Winning Miss Winthrop (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope #1)
Catherine Winthrop has cried out to God too many times to count. Years ago, the man who stole her heart rejected her--and she's never recovered. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it's her home and her family's good name--and she has no one to share her grief.Jonathan Carlew's life may look enviable from the outside--wealthy, handsome, landed--but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his entire life. Now as he ascends to the barony, fresh challenges await, including a scheming mama who wants him to embrace power, even at the cost of losing love. How can he remain the kind, honorable man he strives to be and still meet the demands of his new society responsibilities?These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in Carolyn Miller's new series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won’t want to miss this new set of characters.

Winning Miss Winthrop (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope #1) Details

TitleWinning Miss Winthrop (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherKregel Publications
ISBN-139780825445330
Rating
GenreHistorical, Regency, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Christian, Fiction

Winning Miss Winthrop (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope #1) Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    One things that's evident when reading this author's books is that she REALLY loves the Regency period. She really drew me into the regency world, from the description of the clothing to the atmosphere to the dialogue to the etiquette. I could not turn the pages quickly enough. You will not be disappointed with this rich in historical detail novel set in Bath, Regency England. You'll be enriched reading about new characters while enjoying reuniting with characters in past books. Then first in th One things that's evident when reading this author's books is that she REALLY loves the Regency period. She really drew me into the regency world, from the description of the clothing to the atmosphere to the dialogue to the etiquette. I could not turn the pages quickly enough. You will not be disappointed with this rich in historical detail novel set in Bath, Regency England. You'll be enriched reading about new characters while enjoying reuniting with characters in past books. Then first in the A Promise of Hope series I look forward to the next book.Pub Date 27 Mar 2018 I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publications through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautifully written story! If you like Jane Austen's "Persuasion," you will love "Winning Miss Winthrop!" "Winning Miss Winthrop" is the first book in a new series called "Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope." Ms. Miller writes a great story filled with a lot of faith content. I appreciate that she doesn't shy away from putting Christianity into her story. Faith plays such a big role in many of the characters’ lives and there are many important lessons learned as the characters grow in thei What a beautifully written story! If you like Jane Austen's "Persuasion," you will love "Winning Miss Winthrop!" "Winning Miss Winthrop" is the first book in a new series called "Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope." Ms. Miller writes a great story filled with a lot of faith content. I appreciate that she doesn't shy away from putting Christianity into her story. Faith plays such a big role in many of the characters’ lives and there are many important lessons learned as the characters grow in their faith. I love that Ms. Miller’s characters pray, read the Bible, have devotions and recall Scripture. I also enjoy the little similarities to Austen’s novels sprinkled throughout, especially the parallels to her novel “Persuasion.”"Winning Miss Winthrop" has relatable and down-to-earth characters. Our heroine, Catherine, loses so much and feels abandoned by God in the beginning of the book. Her struggles and faith journey are very realistic. She has a slight stammer when she is intimidated and she is not always described as being very pretty. I love that she realizes she can be happy even when she thinks the man she loves has chosen someone else for a bride. Catherine learns great lessons about not getting stuck in the past, being the heroine of her story and choosing to live life to the fullest.You won't be sorry if you pick up this novel. It's sure to give you plenty of entertainment while encouraging you in your faith--“Winning Miss Winthrop” is a definite win-win. Content: This book is a clean read overall with a PG rating for a little content. Some examples of the content are: talk of a person possibly being illegitimate; talk of a man who has gambled; characters drink alcohol; reference to a man possibly propositioning a woman; reference to a lady being large bosomed; talk of a man being unfaithful.Rating: I give this book 4.5 stars.Genre: Christian fiction; Regency; Romance; HistoricalI 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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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    "How could she bless others when God had removed all blessings from her?"Carolyn Miller's debut novel last year, The Elusive Miss Ellison, proved to this reader that she could do a Regency well indeed. My opinion has only been solidified with each successive book. I love a good Regency and I am most satisfied with each offering from Miller's pen.Miller begins a new series with Winning Miss Winthrop and already, after closing the last page of the book, looking forward to the next in the series. C "How could she bless others when God had removed all blessings from her?"Carolyn Miller's debut novel last year, The Elusive Miss Ellison, proved to this reader that she could do a Regency well indeed. My opinion has only been solidified with each successive book. I love a good Regency and I am most satisfied with each offering from Miller's pen.Miller begins a new series with Winning Miss Winthrop and already, after closing the last page of the book, looking forward to the next in the series. Catherine Winthrop's father has died and suddenly she finds herself in quite different circumstances. She and her mother must remove themselves from Winthrop Manor and into the dower cottage on the estate, which is a far cry from what they are used to. It seems her father had serious debt and now they must pay the price for his lapses in judgment.Jonathan Carlew has a connection to trade and has always dealt with rumors about his birth, and now he finds himself the new Lord Winthrop as a distant cousin. He is suddenly landed and titled and is now a good prospect for all the young ladies seeking husbands in the season. But the one woman who he loves still, after three years, stole his heart and ran away. That lady is Catherine Winthrop.Catherine was rejected by the new Lord Winthrop and she cannot, despite many efforts to, forget him . Can these two broken hearts make it past all their painful pasts and now the bitter present? Will they allow forgiveness in their hearts and forge a new path on which to trod? I was completely captivated by this novel. Miller has created characters so powerfully that I found my heart breaking with theirs at each painful turn of events. I confess I did shed some tears. I love discovering new authors and I am so glad indeed that I took a chance with Carolyn Miller's deft hand at a Christian Regency. Highly recommended.