A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #1)
Can a proper noble lady find a future with a fossil-hunting man of faith?As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society--and she's always followed them precisely. But when she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. Questions she has never considered about the importance of friendship and faith suddenly confront her--and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance. What if God wants to be the center of her life, rather than merely a social obligation?Gideon Kirby loves science, and hunting down proof of past lives is a joy he won't willingly give up. But his scientific leanings are being challenged both by his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister's illness becomes more desperate, her care growing more demanding. Adding a viscount's daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected--especially since he must stay far away from this young woman he's falling for in order to protect his beloved sister's secret.When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret will be exposed, no matter how Gideon fights. Then tragedy strikes in a smugglers' cave. And the threat of scandal may lead to broken hearts and passionless propriety. Will the shaky bond these two have nurtured be strong enough to overcome their differences--or will the trust they've withheld from each other tear three lives apart?

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #1) Details

TitleA Hero for Miss Hatherleigh (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #1)
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ReleaseMar 19th, 2019
PublisherKregel Publications
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GenreHistorical, Regency, Romance, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Fiction

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #1) Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    What a vibrant voice in the Regency fiction writing world! Carolyn Miller's novels are a pure delight to the senses, different than other Regency authors. Vibrant,exciting,insightful are words I would use to describe her books. I love hearing about the research authors do for their books and how they put it to use in their books. The time period Regency and a fossil-hunting scientist are not words you would think of as being associated with the same book but wait, Carolyn combines these effortle What a vibrant voice in the Regency fiction writing world! Carolyn Miller's novels are a pure delight to the senses, different than other Regency authors. Vibrant,exciting,insightful are words I would use to describe her books. I love hearing about the research authors do for their books and how they put it to use in their books. The time period Regency and a fossil-hunting scientist are not words you would think of as being associated with the same book but wait, Carolyn combines these effortlessly in an interesting but yet fascinating book you are going to devour. This book was so hard for me to put down once I started it, reading it in an afternoon.I love historicals for all the fascinating things I learn from the different time periods. This book has a solid, realistic faith message woven throughout the exciting story. You will also meet the person behind the she sells seashells by the seashore’ tongue twister! Did you know there was a fossil-hunting mania in early 1800's England? I didn't know before I read this delightful romance.Regency Brides Daughters Of Aynlsey Number 2, Understanding Miss Cecilia releases July 2019 and I'm hyped for it's upcoming release.Kindle Edition, 336 pagesExpected publication: March 19th 2019 by Kregel Publications I received a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    The author has created compelling characters inside a fascinating piece of Regency England. What will a brother do to protect his sister? And how far will a friend go to protect her new acquaintance? With a keen eye for Regency detail and descriptions that transported me to the shores of England, this book was a delight. It will be well-received by Regency fans who love sweet, romantic novels.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    Just when you find yourself lamenting the lack of undergroundologists in Regency romance, along comes Carolyn Miller to set things right. And if you’re wondering what an undergroundologist is, it’s exactly what it sounds like—and they don’t come much more honourable than Erasmus Gideon Kirby Carstairs. That’s one of the things I love about Carolyn Miller’s heroes: they’re original and down-to-earth, not in-your-face, “look at me, I’m a Regency hero” type men. And in this case, Gideon’s search fo Just when you find yourself lamenting the lack of undergroundologists in Regency romance, along comes Carolyn Miller to set things right. And if you’re wondering what an undergroundologist is, it’s exactly what it sounds like—and they don’t come much more honourable than Erasmus Gideon Kirby Carstairs. That’s one of the things I love about Carolyn Miller’s heroes: they’re original and down-to-earth, not in-your-face, “look at me, I’m a Regency hero” type men. And in this case, Gideon’s search for the fossilised remains of an ichthyosaurus added an interesting dimension to the story.But Gideon’s scientific pursuits are only one part of his story, as he’s also caring for his sister Emma in her poor health and trying to keep her hidden from her abusive husband. In many ways, Emma is the central figure in this story, because it’s her budding friendship with Caroline that brings Caroline into Gideon’s company and causes Caroline to begin examining not only her manner towards others but her lack of belief in God. Actually, if I can let you in on a little secret, I think Emma was probably my favourite character in this book—along with Lord Kenmore. They added just the right liveliness of manner to balance the less effusive Gideon and Caroline.Speaking of Caroline… Having met her briefly in previous books, I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy reading about her as a heroine in her own right, but the author does a good job of portraying her as a young woman who is making an effort to amend her character flaws, even if she occasionally reverts to old habits. I can’t say she’s my favourite of Miller’s heroines, but I loved the authenticity of her character growth.In terms of the romance, this is definitely one for Regency lovers who enjoy a gradual build up in the romantic tension, despite both characters having felt the tug of attraction at first sight. It was actually a little surreal reading Gideon’s response when he first laid eyes on Caroline, because it put into words exactly how I felt the first time I saw my own husband: “He couldn’t help but feel like a connection deep and marvelous had suddenly wrenched into awareness, something he’d be forever helpless to ignore.” Nevertheless, the complexities of Gideon and Emma’s situation—not to mention the usual strictures of propriety—mean these two take very tentative steps toward exploring that instant connection they feel.The story winds up with a nice little bit of suspense, and amidst all of that, the glimpses we get of Ned Amherst and Caroline’s sister Cecilia have definitely whetted my appetite for the next in the series.Readers who delight in being thoroughly immersed in the Regency world that exists outside of London ballrooms should definitely be picking up Carolyn Miller’s novels.