The Making of Mrs. Hale (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, #3)
Marry in haste, repent in leisure—Mrs. Hale is about to find out how painful that repentance can truly be.Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn't turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn't know where—or if he's ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they'll forgive her. Especially now that she might be carrying a baby from her brief marriage.

The Making of Mrs. Hale (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, #3) Details

TitleThe Making of Mrs. Hale (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, #3)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 27th, 2018
PublisherKregel
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Regency, Romance, Christian Fiction, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature

The Making of Mrs. Hale (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, #3) Review

  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    “The Making of Mrs. Hale” by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the “Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope” series. It can easily be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series since characters from past books play major roles in this story. And I’m happy to say “The Making of Mrs. Hale” is a great conclusion to this wonderful series!This particular story is different from Ms. Miller’s previous works in that it contains more adult themes. It is still wonderful, but keep in “The Making of Mrs. Hale” by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the “Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope” series. It can easily be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series since characters from past books play major roles in this story. And I’m happy to say “The Making of Mrs. Hale” is a great conclusion to this wonderful series!This particular story is different from Ms. Miller’s previous works in that it contains more adult themes. It is still wonderful, but keep in mind it is a heavier read. I personally appreciate the themes and topics Ms. Miller addresses. These ideas need to be brought to light more in Christian fiction. These are the themes of infidelity in marriage; marriage vows and how sacred they are; and restoration and forgiveness in marriage. So many people take marriage so lightly these days, but this book grapples with what it looks like to really fight for one’s marriage and not give up, even when giving up seems the easier solution. Ms. Miller addresses this all with love and grace, with an emphasis on forgiveness. Besides the themes mentioned above, this story is filled with action, mystery, secrets and a daring escape! The two main characters spend most of their time apart, each dealing with their own issues. It’s a journey of them moving towards one another and God. They learn about forgiveness and trusting God with one’s future and life as a whole.This book contains some wonderful themes! God can use anyone to achieve his purposes. God can forgive anyone of anything because of His great mercy. We are all sinners and what a wonderful thing to discover that He’s not a tyrant, but is love! Content: I give this book a PG-13 rating because of the more adult themes this book addresses. Some examples of the content are: a man mutters a curse, but the actual curse isn’t written; there’s a prostitute; mention of a woman being buxom and a whore; a man has been unfaithful to his wife; a man is drunk; the word “hell” is used; men gamble; people drink alcohol; a married couple is naked in bed together; talk about a married couple having sex (nothing descriptive).Rating: I give this book 5 stars!Genre: Christian fiction; Romance; Regency; 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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  • Kellyn Roth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5I am obsessed with this series aggg can't believe it's over!Like, it's not particularly well-written or anything, but I still love it?? And I don't know why???? It's also a little heavy on the content side - especially since it's about a married couple this time around and talk about adultery, etc. So it wasn't squeaky clean, but neither was it explicit. 15+, but that doesn't mean it's super graphic.Some thoughts: the blurb and cover both misrepresent since (view spoiler)[Julia isn't pregna 3.5/5I am obsessed with this series aggg can't believe it's over!Like, it's not particularly well-written or anything, but I still love it?? And I don't know why???? It's also a little heavy on the content side - especially since it's about a married couple this time around and talk about adultery, etc. So it wasn't squeaky clean, but neither was it explicit. 15+, but that doesn't mean it's super graphic.Some thoughts: the blurb and cover both misrepresent since (view spoiler)[Julia isn't pregnant in the first part of the book and even when she gets pregnant she doesn't showing until like ... the epilogue. So yeah. #looksnicebutbrandingisoff (hide spoiler)]ALSO: again the backstories were a little confusing. Like ... what all happened? The author is trying to be delicate (in this area *coughs*) but fails at giving the reader cold hard facts with which to make their own judgement on how bad Thomas was, etc.Official review to come later! But yep, it was great! I have no idea why I'm not BURNING this series because it's bad, BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN EXPRESS HOW MUCH I ADORE IT THE CHARACTERS AND THE SETTING AND THE WRITING AND OHMYGOSH SERENA AND HARRY AS A MARRIED COUPLE IS THE BEST THING EVER CAN WE HAVE A SPINOFF THAT IS JUST HARRY MAKING JOKES AND SERENA ROLLING HER EYES BECAUSE I WOULD READ THAT AND LOVE IT AND CHERISH IT.Okay, I'm done. Review to come. Realllllllyyyy... xP
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I admire Regency stories that are different from the norm, and this book explored heavier themes such as infidelity, consequences of rash choices, and forgiveness. I was instantly pulled into the story and even when all seemed hopeless, found myself rooting for Julia and Thomas. They have some pretty insurmountable obstacles to overcome, but they both grow and strengthen through their adversity. I appreciated the message of faith that brought depth to the story and characters. (I received a comp I admire Regency stories that are different from the norm, and this book explored heavier themes such as infidelity, consequences of rash choices, and forgiveness. I was instantly pulled into the story and even when all seemed hopeless, found myself rooting for Julia and Thomas. They have some pretty insurmountable obstacles to overcome, but they both grow and strengthen through their adversity. I appreciated the message of faith that brought depth to the story and characters. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed are my own)
