Carolyn Miller. The Elusive Miss Ellison. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2017.
In reading and reviewing books for the Books and Biscuits Blog, I have enjoyed learning about other readers’ preferences and approach to the Christian fiction genre. Specifically, quite a few readers focus their attention on books being released from a specific author, publisher, or even those stories set in a specific historical period or place.
In The Elusive Miss Ellison, debut author Carolyn Miller brings the Regency era to life. Lavinia Ellison has dedicated her life to helping the poor in her small village, as an extension of her father’s parish. When the new Earl of Hawkesbury arrives in the area, Lavinia is determined that he should take responsibility for his tenant’s welfare and the condition of his properties. After barely surviving his military service, Nicholas Stamford seeks peace and quiet, rather than his newfound responsibilities as earl. Lavinia’s insistence on his caring for the villagers soon becomes the voice of reason in his head, even as it clashes with the social expectations thrust upon him by his mother and his social equals. When Lavinia’s efforts for good place her in danger, Nicholas must choose between society’s expectations and doing right by her.
Ms. Miller writes a compelling and heartwarming Regency era story that readers will greatly enjoy. Lavinia and Nicholas, as well as the townspeople of St. Hampton Heath, will leave readers wanting more of Ms. Miller’s stories in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Elusive Miss Ellison. While quite a few authors have written Regency era stories, Ms. Miller’s work feels true to the place and period. In addition, the novel remains firmly grounded in the Christian fiction genre, with extensive references to Christian themes that are a natural extension of Ms. Miller’s characters and plotline. After reading this novel, one is left to wonder why more novels in the genre do not succeed in including that level of Christian references in such a seamless manner. While The Elusive Miss Ellison is published by Kregel Publications (a publishing house with which I am relatively unfamiliar), the novel is very well polished, edited, and produced. In all honesty, I was surprised that this book was not released by one of the larger Christian publishing houses, due to the sheer caliber of the story. While it may be slightly more challenging for some readers to find, I believe that this novel is well worth the effort to track down through a local library or bookstore.
Readers who enjoy great Regency era stories, especially those released by Christian publishers and authors, should definitely check out The Elusive Miss Ellison. Fans of Julie Klassen, Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Kristi Ann Hunter will find this novel to be well worth reading.
Ms. Miller will continue the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series with The Captivating Lady Charlotte in June 2017!
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