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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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    “A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh” by Caroline Miller sweeps you away to the windswept shores of Devonshire! Throw in some romance and danger, and you have a wonderful read! This is the first book in a new series, entitled “Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley,” although some characters from her other books make cameos.What I especially love about this book are the characters! They are very well fleshed out—even the side characters. The main characters, Caroline and Gideon, remind me of Elizabeth and “A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh” by Caroline Miller sweeps you away to the windswept shores of Devonshire! Throw in some romance and danger, and you have a wonderful read! This is the first book in a new series, entitled “Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley,” although some characters from her other books make cameos.What I especially love about this book are the characters! They are very well fleshed out—even the side characters. The main characters, Caroline and Gideon, remind me of Elizabeth and Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice” in some parts, with their roles reversed. Caroline reminds me of Darcy with her pride and high social standing, while Gideon reminds me more of Elizabeth with a lower social standing and his quips and banter. It’s great that Gideon wants to make sure Caroline is a believer in Christ before letting himself fall fully in love with her.I really appreciate the relationship Gideon has with his sister Emma. She ended up being my favorite character. I am very happy that the author decided to include a character that had something akin to an autoimmune disease. Chronic illness is very well represented in Emma’s sweet character and I think it’s something we need to see more of in Christian fiction. Emma is able to have peace, despite what is going on with her body, because of her faith. But she does experience fear and worry as well. The story has a slower pace at times, but I didn’t mind because the amazing characters make up for it.If you appreciate well-researched Regency with great characters and lots of romance, this book is definitely for you!Content: I give this book a PG-13, mostly because it deals with the topic of spousal abuse. Some examples of the content are: Mention of a man being drunk; a woman has been beaten and threatened by her husband; a man hits women; the word “devil” is used; a man calls a woman a derogatory name, but it is not written; the book deals with the issue of spousal abuse.Rating: I give this book 4 stars!Genre: Christian fiction; Romance; Regency; Historical fictionI want to thank Carolyn Miller and Kregal Publications for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'Would God even deign too listen to someone who scarcely believed in Him? What was she supposed to say?'Caroline Aynsley, daughter of a viscount, is fully aware of all society's rules and has never put a foot wrong. Then she visits her grandmama in south Devonshire and develops feelings for a man who can never marry her, for he is beneath her on society's rung. Gideon Kirby, lover of science and a fossil hunter, feels he must protect his sister and her secret more than anything else, even his ow 'Would God even deign too listen to someone who scarcely believed in Him? What was she supposed to say?'Caroline Aynsley, daughter of a viscount, is fully aware of all society's rules and has never put a foot wrong. Then she visits her grandmama in south Devonshire and develops feelings for a man who can never marry her, for he is beneath her on society's rung. Gideon Kirby, lover of science and a fossil hunter, feels he must protect his sister and her secret more than anything else, even his own happiness. Caroline has always been a regular church attender, but has never had a relationship with God; just doesn't believe He cares and is not even sure He is real. But she sees faith in action in both Gideon and his sister Emma and must decide if she will allow that faith to rule in her heart.I love a good Regency and have thoroughly enjoyed Miller's writing since her very first book. I am a forever fan. She once again displays her perfection for the craft in this novel, the beginning of a new series. I look forward to the next.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Excited to read another wonderful book from Carolyn Miller: A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh and the first book of a new series. Lovely characters and an interesting and different style of a Regency story. The hero, Gideon Kirby whose love of science has him in search of a particular fossil. He and his sister are also trying to stay hidden and out of the sight. He meets the lovely Miss Hatherleigh who is been sent to stay with her grandmother because of her friends scandalous behavior. Romance, dange Excited to read another wonderful book from Carolyn Miller: A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh and the first book of a new series. Lovely characters and an interesting and different style of a Regency story. The hero, Gideon Kirby whose love of science has him in search of a particular fossil. He and his sister are also trying to stay hidden and out of the sight. He meets the lovely Miss Hatherleigh who is been sent to stay with her grandmother because of her friends scandalous behavior. Romance, danger and a scandal. Can they stay safe and learn to overcome their differences? Ms. Miller writes a lovely story, I can't wait for more in this series.I received a copy of this book from Carolyn Miller and Kregel Publications and all opinions are my own.
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  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    January 1, 1970
    I was so completely immersed in this story that I didn’t want it to end! Carolyn Miller has written a wonderful story with very engaging characters, a bit of danger, a touch of humor, and a whole lot of heart! My favorite part of this story is how Caroline grows and changes once she realizes that God wants to be the center of her life. It’s one of the most believable transformations that I’ve read! I also really loved her sweet relationship with Emma, who is Gideon’s sister. Gideon is a wonderfu I was so completely immersed in this story that I didn’t want it to end! Carolyn Miller has written a wonderful story with very engaging characters, a bit of danger, a touch of humor, and a whole lot of heart! My favorite part of this story is how Caroline grows and changes once she realizes that God wants to be the center of her life. It’s one of the most believable transformations that I’ve read! I also really loved her sweet relationship with Emma, who is Gideon’s sister. Gideon is a wonderful character! He lives a faithful life in both word and deed. I love how he sacrificed things in his life to help Emma and keep her safe. I would love to read Emma’s full story! This is book 1 of the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series. Looking forward to reading the next story! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Abby Breuklander
    January 1, 1970
    Love love and love this story!! There are so many times when we search so hard to find things that will bring meaning to our lives, not knowing that the real treasures might just be right there in front of us. And maybe it's not things, but the people who make up our lives. Our worth isn't dictated by our material possessions anyway, but from Christ Himself. The labels that the World puts on us and what it feels are important don't even compare to what treasures God has available for the taking, Love love and love this story!! There are so many times when we search so hard to find things that will bring meaning to our lives, not knowing that the real treasures might just be right there in front of us. And maybe it's not things, but the people who make up our lives. Our worth isn't dictated by our material possessions anyway, but from Christ Himself. The labels that the World puts on us and what it feels are important don't even compare to what treasures God has available for the taking, and once we accept them everything changes for the better. They're always worth it, they can never get lost, stolen or ever fade away. Now that's treasure worth having!