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, this is not your typical light Regency in the style of Georgette Heyer. It’s quite different, and I loved that difference. It works well as a standalone, although characters from previous stories figure prominently. The historical detail is rich, giving an authentic feel to the era’s social mores, society’s structure and demands. The characters are flawed and the situations dealt with are timeless – such as infidelity, betrayal, a questioning faith, etc. I loved that it starts with First of all, this is not your typical light Regency in the style of Georgette Heyer. It’s quite different, and I loved that difference. It works well as a standalone, although characters from previous stories figure prominently. The historical detail is rich, giving an authentic feel to the era’s social mores, society’s structure and demands. The characters are flawed and the situations dealt with are timeless – such as infidelity, betrayal, a questioning faith, etc. I loved that it starts with marriage instead of courtship, for Julia and Thomas have some seemingly insurmountable obstacles to overcome. Forgiveness, second chances, and redemption are beautifully reflected throughout. Another great story by Carolyn Miller!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Miller continues to excel in writing outstanding Regency historical romance novels. In The Making of Mrs. Hale, Ms. Miller spins a story that deals with some sensitive issues with grit and grace. This book is unusual in that Julia and Thomas are already married. However, the couple are separated through a series of circumstances as Thomas’s past continues to haunt him. The story switches POV between Julia and Thomas in this heartrending tale. Can they redeem a marriage that had such a fr Carolyn Miller continues to excel in writing outstanding Regency historical romance novels. In The Making of Mrs. Hale, Ms. Miller spins a story that deals with some sensitive issues with grit and grace. This book is unusual in that Julia and Thomas are already married. However, the couple are separated through a series of circumstances as Thomas’s past continues to haunt him. The story switches POV between Julia and Thomas in this heartrending tale. Can they redeem a marriage that had such a fragile beginning? Our hero and heroine have both made poor decisions in their past, yet in spite of their flaws, the reader cannot help but hope for a happy ending. There is plenty of subterfuge, danger and romance in this page-turner, but it is the spiritual message of forgiveness that spoke to this reader’s heart. Ms. Miller deftly paints a picture of how we should reflect the grace and forgiveness to others that God has shown us.Fans of Jane Austen, Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd and Michele Griep will find her a must read. Ever since I read her first book, Carolyn Miller has become one of the authors I will return to again and again. A few of my favorite quotes:"Unforgiveness is a poison that shrivels the heart. It means a person cannot truly live in the present as they're always thinking about the past.""A shepherd's role was what he should have assumed, someone guarding his precious lamb, protecting her from the storms of life, guiding her to shelter."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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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the Promise of Hope series. One of my favorite genres is historical fiction and within that Regency is special. So when I discovered Carolyn Miller wrote in this time period, I just had to try her books. I immediately fell in love with her stories and the people who inhabit them. I have devoured each one as they came out. This one is exceptionally good. Hope resonates through this book, even in the midst of hopeless situations. A has The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the Promise of Hope series. One of my favorite genres is historical fiction and within that Regency is special. So when I discovered Carolyn Miller wrote in this time period, I just had to try her books. I immediately fell in love with her stories and the people who inhabit them. I have devoured each one as they came out. This one is exceptionally good. Hope resonates through this book, even in the midst of hopeless situations. A hasty marriage finds Julia and Major Thomas Hale at odds with eachother, mostly because Thomas has gone off on some business and has not returned, putting Julia in a precarious position. Julia has been left to fend for herself. She has run out of funds and slinks back home to London, only to find her brother and her mother gone from their residence.Trouble seems to follow Thomas. Some might find this unrealistic, but I know of several people who fit the adage: If he didn’t have bad luck, he would have no luck at all. Thomas has landed in a Spanish prison, thinking he has left Julia provided for. There is much intrigue as the story plays out. Carolyn Miller shows family loyalty but sometimes at the cost of showing little mercy. Several characters take a journey of faith as they learn to forgive, repent and find their bearings and, yes, hope once more. One of the best parts was the clear-cut message of the Gospel. This was done in an authentic way as people seek the Will of God and as others help to water the faith that is there. Hard subjects such as imprisonment, poverty, and infidelity are handled with finesse and grace.It is nice to see old friends from Carolyn’s other books dropping by and having a part in the story, too.If you haven’t tried a book by Carolyn Miller, I highly recommend you do. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    This book is perhaps a bit of a different romance in that the characters are married before the opening pages. Unlike still others, this is not a marriage of convenience story, either: their marriage begins in love but a hasty elopement, then endures separation and interference. The characters undergo tremendous obstacles to be together, both physically and emotionally, sometimes despairing of a happily-ever-after ending. After all of the pain and heartache, can they find true love together at l This book is perhaps a bit of a different romance in that the characters are married before the opening pages. Unlike still others, this is not a marriage of convenience story, either: their marriage begins in love but a hasty elopement, then endures separation and interference. The characters undergo tremendous obstacles to be together, both physically and emotionally, sometimes despairing of a happily-ever-after ending. After all of the pain and heartache, can they find true love together at last? As with Miller’s earlier novels, the prose is beautiful and well-written, engaging the emotions as well as telling a compelling story about love, forgiveness, and endurance in the face of adversity. Julia is a strong female character with depth undiscovered before extreme trials forced her to plumb them, and her efforts on behalf of her husband and of little Charlie are inspiring. I did not care much for her impetuous and somewhat immature nature in earlier novels, but she won me over quickly in this book! The spiritual component is strong and deeply engaging. Thomas is far from a paragon as the book begins and yet his humility and desire to honestly do right despite the past makes him so sympathetic that his status as a hero was unquestioned in my mind. The scenes toward the latter parts of his journey to faith were beautifully written and heartfelt. I cannot believe that this particular series has come to an end, that the characters I have come to know and love are now settled and I must move on. Happily, another series is in the works and I have hope of revisiting these characters again in a secondary capacity. I highly recommend this satisfying conclusion to the series for those who enjoy Regency novels, whether or not they have read the previous books, and for those who enjoy fiction with a strong redemption message. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsTHE MAKING OF MRS. HALE is an sweet inspirational romance set in historical England with plenty of twists and a good dose of danger. Recommended to those who enjoy inspirational historical romance with suspense, an interesting group of characters, a unique situation, and intense romance.The story begins dramatically with both main characters in peril, which draws the reader right in from the beginning. The story then unfolds as the reader gets to know the characters and as the plot is u 3.5 StarsTHE MAKING OF MRS. HALE is an sweet inspirational romance set in historical England with plenty of twists and a good dose of danger. Recommended to those who enjoy inspirational historical romance with suspense, an interesting group of characters, a unique situation, and intense romance.The story begins dramatically with both main characters in peril, which draws the reader right in from the beginning. The story then unfolds as the reader gets to know the characters and as the plot is unveiled with plenty of intrigue along the way. There are cameos of characters from prior books in the series. For those new to the series, reading the first two books isn’t necessary to enjoy this story, but definitely would enhance the experience, creating more interest in the side characters. The ending is climatic, both in a spiritual and suspenseful sense, leaving readers happily content.I enjoyed the story for the most part. There were some things that I felt were a little unrealistic and others that needed more development. I was also surprised by some of the content for an inspirational story (references to and some fade-to-black scenes that were fairly blunt, as well as references to an affair). I also didn't fall in love with the heroine, but other readers may not have that same issue. Otherwise, an enjoyable read.