in the Royal Navy. Ben is the kind of man all fathers should want for their daughters.Each book in this series has touched on biblical truths and characters have come to faith and/or grown in their faith in genuine, authentic ways yet the trials and struggles in this third story dig especially deep and it is so good to dig deep with God! This entire series is going straight to my all-time favorites shelf!I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher.The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    A pleasant surprise! After reading the first two books in the series, I really wasn’t looking forward to Clara’s story. I am happy to say that I was wrong. I loved Clara and Ben’s relationship but most importantly, I loved how Clara developed a relationship with the Lord. This was a beautiful story of love and forgiveness!
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  • Julia Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller is a most delightful Christian historical romance which I adored. It is the third book in the Regency Brides series and can be read as a stand-alone. However for maximum enjoyment and to understand the character development, it would be best to read the previous two books.Once again Carolyn Miller has spun a fabulous tale. There is adventure, jealousy, kidnap, revenge and good old fashioned love. Over it all there is God. A God who "answer[s] even The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller is a most delightful Christian historical romance which I adored. It is the third book in the Regency Brides series and can be read as a stand-alone. However for maximum enjoyment and to understand the character development, it would be best to read the previous two books.Once again Carolyn Miller has spun a fabulous tale. There is adventure, jealousy, kidnap, revenge and good old fashioned love. Over it all there is God. A God who "answer[s] even unspoken prayers." A God who is closer to us than we realise and who desires to know us.The novel is about restoration, second chances and new beginnings. As characters come to know Jesus, they get their priorities in order. Life is not about money and power, it is about people and passion.There is the theme of identity. "Who are you?" It is only in knowing Jesus that we can really find out who we are.The tale is about sacrifice and selfless living, helping others who are less well off. "Focusing on something other than herself... was releasing." We get joy from giving.Forgiveness and guilt are dual themes. Past behaviour means we need to forgive ourselves and others.Friendships are important. We all need friends who will build us up and not tear us down. Friends who will love us even when they hear the worst of us. "It is only when we are at our lowest that we realise our need for Someone higher." When we reach rock bottom, we will find our Saviour waiting for us to love and restore us.This Regency Brides series has been a cracking one, with fabulous storylines and wonderful characters. It has been an absolute pleasure to read. I have loved having a different character focus in each book, whilst retaining familiar characters on the periphery.Roll on the next series from the new and highly talented Carolyn Miller.I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Carolyn Miller continues to write a story that can entertain as well as move her readers to some soul-searching moments. In the third book of the Regency Bride series, the author gives us a heroine that is at first unlikable. While this book can be read as a standalone, those of us who have 'met' Miss Delancey before will initially struggle with the idea that she is our new heroine. She has obtained the title, 'dishonorable', due to some poor choices she has made. It is obvious Miss Mille Wow! Carolyn Miller continues to write a story that can entertain as well as move her readers to some soul-searching moments. In the third book of the Regency Bride series, the author gives us a heroine that is at first unlikable. While this book can be read as a standalone, those of us who have 'met' Miss Delancey before will initially struggle with the idea that she is our new heroine. She has obtained the title, 'dishonorable', due to some poor choices she has made. It is obvious Miss Miller has done her research, she weaves a story resonant with historical detail. This book allows its readers to journey back to Bath, England during the height of the Regency period. Our hero, Captain Benjamin Kemsley, is visiting family after surviving a tragedy. I found Ben to be yet another swoon-worthy hero. One who will not let the gossip of regency society prevent him from seeking to rescue Miss Delancey from despair. Will she continue to pay for the poor choices made by herself and those close to her? I loved every bit of this story, eagerly wanting to read how Clara would receive her happy ending, but not wanting the story to end. This books has it all: adventure, danger, humor, love and forgiveness. But the part that spoke to my heart is the story of grace, of how God's presence in one's life can change one, making us into a 'new' man or woman. Once I got beyond my initial dislike of Miss Delancey, I could see how we all benefit from this very same grace.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful end to a beautifully written Regency series. A story of forgiveness, grace, and hope for a better future. Putting her past behaviors behind her is a difficult journey for Miss Clara DeLancey, as judgmental people and gossip continue to hurt her chances of the truth plan God has for her life. I love the characters and how they develop through the story. My favorite paragraph in the book is, “ My point is, I despaired because of an absence of hope. I did not realize then just how What a wonderful end to a beautifully written Regency series. A story of forgiveness, grace, and hope for a better future. Putting her past behaviors behind her is a difficult journey for Miss Clara DeLancey, as judgmental people and gossip continue to hurt her chances of the truth plan God has for her life. I love the characters and how they develop through the story. My favorite paragraph in the book is, “ My point is, I despaired because of an absence of hope. I did not realize then just how much God loves us and that his love means we can have hope. It was not long afterward that I met you and Mattie, and through attending services and reading the Bible, I found real hope again. Hope that was not dependent on my circumstances or whether a man loved me or not, but hope that rested on the promises that God loves me regardless of my situation. And if I know that God loves me, if I really know that, then how can I let despair overcome me again?” I think this is so beautiful and it brings tears to my eyes, as this is something we all need to realize. I just loved this whole series and highly recommend them. I look forward to the first book in the new series Carolyn Miller will be releasing in the spring of next year entitled Winning Miss Winthrop. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I am rather sad to say goodbye to this A Legacy of Grace series, and this book like the others is so good.I learned to really dislike Miss DeLancy in the first two books, but by the end of this one I had a complete change of mind. This time the author has us walking in Clara DeLancy’s shoes and I came to respect her, especially when she found faith. What a changed individual she has become, and made me think that maybe the cause of a lot of her problems was her mother?We are back with the Ton an I am rather sad to say goodbye to this A Legacy of Grace series, and this book like the others is so good.I learned to really dislike Miss DeLancy in the first two books, but by the end of this one I had a complete change of mind. This time the author has us walking in Clara DeLancy’s shoes and I came to respect her, especially when she found faith. What a changed individual she has become, and made me think that maybe the cause of a lot of her problems was her mother?We are back with the Ton and experience a lot of society, what a completely different way of life, and what a life of luxury. We are able to keep our focus with the addition of everyday people, including a pastor and his wife. The little sister is a delight, and her brother becomes a person of interest in the affairs of Miss Delancy. Each of these books can be read alone, but they are all so good you don’t want to miss the enjoyment that they afford. I received this book through Kregel Publishing and their Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Seema Khan
    January 1, 1970
    ***May contain spoilers***This, the third and final book in Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series by one of my most favourite authors Carolyn Miller, is a lovely story. Quite different in the overall feel than the first two books from the series, this is a pleasant and appealing read.I am utterly sad as I write this review, but don't get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the book. I am saddened because with this book comes a close to “Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace” series, and I would m ***May contain spoilers***This, the third and final book in Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series by one of my most favourite authors Carolyn Miller, is a lovely story. Quite different in the overall feel than the first two books from the series, this is a pleasant and appealing read.I am utterly sad as I write this review, but don't get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the book. I am saddened because with this book comes a close to “Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace” series, and I would miss the sense of happiness and calm that I got while reading all three of them. Of course I can re-read them, but you read a book for the first time only once, and nothing can replace the experience and feel you get at that time of opening the first page and submerging within its depths deeper and deeper as the story progresses. I have to state this here, that I am going to miss these characters, the places, the stories and the overall feel of them. What I feel... Charming! That is what I feel about this book. It shows us the other side of the picture where we get to see from the perspective of Clara DeLancey, the much despised character from The Elusive Miss EllisonWe, as readers, needed this book. Mostly because it widens our perspectives. We are so used to looking at one side of the picture that we overlook what the other side may hold and that it may very well take us by surprise. And it did here. It brought to fore the fact that we as humans err and learn and grow and that we have to learn to let go and forgive.The storyline is appealing as well as interesting with the highs and lows, the importance of honour and achievement and the callous disregard of the same achievement, the societal expectations and hollow pretence, all penned with a beautiful flare makes this book stand out. The (Dis)Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey... Honestly? I had hated her through TEME and somewhat was close to pitying her through the parts of The Captivating Lady Charlotte where she makes her appearance. But never had I imagined I would come to really like her.I developed a contrary view to her character to the ones developed while reading TEME and TCLC. Here, she believes herself betrayed and jilted. Her reputation damaged, she is scarred by the scandal, depressed and unable and unwilling to move past her feelings of hurt, betrayal, hopelessness, envy and anger. She is bitter about Nicholas and Lavinia on the one side and about her brother bringing their family to ruin on the other. So she is practically penniless and on the shelf, and there is no imaginable light in the tunnel anywhere for her. She is so desperate that she is close on the edge of giving it all up.Then, the light appears in the form of Benjamin and his sisters and things begin to lighten and brighten up in her life. The transition is gradual as her negative feelings ebb in their intensity and hope begins to take roots in her soul and heals her. But it is not easy for her to accept it and even forgive Nicholas and Lavinia. She overcomes those feelings and comes out dignified.Clara as a person is helpful, kind, dutiful, caring and beautiful. She lacks friends but when she makes new ones she goes all out for them and uses her resources to help them out.She forgives as she grows and becomes hopeful and accepts her life with grace. How her tangent with Lavinia is resolved is also remarkable and realistic. The author was successful in turning feelings towards the character of Clara from hate to sympathy and from anger to empathy. Captain Benjamin Kemsley... Benjamin is a very grounded hero, not just as the hero hero but as an achieving the impossible feat hero. He's the people's hero. The war hero everyone is talking about. And yet he is humble and unassuming. Nothing flashy about him. A dignified, kind, caring, strong and handsome man. He is as human as can get with his flaws and yet he is very patient and accommodating. Benjamin is very generous even in his near poverty. He has some misplaced guilt and also feels responsible for things which, despite his best efforts, he could not prevent from happening in the past. With no prospects in store, he has made up his mind of never marrying since he cannot afford to do so.His is a very likeable character and is very relatable with his doubts and insecurities. He is also very loving and responsible as a brother. His faith is what keeps him buoyed and Clara supported. Not judgmental, he is a very compassionate and accepting person with a good heart. Clara and Benjamin... Benjamin is the positive force that steadies Clara and instils hope within her. His acceptance of her without expectations and his insecurity of being unworthy of her melts our hearts towards him. Clara's