Book Review (and Giveaway Info!): The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller

Posted October 28, 2017 by meezcarrie in Carolyn Miller, Christian, historical, romance / 21 Comments

about the book

Will a damaged reputation and desire for society’s approval thwart the legacy of grace?

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She’s lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara’s society mama is appalled at the new company she’s keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won’t let him ignore the penniless viscount’s daughter–not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they’re pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together–without finances, family support, or royal favor?

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SERIES: Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #3
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2017
PAGES: 298

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I have loved this series (and the covers!) from Carolyn Miller so much! It’s everything you want Regency romances to be, with delicious back-and-forth between the characters as well as a supporting cast to rival any that Austen or Heyer dreamed up.

In this third and final (sob!) book, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, we home in on the character I’ve liked the least in the first two books – Miss Clara Delancey. Here in book three, I can honestly say that Clara is now a friend; Miller crafts such a compelling and heart-tugging backstory for Clara as heroine that you can’t help but embrace her. Your heart will break for her circumstances, for her emotional pain, and for her self-esteem that has been crushed by one rejection after another. Not to mention the scandal that taints her in every social circle – save perhaps one. And that one exception proves life-changing.

Because of Ben, yes. (Get ready to swoon, ladies!) But also because of the hand of friendship extended by a family who a) cares little for society’s opinions and b) cares everything for Clara’s soul. Their persistence in grace, their unconditional embrace, and their heart for those who need God’s rescue – all of these combine to leave a reminder for any of us who have ever personally needed or extended grace.

And the reminder is this (to apply Corrie Ten Boom’s words): There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.

No matter who you’ve been. No matter who snubs you. No matter who thinks they know what you’re like or what your motives are. (Oh… this is preaching to me right now too, y’all) You are never too far from God’s grace, and you are never too far beyond His grip that you can’t extend it to someone else. This is the legacy of grace. And this is the truth that Miller so beautifully – and organically – weaves throughout Clara’s story.

Bottom Line: Perfect for fans of Heyer, Austen, Klaasen, Ladd and/or Hunter, Carolyn Miller’s A Legacy of Grace series is witty, romantic and heartwarming with a gentle dose of faith-boldness too. Layered characters and attention to historical detail make each read a great read, and while each book can be read as a standalone the whole series is a must for enjoyment’s sake! The Dishonorable Miss Delancey is all of these things and more – with a tender message of grace and restoration and of course romance. Looking forward to the author’s new series in 2018!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / Ben. Ben. Ben.

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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.

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21 responses to “Book Review (and Giveaway Info!): The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller

  1. Oh, I’m SO eager to read this book. I have it for endorsement, and I can’t wait to get to it. CM does such a great job with the period and the characters. They fit their time and yet are so relatable.

    I’m so glad you liked the book. I’m eager to start on my copy. 😀

  2. Winnie Thomas

    I loved this book! Carolyn is such an amazing author–wonderful setting and character development! The covers in this series make me just want to grab and read! And, yes, Ben!!!

  3. Perrianne Askew

    This sounds like such a fabulous book! It’s interesting that this is a character that you’ve disliked previously. I’m anxious to read this. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity

  4. Paula S.

    I am nearing the end of this book. I would recommend all three and am glad Carolyn is writing another series!

  5. Connie Scruggs

    I’m excited to read this book. I have The Elusive Miss Ellison. I think it will be next in line in my tbr.

  6. Kay Garrett

    I could definitely use some grace to be more patient and the ability to grin and bear it since that’s what I’m told every time I go to the doctor since medication for one thing will hurt another condition etc. Lord help me be that tough old bird that everyone says I have to be. 🙂

  7. Evangeline

    I could use some grace accepting that my children and grandchildren are now grown and on their own. I miss them and am having to deal with loneliness. I am very thankful for books. Carolyn is a new author to me, and I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance. ?

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