Carolyn Miller. Winning Miss Winthrop. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2018.
I’m amazed at Ms. Miller’s ability to turn out incredibly polished and complex novels in seemingly record time. After releasing a trilogy last year, she looks to be pulling it off again this year, too!
Ms. Miller starts her Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series with Winning Miss Winthrop. As the daughter of a baron, Catherine Winthrop serves as the ever-charitable eldest daughter of the estate. However, her father’s unexpected death leads to startling discoveries about the condition of the family’s finances and the true heir to the title. Jonathan Carlew once believed himself in love with Catherine, long before he ran away to India. His merchant family’s connections were thought to be inadequate for the daughter of a lord. However, he finds himself to be the man’s heir, a job that requires a man with a mind for business to save the estate and the extended family left behind. Jonathan and Catherine’s shared past and broken hearts instigate a series of events that lead them back to the truth, even as further tragedy and gossip threaten them at every turn.
Winning Miss Winthrop displays Ms. Miller’s talent and growth as a writer, showing off her incredible grasp of the Regency period. Fans of her work will be thrilled with this newest novel and series.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Winning Miss Winthrop. While I found her first series to be impressive for a new author, Ms. Miller shows even further growth in her writing and character development within this novel. Catherine and Jonathan, as well as many of the other characters in the story, have a surprising depth, even when faced with immense challenges. Ms. Miller also sets up a broad cast of characters who look to be the basis for the series’ future novels. Even to the very end of this book, I was left wanting to find out more about these characters, as I’m curious where Ms. Miller takes them in her upcoming stories. Personally, I was impressed to see how Ms. Miller reveals the honest consequences of her plot twists on the characters’ lives, rather than only using conveniently happy endings at every turn. She manages to balance this level of realism with a worthwhile storyline that readers will find absolutely fascinating.
Fans of Ms. Miller’s previous novels will definitely want to read Winning Miss Winthrop. Additionally, those who enjoy Christian historical fiction set in Regency-era England, especially fans of Georgette Heyer and similar authors, will also find this book to be well worth reading.
Ms. Miller will release the second novel in her Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series with Miss Serena’s Secret in July of 2018! (I’ll actually be featuring the review for Miss Serena’s Secret next week here on the Books and Biscuits Blog!)
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