ABOUT BOOK: 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.

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Original review posted at TCBN at a different location: June 1, 2017 at 10:47am
 The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

This book starts out with Lavinia and she lives with her father the pastor and her aunt Patience.

Story also follows the Earl Nicholas who has come to their town. He's making sure the one in charge is keeping the town buildings up to date and everything is in order. Lavinia has a sharp tongue and is not like the other young females who take a fancy to Nicholas. She even points out his lack of concern in keeping the buildings up to date.

She has a lot of talents and enjoys some of them. He's smitten with her and she finds herself liking him but always with a bitter tongue. Sermons in church and ones they all share in. During meals they are able to learn more about Nick's battle background and he learns of Lavinia's teachings during mass to the children, teaching them letters and numbers along with the teachings of God.

Misunderstandings, illness, emergencies and disappearances, twists and turns til they realize what is important to each other. So many mysteries!

Love all the travel and descriptions! Quotes from the Bible help them lean on each other and God for guidance. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

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Thank you Julie!!! xxx

 I realized the beginning of the story felt slow to me because I didn’t know where the author was leading me. Things pick up around chapter four or so. I started to connect with strong headed Lavinia, whose emotionally elusive, feisty, good-natured, religious, who is the heroine. It was easier to understand where the new Earl of Hawkesbury was coming from. He was handsome, rich, prideful, self-centered and insensitive at times with people that were beneath his rank.

 

Unexpected events cause Lavinia and Nicholas to interact in close courters allowing them to see another side of the other. During this time, they have a spiritual spark ignite inside their hearts. I liked how the author has this naturally evolve, it wasn’t forced or preachy. It was realistic. It was noteworthy not just to have faith in Christ, but to allow God to work in your heart and lives daily during that time.

 

It was interesting to read what the Earl’s mission and expectations were for a small village in that Era. The small village was thrilled to finally have a new Earl of Hawkesbury. Nicholas was not so thrilled as he noticed that many of the mothers were grooming their daughters well in hopes of making him their new son-in-law. Lavinia, on the other hand, wasn’t interested in the least in finding a husband. Her concerns were more that the Earl do more for the poor.

 

When Lavinia meets Nichols, she is disgusted by his demeanor. Nichols feels the same way about her and her attitude of superiority and her keen sense of duty to the less fortunate. He hates the fact that this job has been forced upon him by his social position. Playful banter happens as they battle wills; these two couldn’t be more different.

 

Tragedy is a game changer for Nicholas and Lavinia; sparks start to fly and love tries to bloom, but misunderstandings and hurt feelings stunt its growth.  Lavinia’s strong personality consistently sprouts miscommunication and pain. I did enjoy the light-hearted moments filled with humor. I enjoyed the musical entertainment and some surprises that happened at the balls. I almost felt like I was there. Things are kept lively with disappearances, many mysteries with surprising twists and turns I didn’t see coming; making this an engaging read and a fun escape. I look forward to reading book two titled, Captivating Lady Charlotte.

 

 

 

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Thanks Nora - I hope you enjoy Lady Charlotte's adventures, too :)

This book was so much better than even I could have expected...and I expect a LOT when it comes to reading. Such a delightful story! I kept catching glimpses of Austen's style in Ms. Miller's writing, which thrilled me to the core! I'm a HUGE Austen fan and I can't tell you how delighted I was to find this book so Austen-esk and yet uniquely it's own!
I loved the storyline, the characters, how they handled their problems, all of it! I was completely absorbed into this time and setting and could easily relate to the feelings and hesitations of the characters.
This is the best book I've read in months and I HIGHLY recommend it to all! I can't wait to get reading book 2 in this series: The Captivating Lady Charlotte!
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SO glad you enjoyed reading about Miss Ellison's adventures, Elly! I hope you enjoy reading Lady Charlotte 's story soon, too :)

Oh I'm sure I'll enjoy it! I'm actually starting in on it right now. (Review coming soon!) I'll be looking forward to book 3's release!

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller is book one of the series, Regency Brides, a Legacy of Grace.  This is a light, entertaining historical romance set in Gloucestershire, England and later in London, in 1813.  Lavinia Ellison, very attractive daughter of a village minister, demonstrates her faith by caring for the poor and needy and seeking to alleviate any burdens that they bear.  The seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, Nicholas, whose father had overseen his duties and assisted the less fortunate under his care, was handsome, tall and dark.  Yet, Lavinia told her friend Sophia that a handsome appearance counted for little, if not matched by good character and deeds.  Nicolas Hawkesbury seemed aloof to the problems of the people under his jurisdiction. 

Their first encounter did not go well.  Nicolas mistook Lavinia for a poor simpleton when he saw her working in the garden and asked her if her master was within.  That careless introduction coupled with the horrendous incident from years ago did not bode well for a friendly relationship.  Many twists and turns in the plot lead to an engaging story.  This novel is a well-crafted story with intriguing central characters and several minor characters that add depth and entertainment.  I look forward to book two, The Captivating Lady Charlotte.  I recommend this book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.  (posted on Amazon, Good Reads, Christian Books, Deeper Shopping, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million)

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