recognition of Benjamin’s merits and pride in his achievements brings them closer. Both can go to extremes for the other and move mountains. A very touching bond that grows between them can be observed and the beauty of it is that it is very simple. At a point they understand each other well enough beyond words and are connected in a special way despite societal disparities in their situations. They do defy the societal norms and expectations in starting to care and feel for each other.Right from the first moment when they meet while Clara is on the edge and Benjamin saves her from ruining her eternal life, they have some invisible strings that keep pulling them toward each other. The steady growth in their bond is felt in the heart and forms a distinct aspect of the story.The span of story before they finally come to know of each others identity, where Benjamin mostly, is fighting his feelings and thoughts of the unknown girl who keeps crossing his path and of the girl whom he saved is also interesting. He knows he cannot marry and yet is helpless when it comes to feeling for her.Overall theirs was a very simple and charming match, which ironically would not have been possible if not for the dire situations of their lives that brought them to the same place. The ensemble cast... Characterisation by the author again in this book is interesting. Right from the protagonists to the black sheep Richard, from Tessa and Matilda to Lady Winpoole, and despicable ones like Lord Houghton to loving Aunt Addy, Lord Featherington and even the passing ones like Meg, David and George all are drafted realistically.Known characters of Nicholas, Lavinia, William Hartwell, Lord and Lady Exeter reappear (though the latter ones only marginally) and we feel like we've known these people forever. The new ones, especially Tessa and Matilda are very cute and I just love their life and love for each other. Also the developments in the lives of Lavinia and Nicholas and Charlotte and William Hartwell are made known, delighting and keeping us connected with them. The story and the book... I'm a sea lover, and the first thing to strike me when I started the book was a big part of it was based by the sea in Brighton. I was excited because that element alone earned it some brownie points from me ;p Absolutely loved the scenic descriptions and felt the beauty while perusing the words.Coming to the story, the plot is not very complicated. It is fairly simple. This book too is fast paced with no time wastage and no word wastage. The story is engrossing and well thought out. Refreshing as it gives us a new perspective to a previously disliked character to an extent where we can see the beauty in her character and pain in her life and feel for her.Again, the author is very subtle and not preachy at all. The growth in faith and hope comes out as a natural phenomena rather than a forced acceptance.To summarize, THE DISHONORABLE MISS DELANCEY IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to lovers of realistic regency romance who are expecting a heartfelt, beautiful, clean historical fiction with a charming heroine, great hero and a touching story of Faith, Hope and Grace. About the Author... Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. She is married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!).A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of Romance Writers of American (RWA) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Her favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but she also enjoys contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.Her stories 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.Her books include: Regency Brides: A Legacy of GraceThe Elusive Miss EllisonThe Captivating Lady CharlotteThe Dishonorable Miss DeLanceyA VERY HONEST REVIEW IN EXCHANGE OF A COPY OF THE BOOK.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    "The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey" by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the "Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace" series. I have not read the first two books in the series, but I kept hearing so many good things about this series that I was excited to pick this one up! I loved this book and am now excited to go back and read the other two! This book has characters from the other books but can definitely be read as a standalone. "The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey" features Miss Clara DeLancey as our m "The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey" by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the "Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace" series. I have not read the first two books in the series, but I kept hearing so many good things about this series that I was excited to pick this one up! I loved this book and am now excited to go back and read the other two! This book has characters from the other books but can definitely be read as a standalone. "The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey" features Miss Clara DeLancey as our main character. At the start of this novel, as the title intimates, whether Clara is a heroine or a villain is still up for debate. As one begins this book, it is implied that Miss Clara DeLancey was in fact a rather villainous character in the other books in this series. I didn't read the first two books, so I was not as prejudiced against Clara as I imagine other readers might be coming into this book. I think Ms. Miller does a good job of making the reader sympathize with Clara over the course of the novel and even (gasp!) come to like her. Her character arc and growth throughout the novel is very well done and believable. I think this whole book is so well written and is a unique Regency era story. I love Clara's character and how she changes over the course of the novel. I really enjoy the side characters as well, especially Matilda and the friendship between Clara and Matilda. I appreciate that Clara is in a hard place in the beginning of the novel--in fact, she doesn't want to live. She struggles with a lot of real emotions and feelings because of past events. She is lonely and lost. I love how Matilda speaks God's Truth into her. Throughout the novel, Clara turns thoughts of loss into prayers of blessing and prays for those who hurt her. There is beautiful reconciliation that happens between some of the characters, but it is not easy and the characters struggle to get to this place. This book is exceptional on so many levels--the characters, the spiritual aspects, and the writing! "The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey" features themes of forgiveness, redemption, finding oneself, and trusting in God's plan. The book is full of action, danger and dastardly plots as well! Content: This is a clean read. I would rate this book PG. There is a girl who wants her life to end and is possibly contemplating suicide. A man eyes the low neck of a woman's gown. A man slips