My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: I purchased my own copy.
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: Catherine Winthrop has cried out to God too many times to count. Years ago, the man who stole her heart rejected her--and she's never recovered. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it's her home and her family's good name--and she has no one to share her grief.
Jonathan Carlew's life may look enviable from the outside--wealthy, handsome, landed--but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his entire life. Now as he ascends to the barony, fresh challenges await, including a scheming mama who wants him to embrace power, even at the cost of losing love. How can he remain the kind, honorable man he strives to be and still meet the demands of his new society responsibilities?
These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.
Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in Carolyn Miller's new series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won’t want to miss this new set of characters.
My thoughts: In the last two months I have read all of Carolyn Miller's books, one was a re-read. I have become a fan of hers and I will try to get my hands on everything she writes. I have already pre-ordered her book coming out in November. I am hooked.
Miss Winthrop is a treasure. She has led a blessed life and gives back by helping those who are less fortunate. Her future changes when her father unexpectedly passes away and the man she loved three years ago becomes his heir. Things did not end well for them, and there are a lot of unresolved issues. This leads to awkwardness, anger, and hurt feelings.
The book portrays how quickly situations can get out of control, that good intentions can lead to gossip and rumors. I love how the characters rose above how others treated them and knew of their value and self-worth. Miss Winthrop (Catherine) has a heavy burden. She deals with her mother, who suffers from emotional issues (depression/anxiety). She holds everything together while situations and people let her down and lean on her for support.
This book is emotionally driven. Carolyn Miller presents the story from both Catherine and Jonathan's point of view. You know as a reader that if one or both of them let go of their pain and talked about the past, that the book could have been resolved quicker. But, the lessons of forgiveness would not have been so sweet.
This is a clean book with Christian themes.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's previous novels have won several contests, including the 2014 RWA "Touched by Love" and 2014 ACFW Gensis contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy.