Review of The Elusive Miss Ellison: A Historical English Romance

Are you a Pride and Prejudice fan? I have to admit that, as a high school student, I wasn’t impressed. I read it again more recently and liked it, although I have to admit that I get a little bogged down in Jane Austen’s lengthy descriptions. If you’re a fan of this style of English romance- snobbish, arrogant and wealthy man eventually falls for a much more good natured and sensible young woman- you may enjoy The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller.

Review of The Elusive Miss Ellison, Christian fiction

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About the Book

The book is the first in a- currently- two part series Regency Brides: The Legacy of Grace.
Lavinia Ellison is the daughter of a reverend in a small parish in England. She’s been brought up by her father and aunt, after the untimely death of her mother when she was young. Thanks to both of them, she’s a woman of faith, interested in caring for the poor and helping those less fortunate and not impressed by the upper echelons of society and their airs.
When the new owner of Hampton Hall, the earl’s dwelling in St. Hampton Heath, comes to the countryside, other girls are all aflutter…but not Lavinia. She’s not impressed by his title and wealth. And she holds bad feelings toward him because his brother was the one responsible for the death of her mother.
Nicholas, the earl, is intrigued by Lavinia Ellison, by her faith and care for the poor and by the way that she stands out from other girls. As he begins to learn more about her and more about her faith, he’s changing his ideas- about God, about society, and about Miss Ellison.

My Thoughts

This was a sweet romance. I liked the characters of both Lavinia and Nicholas. They were fairly well-developed, although not complex characters. The storyline with the relationship between Nicholas and Lavinia was an interesting one, but at times predictable. The book was an easy read and made for a good “escape read.” At times things happened that were somewhat cliche in a romance- the fair, good-hearted maiden is struck with illness and rescued by the hard-mannered hero- but Nicholas and Lavinia’s story still held my interest.
I give this one 4 stars and a G rating for content. You can find the book on Kregel here and on Amazon here. 

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