*I thank the publisher for this copy. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Blissful sigh. Can that be enough of a bottom line? Because that’s all I wanted to do after I closed the book. Stare dreamily off into the distance and sigh blissfully at the delightful Persuasion-esque romance I’d just read. Catherine and Jonathan are both steady of character and strong in faith, yet societal expectations and hurt feelings keep them from having the one conversation that would have made this a very short story indeed. Which is fine with me, because that means I got to 4.5 stars Blissful sigh. Can that be enough of a bottom line? Because that’s all I wanted to do after I closed the book. Stare dreamily off into the distance and sigh blissfully at the delightful Persuasion-esque romance I’d just read. Catherine and Jonathan are both steady of character and strong in faith, yet societal expectations and hurt feelings keep them from having the one conversation that would have made this a very short story indeed. Which is fine with me, because that means I got to enjoy a deliciously written (full length) novel that brims with wit and swoony moments. I also love how Miller gives us both perspectives – Catherine’s and Jonathan’s – as suppressed emotions run high and hearts are laid on the line. Along with the sweet-swoon factor, there is just enough humor, flirtation, and cheekiness to keep a smile on your face from cover to cover! A must-read for fans of Austen, Heyer, Klassen, and Ladd!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    Since reading Ms. Miller's first book, what has struck me as refreshing is her characters' integrity. They are never portrayed as perfect or unapproachable, but there is a noble air to them which is very much appreciated. It also, many times, sets the pace of the plot as the characters try to remain steadfast through a time period stained by unruly tongues and a judgemental society.I saw this integrity portrayed once again in Jonathan Carlew as he sought to wisely fulfill an unexpected inherited Since reading Ms. Miller's first book, what has struck me as refreshing is her characters' integrity. They are never portrayed as perfect or unapproachable, but there is a noble air to them which is very much appreciated. It also, many times, sets the pace of the plot as the characters try to remain steadfast through a time period stained by unruly tongues and a judgemental society.I saw this integrity portrayed once again in Jonathan Carlew as he sought to wisely fulfill an unexpected inherited role, through his interactions with his family and close friends, and his patience to not let society's prejudice make him doubt his good influence. And then there's his... bullheadedness. Yep, he's pretty much as stubborn as they get. I confess this caught me by surprise, not in a bad way for I knew this promised for a good character growth. Morality is a fine line to walk on. Though righteous character may be grown, there's always the chance of developing pride in one's self and forgetting that a noble persona walks alongside gentleness and meekness. Can Jonathan find this out in time to repair severed ties? Specially one in regards to the young lady who never stopped having a place in his heart.Catherine Winthrop has suffered enough heartache in recent times to make her sick to her bones. And to be in constant association with the man she once gave her heart to hasn't been helping her healing. She can't forget how he coldly and unceremonious broke their understanding. Still, here in there she sees the kindhearted man she once knew. How to associate these two sides? Who is the true Jonathan Carlew?Full of the captivating Regency world, with the bonus of a masquerade ball (!!!), this book sure kept me interested as page-to-page I was challenged to not judge a character by first impressions, as they can be misguided, as well as to believe hope is always unwavering, no matter the situation. I'm very much looking forward to Serena's book.**many thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    Before I finished Carolyn Miller’s book and read the author’s note, I saw echoes of Jane Austen in Winning Miss Winthrop—especially Persuasion in the first three quarters and a little Pride & Prejudice in the final pages.Yet Miller’s story is original and engaging (and maybe a little sad—at first). I couldn’t help but feel bath for Catherine as trial after trail invades her life. She is forced to leave the only home she’s known to live with her unhappy mother. The man she once loved is now t Before I finished Carolyn Miller’s book and read the author’s note, I saw echoes of Jane Austen in Winning Miss Winthrop—especially Persuasion in the first three quarters and a little Pride & Prejudice in the final pages.Yet Miller’s story is original and engaging (and maybe a little sad—at first). I couldn’t help but feel bath for Catherine as trial after trail invades her life. She is forced to leave the only home she’s known to live with her unhappy mother. The man she once loved is now the master of her family’s home and land.The new master of Winthrop Manor has the burden of fixing the crumbling home, paying the outstanding debts of the previous Lord Winthrop, providing for a family that has had little to do with him in the past, and dealing with the machinations of a marriage-minded mother.Jon’s mother was actually the character who surprised me the most. I never could exactly read Lady Harkness’s motives.Readers of Miller’s previous series will enjoy the cameos from a few people but don’t worry, this book stands just fine on its own. And there’s no shortage of drama.Miller’s portrayal of the aristocracy in Bath is filled with pictures of diversions such as concerts and balls as well as the assembly that are fresh and descriptively colorful. And though I wanted to yell at Catherine and Jon to just talk to each other already, it’s the journey they take that makes the ending worth the wait.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. 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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  • Carrie Turansky
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Miller never fails to stir my heart with her engaging Regency novels, and she has done it again with Winning Miss Winthrop. This delightful story has just right blend of family drama, faith, romance, and redemption. Separated by a heartbreaking misunderstanding in the past, Catherine and Jon’s journey will keep you turning pages and longing for them to learn the truth. Readers who are looking for an English historical romance reminiscent of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer will be delight Carolyn Miller never fails to stir my heart with her engaging Regency novels, and she has done it again with Winning Miss Winthrop. This delightful story has just right blend of family drama, faith, romance, and redemption. Separated by a heartbreaking misunderstanding in the past, Catherine and Jon’s journey will keep you turning pages and longing for them to learn the truth. Readers who are looking for an English historical romance reminiscent of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer will be delighted with Winning Miss Winthrop!