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    The Making of Mrs. Hale is the third book of the Regency Bride series but it totally reads like a stand alone novel and in fact is my first time reading anything by this author. (I’ve since downloaded book 1 & 2 so I can see how some of my favorite secondary couples got together.) I admit that I prefer my Regency heroes to be charming and titled if possible which made me not really like Major Thomas Hale for much of this book. But alas, that may have been the author’s point. In an interestin The Making of Mrs. Hale is the third book of the Regency Bride series but it totally reads like a stand alone novel and in fact is my first time reading anything by this author. (I’ve since downloaded book 1 & 2 so I can see how some of my favorite secondary couples got together.) I admit that I prefer my Regency heroes to be charming and titled if possible which made me not really like Major Thomas Hale for much of this book. But alas, that may have been the author’s point. In an interesting twist, the novel starts nearly two years after Julia and Thomas have eloped in Scotland. But our adventurous couple is no longer together. In fact they spend most of the novel apart. Hale has seemingly deserted Julia and she must return to her family. The chapters alternate between Julia and Thomas which helps to move the plot along. There are some very heavy themes in this book, lies, betrayal and adultery among them. But there are more important themes of God’s forgiveness and grace, both finding it and extending it to others. 4/5 stars. I look forward to catching up with the author’s other titles in this series.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and a positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    One of the things I liked about Carolyn Miller’s stories right off the bat was that they take a slightly less beaten path in Regency romance fare. There’s less emphasis on the glittering world of the haut ton and the social whirl of the Season, more emphasis on the day-to-day lives, concerns, and responsibilities of the middle classes and landed gentry—be they titled or no. But in terms of “off the beaten path”, this one surpasses them all. When the excitement and romance of an elopement to Gret One of the things I liked about Carolyn Miller’s stories right off the bat was that they take a slightly less beaten path in Regency romance fare. There’s less emphasis on the glittering world of the haut ton and the social whirl of the Season, more emphasis on the day-to-day lives, concerns, and responsibilities of the middle classes and landed gentry—be they titled or no. But in terms of “off the beaten path”, this one surpasses them all. When the excitement and romance of an elopement to Gretna Green wear off, where do a young couple find themselves? In the case of Julia and Thomas, disillusioned, destitute, and on different continents.The beginning of this novel, in particular, is grittier than your average Regency romance, owing to Thomas Hale’s imprisonment in Spain, but even beyond that, there are some difficult obstacles for this couple to overcome—abandonment, secrets, betrayal of vows. This is no fluffy Regency read! But I actually think it’s been one of my favourites of Carolyn Miller’s novels so far (the other being The Captivating Lady Charlotte). I liked that it dealt with the consequences of imprudent choices and that these characters had to grapple with some serious problems—life-threatening ones at times!As is always the case with Carolyn Miller’s novels, the characters’ spiritual maturation is just as important as their general maturation, and their circumstances provide plenty of opportunity for that, particularly in the areas of forgiveness and grace. Overall, it was a read that engaged me from first page to last, and I look forward to her new series coming in 2019.I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    I quite enjoyed the different take on an inspirational Regency Romance. A long pursued and hard-won relationship forged in absence. With moments finding the couple divided, Miller was able to strengthen their dimensions and portray two well-rounded characters with a believably layered relationship. To add, she was able to exhume many of the double-standards afforded a woman of the time period as well as the unfair advantage allotted Regency males. Accessible writing ( a few anachronistic tendenc I quite enjoyed the different take on an inspirational Regency Romance. A long pursued and hard-won relationship forged in absence. With moments finding the couple divided, Miller was able to strengthen their dimensions and portray two well-rounded characters with a believably layered relationship. To add, she was able to exhume many of the double-standards afforded a woman of the time period as well as the unfair advantage allotted Regency males. Accessible writing ( a few anachronistic tendencies; but I maintain this is for easy reading) make the story flow and Miller's obvious affection for her characters and her conviction for a story threaded with redemption and forgiveness make this a stand out inspirational Regency.A warm read --perfect for Christmas
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  • Rosanne Lortz
    January 1, 1970
    As the book opens, Julia Hale is abandoned and destitute, trying to make her way back to friends and family in London with a baby in tow. The story gradually unfolds to reveal that Julia, after eloping to Gretna Green with Thomas Hale, no longer knows where he is. Is he the worthless rake her family thinks he is, or does he still love her?Imprisoned in a Spanish jail, Thomas yearns to get back across the Channel and reunite with his beloved Julia. The secret mission he went on didn’t go as plann As the book opens, Julia Hale is abandoned and destitute, trying to make her way back to friends and family in London with a baby in tow. The story gradually unfolds to reveal that Julia, after eloping to Gretna Green with Thomas Hale, no longer knows where he is. Is he the worthless rake her family thinks he is, or does he still love her?Imprisoned in a Spanish jail, Thomas yearns to get back across the Channel and reunite with his beloved Julia. The secret mission he went on didn’t go as planned, and he hopes that he left her with enough money to survive during his absence. Plagued by guilt over past actions, Thomas escapes to England, only to find out that the plot against his life may threaten Julia too.The plot of this Regency is extremely unusual. Thomas and Julia are an unwise couple who married in haste and may in fact be repenting at leisure. Both have a lot to learn about love, each other, and God. It is several other characters besides the hero and heroine who exert most of the agency in the story, redeeming both the couple and the situation. While one can appreciate the redemption in the story, the evangelical message is a little heavy-handed, sacrificing historicity (religious sensibilities in 1800s England were different than today) for intelligibility to the modern reader. This book is the third in a series. I did feel a little at sea in parts when characters from the previous installments came into the story, but for the most part, I was able to follow what was happening.Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the secondary characters a lot! I will for sure be reading their stories.I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book. The pacing felt a little off, and a few ends weren’t explained very well.I did enjoy the writing style, and the banter and wit made me happy.It was a cute story overall!