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Squeallll! Regency swoon!!!! "Surely a prospective husband must elicit greater feeling than the comfort experienced when wearing one's favorite slippers?" (p 9) Snort! I so love Carolyn Miller's droll humour and the way she captures the subtle nuances of the Regency era. So many conversations have double meanings which are fun to spot. And always oh-so-proper. I feel like I've been dropped into the middle of a Jane Austen BBC mini-series set! lolI'll have to admit to being a bit lost in the firs Squeallll! Regency swoon!!!! "Surely a prospective husband must elicit greater feeling than the comfort experienced when wearing one's favorite slippers?" (p 9) Snort! I so love Carolyn Miller's droll humour and the way she captures the subtle nuances of the Regency era. So many conversations have double meanings which are fun to spot. And always oh-so-proper. I feel like I've been dropped into the middle of a Jane Austen BBC mini-series set! lolI'll have to admit to being a bit lost in the first two chapters -- events seemed to be non-events to me? Or I didn't get the significance of them. I have a feeling they are a carry over from The Making of Mrs Hale (the third book in Miller's previous series) which I haven't read yet but once Caroline gets to Devon it smoothed out for me.Absolutely loved Caroline's faith journey. She is the product of generations of snobbish, gossipy, I-am-so-superior women so it's no wonder she's on the verge of being a 'mini-me' of her mother and grandmother. Really interesting to see how that sense of entitlement sharpened as the women aged. I was righteously indignant so many times and I do so love getting my dander up on behalf of favourite characters!But God is pursing Caroline and when she is exiled to her grandmother's home in the country, she begins to look at life with a fresh perspective. New friends, unusual circumstances and a sudden attraction to a man her family would consider unsuitable, all contribute to her startling transformation. A beautiful redemption story.And the genteel romance had me reaching for my smelling salts with all the subtle sub-text, veiled glances, the slightest touch of gloved hands...so delicately choreographed and so foreign to our 21st century 'courting' rituals. So much fun to read!There's even a wee bit of mystery and adventure to add even more page-turning qualities to an already compelling plot! A definite not-to-be-missed for Regency Romance lovers.
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  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    January 1, 1970
    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Caroline Hatherleigh knows her way around in the realm of society, after all she a viscounts daughter, and her actions shows that of someone who has been raised around a wealthy atmosphere. She thinks of no one but herself, she’s rude, doesn’t care how she acts. She reminds me of a big annoying brat! Thinking she needs a husband and not liking the guy she’s been hanging around, her mother sends her to south Devonshire, which is the best move her mom could have made! Gide MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Caroline Hatherleigh knows her way around in the realm of society, after all she a viscounts daughter, and her actions shows that of someone who has been raised around a wealthy atmosphere. She thinks of no one but herself, she’s rude, doesn’t care how she acts. She reminds me of a big annoying brat! Thinking she needs a husband and not liking the guy she’s been hanging around, her mother sends her to south Devonshire, which is the best move her mom could have made! Gideon Kirby is a scientist who loves hunting down fossils and trying to figure out the past. But Gideon’s main thing is taking care of his loving sister who has a chronic illness. This is such an amazing story! I love the characters, and how each one develops so well as they play out the parts in the story. I love how Gideon takes such special care of his sister, doing whatever he need to do to take care of her. And then when Ms. Hatherleigh comes into the picture, she has such a sweet friendship with Emma. And her reaction to Gideon was awesome! Carolyn Hatherleigh changes from the brat she was to someone very different. I love the way Ms. Miller so expertly makes the changes in Carolyn’s life, and even showing times of her going back to her old self, but she turns out to be a likable person as she continues to change. I feel this is a very well researched and well written story, and I love how this author weaves the Christian life into the lives of her characters. When I finished reading this book, I had a warm feeling for these characters because of the Christian living so evenly written within the pages. I love, love Carolyn Miller’s books and this one did not disappoint! I highly recommend this sweet Regency read to those loving this genre! I received this book from Kregel Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Miller has written a beautiful story about family, friendship, and love. This story takes a fun twist on the unexpected friendship and romance a fossil-hunting scientist, his sister, and a woman of society. Miller has done her research for both the science and the history in her story, making the story even better. The friendships and romance in this story are fun and readers will easily relate to these character’s emotions and situations. Readers will enjoy how Miller thinks outside the Carolyn Miller has written a beautiful story about family, friendship, and love. This story takes a fun twist on the unexpected friendship and romance a fossil-hunting scientist, his sister, and a woman of society. Miller has done her research for both the science and the history in her story, making the story even better. The friendships and romance in this story are fun and readers will easily relate to these character’s emotions and situations. Readers will enjoy how Miller thinks outside the box when writing her regency romance stories, coming up with stories such as this one with a fossil-hunting scientist and a woman of society. This is a story that readers of regency romance will find delight in.Series: Regency Brides: Daughters of AynsleyGenre: historical, regency, romancePublisher: Kregel PublicationsPublication date: March 19, 2019Number of pages: 336Other books in the series:2-Underestimating Miss Cecilia (releasing July 2019)3-Misleading Miss Verity (releasing November 2019)A review copy of this book was provided by Kregel Publications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    ‘He might have come to the southeast of Devon searching for ancient treasure, but he suspected he had found treasure of a very different kind.’I highly recommend this first book in the new series Daughters of Aynsley by acclaimed Regency author Carolyn Miller. I love how the author brings Christianity and science together in the character of Gideon Kirby. He is intelligent, self-sacrificing, and diligent in his pursuit of scientific discovery. He holds his sister in high esteem and is unafraid t ‘He might have come to the southeast of Devon searching for ancient treasure, but he suspected he had found treasure of a very different kind.’I highly recommend this first book in the new series Daughters of Aynsley by acclaimed Regency author Carolyn Miller. I love how the author brings Christianity and science together in the character of Gideon Kirby. He is intelligent, self-sacrificing, and diligent in his pursuit of scientific discovery. He holds his sister in high esteem and is unafraid to show his care for her in his gentle ministrations and protective nature. He loves the Lord and is unafraid to pray aloud or ask for prayer for himself. He is not a perfect man but one who is firm in his beliefs and yet struggles with matters of the heart.Caroline Hatherleigh introduces herself into Gideon’s life in a rather forward manner for the times and suddenly he is challenged in his loner thinking and intrigued by her interest in his scientific pursuits. That is not all she is interested in but she is of upper society and believes him not to be. You can see where this is going, right? Typical Regency, you might say, but there are hidden depths to