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    When I first discovered Jane Austen, I was a young lady just beginning life. I adored Pride and Prejudice and longed for the day when my very own Darcy would appear. But as I have matured, and yes, found my own Darcy, I have learned to appreciate and sigh for those who need a second chance to find happiness with the one they love. Persuasion is one such example, and Winning Miss Winthrop is another, an enjoyable novel of lost love regained after much heartache. This is the first book in the seco When I first discovered Jane Austen, I was a young lady just beginning life. I adored Pride and Prejudice and longed for the day when my very own Darcy would appear. But as I have matured, and yes, found my own Darcy, I have learned to appreciate and sigh for those who need a second chance to find happiness with the one they love. Persuasion is one such example, and Winning Miss Winthrop is another, an enjoyable novel of lost love regained after much heartache. This is the first book in the second series by Carolyn Miller, and I believe she just gets better with each novel. This one is significantly longer than any of the books in her previous trilogy, and the plot is more complex, the character development allowed to go a bit deeper, letting us appreciate their strengths and weaknesses more as we know what has led them to this point in their lives. Faith plays an important role in understanding suffering, whether it be from misunderstanding or deliberate maliciousness. Anyone who has ever asked how much more growth they might need before God considers the trial at an end will find a kindred heart in Catherine, who tries to patiently endure her own situations with grace but struggles with weariness at it all. As with her earlier novels, the Regency period is well-researched and I learned several things about it that I didn't know before, such as the history of White's. But even though the characters must choose to remain within society's strictures, or not, I love that it does not make them somehow "less." Women do have fewer choices at that time, but as a wiser character reminded another, they can choose to live, no matter how difficult circumstances may be. With nods to Austen but still a work all her own, Miller's latest novel is a shining example of what's best in the Regency genre with great characters, difficult situations, and a fantastic romance in a much more regimented time and place. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy Austen and are looking for a newer author to read, but those who appreciate historical fiction, in general, will also find a great story here! I received a review copy from the publisher and author but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Austen eat your heart out! There's definitely a Persuasion vibe to this incredible first book in a new series by Carolyn Miller. We're back exchanging banter and barbs in Regency England where appearances are everything and everyone must live by an exhaustive list of rules or be cut from polite society. And our hero and heroine -- Catherine and Jonathan -- are a pair of the most exasperating characters I have ever met within the pages of a book.Misunderstandings based on assumptions and wou Jane Austen eat your heart out! There's definitely a Persuasion vibe to this incredible first book in a new series by Carolyn Miller. We're back exchanging banter and barbs in Regency England where appearances are everything and everyone must live by an exhaustive list of rules or be cut from polite society. And our hero and heroine -- Catherine and Jonathan -- are a pair of the most exasperating characters I have ever met within the pages of a book.Misunderstandings based on assumptions and wounded feelings create havoc in their lives as they are thrown together by circumstance. Unlike most romance novels, this couple spends a lot of their time apart; but since readers are privy to their innermost thoughts we also have a front row seat to their deepest longings. These two dunderheads are in love and have been for some time but neither is willing to forgive the other and, until they do, they have no hope of unraveling the past and revealing the truth. I never wanted to knock two heads together more than with Catherine and Jonathan. And give them a good scolding while I was at it. Talk about a page-turning reader dilemma.As in all Miller's stories, this one has a fascinating and infuriating cast of secondary characters. Catherine's mother -- like nails on a chalkboard! That woman grated on my nerves something awful even though she did provide some groan-out-loud laughable moments as well. Catherine has the patience of a saint to put up with her mother's histrionics, that's all I can say! And fans of Miller's previous series (Regency Brides : a Legacy of Grace) will be thrilled to discover some familiar faces in Winning Miss Winthrop which is a surprise bonus! (Though it isn't essential that you read the first series to follow this one.)I'm in a euphoric tizzy of Regency proportions having just finished WMW -- and giddy with delight over the fact that the second book in the Regency Brides : a Promise of Hope series is already out. Miss Serena's Secret here I come!
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  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    January 1, 1970
    In the last two months I have read all of Carolyn Miller's books, one was a re-read. I have become a fan of hers and I will try to get my hands on everything she writes. I have already pre-ordered her book coming out in November. I am hooked.Miss Winthrop is a treasure. She has led a blessed life and gives back by helping those who are less fortunate. Her future changes when her father unexpectedly passes away and the man she loved three years ago becomes his heir. Things did not end well for th In the last two months I have read all of Carolyn Miller's books, one was a re-read. I have become a fan of hers and I will try to get my hands on everything she writes. I have already pre-ordered her book coming out in November. I am hooked.Miss Winthrop is a treasure. She has led a blessed life and gives back by helping those who are less fortunate. Her future changes when her father unexpectedly passes away and the man she loved three years ago becomes his heir. Things did not end well for them, and there are a lot of unresolved issues. This leads to awkwardness, anger, and hurt feelings.The book portrays how quickly situations can get out of control, that good intentions can lead to gossip and rumors. I love how the characters rose above how others treated them and knew of their value and self-worth. Miss Winthrop (Catherine) has a heavy burden. She deals with her mother, who suffers from emotional issues (depression/anxiety). She holds everything together while situations and people let her down and lean on her for support.This book is emotionally driven. Carolyn Miller presents the story from both Catherine and Jonathan's point of view. You know as a reader that if one or both of them let go of their pain and talked about the past, that the book could have been resolved quicker. But, the lessons of forgiveness would not have been so sweet.This is a clean book with Christian themes.Source: I purchase my own copy.