something into a woman's drink to try to take advantage of her and then he does try to. There is gambling and drinking at parties that the characters attend. A man physically abuses the main character. A man refers to “certain activities” he wants to engage in with a lady. A man refers to dealing with "light skirts".Rating: I give this book 4.5 stars.Genre: Christian historical fiction; Regency; RomanceI want to thank Carolyn Miller and Kregal Publications for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Several years ago, Christian artist Brandon Heath released a song called "I'm Not Who I Was." That song kept coming to mind as I read Clara DeLancey's story. Prior to her fall from grace, Clara was a respected and sought-after young woman—but she wasn't kind. After she was rejected by the man she expected to marry, her brother Richard disgraced the family with his actions, and the family (minus Richard) retreated to Bristol where they could be out of the public eye. Clara allowed her bitterness Several years ago, Christian artist Brandon Heath released a song called "I'm Not Who I Was." That song kept coming to mind as I read Clara DeLancey's story. Prior to her fall from grace, Clara was a respected and sought-after young woman—but she wasn't kind. After she was rejected by the man she expected to marry, her brother Richard disgraced the family with his actions, and the family (minus Richard) retreated to Bristol where they could be out of the public eye. Clara allowed her bitterness and anger to fester, and it got to the point where she wondered if it would be better to end her life.Then she met the Kemsleys and, through the Kemsleys, met Jesus.But the consequences of Clara's actions remained, and through the rest of the novel, she fought against the notion of who she had been as she tried to show who she had become in Christ. Not everyone believed that Clara had changed, and some people continued to believe the worst of her. I truly felt for Clara as she felt the social consequences of her—and her brother's—actions. And that's saying something, as I pretty much despised her in the first two books of this series!I greatly enjoyed Clara's journey throughout the novel, and I especially liked that coming to faith in Christ didn't turn her into a meek wallflower; instead, she began to stand up for herself and for those she cared about. Clara's spunk is one of my favorite things about her!The love story between Clara and Benjamin Kemsley is sweetly romantic and full of longing, as the two are of different social standings, so a match would never be approved by her parents. (This is crazy to me, as their family's disgrace made Clara unsuitable for men of her "station," so why not allow her to marry Ben? I'm thankful we don't have such rigid social stations today!)There's no question that Carolyn Miller gets better and better with each book! While I'm sorry to see this Legacy of Grace series end, I'm eagerly looking forward to the first book in her upcoming Promise of Hope series, which releases early next year!Disclosure of material connection. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Author Miller has done it again. She has captured my attention and pulled me into her third Regency romance and this one done with a character that was previously thought of as the villain. Clara DeLancey had set her sights on Lord Hawkesbury in the The Elusive Miss Ellison and tried to win his favor in marriage against Miss Ellison the heroin we were rooting for. She shows up briefly in the second novel at the Hawkesbury estate after a very emotional loss for the married couple. We saw briefly Author Miller has done it again. She has captured my attention and pulled me into her third Regency romance and this one done with a character that was previously thought of as the villain. Clara DeLancey had set her sights on Lord Hawkesbury in the The Elusive Miss Ellison and tried to win his favor in marriage against Miss Ellison the heroin we were rooting for. She shows up briefly in the second novel at the Hawkesbury estate after a very emotional loss for the married couple. We saw briefly she might have changed towards the good, but whenever she was in the picture she would set my teeth on edge.But in the capable hands of the author, she shows us who Clara really is. The pain of the rejection of the man she truly loved, promises that were broken, the scandal her brother brought on the family, and her overbearing mother. All this within the context that now at the age of 25 she was becoming an old maid especially since her parents still would not consider anyone they thought below her station in life. Oh how I felt for her. She was hurt and heart sore, crushed in her spirit. The gossips wounded her and her family, her reputation was in tatters. In this story, her story, we see the real Clara DeLancey. And I must say, she has turned out to be my favorite of all The Regency Brides in author Miller’s series.And Captain Benjamin Kemsley was the perfect hero for her. Though I would have liked more interaction between them, I do believe that due to their different stations in life the story was very realistic. The absences definitely made the hearts grow fonder. Do not miss out on this entire series. It is worth escaping into and reading and rereading again. I look forward to what stories are next by this author.I was provided a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    I have long discovered that Carolyn Miller knows how to masterfully write stories with wonderful character growth and she is surely becoming an author I always look forward to reading.Clara DeLancey has been raised to be the Belle of society and to find a favorable marriage - which in her parents and society's opinion means money and position. However, she and her family are seen as disgraceful after a serious of unfortunate events and shunned by society, ending all of Clara's chances of an este I have long discovered that Carolyn Miller knows how to masterfully write stories with wonderful character growth and she is surely becoming an author I always look forward to reading.Clara DeLancey has been raised to be the Belle of society and to find a favorable marriage - which in her parents and society's opinion means money and position. However, she and her family are seen as disgraceful after a serious of unfortunate events and shunned by society, ending all of Clara's chances of an esteemed marriage. Relentless, Clara's parents chose to ignore the nasty comments made towards Clara and her brother and act as if they are still accepted in society, determined to show how their daughter is still able to shine above all. What they don't realize is that their daughter's spirit has been slowly deteriorating, full of anguish because she has learned that there is no joy in living in a façade.After being neglected so unceremoniously, Clara has trouble to trust and to see value in herself, as well as to let go of the bitterness creeping into her heart towards those