this story and multiple layers that make it much deeper and richer than any ordinary Regency. Miller is more than adept at creating community with a myriad of impressive and appealing characters.The realness of how Caroline came to know Christ touched me deeply. I was beginning to wonder how that was going to play out and then when it did, I was bowled over with compassion for her character. Bravo to Ms Miller for showing what a struggle it can be for the unbeliever, and the many questions that can arise in their minds as the Holy Spirit works in their heart. It was a beautiful scene when Caroline finally and fully surrendered to Christ.There were times I thought I had a little too much scientific information flowing into my brain but in spite of that, Miller completely drew me into the story. I actually had to stop at one point and Google the creature Gideon was searching for to find out if it really existed. It did! And my extra reading was just as fascinating as what Miller put on the pages. I learned something new and that makes this book even better than I anticipated!There are several characters that will settle down in your heart and bring you joy, like Caroline’s grandmother. She’s irascible in the beginning but pretty awesome in the end. And Aidan…what can I say? He’s an Irishman! I could go on and on but I’ve topped five hundred words [GASP] so I hope you’ll pick up a copy and discover all the lovely nuances contained within A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh. It really is a great book!I received a copy from the publisher but was not required to post a review. No compensation has been received.
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  • Connie Saunders
    January 1, 1970
    This new book from author Carolyn Miller affected so many of my emotions. It made me laugh at its humor; it made me "swoon" when Caroline and Gideon were discovering each other romantically; it frustrated me with the gossip that was so rampant and it angered me when Gideon's sister Emma was suffering abuse from her husband, Lord Pratt. But most of all, this book inspired me because it showed how no one is complete until they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Caroline Hatherleigh seemed This new book from author Carolyn Miller affected so many of my emotions. It made me laugh at its humor; it made me "swoon" when Caroline and Gideon were discovering each other romantically; it frustrated me with the gossip that was so rampant and it angered me when Gideon's sister Emma was suffering abuse from her husband, Lord Pratt. But most of all, this book inspired me because it showed how no one is complete until they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Caroline Hatherleigh seemed to have it all. She was the daughter of Viscount Aynsley and enjoyed the perks of the uppercrust society in 1818 London. It is, however, her visit with her grandmother in south Devonshire that shows Caroline just how shallow her life really is. It is there in that coastal village that she finds true friendship and a chance at everlasting love. Caroline meets Emma Kirby and her brother Gideon and, even though they apparently aren't arisotcrats, they both possess an inner peace and a strong faith that only comes from believing in God and in prayer. Gideon is a research scientist and his passion is searching for fossils but this doesn't detract from his belief that God was responsible for all of Creation. Emma is very fragile and her health is very uncertain but she still trusts that God will see her through. The Kirby's influence and a dangerous cave accident show Caroline that she herself needs a relationship with a Higher Power. Miller's explanation of Caroline's acceptance of Jesus Christ is one of the most moving accounts of conversion that I have ever read! As Caroline wonders if God would even hear her prayers, she hears a voice that can only be God saying "Trust me". As she ponders "Oh, how wretched she was. Oh, how she needed hope. Oh, how she needed forgiveness" (p. 231) Caroline finally tells God "I know I am not good enough, but I believe that Jesus Christ's death paid for my sin, and that You will forgive me. Please help me trust You, help me to understand what you want me to do." (p.232) The mention of smugglers, domestic abuse, and the discovery of a rare ancient fossil aren't topics normally discussed in a Regency novel but Miller has been able to weave them into this wonderful story of a young woman who discovers that one's social standing has nothing to do with one's value as a human being.A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is the first book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series and I believe that this may be Miller's best book yet! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Regency romance and Christian fiction.I received a complimentary copy from the author and Kregel Publications but my review is voluntary.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller is the first book in the Daughters of Aynsley series. This new series follows the three daughters of Viscount Aynsley. In A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, the oldest daughter, Caroline Hatherleigh, is sent to Devonshire to visit her grandmother and to get away from a current problem. While she is in Devonshire, she meets a scientist-fossil hunter named Mr. Kirby and his sister who have secrets of their own. This is a delightful book with a very satisfyin A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller is the first book in the Daughters of Aynsley series. This new series follows the three daughters of Viscount Aynsley. In A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, the oldest daughter, Caroline Hatherleigh, is sent to Devonshire to visit her grandmother and to get away from a current problem. While she is in Devonshire, she meets a scientist-fossil hunter named Mr. Kirby and his sister who have secrets of their own. This is a delightful book with a very satisfying ending.A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh has an absolutely stunning cover. You feel like you are standing with Miss Hatherleigh on the cliffs of Devonshire. I believe the cover is as fabulous as the book. This book is a great example of regency writing at its best. A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh includes balls, high society, and delightfully interesting characters. But on top of all that, it includes a fossil scientist. I really enjoyed reading and thinking about how a fossil hunting scientist fit into the regency time period. Ms Miller brings the gospel into her stories in such a natural way. I loved watching Caroline's faith grow throughout the story. This is one of my new favorite books from Carolyn Miller. I look forward to the next two books in the series. I highly recommend A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh. I was given the book by the publisher and not required to write a positive review.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    “Oh how she needed him, needed His help. ‘God forgive me.’ “3.5 A beautiful regency read with some true scientific history woven into the plot as well as other historical events. The characters are truly lovable.It is really a nice easy beach read which the cover does a good job of suggesting. I truly love the faith theme in the book as well. Hearing of other characters that I’ve learned to love in other series was an added delight.I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own “Oh how she needed him, needed His help. ‘God forgive me.’ “3.5 A beautiful regency read with some true scientific history woven into the plot as well as other historical events. The characters are truly lovable.It is really a nice easy beach read which the cover does a good job of suggesting. I truly love the faith theme in the book as well. Hearing of other characters that I’ve learned to love in other series was an added delight.I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.It seems sometimes God blesses the undeserving with the greatest gifts.”“I believe man can never hope to fathom all the ways and means of our awesome Creator.”“A child’s growth and birth is, to my mind, evidence of a Master designer at work...”
