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, Christian, Historical Fiction, Romance, European Literature, British Literature, Christian Fiction

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Suzie
    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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  • Kristin Davison
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I would like to thank netgalley and Kregel Publications for the opportunity to read this book. 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 insp 3.5 stars I would like to thank netgalley and Kregel Publications for the opportunity to read this book. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Connie Saunders
    January 1, 1970
    Author Carolyn Miller has once again written a wonderful Regency drama that is full of intriguing characters, thought-provoking situations, and the underlying theme of grace and forgiveness. 'Winning Miss Winthrop' is set around Bath and Gloucestershire in 1816 during the time when social classes were prominent and the rules that separated them were very clearly defined. Great wealth and aristocracy were revered, people in the working class were often looked down upon and crossing these social c Author Carolyn Miller has once again written a wonderful Regency drama that is full of intriguing characters, thought-provoking situations, and the underlying theme of grace and forgiveness. 'Winning Miss Winthrop' is set around Bath and Gloucestershire in 1816 during the time when social classes were prominent and the rules that separated them were very clearly defined. Great wealth and aristocracy were revered, people in the working class were often looked down upon and crossing these social class lines was strongly discouraged!Catherine Winthrop and Jonathan Carlew met and fell in love almost three years ago but they both mistakenly thought that they had been rejected by the other. Now Catherine's father has just died and she is faced with the loss of the privileged lifestyle she has always known. She is thrust into the position of caregiver for both her overbearing mother and her younger sister and her life becomes even more complicated when the man who broke her heart becomes the new owner of the family estate. Suddenly Jonathan finds himself with a title and tremendous wealth but he doesn't enjoy being the person that causes so much change in Catherine's life. I enjoyed the description of the elegant balls, the lavish estates and the beautiful gardens and I loved the two main characters. Catherine managed to keep her sweet nature and her deep faith through all of her troubles and Jonathan's humility remained long after his status had changed. I truly liked both of them and I longed for their misunderstandings to be settled and their hearts to be mended. I also liked that Catherine's friendship with Lavinia (from 'The Elusive Miss Ellison') continued in this story and that many of the characters possessed a faith in God. Reading their Bibles and talking to God was a frequent occurrence!I recommend 'Winning Miss Winthrop' to anyone who likes Christian fiction and stories set during the Regency era.I received this book from the author and publisher but I voluntarily chose to write a review. These opinions are my own.
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  • A.M. Heath
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts: This was a perfect read for my Spring Break. It was light, romantic, and had strong Austen vibes. It reminded me a great deal of Persuasion although I don’t think the author was attempting a retelling. But it carried a lot of the same great elements in an original format.There were areas where I felt like the story lagged a bit for me, but overall I found it highly entertaining and read the bulk of the book in one day because I refused to put it down. Miller gave us a peek at the tw My Thoughts: This was a perfect read for my Spring Break. It was light, romantic, and had strong Austen vibes. It reminded me a great deal of Persuasion although I don’t think the author was attempting a retelling. But it carried a lot of the same great elements in an original format.There were areas where I felt like the story lagged a bit for me, but overall I found it highly entertaining and read the bulk of the book in one day because I refused to put it down. Miller gave us a peek at the two upcoming stories in the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next for both of these ladies.There was a sound spiritual message here on forgiveness and kind service to your neighbors. . . . And yet, I found some of their biting comments to antagonists a bit off-putting. They seemed to take great pleasure in putting someone in their place when they were in the “right.” There could have been a bit more humility in some of those scenes. I think it was meant to be entertaining, but I found it a little vindictive.At the end of the day, this was a sound Regency novel complete with all the parlor drama, romance, and a trip to Bath.Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving Winning Miss Winthrop 4.5 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Christian Fiction or Christian Regency.~ I received a copy from Kregel through Net Galley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller is the first in the Regency Brides Series A Promise of Hope. Catherine Winthrop is our heroine and Jonathan Carlew is our hero. They loved each other in the past and the story is how they relearn to love each other in the present. I loved this book. It had a great flow, I enjoyed reading it and the pace to me was perfect. I felt I was in Bath,England and was attending the events with the characters. To me this story reminded me of Persuasion by Jane Austen Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller is the first in the Regency Brides Series A Promise of Hope. Catherine Winthrop is our heroine and Jonathan Carlew is our hero. They loved each other in the past and the story is how they relearn to love each other in the present. I loved this book. It had a great flow, I enjoyed reading it and the pace to me was perfect. I felt I was in Bath,England and was attending the events with the characters. To me this story reminded me of Persuasion by Jane Austen. Parts of the story were set in Bath, two people who loved each other were separated by someone else, and they eventually came back together. I love Persuasion and enjoyed finding the similarities. If like me you love Regency stories you will love this book. I highly recommend Winning Miss Winthrop and all of Caroline Miller’s books. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review.