who are responsible for her humiliation. But a beacon of hope starts shining in her life when she meets the Kemsley sisters, whose kind but upfront manners challenge Clara to doubt everything she's been raised to believe in. At first, Clara is taken aback by their outspoken and open manner, nonetheless, she will soon find refuge in these sisters born in a class so different from her, but who are gently pointing her to truth and to acceptance. Not to mention their mysterious and handsome brother.I confess I'm a sucker for redemption stories and I thought Clara's was exceptionally done. The author warmly built up the changes going inside her heart without making it seem easy or without its challenges and doubts. This made the story relatable and tangible. In fact, Clara's journey became more relevant for today's society than I expected it to be. How is it possible not to understand a character who longs so profoundly for acceptance and hope? Who has had her share of broken dreams but is trying to find her way back?And I can't even begin to say how much I enjoyed the secondary characters. They brought humor with their wit and sardonic personalities. And don't get me started of how wonderfully they would come to stand for each other! Trust me when I say this book is NOT only about Clara's redeeming story.Oh, did I mention you'll get to see Prinny a bit disconcerted? If you want to find out what I mean you'll have to read this book ;-)It was a wonderful addition to the series <3*Many thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book ever since the glimpse we had of Clara DeLancey in The Captivating Lady Charlotte suggested that there was something redeemable beneath the spoilt and spiteful society miss we have seen so far. And now I can give a sigh of contentment, because this story fulfilled all my hopes. Clara’s journey from resentment and despair through to shame and repentance and then the determination to become a better person was a difficult path to walk, but the opposition she fa I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book ever since the glimpse we had of Clara DeLancey in The Captivating Lady Charlotte suggested that there was something redeemable beneath the spoilt and spiteful society miss we have seen so far. And now I can give a sigh of contentment, because this story fulfilled all my hopes. Clara’s journey from resentment and despair through to shame and repentance and then the determination to become a better person was a difficult path to walk, but the opposition she faced along the way only served to make her stronger, and I grew to love her every bit as much as I do Lavinia and Charlotte.Benjamin Kemsley is a true hero—in the literary and the literal sense! Noble in character if not in title, he has quite the story to tell, but it also left him a cripple and ended his career. The Prince Regent promised him a reward for his heroic actions, but nothing has come of it, and so he finds himself reliant on the generosity of his recently married sister and her husband, and responsible for chaperoning his youngest sister in London society. He can’t help but be drawn to a damsel in distress, but for all his gallantry, he’s the kind of guy who steals your heart quietly: piece by piece, smile by smile.As with Miller’s other novels, it’s not just the story itself that captures, but the authenticity of the Regency world in which she immerses the reader. I love that we get the rustic side of Regency life as well as the metropolitan, the everyday along with the glitz and glamour, and I love that families are at the heart of her novels—in all their varied and trying glory! (And that’s sometimes very trying, in the case of Clara!) And most of all, I love the way in which her characters are challenged in their faith (or lack thereof), growing step by step, and often by an act of conscious will against their natural inclinations.There’s no doubt about it; Carolyn Miller has become a must-read author for me, and I can’t wait for the release of her new series in 2018.I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a lot of recency books but haven't ever read one like this, which made me enjoy it even more. I enjoyed seeing her perspective, especially because of how much she was disliked in the first two books.
  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey #3 Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace by Carolyn Miller 1815 Brighton Cliffs, England...the opening scenes of this story certainly captured my attention...I was holding my breath at one point!...as Miss Clara DeLancey finds herself in a rather dangerous predicament, thus setting the “stage” for what follows. I was not very fond of Clara in the first two books and was wondering how her story would unfold and if I would ultimately find her likable at least. I will say The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey #3 Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace by Carolyn Miller 1815 Brighton Cliffs, England...the opening scenes of this story certainly captured my attention...I was holding my breath at one point!...as Miss Clara DeLancey finds herself in a rather dangerous predicament, thus setting the “stage” for what follows. I was not very fond of Clara in the first two books and was wondering how her story would unfold and if I would ultimately find her likable at least. I will say that the author has done a fantastic job in redeeming Clara in my eyes by weaving such a heart-tugging backstory for Clara, her growing-faith-journey in Jesus and in developing a humble-character that I could not help but find her charming. Well done Carolyn Miller! I still find her society-climbing mother hard to like. Then we meet Captain Benjamin Kemsley, who is by far my favorite character in this story. I love his heart, honor and integrity, honesty, humor, the way he cares for his family and those in need and his strong faith. His family—well not so much his brother, captured my heart as well. I loved watching Ben and Clara interact on the occasions they meet and how their hearts yearned for more than friendship. I was hoping they would put the so-called social barriers behind them and allow themselves to find love. I was happy to see some of the beloved characters from the first two books return in this book so we get a glimpse of their lives since we last saw them. I enjoyed the historical detail of Brighton’s seaside—beautiful, London in all it’s splendor and the Prince Regent’s ostentatious spending on a Grand Pavilion….oh my, it hurt my eyes/senses experiencing it through Clara and Ben’s first visit there! I especially appreciate the inspirational elements woven throughout the story and the importance of faith to the characters. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is a story of hope, redemption, forgiveness and relying on God—especially in times when you want to give up, fascinating details and well developed characters that come alive on the pages. A delightful, heartwarming story!
