Carolyn Miller. The Captivating Lady Charlotte. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2017.
With a busy summer of reading and reviewing, I’m still catching up on posting some of the books from earlier this summer. Fortunately, they are well worth the wait. :)
Following the events and characters first introduced in The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte focuses on Lady Charlotte Featherington, Lavinia Ellison’s cousin in London. As the daughter of British nobility, Charlotte has significant social obligations, namely to marry an eligible young man. While Charlotte hopes to marry for love and romance, her parents plan for her to marry a man with the proper social connections and rank. As a widowed duke, William Hartwell’s past has left him leery of young women and their plotting parents, who only see him for his title. However, he finds himself intrigued by Lady Charlotte, even as she seems disinterested in him personally. When dangers arise, Charlotte must ultimately choose between romance or responsibility, even as she discovers that they may not be mutually exclusive.
The second novel of Ms. Miller’s Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, The Captivating Lady Charlotte focuses on the Regency-era social scene of London. Ms. Miller brings the period to life, while seamlessly interweaving strong Christian themes throughout the novel.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Captivating Lady Charlotte. Ms. Miller writes an intriguing story, with characters that comfortably fit within their Regency-era setting. Similar to novels by Lori Wick and Julie Klassen, Ms. Miller’s Regency Brides series interweave Christian themes within Regency settings and romantic plotlines. Although I preferred the first novel of the series slightly over this one, The Captivating Lady Charlotte serves as a strong continuation of the series, building upon characters from the first novel and setting up for a fascinating final volume to be released later this year. While this novel may serve as a stand-alone story, readers will appreciate the connections that Ms. Miller makes between this book and The Elusive Miss Ellison. Personally, I really enjoyed seeing those characters continue to grow and change within the extended storyline of the series.
Fans of Ms. Miller’s previous novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, will definitely want to read The Captivating Lady Charlotte. Additionally, those who enjoy Christian historical fiction set in Regency-era England will also find this book to be well worth reading.
Ms. Miller will continue the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series with The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey in October 2017!
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