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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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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Winning Miss Winthrop is a winner! I loved this book and I am excited for this new series and to read about some of the other character's stories. This is about Miss Catherine Winthrop and Jonathan Carlew, who becomes Lord Winthrop. Plot twist! This is a clean regency romance that is full of misunderstandings, miscommunications and delightful dialogue. The characters are both lovable in their own ways but also have flaws. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish.
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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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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    A well written novel that put me in mind of the classics, but with faith overtones included. The characters were quite well done, the plot, characters, and settings very fitting for the time period, and the theme of faith and hope through difficulties Intricately woven in the pages.The only fault, if it can be one, is that the middle seemed to move slowly before the misunderstandings were able to be cleared. However, during this time and age, it is probably more true in holding to the customs, p A well written novel that put me in mind of the classics, but with faith overtones included. The characters were quite well done, the plot, characters, and settings very fitting for the time period, and the theme of faith and hope through difficulties Intricately woven in the pages.The only fault, if it can be one, is that the middle seemed to move slowly before the misunderstandings were able to be cleared. However, during this time and age, it is probably more true in holding to the customs, protocol and propriety of what was considered to be lady like and gentlemanly behavior.I enjoyed this read...especially Catherine.I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.“Remember trials are merely opportunities for faith to grow.”
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Winning Miss Winthrop (2018) by Carolyn Miller is the first book in her brand new series, Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 356 pages in length. With a full-time job, a very busy five-year old at home, and some news that took me away from my reading time this week, Winning Miss Winthrop took me four days to read. I received a copy of this novel in paperback form from Kregel Publications. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. Winning Miss Winthrop (2018) by Carolyn Miller is the first book in her brand new series, Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 356 pages in length. With a full-time job, a very busy five-year old at home, and some news that took me away from my reading time this week, Winning Miss Winthrop took me four days to read. I received a copy of this novel in paperback form from Kregel Publications. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Winning Miss Winthrop 5+++++++++++++++ STARS. This story is a Christian Historical Romance set in England in 1816.Carolyn Miller has done it again! Winning Miss Winthrop is an excellent story. The characters are beautifully written, the depth of emotion is exquisite, the moments of wit are pure perfection, and the romantic tension is pretty palpable. I loved every minute of this story and hated when I had to put the book down.The main characters, Catherine and Jonathan, struggle with one another on many levels because of a misunderstanding three years prior to the start of this story. This leads to some serious romantic tension. My heart broke for Catherine time and time again. What I really loved about Catherine is her willingness to go to her Bible daily, but especially in times of distress. Catherine has a pretty tough go of it in this story. Her father dies, she’s removed from her home, her mother is insufferable most of the time, her reputation gets put through the ringer, she is lonely, she is sad, and she has to be responsible for so much. At times, I was stressed for Catherine. Catherine is a very realistic character in that she would get frustrated, she would cry herself to sleep, she would get angry, BUT she constantly turns to God. And, she is always reminding herself of Bible verses and trying to put them into practice. I loved that so much!!! It has been a source of comfort and a great reminder to me this week. My family and I received notice from our landlord that we have to move in 60 days. It’s a little scary, and it has come at a rather inconvenient time — it’s the end of my school year when I’m deep into AP test prep and study with my Seniors, finishing up Romeo and Juliet with my Freshmen, and working with Bella to end her Kindergarten year successfully. No 5 year old understands being removed from her house. So there has been a bit of fear and tension in my house this week. BUT, Catherine has been a great example to me. Instead of living in my fear, I have turned to my Bible. And, I am also trying to live the verses that God has put in front of me this week. God’s got us and I have to trust that just as Catherine does in Winning Miss Winthrop.Jonathan is an excellent hero. He is handsome. He is kind-hearted. He is thoughtful of others and wants to do what is right at all times. But, he is stubborn and prideful. These two qualities are his one downfall. Three years prior to the story, Jonathan’s pride was hurt and he ran away. What frustrated me about Jonathan is that he doesn’t talk. As soon as someone says