MARCH 20th

BOOK BLURB: Can a very 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. It’s simply the way things are done in her world. When she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. She is suddenly confronted by questions she has never considered about the importance of friendship and faith—and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance.

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 by both his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister’s illness is becoming more desperate and her care grows more demanding. Adding a proper Viscount’s daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected—especially since he has a secret that demands he stays far away from this young woman he’s falling for in order to protect his beloved sister.

When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret is set to 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 managed to build be strong enough to overcome their differences—or will the trust they’ve withheld from each other end up tearing three lives apart?

FROM CAROLYN MILLER: Hi, I'm Carolyn Miller, author of 'The Elusive Miss Ellison'. 
I live in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.

I'm married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!) as I do (except not in the Regency genre - funny, that!).

My favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but I also enjoy contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

I try to write stories that are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus 'true love', and other challenges we all face at different times.

I hope you enjoy reading my novels.

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1. The book blur says, "As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society—" What rules of society crack you up?

2. Which rules of society would you find hard to follow?

3.  What is your draw to historical Christian Fiction?

4. What do you love most about the Regency time period?



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4. It interests me about Historical Fiction is the background descriptions. Fashion, rituals, society, all those things transport me to a different time.

Hi Carolyn,

I am drawn to historical Christian fiction as it gives me comfort and draws me closer to the characters, story, and author.  Being disabled with debilitating painful spinal degenerative disease in which my spinal bones are cracking and breaking, as well as a three time cancer patient it is easy to become discouraged, but reading stories like yours gives me hope and helps to make my days a little brighter.

The regency time period is one of my favorites not only because of the beautiful dresses but mostly because of the respect men showed women that has mostly gone by the wayside in our modern world.  Also God played a much bigger part of both the rich and poor back then that is not so prevalent today.  Being transported back in time to the regency period puts me in a complete state of relaxation helping me deal with my pain.

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful gift of storytelling with all of us.

Many Blessings,


The women had such ridiculous restrictions! Couldn’t go out anywhere alone, always had to have an escort. Couldn’t show any skin below the neck. If you even bumped a mans shoulder sitting next to him it was scandalous! And the corsets, don’t even get me started on them!!

2.  That you always had to have an escort.  The clothing was so beautiful but ridiculous, so many layers and practically every inch of you covered up.  And the corsets!  How did you actually breathe?  We would die in this Texas heat. 

The thing I love most about regency time period is the beautiful dresses the ladies wore.

1. Some of the rules of society that crack me up are: a. cant show her ankles b. ladies have to wear corsets (actually, I have worn them for civil war reenacting and they are very comfortable and kept me straight. I really enjoyed them) c. ladies have to always have an escort, no traveling by themselves (this one I would have a hard time of)

4. I really loved the regency era because the men seemed to have a certain respect for women that seems to be lacking in general today. Oh and I loved the dresses, well most of them. 

2.  I think I would have a hard time with always needing an escort and having to wear a corset. Women had so many silly rules they had to live by. I don't think it would be easy being a woman in those days.

I think the restrictions on proper dress are amusing. Who thought seeing a woman's ankles could be so scandalous!



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I really enjoy historical Christian fiction because I learn so much from the history aspect regarding time periods that w/o a time machine, I'd not be able to learn. I love the Christian aspect because so often the struggles that characters have are real and relatable and it is encouraging and uplifting to see how they work through them.

3. Christian fiction is clean and inspirational!

4. I love the Regency fashion.

I love the regency clothes!


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