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  • Kellyn Roth
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.Title: Winning Miss WinthropAuthor: Carolyn MillerSeries: Regency Brides: Promise of Hope, #1Genre: Christian Historical RomanceEra: RegencySetting: English countryside, BathPublisher: Kregel PublicationsSource: from NetGalley (in exchange for honest review)Overall Rating: 3.5/5I have no idea what to think of this book! I’ll unashamedly admit it. I loved it … and yet there were a couple problems that detracted from my enjoyment of the story.PLOT: 3/5… eh?Oka Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.Title: Winning Miss WinthropAuthor: Carolyn MillerSeries: Regency Brides: Promise of Hope, #1Genre: Christian Historical RomanceEra: RegencySetting: English countryside, BathPublisher: Kregel PublicationsSource: from NetGalley (in exchange for honest review)Overall Rating: 3.5/5I have no idea what to think of this book! I’ll unashamedly admit it. I loved it … and yet there were a couple problems that detracted from my enjoyment of the story.PLOT: 3/5… eh?Okay, so, I have no idea what to think of this plot! On one hand, it definitely kept my attention and was interesting and intriguing. On the other hand … it felt like the first draft plot got mixed up with the final draft plot.This book needs some alpha readers. ;) Even though I know it’s traditional, so it must have gone through multiple rounds of edits. Go figure.I felt that the time that needed to be dedicated to Catherine and Jon’s backstory just … wasn’t? I didn’t really get a good sense of what kept them apart, et cetera. It was perhaps just a little cliche as well. (TALK, GUYS. BUT IN PERSON. NOT OVER LETTER. BECAUSE THAT IS NOT WORKING FOR YOU.)The place where the plot of this book really shone was in the theme. The Christian content was sooo amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve read a story that put so much emphasis on God in the characters’ lives without being overly preachy.CHARACTERS: 4/5The characters were fairly well-developed. As I said before, at times I was a little bit confused by the reasons behind Jon’s actions in the past – and even Catherine’s. I felt like that whole part could be been developed further. However, overall, they were well done.I found myself almost liking the side characters more than the hero and heroine. Catherine’s aunt, (eventually) Jon’s mother, Jon’s friends, Lavinia (who has a book about her I should really read), Lavinia’s husband (oh, my word, this man …), and multiple other characters.I liked Jon okay, but he didn’t stand out to me in a big way. Catherine was a decent character – and there were some things about her that I really liked, such as her stutter. It was really cute. 😛The characters’ interactions reminded me of Kristi Ann Hunter. This is very, very good thing in my book!The biggest thing about these characters … they were never exactly proper? And I know, being rich and in family circles (which they weren’t always, but I digress), they might have acted like that … but I think not? It just pulled me out of the story. Felt like modern-day people got dumped in a Regency setting.However, it was hilarious. Their interactions and little comments and everything really made the book flow. So I can’t be too harsh.SETTING: 4/5Aside from what I mentioned in the character section about the characters being not exactly proper, the setting was very well done. I felt a strong influence of Persuasion in this story (BATH!!!), so that was fantastic. There was also a kind of Mansfield Park or lowkey Sense and Sensibility feeling. It was just all very Jane Austen-y. Two thumbs up!WRITING: 4/5Overall, the writing was very good. A consistent, flowing style. There were a couple times where I felt it needed a good editing, but I had an eARC so I will presume that these errors and weird sentences and such will be ironed out by publication day.CONTENT: 2/5Language: n/aViolence: n/aSexual: people gossip that Catherine is in an improper relationship with an older gentleman who views her as a father. Mentions of Jon’s friends being improper/rogues/etc. Semi-detailed kissing and remembering kissing (as in, Catherine is super worried that kissing Jon when they first met drove him off) (no, that is not how men work, sweetie).Other: n/a (unless you count mentions of pregnancy, etc.)I can’t remember anything that put up major flags for me. It was a clean Regency romance. A few conversations resulting from untrue gossip leads me to say 13+ with parental guidance.OVERALL: 3.5/5I probably would have rated it a bit lower just based on the quality of the story, but … I enjoyed it so very much! From the message to the characters to the writing, it was deeply enjoyable.And … if that doesn’t count for something to a reviewer, I don’t know what should! If you love Regency romance and don’t mind looking over some minor flaws in a plot, by all means, dig into this story!Review by Kellyn Roth of Reveries Reviews
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  • Abby Breuklander
    January 1, 1970
    Love love and love!! This is one of those stories where you feel that it was written just for you, I felt everything that Catherine felt, from anger to sadness to hope. What a wonderful reminder that sometimes the very circumstances that we think are going to break us can actually be the very path to get us right where we're supposed to be. There is always hope.
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  • Iola
    January 1, 1970
    Persuasion is not my favourite Jane Austen novel. I find it frustrating, because the problems faced by the hero and heroine could be solved by one simple conversation. Unfortunately, Jane Austen lived in a society where men and women were unable to speak plainly to each other. That meant Persuasion's hero and heroine spent most of the book at odds, even though they had mutual feelings towards each other. Winning Miss Winthrop is loosely based on Persuasion, and has the same central trope. Two ye Persuasion is not my favourite Jane Austen novel. I find it frustrating, because the problems faced by the hero and heroine could be solved by one simple conversation. Unfortunately, Jane Austen lived in a society where men and women were unable to speak plainly to each other. That meant Persuasion's hero and heroine spent most of the book at odds, even though they had mutual feelings towards each other. Winning Miss Winthrop is loosely based on Persuasion, and has the same central trope. Two years ago, Miss Catherine Winthrop fell in love with her third cousin once removed, Jonathan Carlew. She thought the feeling was mutual, but he abandoned her. Now she is twenty-five years old, at home, and on the shelf. But things are about to get complicated.Her father dies, and instead of the estate going to the expected heir, it goes to Jonathan Carlew. Catherine and her mother are forced to leave their home and move into the Dower House, with a much-reduced income. What follows is a frustrating yet engaging read as Catherine and Jonathan have to face up to being in the company of the other, both believing the other to have been at fault in the demise of their earlier relationship. Matters are not helped by Catherine‘s mother, the Dowager Lady Winthrop, who makes Elizabeth Bennett’s mother appear intelligent and self sacrificing.There is lots of great writing, much of which centres around Catherine's frustration over her situation. There are also some welcome cameos from characters in her earlier series.As usual, Carolyn Miller's is writing is spot on for the period and location. Her locations come alive, and she captures the manners of the Regency period perfectly, while introducing a rare spiritual depth. Miller's writing is full of the wit and subtext present in other Regency novelists such as Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. And now I'm anxiously awaiting Miss Serena's Secret, the second book in the series.Recommended for all Regency romance lovers.Thanks to Kregel and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller With flowing prose true to the Regency time period, Carolyn Miller pens a tome in the vein of Jane Austen. Set in Gloucestershire and Bath, England in 1816, this novel is reminiscent of Persuasion with it’s estranged hero and heroine. A secret romance, meddling parents, hurt feelings! Will their love die before it has a real chance to grow? Catherine Winthrop’s papa has died leaving a distant cousin, Jonathan Carlew, as the new Baron. Though he is an honor Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller With flowing prose true to the Regency time period, Carolyn Miller pens a tome in the vein of Jane Austen. Set in Gloucestershire and Bath, England in 1816, this novel is reminiscent of Persuasion with it’s estranged hero and heroine. A secret romance, meddling parents, hurt feelings! Will their love die before it has a real chance to grow? Catherine Winthrop’s papa has died leaving a distant cousin, Jonathan Carlew, as the new Baron. Though he is an honorable man, the history between Jon and Catherine puts his character in a questionable light. Is Jon truly doing what is best for the family or just exercising his authority over them? Whose perspective is the correct one? Catherine is trying to put the scriptures into practice by honoring her mother and forgiving the ones she perceives as having wronged her. Likewise, Jonathan’s