something he doesn’t want to discuss he walks out of the room. He makes assumptions based on what he thinks he sees, but he never confirms with the person if what he saw is the truth. He is such a MAN! This all sounds frustrating and bad, but it’s what makes this novel so good. It’s what causes the delicious tension in the story line. It truly felt like reading Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Jane Eyre all at the same time. I love when a novel has me talking to the characters, wishing I could slap some of them upside their heads for their stupid stubbornness, or wanting to hug them because they need some friendly comfort.There is so much more to discuss with this book! I love the settings. The reader is in Gloucestershire at the formidable Winthrop residence, then London at Jonathan’s fancy club, then in Bath with the elderly upper class. The secondary characters are excellent — Lady Milton and her double chins and nose she sticks into everyone’s supposed business, General Whitby and his sweet, grandfatherly heart, Aunt Drusilla and her unwillingness to sugar coat anything, and Lavinia from The Elusive Miss Ellison is back with her gumption and spunk!!! And, the set-ups for the next two books in this series are wonderfully done. I cannot wait to read Serena’s story next. Serena, Catherine’s younger sister, reminds me of Catherine Hepburn and I cannot wait to see how she interacts with Lord Carmichael. And, I’m eager to see how things go with Julia, Jonathan’s younger half-sister.Winning Miss Winthrop is an EXCELLENT story. I cannot recommend it enough. It is a beautifully written, engaging page-turner. I loved every minute of this story and I am sad that my time with it is over. If you are looking for a superior Regency-era novel that will steal your breath, break your heart, and leave you wanting more, then I say run to your nearest bookstore and purchase a copy of this book. You will be so happy that you did!
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  • English
    January 1, 1970
    I discovered Carolyn Miller last year, with 'The Elusive Miss Ellison', the first novel of her first Regency Trilogy, and I quickly came to rank her as one of my favourite authors of Regency Fiction/ Fans and new readers alike should be delighted with this first installment in her new series, which follows a character who was mentioned a few times in the first series but stayed on the sidelines. That young lady was Catherine Winthrop, daughter of a country baron, and erstwhile friend of Lavinia I discovered Carolyn Miller last year, with 'The Elusive Miss Ellison', the first novel of her first Regency Trilogy, and I quickly came to rank her as one of my favourite authors of Regency Fiction/ Fans and new readers alike should be delighted with this first installment in her new series, which follows a character who was mentioned a few times in the first series but stayed on the sidelines. That young lady was Catherine Winthrop, daughter of a country baron, and erstwhile friend of Lavinia Ellison. Her story is reminiscent of that of Anne Elliot, the heroine of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion', who encounters a former suitor, years after he jilted her and left her heartbroken. I don't think the parallels are accidental since the author's note mentions that Persuasion is Mrs. Miller's favourite novel. Indeed, this novel, like its classic counterpart, has much in its favour, with the beautiful descriptions of the landscape of Gloucestershire, and the city of Bath, as well as some of the outfits worn by the female protagonists. The characters, old and new, were well-drawn, and it was lovely to see Lavinia Ellison, from the last books, finally get something she had wanted for a long time. Yet at times, I felt that there were a few too many characters to keep up with, and I struggled to remember who they all were and how they were connected. The family tree in the front helped, but did not cover everything (and should have been bigger). It's just like it all got a bit too 'busy' with too much going on so that it became hard to concentrate on the central thread of the storyline: although some of that may have been storyboarding for characters who will feature in later books. On a personal level, I think I really related to Katherine, who wanted to settle down and marry but had serious confidence issues which made her think herself unlovable, in light of my own struggle with singleness, and the theme of forgiveness was very well presented. It bears mentioning that it was connected with the faith element in the story, which was very strong. I did not feel that detracted from it, but I know some readers prefer to have such content mentioned upfront. I do feel that the main obstacle to the romance between Catherine and Johnathan Curlew/Winthrop the hero was a little on the cliched side. As with many romance novels, they were kept apart mostly by misunderstandings, which could have been solved, in some part, by better communication. I understand that this is central to the story, but both of them came over as a little melodramatic from time to time. Then again, even Austen's heroines could be melodramatic: Marianne Dashwood being a prime example. My only other complaint was the occasional Americanisms and a couple of incidents towards the end which came over a little bit implausible. Those weren't enough to spoil my enjoyment of this excellent novel though.Recommended for all fans of the Regency Fiction and Inspirational Romance genre. I signed up for the Kregel Blog Tour of this title and received a free ebook edition via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own.