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    “I have known what it is to hold onto bitterness and resentment; it is not something I wish for anyone I care about to dwell with. Unforgiveness is a poison that shrivels the heart. It means a person cannot truly live in the present as they’re always thinking about the past.”Oh, what a most excellent conclusion to A Promise of Hope series! This book can definitely be read as a stand alone, but reading the first two books (Winning Miss Winthrop and Miss Serena’s Secret) will heighten the reader’s “I have known what it is to hold onto bitterness and resentment; it is not something I wish for anyone I care about to dwell with. Unforgiveness is a poison that shrivels the heart. It means a person cannot truly live in the present as they’re always thinking about the past.”Oh, what a most excellent conclusion to A Promise of Hope series! This book can definitely be read as a stand alone, but reading the first two books (Winning Miss Winthrop and Miss Serena’s Secret) will heighten the reader’s understanding of Julia and Thomas on their incredibly rocky journey together. As is her trademark, the author Carolyn Miller infuses this well-written story with her beautiful writing style, wonderful and oftentimes amusing dialogue, broken yet unforgettable characters, and strong spiritual threads. Julia, if you have been following the series, is no longer the whimsical selfish young girl. Thomas is no longer the selfish, angry, amoral young soldier. Time, distance, and tragic circumstances have forced both to grow up and mature. Julia’s compassion makes her a lovable character and Thomas’ selflessness and persistence in his love for Julia makes him a hero as they battle their past, present, and perceived future. Their conversion scenes are soul-stirring. And the intrigue and mystery woven into the story are the icing on the cake. The secondary characters make the story so much more delicious - Catherine/Jon (from Winning Miss Winthrop), Serena/Harry (from Miss Serena’s Secret), and Lavinia/Nicholas (from A Legacy of Grace series) have prominent roles in this book and seeing them was like meeting old friends again. If you enjoy historical romance, especially set in the Regency era, you will want to read this book! All of Carolyn Miller’s books!I was given a copy of the book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'She should have known it was too much to ask for help from a God she scarcely believed in.'When I read Carolyn Miller's very first novel, I knew I had found a wonderful author. Miller writes a top-notch Regency and does it very well. If you're a fan of Jane Austen, give this author a try.This last novel in Miller's 'A Promise of Hope' series in her Regency brides format, tells Julia Hale's story. Julia ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas Hale in the last book, going against the wishes of he 'She should have known it was too much to ask for help from a God she scarcely believed in.'When I read Carolyn Miller's very first novel, I knew I had found a wonderful author. Miller writes a top-notch Regency and does it very well. If you're a fan of Jane Austen, give this author a try.This last novel in Miller's 'A Promise of Hope' series in her Regency brides format, tells Julia Hale's story. Julia ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas Hale in the last book, going against the wishes of her family for love. Now her husband is gone and she has no idea where to find him or even if he will return, so she goes home, bedraggled, hungry and moneyless, hoping her family will forgive her and take her in. Major Thomas Hale has spend all his life trying to get away from his horrible past, but he can never avoid the consequences of his actions. He is being marked by those who want nothing more than to eliminate him as a threat to their existence. He can't seem to shake those who pursue him and now he may lost his wife forever.Will this broken hearted wife and downtrodden husband manage to make their marriage work? Even if everyone is against them? Will they find the strength to hang onto what they vowed to do?Carolyn Miller has written a super good one this time, although all her books are great. I've been waiting for Julia's story and I was not disappointed. Miller takes us to their heartbreaks, joys and hopes and even their relationship with Christ. There were points in the story where I wept at the goodness of God. Miller has outdone herself here. I loved her wonderful spiritual theme of redemption and forgiveness! It was akin to hearing a great sermon. Bravo! Highly recommended.*My thanks to the publisher and author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    The Making of Mrs. Hale is not your typical regency romance. It begins with Julia and Thomas already married (and physically separated—she has no idea if he's even alive), and as the novel goes on, they have to deal with the consequences of their actions and work to repair relationships with their family, friends, and each other.This novel started out fairly slowly for me, and I didn't like either Julia or Thomas, which made caring about their stories difficult. I'll be honest: I didn't really l The Making of Mrs. Hale is not your typical regency romance. It begins with Julia and Thomas already married (and physically separated—she has no idea if he's even alive), and as the novel goes on, they have to deal with the consequences of their actions and work to repair relationships with their family, friends, and each other.This novel started out fairly slowly for me, and I didn't like either Julia or Thomas, which made caring about their stories difficult. I'll be honest: I didn't really like Julia at all until very close to the end of the novel. Thomas grew on me, though, especially once he connected with Lord Hawkesbury (Nicholas from The Elusive Miss Ellison, the novel that started Miller's regency romances). It's a conversation with Lord Hawkesbury that leads to Thomas's spiritual awakening, and it's written so, so well.I ended up very much enjoying The Making of Mrs. Hale. I wish it hadn't taken so long to get into the story, as I very nearly abandoned it, and I would've missed out on a really good novel. 3-1/2 stars.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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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Miller’s Regency series are some of my favorites. And with The Making of Mrs. Hale, these books are elevated to an entirely new level.Major Thomas Hale and Julia Carlew shirked social conventions when they ran away and wed in Gretna Green, but their happily ever after is quickly crushed by reality. Julia hasn’t heard from her husband in more than six months, and Thomas questions whether his wife has waited for him.As the story unfolds, readers quickly find there is something nefarious su Carolyn Miller’s Regency series are some of my favorites. And with The Making of Mrs. Hale, these books are elevated to an entirely new level.Major Thomas Hale and Julia Carlew shirked social conventions when they ran away and wed in Gretna Green, but their happily ever after is quickly crushed by reality. Julia hasn’t heard from her husband in more than six months, and Thomas questions whether his wife has waited for him.As the story unfolds, readers quickly find there is something nefarious surrounding Thomas. And Julia struggles to find her voice now that she’s back under the care of her mother and brother, who make no secret of their opinions of Thomas.Mistakes are made, each party is wronged in a way, but with the wisdom and guidance of a few familiar friends, can Thomas and Julia learn how forgiving blesses both he person wronged and the one who committed the offense?Miller once again brings to life this time period, this time giving us a glimpse of both the titled ton and those who scrape together their living.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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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    In Carolyn Miller’s book The Making of Mrs. Hale, she brings to life a story of the struggles, as well as the beauty of young love. Miller’s characters come to life from the pages as she tells the story of a hasty marriage and the struggles because of it, including unacceptance from family members, as well as society in general. This story suggests the possibility that through misunderstanding and deception, there is still a possibility of forgiveness from past mistakes and the beauty of love. A In Carolyn Miller’s book The Making of Mrs. Hale, she brings to life a story of the struggles, as well as the beauty of young love. Miller’s characters come to life from the pages as she tells the story of a hasty marriage and the struggles because of it, including unacceptance from family members, as well as society in general. This story suggests the possibility that through misunderstanding and deception, there is still a possibility of forgiveness from past mistakes and the beauty of love. Although this novel can be read as a standalone, characters from past novels in the series show up in this story, so it is recommended to read them in order. Readers who enjoy historical regency romance will be sure to enjoy this delightful story.Series: Regency Brides: A Promise of HopeGenre: historical, regencyPublisher: Kregel PublicationsPublication date: November 27, 2018Number of pages: 336Other books in the series:1-Winning Miss Winthrop2-Miss Serena’s SecretA review copy of this book was provided by JustRead Tours and NetGalley via the publisher. