The Elusive Miss Ellison a Book Review

About The Elusive Miss Ellison

“Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.” That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his
 brother—who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.

Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect. That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.

These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.

Buy the Book : The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace)

My Review of The Elusive Miss Ellison

So you really don't want to mention other author's work when reviewing a book but I have to so bear with me. Although I was reminded of Pride and Prejudice with this novel it really stood on it's own as a good story. There were a few similarities but I didn't feel like I was reading a recap (as with some novels).

To give this novel credit do note that I was not into the Regency (era) mode when I started reading but by chapter two I was deeply engrossed.The Elusive Miss Ellison got harder to put down with each chapter.

While the story was good it wasn't perfect (as nothing is). I kind of felt that Ms. Miller's characters could have been a little more developed. Both Nathaniel and Miss Ellison have some background situations that, while kind of explored, could have been developed further to give us a better idea of their personalities. That is my only gripe.

Miss Miller also had some interesting side characters and perhaps they will come up in a future book (a little birdie tells me this was just book 1). The Elusive Miss Ellison is book one of the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.

I was sorry to put this down and if you like (clean) Regency era fiction you will enjoy The Elusive Miss Ellison too.

About the Author: Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Group as part of their Blogger Review program. 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 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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