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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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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know if Carolyn Miller is becoming a better writer or if I'm just becoming more appreciative of her writing style. (I suspect it's a mix of the two.) Whatever is happening, though, I find that I love each of Miller's novels more than the last, and Winning Miss Winthrop, the first in her new "A Promise of Hope" series, is one of the best books I've read so far this year!Fans of Jane Austen's novels will love this latest regency novel from Carolyn Miller. Winning Miss Winthrop has shades o I don't know if Carolyn Miller is becoming a better writer or if I'm just becoming more appreciative of her writing style. (I suspect it's a mix of the two.) Whatever is happening, though, I find that I love each of Miller's novels more than the last, and Winning Miss Winthrop, the first in her new "A Promise of Hope" series, is one of the best books I've read so far this year!Fans of Jane Austen's novels will love this latest regency novel from Carolyn Miller. Winning Miss Winthrop has shades of Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility, coupled with a mother who feels ripped from the pages of Pride and Prejudice. (Seriously, every time I read Catherine's mother's lines, I heard Mrs. Bennet, the 1995 miniseries version, in my head.) The story doesn't feel like a copy of Austen, though—instead, it feels like it fits right into Austen's world.After Catherine Winthrop's father dies with no heir, the estate is entailed to Jonathan Carlew ... the man who broke Catherine's heart. Or did she break his? Misunderstandings abound throughout the novel, leaving me dying for Catherine and Jon to talk about what went wrong in their relationship. The problem? They both thought they knew exactly what had happened, but each only had half the story.As the novel progresses, the (seemingly) unrequited love hums beneath the surface, making the final resolution all the sweeter. The story beyond the romance is also intriguing, as Catherine adjusts to her new life (and takes on Bath, a common setting in Austen's novels) and Jon struggles with his new responsibilities as Lord Winthrop. Also, Lavinia and Nicholas from The Elusive Miss Ellison make several appearances in the novel, tying this book to Miller's previous series.From beginning to end, I was completely enthralled with this novel (and I read it all in just over a day, as I simply couldn't put it down). While I loved Miller's previous novels, Winning Miss Winthrop is special. Fans of regency romance will love it! Disclosure of material connection: I received 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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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I am not a fan of Regency fiction and was hesitant to agree to review this novel. The beginning got off to a rough start for me as the author assumed, I think, that I was familiar with the customs of the era. I had to find out what an entailment was to understand what was going on. About a third of the way into the book, however, I began to enjoy the story.This is your typical romance. A common business man, now Lord of the manor, once loved Catherine, the woman he just forced to move out of the I am not a fan of Regency fiction and was hesitant to agree to review this novel. The beginning got off to a rough start for me as the author assumed, I think, that I was familiar with the customs of the era. I had to find out what an entailment was to understand what was going on. About a third of the way into the book, however, I began to enjoy the story.This is your typical romance. A common business man, now Lord of the manor, once loved Catherine, the woman he just forced to move out of the manor. Maybe he still loves her and she him. But misunderstandings present huge obstacles and one wonders of they will every get together again.I was impressed with a couple aspects of the novel. One was the study of the customs of the entitled people. Christian charity and loving behavior was pitted against the cultural norms of the day. Catherine tried to show Christian love and compassion to others while her mother was a jealous and somewhat heartless person. I also liked the way some of the characters were developed. Catherine's aunt was a pistol, saying what she thought and shocking many with her truth. Another aspect of the novel I liked was the clear demonstration of the effect rumors had on one's reputation. And at that time, reputation was everything. I did have trouble liking the main characters, Catherine and Jon, however. Catherine seemed immature and impulsive for her age. I would have liked her better had she been more truthful. And Jon did not seem a very compassionate man until almost being forced into it. Granted, they had both been hurt but I like to see characters rise above hurt to be excellent.I do recommend this book to those who enjoy Regency romance novels. After the initial rough start, I did enjoy the author's writing style. There was some pithy dialog and some humor along the way. But the main attraction of the novel will be the typical romance plot.