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite book by Carolyn Miller, as it had meat to sink your teeth into. This book is more gritty and the characters more real, as life isn’t always a pretty picture. Circumstances and choices dictate our destiny but with Christ we can overcome all things through His power. There is always hope through the grace and mercy of Christ. I loved the Authors Note at the end explaining elopements for that time period. I felt it was well researched and gave a new spin to Regency Romance. A wonderful My favorite book by Carolyn Miller, as it had meat to sink your teeth into. This book is more gritty and the characters more real, as life isn’t always a pretty picture. Circumstances and choices dictate our destiny but with Christ we can overcome all things through His power. There is always hope through the grace and mercy of Christ. I loved the Authors Note at the end explaining elopements for that time period. I felt it was well researched and gave a new spin to Regency Romance. A wonderful conclusion to the Regency Brides A Promise Of Hope Series. 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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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    This book gives several treats that I so love to get in a book. Doesn’t it seem most reads end with an engagement or wedding? This one starts with a married couple! That right there is something I love in a book! It also has a non perfect marriage. Any of you married to the perfect mate? Or think perhaps you are that perfect mate? ( or at least closer than yours?) This book deals with some real life raw issues ...things that can occur in marriage.So many books are written on the falling in love This book gives several treats that I so love to get in a book. Doesn’t it seem most reads end with an engagement or wedding? This one starts with a married couple! That right there is something I love in a book! It also has a non perfect marriage. Any of you married to the perfect mate? Or think perhaps you are that perfect mate? ( or at least closer than yours?) This book deals with some real life raw issues ...things that can occur in marriage.So many books are written on the falling in love part, but after one takes their wedding vows, that’s the beginning of a new journey. I SO enjoy books that follow that journey. The author does a great job of dealing with the subject, and it has a wonderful hope and redemption message so well weaved into the story. The characters are real and engaging, the plot interesting and pulls in the reader, and the themes of love, faith, hope, and forgiveness are all beautifully done. Do yourself a favor and read this book! There is another element I love dearly, but I’m not one for spoilers so you will have to read it yourself!I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Becky Van Daniker
    January 1, 1970
    This is a brief review for Instagram. A much thorough one will be coming soon.If you are a fan of Jane Austen or anything regency, then you might want to check out this one. This is book three in the series, but no worries because it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I'm definitely going to check out the other books in the series. This is one of the best books I have read on the topic of forgiveness. I even found myself pulling out my journal to write out some of the quotes. This book is powe This is a brief review for Instagram. A much thorough one will be coming soon.If you are a fan of Jane Austen or anything regency, then you might want to check out this one. This is book three in the series, but no worries because it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I'm definitely going to check out the other books in the series. This is one of the best books I have read on the topic of forgiveness. I even found myself pulling out my journal to write out some of the quotes. This book is powerful because I found myself questioning if I were feeling angry or bitter towards anyone in my life. Highly recommended!Disclaimer: I have received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.UPDATE:“The Making of Mrs. Hale” is the first novel that I’ve read from Carolyn Miller. It most certainly won’t be my last. This Regency novel is the third book in the series, but you can easily read this as a stand-alone.The characters are so real dealing with real problems. So much happens to these characters throughout the books that one will wonder if it ever gets better. There is a message of hope throughout the book. This is one of the most powerful stories on the topic of forgiveness that I have read. I copied several of the quotes on the topic into my journal for future reference. I even found myself questioning if there were anyone in my life that I needed to forgive.This novel does have mentions of characters in intimate situations without showing any details – sometimes married, while some were not. There were also mentions of drinking, gambling, pregnancy outside of marriage, and some violence.Overall, this is a delightful read that the author took great care in writing. Highly recommended!Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    The Making of Mrs. HaleRegency Brides: A Promise of Hope #3By Carolyn MillerJulia Hale, whom the reader was introduced to in Winning Miss Winthrop has her story told in this book. Julia was determined to escape her brother and her mother's control and with Major Thomas Hale ran off to Gretna Green to get married. Thomas was not whom her family envisioned her marrying - he had no title and no estate - and though he was her brother Jon's friend he wasn't considered good enough for her. And now Jul The Making of Mrs. HaleRegency Brides: A Promise of Hope #3By Carolyn MillerJulia Hale, whom the reader was introduced to in Winning Miss Winthrop has her story told in this book. Julia was determined to escape her brother and her mother's control and with Major Thomas Hale ran off to Gretna Green to get married. Thomas was not whom her family envisioned her marrying - he had no title and no estate - and though he was her brother Jon's friend he wasn't considered good enough for her. And now Julia is left wondering if she made a mistake - Thomas has been gone for months and she is at the end of her means and her funds.Thomas never thought he'd be separated from Julia for so long but then he never thought he'd be in a Spanish prison wasting away. The mission he had been sent on was to be of short duration, not months. He can only hope if he can escape that Julia is still waiting for him and that her love is as real as his is for her.Can two people who've been separated by circumstances and manipulations find a way to reforge the promises that they made to one another and see past their hurts and have the marriage they wanted? Or will they allow the past with its pain and grievances keep them from growing into the people they were meant to be?Fans of Carolyn Miller's Regency Brides series will enjoy this latest offering which concludes the Promise of Hope trilogy. And past characters from this trilogy and her previous trilogy A Legacy of Grace make appearances to offer insights and guidance to both Julia and Thomas as they navigate the life they share and work towards a future of hope. One can read this book on its own and still fully enjoy and follow the story easily if you have not previously read the proceeding works.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    The Making of Mrs. Hale (2018) by Carolyn Miller is the final novel in her Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 336 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me four days to read. I received a copy of this book in paperback form from the author via her publisher, Kregel Publications. I also purchased an eBook copy of this book from Amazon on December 10, 2018 to review. In no way has this The Making of Mrs. Hale (2018) by Carolyn Miller is the final novel in her Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 336 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy six-year old at home, this novel took me four days to read. I received a copy of this book in paperback form from the author via her publisher, Kregel Publications. I also purchased an eBook copy of this book from Amazon on December 10, 2018 to review. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give The Making of Mrs. Hale 5 STARS. This novel is a Regency-era Christian Romance set in England.Carolyn Miller cannot write a bad story if she tried. I have enjoyed and loved every book she has written so far, and The Making of Mrs. Hale is one of my top favorites. The plot line is highly engaging, the characters are beautifully crafted, but it is the themes that Mrs. Miller discusses in her novel that really set Mrs. Hale apart.Carolyn begins this story with her main characters already married. The reader never really gets to see Thomas and Julia court. Instead, we readers are shown about 18 months into their marriage and things appear awful. When Julia is forced to return home without her husband she is destitute, sick, and broken. One of the very first things her immediate circle of family and friends relates to her is that she needs to divorce her husband and leave him behind. Thomas has NEVER fit their ideal as a good match, so to Julia’s family and friends he should be something Julia can get rid of easily like garbage. But, Julia loves her husband. She doesn’t understand him or what path he is on, but she loves him. Why can’t people accept her choice? Why must there be so much harsh judgement? Why does she have to leave him just because things are rough right now? And, why would people counsel her this way?Ten years ago, I was with a group of teacher friends at a conference. We were out for dinner and the man who would be my husband was our server. As my best friend, Lara, tells it, sparks were immediate. At one point in the night, I announced to my friends that I had met my future husband. Of course, they all chuckled thinking I was enamored with a handsome man, but I knew. The thing is though NO ONE in my family was impressed. They actually tried many times to break me and Robert up. My mom was not OK with me being with a mere server, and thought he was out to get all my money — funny thing though, I don’t have any money to get! My brothers hated Robert and said mean things about him almost every chance they could find. And my dad, weeks before I got married, counseled me against marrying Robert because he was worried Robert would steal my retirement. Once I explained that Robert would have to be with me for 32 years before we would ever see my retirement, my dad backed down and finally approved my marriage. My family’s distrust and dislike of the man I had chosen to be my life partner broke my heart. I never once had the feeling that Robert was there to steal from me or take advantage of me. I knew he was the man God chose for me! Who cares about his job? He has a job, it makes him happy, and he makes decent money. Isn’t that enough? In actuality, my heart broke by my family’s insensitivity, their assuming I wasn’t good enough for a man for any other purpose than to be taken advantage of, and their meanness. It made me realize that my family did not respect me one iota, and that hurt deeply. In this sense, I 1000% relate to how Julia feels throughout this entire novel.The first two years of my marriage were ROUGH. About five seconds after we said, “I Do,” our life took drastic turns for the worse. I’m talking BIG, SCARY things. I was counseled several times to divorce my husband. But, I refused. I didn’t say my vows on October 23, 2011 to pay lip service to God, my husband, or to our family and friends present that day. I said my vows because I meant them. Robert and I made a covenant with God and I am not about to leave just because things get hard. In our world today where jumping ship at the slightest sign of trial or suffering is normal, it is refreshing to read a story where a heroine and her hero refuse to give up on one another when the world yells at them to do so. I absolutely respect Julia’s character for honoring God and her husband by sticking it out, by finding out the truth before she made assumptions, and by remaining firm even when things felt so unstable. I applaud Julia’s ability to follow God, to forgive her husband and herself, and to ignore the screaming of the world around her. And, I applaud Carolyn Miller for writing a novel that is not afraid to profess this important message to today’s modern readers.Thomas’s journey in The Making of Mrs. Hale reminded me of Joseph’s falls and risings in the Bible. Like Joseph, Thomas falls and rises twice. In Genesis, Joseph is thrown into a pit (fall #1) and later sold into slavery by his brothers. In The Making of Mrs. Hale, Thomas is thrown into a pit — a literal jail cell — and betrayed by men he believed were close to him. Like Joseph, Thomas does get out of this pit, but it is more like he pulls himself out of the pit. He “earns” his way out of the pit by doing what he (Thomas) thinks is best. I have always imagined that the young Joseph “earned” his way into Potiphar’s house by acting impressive, but I’ve always seen this time in Joseph’s life as being one sided and not really getting God’s purpose for him. Thomas, too, tried to do things on his own terms. Eventually, both men end up back in a pit: Joseph goes to jail for a crime he did not commit (fall #2), and Thomas reaches the bottom of the barrel because of the evil machinations of men. It is in their second pits that both Joseph and Thomas realize that only God can truly pull someone from despair. If we don’t repent and reconcile to God, we will always end up in some kind of pit that we’ll never fully get out of. Only by walking WITH God can we ever find the way out of darkness and onto His chosen path. I really love this juxtaposition of Thomas to Joseph that Mrs. Miller uses in order to remind her readers that without God we are living pitiful lives!The Making of Mrs. Hale is an excellent story. I loved every minute I spent with Julia and Thomas, and appreciate how much I connected with this couple as a couple. I very much recommend this wonderful novel. If you are looking for a well written, highly engaging, thoughtful Regency-era story, then you must purchase a copy of The Making of Mrs. Hale immediately!
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  • Jerrye Bell
    January 1, 1970
    The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn MillerRating: 2 out of 5 stars______________________________________________________________________________Story NotesCarolyn Miller delivers her third installment of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series that begins rather slowly and only slightly redeems itself by the end. I have loved reading this series by Carolyn Miller; getting to know these ladies and their families has been fun and I love the snappy conversations that often go on. However, this The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn MillerRating: 2 out of 5 stars______________________________________________________________________________Story NotesCarolyn Miller delivers her third installment of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series that begins rather slowly and only slightly redeems itself by the end. I have loved reading this series by Carolyn Miller; getting to know these ladies and their families has been fun and I love the snappy conversations that often go on. However, this book was not quite as up to the mark as the previous ones and for that I was really sad. It took a long time for the story to really get going, despite the fact that there were supposed to be dangerous happenings. And I was a bit lost at the beginning trying to tie everyone back together to the other books. Not sure why this was but it made the book hard to read. The story began with Julia Hale attempting to leave the child she has claimed as her own on the doorstep of her brother’s good friend, Lord Carmichael. She is desperately sick and is afraid the child will also become sick if he remains with her. Julia is well aware of everyone’s disapproval of her elopement last year and hopes to convince her brother to allow her houseroom until her husband returns from his mission with the War Office. But Carmichael and his wife Serena will not hear of her leaving until she is better. They bring her in and offer her room and rest as long as she might need. Her family will return soon and she will have to face them, but Julia is happy for the respite at the moment. Julia hopes that Thomas will return soon, but there are rumors swirling that he has died overseas. With nothing to live on, Julia will be forced to ask for help and forgiveness to provide for herself and her adopted son, Charles. But life with her snobbish mother may be more than Julia is willing to endure. Thomas Hale has been in what surely must be hell for the past six months. His comrades and he were captured by the Spanish and are now tortured for whatever information they might have about England’s war department. So far, two have died, and the rest are so beaten and starved they have little hope of recovery. But when the opportunity for escape comes, Thomas and the others will do whatever it takes to be free again. His one thought is to get home to his wife so he can beg her forgiveness for being gone so long. His most fervent wish is that she will welcome him back into her heart and home and not hate him for “abandoning” her. His return brings short-lived joy however, and there will be many to stand in the way of his permanent reunion with Julia. Thomas will have to prove himself to everyone and seek true forgiveness if he is to really be welcomed back. There is also a conspiracy plotting against his life that he will have to face as well before he can be free from his tortuous past. Both Julia and Thomas will need to accept and offer forgiveness so they can truly become the family they’ve always hoped to be. With such a good plot one would think this book would be wonderful. But sadly, it seemed to fall a little flat in the development of said plot. While I loved the faith journeys the two main characters walked, I was disappointed with their character development. They appeared to be so wishy-washy as to believe anything, no matter the source. I wanted to cheer for them but could not find a real reason to. The other characters in the story made it a much better read, providing good conversations and snappy dialogue. So while I would have loved to recommend this book to others, I only will do so in the interest of adding to the series information. Perhaps others will find this book a better read than I did, but its not one I think I will want to reread. Hopefully Ms. Miller will release a better story soon. I received this e-book free of charge from Kregel Publications via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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  • Connie Saunders