faith is strong and he is determined to rescue his relatives from a reversal of circumstances brought on by Catherine’s father’s unwise lifestyle. Jon takes his responsibilities as Baron seriously and wants to preserve the family’s legacy. After all, he is an astute businessman. Will society’s expectations prove to be an obstacle? Will Jon and Catherine be able to clear up the past misconceptions and realize, in time, that they were meant to be together? Is there a spark of love still there? Carolyn Miller writes her characters and their situations vey realistically. They are charming, albeit having foibles and strong personalities. I enjoyed this tale of Regency England immensely and am glad to see Catherine’s sister, Serena, is the subject of the next book in the series. * I received a complimentary copy of this book on behalf of the author by the publisher. I was not requested to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Exquisite! Carolyn Miller's beautiful prose conveys her readers to the world of Regency England filled with rich historical detail and charm. As a fan of all things pertaining to Jane Austen, I was thrilled when I read Miller's debut novel. Oh, to have beautiful stories in the grand tradition of one of my favorite authors, yet to include a strong faith element as well immediately brought Ms. Miller to my favorites list. In Winning Miss Winthrop, Miller brings us two characters who need to leave Exquisite! Carolyn Miller's beautiful prose conveys her readers to the world of Regency England filled with rich historical detail and charm. As a fan of all things pertaining to Jane Austen, I was thrilled when I read Miller's debut novel. Oh, to have beautiful stories in the grand tradition of one of my favorite authors, yet to include a strong faith element as well immediately brought Ms. Miller to my favorites list. In Winning Miss Winthrop, Miller brings us two characters who need to leave the shadow of past hurts and broken hearts behind. Catherine and Jonathan's story will leave the reader wondering if there can be a happy ending until the very end. At times I was very frustrated, other times I felt compassion for Catherine and Jonathan. This story kept me laughing at the witty dialogue I have come to expect. The faith thread of forgiveness is woven seamlessly into this sweet romance.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    It was a great story, I just wish there was more interaction between the 2 MC's.
  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "Winning Miss Winthrop" is a Christian romance set in 1816 England. I prefer romances where the main characters are better people for having met each other, and this author's previous books have had this. However, I can only describe these main characters as becoming worse people from having known each other.The hero started out as kind and thoughtful of others, even those that he felt had offended him. However, he became harsh and controlling. His main fault was that he refused to listen to peo "Winning Miss Winthrop" is a Christian romance set in 1816 England. I prefer romances where the main characters are better people for having met each other, and this author's previous books have had this. However, I can only describe these main characters as becoming worse people from having known each other.The hero started out as kind and thoughtful of others, even those that he felt had offended him. However, he became harsh and controlling. His main fault was that he refused to listen to people and instead jumped to conclusions that made him miserable. He made poor decisions because he felt rejected and hurt. Also, inexplicably, he did nothing to correct things when friends and family started telling others that he's engaged to a young woman when it's not true.I had a hard time liking the heroine, and many of her actions didn't make sense. She started out thinking of others, but she became rude and guided by her emotions. She justified her behavior by feeling she was just saying the truth or that society's rules weren't fair. She behaved inappropriately then dealt with the resulting gossip in ways that just made it worse. For example, she tells people that she is engaged to a nice man hoping that will stop gossip. Only she fully intends to later break that engagement, which will only ruin her reputation more, which she doesn't seem to consider. Also, she frequently jumped to wrong conclusions about the hero's actions.Despite only having known each other for a short period several years in the past, both the hero and heroine feel that they could not love any other despite the ever-increasing hurtful actions of the other. They seem to feel that a romantic moment in time indicates a true and lasting love. The misunderstandings between the two continued all the way up to the last scenes, and there's no reason to believe that their communication will be any better after they marry. Frankly, I'm disappointed that a Christian book is promoting this relationship as a romantic ideal.The Christian element was a few prayers to God when they got themselves in trouble. There was no sex or bad language.I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Charlotte Dance
    January 1, 1970
    Every book by this author hits just the right note. They fit so nicely into the Regency time period without ever feeling that they are modern characters placed into a historical setting. In fact, the basis of the story wouldn't have happened in current times. I am not generally a fan of plots using mistaken ideas to keep people apart, but it did work well in this case. Both Catherine Winthrop and Jonathan Carlew are humble, sweet characters that handle grief and disappointment in totally differe Every book by this author hits just the right note. They fit so nicely into the Regency time period without ever feeling that they are modern characters placed into a historical setting. In fact, the basis of the story wouldn't have happened in current times. I am not generally a fan of plots using mistaken ideas to keep people apart, but it did work well in this case. Both Catherine Winthrop and Jonathan Carlew are humble, sweet characters that handle grief and disappointment in totally different ways. You connect with them separately and desire that they will see the truth. Pride and deceit keep them apart, but it is the pride that others held. Forgiveness is often a theme in novels and it is well done in this novel. However, I think the theme of humility is even stronger. It isn't really valued in life or in fiction until you run into someone who is severely lacking it. You will love Catherine and her sweet manner in this story. You will not love her mother, who is a perfect foil to set off Catherine's character. This book stands well completely on its own. It is a very satisfying book to read. Carolyn Miller's previous books introduce some of the characters, but it is not necessary to read them to get full enjoyment of this book. I have enjoyed each of these books and look forward to more to come.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    Travel back in time to the Regency Era where Miss Winthrop’s Story is brought to life by the skilled penmanship of Carolyn Miller. Visit Gloucestershire and Bath where the sights and sounds are brought to life and you can envision the Balls. This is a page turner that has you identifying with Catherine and Jonathan and hoping a long ago misunderstanding can be made to rights. I love how Catherine holds to her integrity and faith throughout the difficulties she encounters. This is a difficult tim Travel back in time to the Regency Era where Miss Winthrop’s Story is brought to life by the skilled penmanship of Carolyn Miller. Visit Gloucestershire and Bath where the sights and sounds are brought to life and you can envision the Balls. This is a page turner that has you identifying with Catherine and Jonathan and hoping a long ago misunderstanding can be made to rights. I love how Catherine holds to her integrity and faith throughout the difficulties she encounters. This is a difficult time to live when women have no means to support themselves and rumors and innuendos run rampant. I found this novel to be engaging and left me wanting to read the next one in this series ASAP. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Kristin Davison
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I would like to thank netgalley and Kregel Publications for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Catherine's father dies leaving her and her mother to move out of their comfortable home and into a small cottage to make room for Tue new Lord Winthrop. Jonathan inherits the tittle unexpectedly and has to come to terms with living close by to the women who broke his heart two years ago. I really enjoyed the story and the religious tones weren't too over the top. The no 3.5 stars I would like to thank netgalley and Kregel Publications for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Catherine's father dies leaving her and her mother to move out of their comfortable home and into a small cottage to make room for Tue new Lord Winthrop. Jonathan inherits the tittle unexpectedly and has to come to terms with living close by to the women who broke his heart two years ago. I really enjoyed the story and the religious tones weren't too over the top. The novel is definitely inspired by Austen, especially Persuasion.