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    Book three in Carolyn Miller’s Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, is a novel that any lover of regency stories will absolutely delight in. Miller’s story is charming, enjoyable, romantic, and sweet. The characters and story come to life so that readers are sucked in to this enchanting story from page one. It is about the struggle of being publicly rejected by a suitor and overcoming that rejection and finding a new and truer love. Miller brings to life the Book three in Carolyn Miller’s Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, is a novel that any lover of regency stories will absolutely delight in. Miller’s story is charming, enjoyable, romantic, and sweet. The characters and story come to life so that readers are sucked in to this enchanting story from page one. It is about the struggle of being publicly rejected by a suitor and overcoming that rejection and finding a new and truer love. Miller brings to life the Regency time period beautifully in this series. Fans of historical fiction, particularly the Regency time period, will not want to miss this enjoyable and pleasant story.Genre: Regency, historical, romance, British Literature, European LiteraturePublisher: KregelPublication date: October 24, 2017Number of pages: 296A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Kregel, as well as the author's influencer team. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Another delightful Regency Romance, this book often entertains by subtle humor as various unpretentious characters show up various pretentious characters. This easy-to-read tale highlights the grace and love of God toward the unlovely and the difference it makes when His followers, too, behave in like manner.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: Legacy of Grace #3)Author: Carolyn MillerPages: 296Year: 2017Publisher: Kregel PublicationsMy rating is 5 out of 5 stars.Ben Kemsley is a sea captain who is recuperating at his sister’s house in Brighton after a knee injury sustained during a ship wreck. He was a hero as he managed to swim for help while injured to save the survivors of the wreck. The Prince Regent even mentioned giving him a monetary reward in the newspaper. Ben hasn’t seen Title: The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: Legacy of Grace #3)Author: Carolyn MillerPages: 296Year: 2017Publisher: Kregel PublicationsMy rating is 5 out of 5 stars.Ben Kemsley is a sea captain who is recuperating at his sister’s house in Brighton after a knee injury sustained during a ship wreck. He was a hero as he managed to swim for help while injured to save the survivors of the wreck. The Prince Regent even mentioned giving him a monetary reward in the newspaper. Ben hasn’t seen a cent of a reward and doesn’t have much to offer a future wife, not that he is looking for a wife. He is drawn to the cliffs on a dark, stormy night. Once he arrives he sees a woman slip and fall over the cliffside. He manages to grab her wrist and pull her to safety. She quietly and quickly thanks him, then runs off.Clara DeLancey is depressed. The earl she thought she had an understanding with, though not formally engaged, has married another and left her humiliated in the eyes of society. The actions of her reprobate brother have further ruined her in the eyes of society so she is forced to leave London with her parents until the ton begins to forget. They haven’t seen her brother in quite some time and that is fine with her. She has no friends, but she meets the local vicar’s wife and her sister and they become friends. Clara’s mother doesn’t approve as she thinks they are not of the same class and so shouldn’t associate with them. Clara also meets Tessa’s brother, Ben. As Clara receives an entrée back into society, she invites Tessa to be a part of it. Ben knows he is not of Clara’s class, but his heart doesn’t. Clara wants Ben in her life permanently, but her parents don’t approve. Can this dilemma be solved or will Clara be forced to marry another?Author Carolyn Miller once again has given her audience a clean, enjoyable, Regency romance. I recommend reading the series in order beginning with The Elusive Miss Ellison, then continuing with The Captivating Lady Charlotte before reading this tale. I so enjoyed reading about Clara’s spiritual growth as she came to the lowest point in her life. She tentatively placed her trust in God initially, then wholeheartedly. While she didn’t suddenly have an easy life, she knew that God loved her and she could withstand life’s hardships. Did God give her what she thought she wanted or what she truly needed? The author has a wonderful way of intertwining faith into the story without condescension or preachiness. I can’t wait to read Carolyn’s next book! Kudos Carolyn for a great series!!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • The Book Girl (Andrea)
    January 1, 1970
    Previously posted on The Young Girl Who Loved Books> This book was a solid 4.5 stars for me. I have really been wanting to read The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey for a while. I had previously heard about the writing of Carolyn Miller. Many people seem to really enjoy reading her books. So I thought I would give this book a go! Boy, did she not disappoint. I really believe the hype about this author is actually warranted for a change. The characters in her novels feel so real and multi-dimensiona Previously posted on The Young Girl Who Loved Books> This book was a solid 4.5 stars for me. I have really been wanting to read The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey for a while. I had previously heard about the writing of Carolyn Miller. Many people seem to really enjoy reading her books. So I thought I would give this book a go! Boy, did she not disappoint. I really believe the hype about this author is actually warranted for a change. The characters in her novels feel so real and multi-dimensional, that I sometimes forget that I am just reading a novel. I love that her writing is captivating and so very engaging. Before I get into this book I do want to put a disclaimer out there that I did not have a chance to read her first two books in the Regency Brides series. I do plan on reading them in the future. I did enjoy this book but recommend you read the first two as the characters are revisited and you sometimes need context for scenes. While this is a Christian fiction novel, I felt that it could be enjoyed by readers of faith and those of other belief systems. The story has a great moral purpose too it, which is something I really look for when reading faith-inspired books. This