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  • Christina Li
    January 1, 1970
    Move over, Miss Jane Austen! Author Carolyn Miller wondrously draws you into Regency England through intriguing characters, a compelling plot, and plenty of mystery and romance. Miss Caroline Hatherleigh is the daughter of a viscount and likes her proper place in society and the rules that go along with it. However, when she meets fossil hunter Mr. Gideon Kirby, everything changes. The thing I like the most about Ms. Miller's books is the fact that she asks the hard questions and is willing to e Move over, Miss Jane Austen! Author Carolyn Miller wondrously draws you into Regency England through intriguing characters, a compelling plot, and plenty of mystery and romance. Miss Caroline Hatherleigh is the daughter of a viscount and likes her proper place in society and the rules that go along with it. However, when she meets fossil hunter Mr. Gideon Kirby, everything changes. The thing I like the most about Ms. Miller's books is the fact that she asks the hard questions and is willing to explore the answers to those questions about faith and the things we grew up believing. In A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, the young miss finds more than one hero in this story. She finds both a man to love and respect and a God who saves her soul. I was blessed to receive a review copy of this book from Carolyn Miller and Kregel Publications. All opinions are my own.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    I love this era! This book delved into science during the Regency era and I thought it was very original. Miller does a fine job of sharing history in her books with unique story lines. I enjoyed the characters and the romance. I look forward to the next two installments.
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  • Shantelle
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Miller is a writer of unique and heartfelt regency romance novels. I'm quite a fan of this historical era, so it was a delight to discover these books! A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh was such an enjoyable read, and I so look forward to delving into the next two books in the REGENCY BRIDES: DAUGHTERS OF AYNSLEY series.This story is about Caroline, the eldest daughter of Viscount Aynsley. Tying into Carolyn Miller's most recent series, REGENCY BRIDES: A PROMISE OF HOPE (Winning Miss Winthrop, Carolyn Miller is a writer of unique and heartfelt regency romance novels. I'm quite a fan of this historical era, so it was a delight to discover these books! A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh was such an enjoyable read, and I so look forward to delving into the next two books in the REGENCY BRIDES: DAUGHTERS OF AYNSLEY series.This story is about Caroline, the eldest daughter of Viscount Aynsley. Tying into Carolyn Miller's most recent series, REGENCY BRIDES: A PROMISE OF HOPE (Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena's Secret, & The Making of Mrs. Hale), this book follows Caroline as she goes to stay with her grandmama in Devon as to sidestep possible scandal. There she meets a mysterious couple, gets involved in some scientific escapades, and is forced to confront her own selfishness and lack of faith. What does she believe about God?I really liked the faith theme in this book, how it was woven so deep into the story. Caroline's journey to Jesus Christ was honest and profound, and brought tears to my eyes. It's not often you see a genuine coming to faith in fiction these days, so I very much value that aspect of this author's work.There was excitement, drama, danger, tenderness, and a lovely thoughtful air about A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh. Gideon Kirby's interest in science and fossils lent a different aspect to this book than other regency romances. The love story was very sweet and clean. I loved getting a glimpse of characters from previous books, and also briefly meeting Caroline's younger sisters, Cecilia and Verity. So excited to read their tales!My caution is that there are some difficult topics raised, so be careful if you're a sensitive reader. Abuse and abortion are mentioned, and there was one or two scenes of violence. (view spoiler)[I have to say, it was very hard for me to read about Gideon thinking about "removing the child". I know it was a terrible and dangerous situation for Emma, but even so, abortion is never right. How can killing a baby be so? No abortions happen in the book, and Gideon has some realizations about the sacredness of life at the end of the book. But still, it was hard for me to read, especially with all the horrific abortion laws being passed recently. My heart is breaking. (hide spoiler)]Overall, a very lovely Christian historical novel set during the early 1800s. As always with Carolyn Miller, I look forward to reading more.FTC Disclosure:I received a complimentary copy of A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh from Kregel publications through their blogger program. This review is honest and completely my own.