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  • Pauline Ross
    January 1, 1970
    I got off on the wrong foot with this, misunderstanding the opening scenes pretty comprehensively. Too many random names, unexplained relationships and (frankly) comments which made no sense. When a baron dies, there is never the least question of who will inherit the title. The rules were laid down at the time the barony was created and simply can’t be changed, so no one would be in any doubt about it. Eventually, I restarted, discovered the family tree at the beginning and thereafter got on ra I got off on the wrong foot with this, misunderstanding the opening scenes pretty comprehensively. Too many random names, unexplained relationships and (frankly) comments which made no sense. When a baron dies, there is never the least question of who will inherit the title. The rules were laid down at the time the barony was created and simply can’t be changed, so no one would be in any doubt about it. Eventually, I restarted, discovered the family tree at the beginning and thereafter got on rather better, but still… the heir is never going to be a surprise. Nor that the widow and unmarried daughters will move to the dower house, and live on cabbage soup forever more. Such was the way of the Regency world - the male heir got everything, everyone else got crumbs.So here’s the plot. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The hero and heroine have some deeply buried history. Met, fell in love, split up because reasons. Now they meet again, still in love, but somehow they both think the other hates them. And needless to say, it takes the entire book for the reasons to emerge and for them to work out their misunderstandings, when really, if they had a jot of sense they would say: we’re both of age, no obstacles now, what do you say we give it another go? Or at least talk about it, and not rush off making plans with some other person altogether. I must have read this theme a score of times, and it still makes me want to bang their heads together. For the woman, it’s difficult with the constraints of Regency life, but a man of independent means should be perfectly capable of deciding what he wants in a wife, and reaching out for it.The hero, Jonathan, comes across initially as a paragon of virtue. He spends his time improving the lot of his tenants, helping out his cousins and, in his spare time, starting a village school. Meanwhile, the heroine, Catherine, continues to call him Mr Carlew, even though he’s now Lord Winthrop, which is incredibly rude. However, she otherwise behaves with commendable restraint, especially with her mother, who is completely horrible in the early part of the book.But then both hero and heroine go off the rails. He decides that the best way to forget Catherine is to marry some pretty young thing at the earliest opportunity, and pays determined court to the first passable girl who turns up. She goes off to Bath where she is openly rude to visitors, who then retaliate by circulating spiteful rumours about her relationship with an elderly man. And to compound the stupid, everyone thinks it’s a great idea to counteract the rumours by setting up a fake engagement with the elderly man. Oh dear.And then, when things get rough in Bath, Catherine and her mother decamp for home, where the plot veers between melodrama and outright farce, and the hero has to ride to the rescue. And even then, when they’re finally given an opportunity to set things straight, they only half explain and leave several chapters for the romance to finally lurch to its happy ever after. And this is indicative of the whole book - everything was dragged out far too much. The whole plot could have been condensed by about a third to make a much tauter and (to my mind) more readable story. But many people enjoy an expansive Regency so I guess it’s all a matter of taste.The other characters were more in the nature of caricatures. The two mothers behaved incredibly badly for most of the book, before miraculously becoming sickly-sweet at the end. The hero’s half-sister, Julia, veers between niceness and spoilt brat. The recently-married couple (characters from a previous book?) are uniformly sickly-sweet. The residents of Bath are, for plot reasons, shallow tittle-tattlers to a man (or woman), with the exception of the General, who’s a sweetie pie.This is a Christian book, so there are numerous references to God, and a degree of preachiness, and this got a bit wearisome after a while. I do appreciate the point that there is a real need for this kind of book, and there are so many Regencies where the main characters are jumping into bed by chapter 3 that a faith-based story is refreshing. However, I sometimes found it hard to see the point. There were times when Catherine’s mother was particularly whiny, and a prayer or the memory of a snippet from the Scriptures helped Catherine stay sane and patient, which was good, but there were many times where she behaved incredibly badly, despite all the prayers and Bible-reading. However, I’m not very familiar with this kind of story, so it may be that there are subtleties that whizzed over my head.There were a very few historical errors. Whisk(e)y was difficult to get in the Regency, so our hero would have shared a brandy with his friends instead, or possibly Madeira or claret. Adrenaline was unknown (first recorded usage 1893). The letter in an envelope was unlikely; there were occasional hand-made ones, but envelopes weren’t in widespread use until 1840. I learnt a new word - to pang, as a verb - and while this is interesting, I could have wished that Catherine’s heart had panged a little less frequently. Not sure if anyone in Regency times would call a sister ‘poppet’ (it was in use, but it sounds odd to me).But generally speaking, the historical accuracy was excellent and the writing hard to criticise. I would have liked a little more humour, although at one point there’s a glorious discussion of the etiquette attached to sneezes. I would have loved more of this kind of whimsy. Despite my long list of criticisms, there is nothing at all wrong with this book. It follows a well-worn plot, very close to Persuasion, although with echoes of Pride and Prejudice and Heyer’s Bath Tangle, too, and it’s none the worse for that. It was perfectly readable, and even though I wanted to slap the main characters upside the head, I kept reading avidly to see how they resolved their differences.And yet… somehow, it didn’t quite work for me. The characters never quite came alive, the dialogue sometimes felt stiff and some of the plot twists felt contrived. Worst of all, I never quite got past the feeling that the hero, at least, ought to have been sensible enough to know what he wanted and go after it, without stupidly getting betrothed to some woman he doesn’t care tuppence about. So ultimately it only gets three stars for me, but I already have the next book in the series (about Catherine’s sister, Serena), so I shall give that a go.