    January 1, 1970
    This is the final book of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series and it is a wonderful way to wrap the series up. As I read this story I was struck with the thought "the more things change the more they stay the same". It is 1818 in Regency England and two young people elope to a small village in Scotland that is known for quickie marriages. This is what Julia and Thomas did in the nineteenth century and this is what young couples are still doing today, two centuries later. The hopes are a This is the final book of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series and it is a wonderful way to wrap the series up. As I read this story I was struck with the thought "the more things change the more they stay the same". It is 1818 in Regency England and two young people elope to a small village in Scotland that is known for quickie marriages. This is what Julia and Thomas did in the nineteenth century and this is what young couples are still doing today, two centuries later. The hopes are always the same: being together and living happily ever after but this doesn't always happen. At the beginning of The Making of Mrs. Hale we find Julia alone, poor, and hungry because Thomas is missing and she doesn't even know if he is alive! Her family was very much against this marriage and Julia is forced to go home to face them alone. Soon after, Thomas returns home and Julia forgives him; and then, he disappears again and she must once again deal with her mother and brother's disapproval. They can't understand why she allowed him back into her life in the first place and when they learn that Thomas has been accused of adultery while being held prisoner in a Spanish jail their mistrust seems to have been justified. Julia's mother suggests that she should get a divorce and finally be free of Thomas Hale and we see Julia's anguish as she wrestles between defending her husband and wondering if he really could be capable of being with another woman. "Betrayal. She had never realized just how powerful that word was, just how poignant that word could be, until the last two days....How could he have loved her, if he had betrayed his vows, by being with another?" (p. 207) Yes, she knew that he had left her more than once so was he unfaithful? Could she ever completely trust him again?The Making of Mrs. Hale shows Julia's growth as she faced all of these obstacles and conquered them. Through the worst times she continued to hope and she continued to have faith. Thomas returns and begins to prove that he has changed. He works to regain Julia's trust and we watch as they both try to strengthen their marriage and convince others that their elopement wasn't a huge mistake. Is it possible for Julia to truly trust? Is unfaithfulness forgivable? Can Thomas ever be the loving and faithful husband that Julia deserves?Carolyn Miller's reputation as an author of clean and wholesome Regency romance continues to grow and she certainly doesn't disappoint with this book. She always writes of the moral values of this era but this book features some subjects that are often glossed over and many characters who are flawed. These only prove that humans make mistakes, redemption is possible and that God always offers forgiveness. Ms. Miller never fails to remind us that it is our duty to offer others the same love and forgiveness that we ourselves have been granted from God our Father. The Making of Mrs. Hale can be read as a standalone book but people who've read the first two books of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series will enjoy seeing how some previous characters are mentioned in this story. I recommend this book to all who enjoy Christian fiction set in the Regency era and I look forward to what Carolyn Miller has planned for her future works.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Brittany Searfoss
    January 1, 1970
    This book is the next installment in Carolyn Miller's series Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading her other books in order so the characters and events that are mentioned can be understood more completely.Julia Hale didn't know what she was getting into when she ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas. Soon after they were married, Thomas disappeared without notice and hasn't come back. Escaping from Edinburgh, Scotland with her decease This book is the next installment in Carolyn Miller's series Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading her other books in order so the characters and events that are mentioned can be understood more completely.Julia Hale didn't know what she was getting into when she ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas. Soon after they were married, Thomas disappeared without notice and hasn't come back. Escaping from Edinburgh, Scotland with her deceased friend Meggie's child, Charles, Julia finally makes it to Henry and Serena's house in England. Dealing with her difficult mother and brother Jon, Julia stubbornly clings to the hope that Thomas will return to her. When he does return from imprisonment in Spain, they reconcile with each other and Thomas soon returns to Scotland to find out why Julia didn't receive the note and money left for her. Unfortunately, there are some men who don't want Thomas to escape again. Through dangerous circumstances, Julia and Thomas will need to find forgiveness from God before they can ever learn to forgive others. Will Julia be able to forgive Thomas for what he has done, and will either of them survive the evil men bent on foul play and revenge?I have enjoyed and loved every one of Carolyn Miller's books, and this one holds a special place in my heart. This book tackles some serious and difficult subjects, especially concerning marriage and forgiveness. The writing is so realistic and gut wrenching that I found myself crying several times, and of course the humor was present to provide a respite from the seriousness of the subject matter. I have never seen a more clear presentation of the Gospel in a fictional story before, and the scene with Lord Hawkesbury and Thomas touched my heart. Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury has long been a favorite character of mine. This book also explores various situations with family relationships and the difficulties many people face, even today. Some of Carolyn's best writing is in this book, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. To anyone who is searching for the truth, for forgiveness, peace, and help in a difficult relationship, please pick up this book. You will be glad that you did. I am eagerly awaiting Carolyn Miller's next book.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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  • English
    January 1, 1970
    The Making of Mrs Hale is Carolyn Miller's sixth book, the conclusion of her second trilogy set in Regency Britain.It follows Julia Hale, the sister of a nobleman who disappeared in the first book with a friend of her brother known as Major Thomas Hale. Thomas was known to be a rake and knowing her family would disapprove of her marrying a commoner with no title or lands and such a reputation. Eighteen months later, Julia reappears having been apparently abandoned by her husband on the doorstep The Making of Mrs Hale is Carolyn Miller's sixth book, the conclusion of her second trilogy set in Regency Britain.It follows Julia Hale, the sister of a nobleman who disappeared in the first book with a friend of her brother known as Major Thomas Hale. Thomas was known to be a rake and knowing her family would disapprove of her marrying a commoner with no title or lands and such a reputation. Eighteen months later, Julia reappears having been apparently abandoned by her husband on the doorstep of one of her friends. What’s more, she has a baby in tow. Here the story begins, and it’s not a typical Regency. The protagonists are already married: but their relationship is fractured through separation, secrets, betrayal and emotional trauma. There are many other Regency stories which involve rakish characters making right, and this could have following that formula, but does not. At least, not slavishly. Julia’s family apparently hate Thomas for what he did to her (or what they believe he did), but she struggles to love and trust him, despite the wishes of her overbearing mother and over-protective brother.Above