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  • English
    January 1, 1970
    Another excellent beginning to a new Regency series from Carolyn Miller. As before the author delivers a memorable tale blending Romance and family drama with a flavouring of mystery and adventure. Mrs Miller transports readers to the rugged and rough beauty of the Cornish coastline bring together Caroline Hatherleigh, the eldest of three daughters of a country Viscount with Gideon Kirby. The author often has a way of incoporating unsual or little known historical details into her stories, and i Another excellent beginning to a new Regency series from Carolyn Miller. As before the author delivers a memorable tale blending Romance and family drama with a flavouring of mystery and adventure. Mrs Miller transports readers to the rugged and rough beauty of the Cornish coastline bring together Caroline Hatherleigh, the eldest of three daughters of a country Viscount with Gideon Kirby. The author often has a way of incoporating unsual or little known historical details into her stories, and in this one it really delivers. All good Cornish tales have smugglers or wreckers, but this one also includes fossil hunters because it explored the growth of the study of prehistoric geology and life in the Regency period. I must admit a personal connection here, because I wanted to be a Paleontologist when I was younger, and so had more than a usual interest in dinosaurs. So the references to Mary Anning, an early pioneer of fossil hunting, and the search for the remains of an Ichthyosaur - or large sea dwelling dinosaur were a real selling point for me. This novel doesn't show away from difficult themes, and I felt the spiritual content was well handled without being heavy handed as well. I also appreciated the exploration of how man of science like Gideon were able to reconcile their work with their faith. My only complaints were the misunderstandings which kept the characters apart. They could have been resolved so easily, with just talking, and it was so obvious that declarations mads in a particular situation near the end were not sincere. Caroline should have understood that. Also, I feel that whilst the author was brave, and did a good job exploring the theme of domestic abuse, I personally would like to see more attention paid to male victims of DA, and cases with female perpetrators. They are all too often ignored, IMHO. This is not in any way an indictment of the author or her work, just a personal observation. Thanks to Kregel books for my copy for the Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is a great beginning to Miller's Daughter's of Aynsley series! I honestly wasn't thrilled that Caroline Hatherleigh would be the heroine of this novel, as I knew—and disliked—her from Miller's previous A Promise of Hope series. But she so quickly won me over! I loved watching her change after her "banishment" to Devon; she became far less self-centered and much more caring, largely due to her acquaintance with Gideon and Emma Kirby and her growing desire to understand A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is a great beginning to Miller's Daughter's of Aynsley series! I honestly wasn't thrilled that Caroline Hatherleigh would be the heroine of this novel, as I knew—and disliked—her from Miller's previous A Promise of Hope series. But she so quickly won me over! I loved watching her change after her "banishment" to Devon; she became far less self-centered and much more caring, largely due to her acquaintance with Gideon and Emma Kirby and her growing desire to understand their faith, and then ultimately because of a new-found relationship with Christ.Though immediately attracted to each other, Gideon and Caroline have a slow burn romance that kept me flying through the pages, wondering when they would finally confess their feelings. I so appreciated Gideon as a hero—he was ever so kind, cautious about falling for someone who didn't share his faith, and not at all "alpha male."My favorite character in the novel was Gideon's sister Emma. As someone who deals with chronic illness, I was surprised to see someone similar to me in the pages of a regency novel. Emma's struggle to balance taking care of herself with being present in the world is one I know well, and I thought Miller did a wonderful job of portraying chronic illness. But aside from that, I just loved Emma's sweet spirit and the unconditional friendship she offered to Caroline.The faith thread in this novel is strong, and it's written in a way that feels authentic and unforced. Caroline's interest in a relationship with Christ is piqued by her interactions with Gideon, but it's not an instant conversion; she takes time to search out answers and think things through. The scene where Caroline finally does surrender to Christ is probably one of the best conversions I've read.Though the book did begin a little slowly for me, I soon found myself swept into its pages. It's a wonderful beginning to the Daughters of Aynsley series, which I definitely look forward to continuing!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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  • Diane Estrella
    January 1, 1970
    As a fellow first-born child, I was able to readily relate with Caroline. Always trying to please her parents and staying in her rigidly defined lane in life; she is on autopilot. Behaving exactly as society and her family expects her too without a moment's hesitation or question for her own desires and self identity."Wouldn't you like to know what possibilities may be, rather than wish you had tried but never attempted the thing?" Was definitely a theme of this book and my favorite quote. Stepp As a fellow first-born child, I was able to readily relate with Caroline. Always trying to please her parents and staying in her rigidly defined lane in life; she is on autopilot. Behaving exactly as society and her family expects her too without a moment's hesitation or question for her own desires and self identity."Wouldn't you like to know what possibilities may be, rather than wish you had tried but never attempted the thing?" Was definitely a theme of this book and my favorite quote. Stepping out and being brave for the right reasons, always pays off.There is a common theme in many of the author's books, of one main character being strong in the Christian faith and the other, finding faith throughout the story. This was the case here as well. There was a beautiful discovery of faith that I believe happened naturally and organically. It our times of greatest distress, we inherently know who to call upon, and He will always answer.My only critique, would be that a few of the characters "spoke" similarly as the aristocratic characters did. I think there would have been more accented words and the dialect would have been written differently (example: a Scottish gentleman) if the author had written this purely for the time period. It may have been harder for the reader to understand, so I can appreciate why the author chose to limit this type of dialogue.I received this book from the publisher but was not required to leave a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller is a thoroughly enjoyable Regency book. The Regency period is one of my favorites to immerse myself in, and Carolyn Miller writes this genre admirably. What intigued me