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  • Seema Khan
    January 1, 1970
    “You have always, and will always, live within my heart”: ... My thoughts in a word? #Beautiful <3Winning Miss Winthrop is Carolyn Miller 's fourth Regency and first in the new series "Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope".Those who have read Carolyn's earlier books, will concur that this too is a trademark Carolyn Miller book with exceptional writing (with a close eye on details), a beautiful heartfelt story, believable characters, interesting plot and overall a book carving a place in you a “You have always, and will always, live within my heart”: ... My thoughts in a word? #Beautiful <3Winning Miss Winthrop is Carolyn Miller 's fourth Regency and first in the new series "Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope".Those who have read Carolyn's earlier books, will concur that this too is a trademark Carolyn Miller book with exceptional writing (with a close eye on details), a beautiful heartfelt story, believable characters, interesting plot and overall a book carving a place in you and your heart for a long time. Before anything else, my praise goes to the author. Her stories have a very Jane Austen-y feel to them, with a distinct Carolyn Miller mark on them. One gets engrossed in the story, unmindful of the small hours of morning flowing to bring the rising sun and chirping birds ;p (Carolyn you will soon start owing me and everyone a good supply of dark circle removal creams!!) When I started the book, it was all Persuasion reloaded for me. But as you move ahead in the story there are some very different aspects to it. I won't give away the spoilers, but you ‘have’ to read it to believe and experience it. It is a story of love found, lost and regained. Many reviewers have commented that they should have communicated with each other to have saved themselves from the heartbreak and pain of the past three years. But in my opinion, what happened to them was God's plan for them. Had they gotten together in the very beginning itself, Jonathan would always have been on the receiving end of things for one. And also, there would have been problems along the way for them. What happens in their lives only strengthens their personalities, Faith and love for each other. Which would not have happened had they even eloped and married three years ago. It would somehow have let to resentments and unhappiness. So, it is fine that they did not communicate. It only helped them. “She is a treasure not easily won.” The story is interesting and quite touching at places. You really feel for the characters. Especially for Catherine. With a constantly irritable mother and falling status and circumstances, the poor girl surely has a lot on her plate to deal with. My heart goes out to her. Catherine as a character is very real. She feels jealousy, envy, happiness, heartache and still strives through all of them. She suffers certain pangs of self pity but recovers soon. But she is also accomplished and polished. Understanding, patient and caring. She decides to be the heroine of her story.And yes of course my heart went out for Jonathan too. The ‘cit'. The outsider. The unacknowledged family son. You feel his humiliation and are amazed at his perseverance. A strong character. His stubbornness and quick judgement are his biggest faults and cause not just Catherine but even him a great deal of agony. But I loved his role as a hero, as a son, a brother and the newly appointed head of the family. Very responsible and caring. The most surprising character is that of Lady Harkness. The feeling she gives you at the beginning and towards the end are very different and I loved her. To be honest, I had gauged and expected this when I started the book and was happy it turned out to be that way! Dowager Winthrop was a very well written character. I really felt like getting inside the book and shaking some sense into her. I pitied Catherine for having to literally bear with her. Aunt Drusilla and General Whitby add a lot of positivity to the book. Julia, Lord Carmichael and Major Hale also add to the flavour of the book. Like Jane Austen, a subplot the secondary characters running along also influences the story of the main characters.And to be sure, we a have a revisit from the author’s favourite characters Lavinia and Nicholas Hawkesbury. We get the update on how their lives have progressed which is very interesting. I also loved the setting. First Gloucestershire and then Bath. The author has described the places in such a way that I truly felt being there and moving along with the characters.I would have loved to go into further details but I do not want to risk giving away crucial spoilers. There is only one thing to it, BUY A COPY AND READ IT.I can't wait for Serena's story!
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully BookishIn a delightful Downton Abbey meets Pride and Prejudice mashup, Miller weaves a story with everything we love about Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy in a Matthew and Mary Crawley-esque drama with rich layers and depth!Catherine Winthrop is a simply enchanting heroine. She is compassionate and kind, loyal, devoted, and long-suffering. Jonathan Carlew is an upright man of faith and integrity. His compassion for everyone in his care is admirable.Although lovers’ spats ba Full review on Faithfully BookishIn a delightful Downton Abbey meets Pride and Prejudice mashup, Miller weaves a story with everything we love about Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy in a Matthew and Mary Crawley-esque drama with rich layers and depth!Catherine Winthrop is a simply enchanting heroine. She is compassionate and kind, loyal, devoted, and long-suffering. Jonathan Carlew is an upright man of faith and integrity. His compassion for everyone in his care is admirable.Although lovers’ spats based almost solely on miscommunication tend to rub me the wrong way, the strict etiquette of the Regency era and the unexpected demise of the responsible party in this instance earn this charming story a pass. Winning Miss Winthrop raises the bar for Regency romance with depth and intrigue to spare and I highly recommend it!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Great beginning to a new series! I always enjoy a good Regency book, and Ms. Miller has yet to disappoint. I enjoyed the fact that much of the setting was in Bath and thought there was some uniqueness to the story. While I really liked both Miss Winthrop and Mr. Carlew’s characters, there were some secondary characters, particularly the aunt in Bath and the captain, that I thought really added to the story.
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  • Jenny Glazebrook
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved all of Carolyn Miller’s books and this one was no exception. I was captivated from the very start. My heart was carried along with Catherine’s as she struggled to let go of the past, find peace in God, and accept all He had for her. I loved that the hero, Jonathan, was so realistic. I appreciated that he was a man of character who tried to live up to God’s standards, but that he also came to realise that on his own he simply couldn’t do it and needed God to intervene and rescue him I have loved all of Carolyn Miller’s books and this one was no exception. I was captivated from the very start. My heart was carried along with Catherine’s as she struggled to let go of the past, find peace in God, and accept all He had for her. I loved that the hero, Jonathan, was so realistic. I appreciated that he was a man of character who tried to live up to God’s standards, but that he also came to realise that on his own he simply couldn’t do it and needed God to intervene and rescue him from his own past misunderstandings and mistakes. I was reminded throughout that God goes behind and before us, using even our mistakes to deepen our relationship with him and our understanding of him, just as he did for Catherine and Jonathan in this story. I was also reminded of the value of perseverance as we wait upon the Lord and trust Him even when everything seems to be going wrong. And then, what a beautiful, triumphant ending!As always with Carolyn Miller’s books, the dialogue was witty, the descriptions full of life, the language very fitting for the regency period, the setting vivid and the spiritual walks of the characters inspiring. Another amazing story from this author.