all, it’s a story of reconciliation: of husband and wife, family, friends, and ultimately reconciliation with God. There is also a strong element of danger and intrigue in this story, with a possible plot against Thomas by a corrupt army officer and a secret mission gone wrong. This provided a lot of interesting details about the 19th century military and some government offices. It also was a good way of incorporating characters from the earlier books into the story but might be a little confusing for those who have not read them.Above all there was a very strong emphasis on the spiritual maturity of the characters, and a very strong salvation message. Some might say it’s a little heavy-handed and modern. Perhaps, but I did not find it so off-putting, and sort of appropriate in the context of the story. There was a great deal of grace involved, and Thomas’s reasons for hesitating and doubting in his faith were credible.I did feel a few incidents were implausible or not properly accounted for: like how did Julia manage to travel all the way from Edinburgh to London in such dire straits and with no money? Overall though, it was a lovely conclusion to the story. Thanks to Kregel for inviting me to read this book via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Making of Mrs. Hale: Regency Brides: Promise of Hope #3Author: Carolyn MillerPages: e-bookYear: 2018Publisher: Kregel PublicationsMy rating is 5 out of 5 stars.Julia Hale arrives on the doorstep of a friend bedraggled, unkempt and starving. She also has a baby in tow. She eloped in Scotland two years ago with Major Thomas Hale. They were happy even as their financial circumstances fell. Then, Thomas had the opportunity to earn some money by serving his country. He didn’t tell Julia wh Title: The Making of Mrs. Hale: Regency Brides: Promise of Hope #3Author: Carolyn MillerPages: e-bookYear: 2018Publisher: Kregel PublicationsMy rating is 5 out of 5 stars.Julia Hale arrives on the doorstep of a friend bedraggled, unkempt and starving. She also has a baby in tow. She eloped in Scotland two years ago with Major Thomas Hale. They were happy even as their financial circumstances fell. Then, Thomas had the opportunity to earn some money by serving his country. He didn’t tell Julia what he was doing, but he left a note explaining things and enough money to see her through until he returned. He gave both to a friend who had served with him in the armed forces in India a few years prior. He is captured on his mission along with some of his crew and is gone far longer than he anticipated. He also has a lapse in judgement with one of his tormentors. Julia can’t imagine what has happened to Thomas. Did he abandon her? Were her family and friends right about him being a rogue? Did he tire of her and move on to someone else?Julia is forced to return to England as she is destitute. She has sold everything of value to obtain a ticket home. Upon arrival, she discovers her family is out of town. She goes to the only place left she can think of and that is to her brother’s best friend. They are shocked at her appearance and that she has a baby, but they take her in. Thomas, meanwhile, escapes his captors and tries repeatedly to get back to Julia but continually has roadblocks in his path. Will he ever be reunited with Julia? Can she forgive him for being gone so long?Both Thomas and Julie learn the value of forgiveness and the joy of being reconciled with their Savior. They had been living lives for themselves without much thought to God. Now that they have faced extremely trying circumstances, they can see God’s provision. They now know they are beloved children of God and they have value in His sight. There were consequences of impetuous actions, but nothing that couldn’t be repented of and forgiven by God. I have greatly enjoyed this author’s regency books as they are clean reads with faith woven seamlessly into the plot. I can’t wait for what comes next from Carolyn’s pen!
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  • Iola
    January 1, 1970
    We first met Julia Hale in Winning Miss Winthrop, when Julia ran away to Gretna Green to marry Thomas Hale in defiance of her family's wishes. But, as the old saying goes, "Marry in haste; repent at leisure." Julia is left destitute after her husband disappears. Six months later, she has sold everything she can and has no choice but to return to her friends and family in London and ask for help. They are pleased to welcome her home, believing she is either an abandoned wife or (possibly) a widow We first met Julia Hale in Winning Miss Winthrop, when Julia ran away to Gretna Green to marry Thomas Hale in defiance of her family's wishes. But, as the old saying goes, "Marry in haste; repent at leisure." Julia is left destitute after her husband disappears. Six months later, she has sold everything she can and has no choice but to return to her friends and family in London and ask for help. They are pleased to welcome her home, believing she is either an abandoned wife or (possibly) a widow. They are less pleased when Thomas Hale returns home ...This means The Making of Mrs Hale follows one of the lesser-used romance tropes: a married couple falling in love. Or perhaps they are rediscovering their love, as Julia clearly still has feelings towards Thomas and vice versa. But Julia has to fight to keep what she has—a marriage to a man she loves.There is also an exciting suspense thread. Thomas is concerned his ending up in a Spanish prison may not have been an accident. This threatens him, Julia, and their attempts to rebuild their relationship while surrounded by disapproving family members.I have always been a big Regency romance fan, and Carolyn Miller has established herself as a leading author in the Christian Regency genre. Her research is spot on, yet never gets in the way of the story (I wish this was universal, but I find there are more authors who think they can write authentic Regency than actually can). In contrast, Carolyn Miller consistently comes up with realistic yet detailed plots. She fills her novels with realistic, complex characters facing issues that are true to the historic period, yet resonate with modern readers. Her novels are also definitely (and perhaps defiantly) Christian. They're not just "clean". Her characters are forced to evaluate themselves and their relationship with God, which is a refreshing contrast to a lot of the fiction being published by CBA publishers. Overall, I recommend Carolyn Miller and The Making of Miss Hale to anyone looking for genuine Christian Regency fiction.Thanks to Kregel Publications and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    THE MAKING OF MRS. HALE is Carolyn Miller's third book in her Regency Romance series THE PROMISE OF HOPE. Without her mother's or brother's approval, Julia elopes to Gretna Green to e When her new husband, a soldier, disappears and leaves her penniless, she reluctantly slinks back home, hoping her family will take her in. When her husband reappears, only to disappear again, Julie must decide what marriage means to her. After his return, Major Thomas Hale feels he must find answers to why his wif THE MAKING OF MRS. HALE is Carolyn Miller's third book in her Regency Romance series THE PROMISE OF HOPE. Without her mother's or brother's approval, Julia elopes to Gretna Green to e When her new husband, a soldier, disappears and leaves her penniless, she reluctantly slinks back home, hoping her family will take her in. When her husband reappears, only to disappear again, Julie must decide what marriage means to her. After his return, Major Thomas Hale feels he must find answers to why his wife was never given the message and money he had left for her. Plus he must try to recoup the money he was promised for his secret military assignment. Hoping to start again with his bride, he can only hope she never learns all that happened when he was imprisoned in Spain. I did not read the first two books in this series, but I was able to follow the plot of this book, although at times I was a bit confused. The villains of this book are clearly villains, but I was never quite sure what their motives were. I am a fast reader and I may have missed something, or this could be the result of the book being part of a series. Some characters who play a minor role in this book were the stars of the previous titles; likewise, I think Thomas and Julia played lesser roles in those books. While many Christian romance novels only light touch on romance or faith, this book handles both with finesse. Both Thomas and Julia grow in their understanding of love -- both romantic love and God's love. And that means they learn lessons in forgiveness. It has been years since I read a Regency romance, and while I think I've moved on from that time period setting, I did enjoy this title. Julia, who certainly has been sheltered in a very restricted society, acts on her heart's desires. Her relationship with her mother and her refusal to again be put under her thumb is worth the time it took to read this book alone. But it is the faith message that will make you glad you picked up this title. I received a copy of this title from Netgalley and Kregel books; all opinions are mine.
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