was the fascination with archeology of the time period. It was well-represented in this tale. Mr. Gideon Kirby is searching for fossil specimens in the cliffs around Sidmouth in Devon, England. He is also caring for his ailing sister, Emma. Miss Caroline Hatherleigh has been shuffled A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller is a thoroughly enjoyable Regency book. The Regency period is one of my favorites to immerse myself in, and Carolyn Miller writes this genre admirably. What intigued me was the fascination with archeology of the time period. It was well-represented in this tale. Mr. Gideon Kirby is searching for fossil specimens in the cliffs around Sidmouth in Devon, England. He is also caring for his ailing sister, Emma. Miss Caroline Hatherleigh has been shuffled off to her grandmother’s house in the same village in order to circumvent a possible awkward situation. As the story unfolds, Caroline becomes friends with Emma. There are many things that keep the story interesting. Among theese are: deepening friendships,coming to Salvation, shaky romances, a reprehensible villain, exciting discoveries, secrets kept and revealed, and gratitude for family and friends. The faith journey of Caroline was very clear and believable. The setting was a joy to experience. The inclusion of a complete wedding ceremony of the time period caused me to rethink how such ceremonies have changed, and what the emphasis of the ceremony should be. If you enjoy Regency tales in the style of Jane Austen— run to the nearest book store and obtain a copy of this riveting first book in the new series by Carolyn Miller. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publishers on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read every book in the last two series that Carolyn Miller has written, and I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this first book in her new series. Mrs. Miller creates such wonderful characters, and I think Caroline Hatherleigh is one of her best. It was so interesting watching her undergo a character change as the story progressed. Gideon made a wonderful “hero” for Caroline. He not only saved her from danger, but he also was the one who was the first to encourage her to read the Bible. Re I’ve read every book in the last two series that Carolyn Miller has written, and I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this first book in her new series. Mrs. Miller creates such wonderful characters, and I think Caroline Hatherleigh is one of her best. It was so interesting watching her undergo a character change as the story progressed. Gideon made a wonderful “hero” for Caroline. He not only saved her from danger, but he also was the one who was the first to encourage her to read the Bible. Reading the Word of God brought about the change in her life, and in turn, Carolyn influenced the lives of others around her.Faith plays a huge part in this storyline. The author’s done some good research on fossil-hunting in the 19th century and the some of the incredible finds during that period. I appreciated that she not only made Gideon a fossil hunter, but that he was looking at his fossil finds as a way of learning more about God as Creator. The fossil hunting scenario works well in the book and gives it a different twist from the usual regency storyline. There’s also a part of the story that involves the spousal abuse of Emma, Gideon’s sister. The relationship between Gideon and Emma is one of love and self-sacrifice and adds much to this book.This is a clean and sweet Christian regency with no foul language. I truly enjoyed reading this book.I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    I love when an author can take a character from a previous book who maybe wasn’t all that likable and deliver as story of change and redemption that makes me see them in a new light. And that’s exactly what Carolyn Miller does with the previously gossip-minded, self-centered Caroline Hatherleigh.When Caroline’s mother sends her to Devonshire to avoid a scandal, Caroline is none too happy. Then she meets Gideon and Emma Kirby. These two are unlike anyone in Caroline’s social circles and they chal I love when an author can take a character from a previous book who maybe wasn’t all that likable and deliver as story of change and redemption that makes me see them in a new light. And that’s exactly what Carolyn Miller does with the previously gossip-minded, self-centered Caroline Hatherleigh.When Caroline’s mother sends her to Devonshire to avoid a scandal, Caroline is none too happy. Then she meets Gideon and Emma Kirby. These two are unlike anyone in Caroline’s social circles and they challenge her to become a better person which naturally leads to her search into who God is. In fact, I really enjoyed Caroline’s faith journey as it was authentic and a challenge for her.Miller gives readers a good introduction to the area with the sea, the cliffs, and the popularity of undergroundologists. Gideon’s excitement and interest in science, the subplot with Emma, and the growing attractions between Gideon and Caroline all work together to deliver an engaging story.A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh once again proves why Miller is a must-read Regency author who consistently delivers books that are not to be missed.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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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    This book starts out a little slow for me. The middle to end of the book had a really good plot! I do understand that it is the first of the series about three sisters, so some background and family familiarity was necessary!I really liked that the author touched on domestic violence. I can't remember ever reading anything in this era before that dealt with that subject, especially with the outcome of some of the violence. That was very hard to read, but unfortunately it is probably something th This book starts out a little slow for me. The middle to end of the book had a really good plot! I do understand that it is the first of the series about three sisters, so some background and family familiarity was necessary!I really liked that the author touched on domestic violence. I can't remember ever reading anything in this era before that dealt with that subject, especially with the outcome of some of the violence. That was very hard to read, but unfortunately it is probably something that happened or does happen often without much notice. I loved that Emma and Caroline became such good friends. I liked hearing about Emma's story.This book is a lot of science! I wasn't sure how I would like that, but it ended up very interesting and a subject that I don't know a thing about. I liked getting to learn about fossils.I liked the relationship between Caroline and Gideon. They seemed like they built a good foundation of friendship. The romantic aspects was satisfying as well. I thought it was neat that Gideon cared so much about her having the same faith. That was held in high enough regard that he wouldn't profess his feelings without her being like-minded. That is how it should be! Well done!I can't wait to read about Cecilia and Verity. This book touched on the characters just enough to make those books must reads!I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest rating and opinion.