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  • Sonnetta
    January 1, 1970
    Catherine and Jonathan are a perfect example of what happens when we do not communicate and make assumptions. It was great reconnecting with previous characters and viewing them with the new relationships. One of the things I love about Carolyn's stories is that the relationships are not superficial. She showcase people speaking the truth in love according to the scriptures. These are stories that any reader can learn from and hopeful take away from it how much God is active in our lives.I recei Catherine and Jonathan are a perfect example of what happens when we do not communicate and make assumptions. It was great reconnecting with previous characters and viewing them with the new relationships. One of the things I love about Carolyn's stories is that the relationships are not superficial. She showcase people speaking the truth in love according to the scriptures. These are stories that any reader can learn from and hopeful take away from it how much God is active in our lives.I received this book from the author and the opinions expressed are entirely me own. There are some authors that you will continually read because you know that their stories will make you want to know about God and how to grow closer to Him.
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  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    I started reading this book during my work week and had a bit of trouble really getting into it. I'm going to blame that on both life and the book itself. Life kept interfering with my reading time and the author writes for this time period so well that it took me a bit to settle in and get used to the word choices she used. Ah, but when the weekend arrived there was no stopping me. Once I had a chance for some uninterrupted reading that's exactly what I did. Read almost the entire book in one s I started reading this book during my work week and had a bit of trouble really getting into it. I'm going to blame that on both life and the book itself. Life kept interfering with my reading time and the author writes for this time period so well that it took me a bit to settle in and get used to the word choices she used. Ah, but when the weekend arrived there was no stopping me. Once I had a chance for some uninterrupted reading that's exactly what I did. Read almost the entire book in one sitting.I liked both the main characters in this book. Catherine, while not a young debutante, seemed to have more on her shoulders than a woman of her station should. When Catherine and her mother face a major life-changing event Catherine almost seems like the parent while her mother takes on an almost childlike attitude. It was easy to feel sorry for Catherine because her mother grated on my nerves. Jon was also easy to like as he was put in a situation that was not only awkward but one I don't feel like he really wanted. There is a history between Jon and Catherine and I loved how the author slowly revealed all the details. It seemed like it took forever to find out even the slightest detail but this just added to the story for me. It definitely kept me interested.In addition to the main characters, I also liked Drusilla and General Whitby. These two lightened up the story a bit with their personalities. I also liked Julia, Jon's sister. And while I didn't care for his mother, Lady Harkness, at first by the end of the book I had changed my mind about her. I love when an author can change my mind about a character. What a sign of great writing and character development! It was also nice to see Lavinia and the Earl of Hawkesbury again. These two are favorites of mine and I'm always glad to see them.As to the story itself, I loved it! While the pace was a bit slow at the beginning once it picked up it was wonderful. There was just the right build-up to the climax and the ending was perfect. The author does a great job of writing for the time period with word choice and descriptions that will soon have readers picturing themselves at Winthrop Manor, The Dower Cottage, or all the locations in Bath. And I was so happy that there wasn't the obligatory kidnapping of the heroine. I find this overused in many Regency books.For me, Carolyn Miller had a lot to live up to with this book. I had rated all of the books in her Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series 5 stars and had high expectations for this series. I am happy that this book exceeded my expectations, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are mine.
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  • Brittany Searfoss
    January 1, 1970
    This first book in a new series by Carolyn Miller brings back beloved characters from the first series and also introduces some new characters that have their own appeal. Catherine Winthrop knows what it is like to have loved and lost a good man. She thought he loved her too, but one day he broke off their relationship without any explanation. Several years later, a tragedy has befallen her family, and Jonathan Carlew comes back into her life because he has inherited the Winthrop family estate t This first book in a new series by Carolyn Miller brings back beloved characters from the first series and also introduces some new characters that have their own appeal. Catherine Winthrop knows what it is like to have loved and lost a good man. She thought he loved her too, but one day he broke off their relationship without any explanation. Several years later, a tragedy has befallen her family, and Jonathan Carlew comes back into her life because he has inherited the Winthrop family estate through a distant family tie. Old misunderstandings arise, Catherine's mother becomes unbearable, and the old lovers clash every time they meet. Soon circumstances begin to spiral out of control, and Jonathan and Catherine must make difficult decisions that affect their future. Can they ever reconcile and move on, or will the past continue to haunt them?I cannot begin to express how much I enjoy Carolyn Miller's books. Every one seems to get better and better. I love how she is able to write about so many different characters who have various problems and perspectives and make each one authentic and believable. Personally, I enjoy books more when authors write from the heart about real life situations and struggles. No one is perfect, and everyone fights their own battle in life. Sometimes relationships do bring out the worst in people. The question is, what will people do with the lessons they learn? Will they change for the better, or use their circumstances as an excuse to continue bad behavior? Carolyn's use of biblical principles and her unique grasp of the inner workings of various relationships continue to keep me coming back eagerly for each new book she writes. If you enjoy Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, or genuine stories with good life lessons, you will definitely enjoy this book!I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher with no requirement of a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    I have become a huge fan of Miller's. This was another winner! This book reminded me somewhat of Persuasion by Jane Austen. Miss Winthrop, the heroine has lost her father, her home, and her love. The new occupant of her home, is the man she fell in love with over two years ago. This is a sweet and clean romance that kept me turning the pages. I really do love her writing style and I look forward to the next book in the series. #winningmisswinthrop #netgalley
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    Being a Persuasion fan, a "Persuasion"-like premise + regency period made this book enticing even before I started it. Miller's story-telling is so good that the book hit the right spot of being like "Persuasion" and not being like "Persuasion".
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