book follows Miss Claire DeLancey, who is a mysterious character. She could be a villain or she could be a hero, it is rather hard to tell at the beginning of the novel. The book seems to imply she is a rather villainous woman. I found the character growth in this book to be some of the best I have ever read. I really began to enjoy Claire's character before the middle of the book. The themes of this book are very interesting indeed. They include finding yourself, trusting God, forgiveness, redemption, finding a purpose, and relationships. I really feel like these various aspects just made this a great book. This is a super clean book. I will put a disclaimer out there that The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey does contain a scene about potentially contemplating suicide, a scene where a woman is taken advantage of. There is some gambling. All of these are serious topics but are well done and not over the top. I can't recommend this book enough. I really think you should check out this book. This is a quick fast paced book. It will be an instant classic for fans of the Historical Fiction novel. I received a copy of The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
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  • ASC Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Nice ending. I've loved this series from the start! And even though I didn't devour this one quit as quickly as the previous two, that had nothing to do with Clara Delancey being the main character. On the contrary I felt that Carolyn started leading me to feel sympathy for Clara in the last book, since I felt she was a victim of a manipulative mothers as much as Nicholas. But if your sympathy string was not affected by the last book like mine was, Carolyn makes sure it gets a great big tug from Nice ending. I've loved this series from the start! And even though I didn't devour this one quit as quickly as the previous two, that had nothing to do with Clara Delancey being the main character. On the contrary I felt that Carolyn started leading me to feel sympathy for Clara in the last book, since I felt she was a victim of a manipulative mothers as much as Nicholas. But if your sympathy string was not affected by the last book like mine was, Carolyn makes sure it gets a great big tug from the very beginning! I love how she just throws you into the story in the beginning. And while I loved all the characters, old and new, the reason I didn't devour this story like the last is due to me feeling the pace has lulls this time. But the end of the story picks up with the action and then I love how Carolyn wraps up the ending. I was SO happy that my favorite characters, the Hawkesburys, returned. While I enjoyed all the hero characters in this series I've always loved Nicholas the most! ;) This is a redemption story through and through however, and I LOVE all of the faith scenes (though personally I wish Clara had done somethings differently towards the end of the book). But fans of this series are not going to be disappointed with this final addition! Faith, adventure, romance, and so much more await and it's all wrapped up in an absolutely GORGEOUS cover! :) Overall this is a nice ending, leading into new beginnings!Oh yeah and if, like me, your saddened by this being the last book, we don't have to be to biblio-depressed! Carolyn's new series is due in Spring of 2018!!! :D And dare we hope to see our favorite characters again and again along with meeting new ones along the way? Now I know next spring is quite a while to wait, but I've got a feeling the wait will be more than worth it! ;)Songs: "Broken Things" by Matthew West, "Mercy is a Song" by Matthew West "Forgiveness" by Matthew West (can you tell he's my favorite musical artist?) and "Different" by Micah TylerSongs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASCPsalm 57, Proverbs 3:6 ~ASC*I requested and received this book from Kregel for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Dishonorable Miss Delancey. ~ASC
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I was pleasantly surprised by how often this book connected with the other two in the series! I had expected this to be more separated than it was. I really enjoyed the healing process and the forgiveness shown between the earl and Lavinia to Clara!This book hit me personally with a lot of thoughts and feelings. I have been suffering with anxiety, and more often social anxiety than I like to admit. I felt a connection to Clara in her sadness and worry over other people’s opinions and how everyth I was pleasantly surprised by how often this book connected with the other two in the series! I had expected this to be more separated than it was. I really enjoyed the healing process and the forgiveness shown between the earl and Lavinia to Clara!This book hit me personally with a lot of thoughts and feelings. I have been suffering with anxiety, and more often social anxiety than I like to admit. I felt a connection to Clara in her sadness and worry over other people’s opinions and how everything weighed her down. This was a really good reminder to me about God’s opinion of our lives being the only opinion that truly should matter to us. I loved the deeper and sincere friendships she found with Tessa and Mattie! That was an encouragement to me and also made me think about the kind of people I surround myself with. People who gossip and are cruel, or people who uplift, encourage, and love others?The heartbreaking story of loss from Ben’s side was satisfying when he got to rescue Clara not only once, but twice! Three saves if you count Lord Houghton, which I do! I felt this made him truly a hero! I loved his personality and the way he was determined to get to know the real and NEW Clara! He didn’t allow gossip and society to change his mind and his intuition about her. That made him a character worth investing in! He didn’t have much to offer, but he did give her a fair chance and his heart! I felt that his title and prize were deserved, but the extra money and estate seemed a bit too fairytale extravagant! That was the only thing that I felt conflicted about. Richard’s story concluded with a sad end, but I couldn’t think how else that character would have ended. I feel like his desperation and poor choices only remind me of too many plagued with the drug epidemic today. Very sad, but I’m sure very relatable to some!Overall, this book made me dig deep into myself and I really enjoyed the love story! This was probably my favorite of the series! Clara needed to be redeemed after her heartache, and it was done beautifully! Way to go Carolyn Miller! Another amazing book for my bookshelves!