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  • Elly
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Miller has done it once again! With each novel she releases, I am reminded of why her books are amongst my favorites. With a depth of character, transporting descriptions, and a beautiful story of redemption and relying on God, "A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh" is another fine addition to Author Carolyn Miller's Regency Brides Collection and begs to be read and treasured! This story is chock-full of adventures, mystery, and danger, while still maintaining an incredible adherence to Regency-era Ms. Miller has done it once again! With each novel she releases, I am reminded of why her books are amongst my favorites. With a depth of character, transporting descriptions, and a beautiful story of redemption and relying on God, "A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh" is another fine addition to Author Carolyn Miller's Regency Brides Collection and begs to be read and treasured! This story is chock-full of adventures, mystery, and danger, while still maintaining an incredible adherence to Regency-era historical accuracy. Caroline Hatherleigh's struggle with adhering to or disregarding society's rules wavers back and forth. They were made to protect one's reputation, were they not? But how can this sense of one man's life being more important than another's be right? And how can the concealment of love towards fellow human beings be beneficial for anyone? I am, once more, amazed by Ms. Miller's work and am looking forward to reading her next release, "Underestimating Miss Cecilia". Also (I'm not gonna spoil the ending for you, but) I'm DYING to learn more about Miss Verity and what the author has in store for HER!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Miller firmly remains on my short list of must-read Regency authors with this first novel of her newest Regency Brides series. Miller once again captivates with engaging characters, brilliant and often humorous banter, and a sigh-worthy romance. I loved her depiction of Caroline as her perspective is broadened and she is forced to examine her long-held assumptions of class distinctions. This story utterly charmed me, and I hated to turn the final page. Readers familiar with her earlier R Carolyn Miller firmly remains on my short list of must-read Regency authors with this first novel of her newest Regency Brides series. Miller once again captivates with engaging characters, brilliant and often humorous banter, and a sigh-worthy romance. I loved her depiction of Caroline as her perspective is broadened and she is forced to examine her long-held assumptions of class distinctions. This story utterly charmed me, and I hated to turn the final page. Readers familiar with her earlier Regency Brides novels will delight to discover references to and cameo appearances by several beloved characters from those stories, although this book is easily read as a stand-alone. Don't miss A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advanced copy of this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    Such a wonderful story with a lot of substance, faith and mystery. Miss Hatherleigh who is sent to stay with her aunt meets Gideon and his sister. They are there under mysterious circumstances. As the open up and share with her she comes to realize how selfish she is and that God does exist as Gideon keeps trying use his geological skills to back it up. But danger lurks for his sister and as he and Miss Hatherleigh fall in love will she be able to see beyond his circumstances so he knows he is g Such a wonderful story with a lot of substance, faith and mystery. Miss Hatherleigh who is sent to stay with her aunt meets Gideon and his sister. They are there under mysterious circumstances. As the open up and share with her she comes to realize how selfish she is and that God does exist as Gideon keeps trying use his geological skills to back it up. But danger lurks for his sister and as he and Miss Hatherleigh fall in love will she be able to see beyond his circumstances so he knows he is good enough for the well to do Miss Hatherleigh.
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  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this novel by the ever talented hands of Ms. Miller. She’s among some of my top historical authors on my list. I loved her quirky characters, her attention to historical details and her ability to create a breath taking plot line.Ms. Miller’s characters are intricately chiseled and made to steal your heart. They did just that with me! I loved Caroline and Gideon so good. They’re quirky and charming, and really made a home in my heart forever. Both aren’t looking for love, bot I absolutely adored this novel by the ever talented hands of Ms. Miller. She’s among some of my top historical authors on my list. I loved her quirky characters, her attention to historical details and her ability to create a breath taking plot line.Ms. Miller’s characters are intricately chiseled and made to steal your heart. They did just that with me! I loved Caroline and Gideon so good. They’re quirky and charming, and really made a home in my heart forever. Both aren’t looking for love, both find themselves bonding in a way they didn’t know they could, and both realizing that God has the perfect plan for them, if they just open up and learn to trust.In amazing Austen-esque fashion, Miller has created a lovely book that any regency lover will enjoy. This book is filled with so much hope, and comes to life with each and every page turn. I highly recommend this 4 star start to a sure-to-be-best-selling series to all who want a fast, romantic, and tender story that you won’t soon forget. Besides, who couldn’t fall in love with the story with a cover like this!?*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is the first book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series. Even though this is a new series, I think it would be helpful to have read The Making of Mrs. Hale.One of the things I love about Carolyn Miller’s books are that they are so unique. I love the regency era and have read so many books that take place during that time, yet I feel like I learn something new in each of Miller’s books. She clearly does her research. She also writes real characters who are A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is the first book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series. Even though this is a new series, I think it would be helpful to have read The Making of Mrs. Hale.One of the things I love about Carolyn Miller’s books are that they are so unique. I love the regency era and have read so many books that take place during that time, yet I feel like I learn something new in each of Miller’s books. She clearly does her research. She also writes real characters who are not perfect and who are still growing, and we want to cheer them on in their journey. As much as I have enjoyed reading all of Miller’s books, this one is my favorite.Caroline Hatherleigh has grown up in a very privileged bubble. She is the daughter of a Viscount and wants everyone to know it. She has been raised to act a certain way and is the standard of a society lady. Caroline has always struggled with having friends because she likes to make things about herself and only takes from the relationship.Following in her parents’ unfaithful footsteps, she doesn't believe in God and thinks that you are only a sinner if you murder people. She would only attend church services for appearances.When Caroline hears that her friend, Ned, had been shot, she immediately daydreams about future suitors and doesn't care about what could happen to Ned.I had a hard time liking Caroline at the beginning and she had a lot of learning to do. After leaving London to avoid scandal, Caroline meets Gideon. Gideon is far beneath her socially, but she can’t help but be drawn to him.Gideon is in Sidmouth trying to discover fossils while hoping to protect his sister and provide her with the medical help she needs.While I thought of Caroline negatively from the beginning, I really liked Gideon from the start. He lives a faithful life and proves how showing a good example can bring people to God.No one is perfect, and I always enjoy when a character can grow in faith during the story. Caroline learns an important lesson that we should all read the Bible ourselves so we can know what is truly in it.A major theme in A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is how someone who is a believer of God can also believe in science. There are some beautiful quotes in the book that talk about seeing God’s work and how there is no way it can be accidental. I found the fossil-hunting incredibly interesting. After reading the book, I even bought myself a few fossils.Caroline’s sisters Cecilia and Verity were side characters in this book and will get their own books in the series. I am looking forward to reading about both of them!More reviews here.
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