Carolyn Miller. Miss Serena’s Secret. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2018.
With the Labor Day weekend, I nearly missed the fact that today is Tuesday. Fortunately, there are still more hours in the day and I’ll have this posted for all of you soon. As promised last week, I’m featuring the second book in Carolyn Miller’s Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Enjoy!
In Miss Serena’s Secret, Serena Winthrop has emerged from mourning her father’s passing in time to finish her schooling. However, a dark encounter with one of her instructors overshadows her future endeavors. When an invitation from a family friend appears, Serena takes the opportunity to reengage with her love of painting, which offers her the chance to heal and seek a future for herself. Henry may be a future earl, but he cannot overlook his best friend’s insistence that he maintains his distance from Serena. When the truth behind this promise comes to light, both Henry and Serena must choose between taking risks to ensure their future happiness or accepting the circumstances handed to them by social convention.
Ms. Miller does it again in this fascinating tale of redemption, truth, and wit! Miss Serena’s Secret shows itself to be a highlight within the raved-about Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Miss Serena’s Secret! Ms. Miller captures the essence of what makes fans of Regency fiction love the period and stories that surround it. Her characters, particularly Serena and Henry, show themselves to be imperfect, yet relatable to readers. The Regency estates prove to be noteworthy characters onto themselves, with Ms. Miller’s descriptions of the gardens and architecture far exceeding those found in most other fiction. Personally, I found myself liking this particular story more than some of Ms. Miller’s other remarkable works, as it brings a lightness to serious topics that I much appreciated. In comparison, the featured excerpt from her upcoming The Making of Mrs. Hale offers a contrasting darkness that I’m sure will feature a much different form of storytelling from this noteworthy author.
Fans of Ms. Miller’s previous works, particularly Winning Miss Winthrop, will definitely want to read Miss Serena’s Secret! Readers who also enjoy Regency era fiction will also find this book to be well worth the read.
The Making of Mrs. Hale will conclude the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series in November 2018!
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