Book Review: ‘Underestimating Miss Cecilia’ by Carolyn Miller

About The Book:

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 . . .

Publisher: Kregel

Publication Date: July 23, 2019

About Carolyn Miller

Hi, I’m Carolyn Miller, author of ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’.

I live in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.

I’m married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!) as I do (except not in the Regency genre – funny, that!).

My favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but I also enjoy contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

I try to write stories that are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus ‘true love’, and other challenges we all face at different times.

My Rating: 4 Stars

‘It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.’
So begins Underestimating Miss Cecilia. The second Aynsley daughter suffers from unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl next door’s son. Ned has a bit of a reputation; well, more than a bit, but he is reformed, but still doesn’t know Cecy exists. However, the author has a plan for these two and she quite nicely brings it about.

My Rating; 4 stars

I fell in love with Carolyn Miller’s first book, ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’ and knew this was a Regency writer I wanted to follow. She now has eight books under her belt, with a ninth coming in this particular series. She does do a good Regency! Come along on the journey as Cecy and Ned follow the rules of the time and discover that, sometimes, dreams do come true!

*My thanks to Kregel Publications for a copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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