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  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    What a fitting ending to this series! The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey was everything I was hoping it would be...and more. Characters written from the heart in a story that was full of despair and hope, this was a book I couldn't put down. From the beginning of the story I liked Clara DeLancey. I didn't find her to be all that bad of a person even though she had made some mistakes in the past. Clara is going through a tough time and feels alone and the way the author wrote of Clara's emotions it w What a fitting ending to this series! The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey was everything I was hoping it would be...and more. Characters written from the heart in a story that was full of despair and hope, this was a book I couldn't put down. From the beginning of the story I liked Clara DeLancey. I didn't find her to be all that bad of a person even though she had made some mistakes in the past. Clara is going through a tough time and feels alone and the way the author wrote of Clara's emotions it was easy to understand her pain and sympathize with her. Now, Clara's mom on the other hand...I found this character grating on my nerves. It seemed as if all she cared about was their station in life and how accepted they were by the ton and the amount of money they had. Clara's dad came across as a bit meek and unable to stand up to her mother. The Kemsley family was so down-to-earth and genuine. They were a great balance to Clara's family and it was easy to see the differences between the two and why Clara felt as ease with them. I felt as if Mattie and Tessa could easily be friends of mine and they were people I wanted to read more about. I loved the contrast between the two families.I really enjoy this author's writing style. I love her attention to detail and her ability to get the reader fully immersed in the story. Her descriptions made it easy to imagine myself right there alongside the characters. Carolyn Miller has definitely earned the top spot as my favorite Regency romance author. This book (and the rest of the series) are must-reads for fans of the genre. While this book can be read as a standalone I would recommend reading the entire series in order. All three books are wonderfully written and are quick, easy reads. This series is definitely on my keeper shelf and I am eagerly awaiting the next series from Carolyn Miller.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    Delving into the pages of Austin style prose of a Carolyn Miller Regency period novel is like journeying back in time where social mores were rigid and social position steeped in tradition and expectations. Miss Clara DeLacey is a young lady born of well placed social standing whose conduct in a previous book in the Legacy of Grace series was dubious and placed her in a position of dishonor. Hence..... The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey.True that by today's standards her behavior was quite acceptabl Delving into the pages of Austin style prose of a Carolyn Miller Regency period novel is like journeying back in time where social mores were rigid and social position steeped in tradition and expectations. Miss Clara DeLacey is a young lady born of well placed social standing whose conduct in a previous book in the Legacy of Grace series was dubious and placed her in a position of dishonor. Hence..... The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey.True that by today's standards her behavior was quite acceptable. In the year 1815 it certainly was not and placed her character in question and her hopes for a grand marriage quite dim.The story's male lead is quite the honorable and trustworthy hero of military fame. His faith and trust in God is strong just as is his personal strength and character. It is quite interesting to read the exchanges and interactions of Clara and Ben.The thread of faith was woven beautifully throughout the story as those of strong faith encourage others to exercise faith in God and to be willing to follow God's leading for their lives.Mention of previous characters in the Legacy of Grace Regency Series - some involved with the story's action in The dishonorable Miss DeLancey and some back story mentions - connects this concluding book in the series nicely to the previous two. It is nice to read the books in correct sequence, but not necessary for the story to be enjoyed.DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    I was hoping that this last book in the Regency Brides series would be my favorite as the series kept improving from book one, but unfortunately this was probably my least favorite of the three books. This one was more preachy and the plot twist at the end involving Clara's brother, really disturbed the flow of what was a sweet regency read. I felt as though with Clara's shunning by the ton and the later assault she faced at the hands of a nobleman, that those things in and of themselves kept th I was hoping that this last book in the Regency Brides series would be my favorite as the series kept improving from book one, but unfortunately this was probably my least favorite of the three books. This one was more preachy and the plot twist at the end involving Clara's brother, really disturbed the flow of what was a sweet regency read. I felt as though with Clara's shunning by the ton and the later assault she faced at the hands of a nobleman, that those things in and of themselves kept the story intriguing and me as a reader on pins and needles. I just didn't really like that Clara and Ben were so "good" either. I at least like my heroes with more complex personality. I still liked the romantic aspects of the story, but unfortunately this wasn't a favorite read. However, if you like books with very strong Christian elements or the classic regencies from yesteryear, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey might be a book you'll enjoy. ~ My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars ~*I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
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