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Having fallen in love three years before, Mr. Carlew, a member of the merchant class with a questionable background, and Miss Winthrop, a baron’s daughter, were thwarted in their romance. Due to unanticipated circumstances, they are thrown in to close proximity. Indicative of classic Regency, copious misunderstandings persist between them. Will the interference of their mother’s cause them to remain estranged? Or will Jonathan and Catherine, through many trials, discover that loves flame has not Having fallen in love three years before, Mr. Carlew, a member of the merchant class with a questionable background, and Miss Winthrop, a baron’s daughter, were thwarted in their romance. Due to unanticipated circumstances, they are thrown in to close proximity. Indicative of classic Regency, copious misunderstandings persist between them. Will the interference of their mother’s cause them to remain estranged? Or will Jonathan and Catherine, through many trials, discover that loves flame has not been extinguished?While I enjoyed this novel, my attention wandered. Jon and Catherine did not sizzle. And I’m a fan of more dialogue. I felt like I was hearing second hand about their past. But, it was delightful to see Lavinia and Nicholas from The Elusive Miss Ellison appearing throughout the book. Catching up on their life was a highlight for me. Catherine’s Aunt Drusilla and General Whitby are lovable characters that found a place in my heart.Miller is a gifted writer who knows the Regency period. The descriptions of the unusual weather taking place were vivid, making me cringe at the thought of all that mud! The masquerade ball was most expressive, drawing me right into the scene. Undertones of Persuasion are recognizable which makes me positive historical fiction lovers and fans of Jane Austen will undoubtedly enjoy a few hours of escapism with Winning Miss Winthrop. I look forward to the next book in the series because Miller is more than proficient at conveying the Regency Era and all it entails, and it is my favorite historical period to read about.I was provided an electronic copy of the book from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not obligated to write a review. No compensation has been received.
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  • Deana Dick
    January 1, 1970
    The author has written an enchanting story of two people who were in love, but drifted apart. Catherine is such a sweet and caring person. She can't figure out why the love of her life suddenly stopped seeing her. You can feel the anguish she carries deep within her. Have you ever loved someone and they one day without explanation, disappeared from your life? Catherine's pain is so deep, I could feel her emptiness.The story is very emotional and takes us on a journey of forgiveness and rediscove The author has written an enchanting story of two people who were in love, but drifted apart. Catherine is such a sweet and caring person. She can't figure out why the love of her life suddenly stopped seeing her. You can feel the anguish she carries deep within her. Have you ever loved someone and they one day without explanation, disappeared from your life? Catherine's pain is so deep, I could feel her emptiness.The story is very emotional and takes us on a journey of forgiveness and rediscovery. When Catherine and her mother suffer a great loss they are shocked and emotionally spent. I loved how the author turns the story when Catherine's past walks in the door. Jonathan is vert straight forward and seems to do everything he can to ignore Catherine. How is it possible that Catherine's future is now determined by her lost love Jonathan?There is no doubt that Catherine is hurt and angry when Jonathan has taken over their home and has been given a noble title. The richness of the Regency period is undeniable in this beautifully written book. I loved the description of the beautiful land and the attires that women wore. They are very prim and proper and all vying for Jonathan's attention. It must be hard for Catherine to watch women swoon over Jonathan. The author writes of lost love in a romantic way while showing us how hard it is to hold on to hope. Will Catherine and Jonathan be able to forget the past and find happiness again? Don't miss this lovely story of hope, forgiveness and love that runs deep between two people.I received a copy of this book from Kregel Blog Tour Services . The review is my own opinion.
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