Underestimating Miss Cecilia (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #2)
By: Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel Publishers
Release Date: July 23rd, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 352 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Lifeway, Christian Book, and anyway else books are sold!
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
Will a shrinking violet and a prodigal son come together to better their world?
Cecilia Hatherleigh has many secrets in her shy, sweet heart–but none bigger than her unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl’s son next door. Her love has persevered over many years, even when he grows to be a bit of a rake. Yet despite his fondness for females, he never seems to see her as anything more than the quiet younger sister, and nothing Cecy does has changed that. Rather than pining after his perhaps unworthy love, she decides to turn her focus toward living out her newfound faith. Now she’s determined to follow God’s leading to make a better world for the poor and dispossessed around her.
A London riot awakens Edward to the responsibilities due his family name. It’s time to turn his life around to please his noble father–and that means restoring his abandoned legal career and making a marriage of convenience. Neither will be easy, given his past and the prejudices of the upper echelons of society to which he belongs.
When misadventure strikes at a house party, these two are thrown together even as their lives are upended. If Cecy can’t trust God, overcome her shyness, and find her inner strength, the good work they’ve both done may be for naught-and neither will ever find true love . . .
This was my first Carolyn Miller book and it will not be my last. Her writing style is beautiful and it grabs you and pulls you in right from the beginning.
I loved the characters in this book. I loved getting to know Cecy and Ned. I loved seeing them grow and become closer to the people God wants them to be.
I had a love-hate relationship with their relationship though only because both parties were infuriating at times with their feelings. Their relationship was still sweet and one that I really enjoyed getting to see grow.
I think I got a little too invested in this story towards the end because I, no joke, was about to start sobbing the last few chapters. Maybe I’m just a little more emotional tonight or something but I was ready to cry over every single thing that went wrong, lol.
The faith content in this book was impicable. It wasn’t too preachy, it fit right in with the whole story. I really loved the themes of forgiveness and regeneration that were woven throughout this book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and now I should really think about reading the first book.
I received this book from Kregel publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author
I’m an Inspirational Regency romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia with my husband and four children. I love reading (especially Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer), music, films, gardens, art, travel and food. I really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love. I am represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube agency.