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Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton. When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton. When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes to convince him to choose her—but God may want her to forget the wayward nobleman and put her future in His hands alone. These two try to find their way toward happiness, but prejudice, political riots, and the changing face of England’s societal structures begin to block them at every turn. Can their struggles turn to triumph—or will their paths permanently diverge?


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Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton. When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton. When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes to convince him to choose her—but God may want her to forget the wayward nobleman and put her future in His hands alone. These two try to find their way toward happiness, but prejudice, political riots, and the changing face of England’s societal structures begin to block them at every turn. Can their struggles turn to triumph—or will their paths permanently diverge?

30 review for Underestimating Miss Cecilia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    The Queen of Regency Romance has done it again! The second title in the Daughters of Aynsley series impresses as much as the first title does. When you are in love with the boy next door, for quite a while, let me tell you and he makes no move but you feel like he really does have feelings for you well, it's beyond frustrating! We all know how frustrating it can be waiting for the man to make the first move, especially when he flirts with other women of the ton and acts like you are just sister mat The Queen of Regency Romance has done it again! The second title in the Daughters of Aynsley series impresses as much as the first title does. When you are in love with the boy next door, for quite a while, let me tell you and he makes no move but you feel like he really does have feelings for you well, it's beyond frustrating! We all know how frustrating it can be waiting for the man to make the first move, especially when he flirts with other women of the ton and acts like you are just sister material. What will happen if she decides to just let go and let God, putting all matters into his hands? I love Carolyn Miller's writing style, her realistic characters and situations and can not wait to read Cecelia's sister Verity's story! The obvious research the author puts into her work makes for very realistic and enjoyable stories. Expected publication: July 23rd 2019 by Kregel Publications I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own. Check out this and all my reviews on my blog and please follow. https://cnnamongirl.wixsite.com/website

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    “Underestimating Miss Cecilia" by Carolyn Miller has house parties, history and romance! Also present are some very original and likable main characters. I love Cecilia as she is a romantic, loves to write in her journal and read books. She is outwardly shy, but throughout the book we see her come out of her shell a bit. The hero, Ned, is a prodigal who is so sweet and compassionate. I love how the main characters both feel strongly about social justice and about Christ. This story is also very “Underestimating Miss Cecilia" by Carolyn Miller has house parties, history and romance! Also present are some very original and likable main characters. I love Cecilia as she is a romantic, loves to write in her journal and read books. She is outwardly shy, but throughout the book we see her come out of her shell a bit. The hero, Ned, is a prodigal who is so sweet and compassionate. I love how the main characters both feel strongly about social justice and about Christ. This story is also very interesting, as I learned a lot about the court systems of the early 1800s day and the prejudices, especially against the Irish and gypsies. I love that there is a house party! It was fascinating to learn all of the parlor games that were popular during this period. Overall, this book has great characters and a lot of fun history! At times I found it a little slow, but the pace always picked up soon afterward. I would recommend it to lovers of history, Regencies and romance! Content: This is a clean read. I would rate it PG. Examples of the content are: people drink alcohol; a man gambled and drank in his past. Rating: I give this book 4 stars. I want to thank Carolyn Miller and Kregal Publications for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Turansky

    I enjoyed this wonderful Regency romance by Carolyn Miller. The characters were unique and faced interesting challenges through out the story. She has a way of bringing that time and place to life. The inspirational themes were very well woven into the story in a natural and meaningful way. I'll be looking forward to Verity's story in November!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane Estrella

    The author is a genuine voice for Regency books. I always know that the quality of her writing will be excellent. The characters well thought out, and the authenticity of her stories felt. In a book series of three, you always figure that you will have a favorite, a middle and a least favorite. When I initially started this book, I thought, this will be my least favorite heroine, the middle child with middle child drama, and this is the journey to get to the third book that I will, probably, like The author is a genuine voice for Regency books. I always know that the quality of her writing will be excellent. The characters well thought out, and the authenticity of her stories felt. In a book series of three, you always figure that you will have a favorite, a middle and a least favorite. When I initially started this book, I thought, this will be my least favorite heroine, the middle child with middle child drama, and this is the journey to get to the third book that I will, probably, like the most. But, as the title states... I underestimated dear Miss Cecilia and I was so wonderfully surprised. She is meek but not weak. She was wonderfully crafted as a quiet but fierce woman. Many may argue that her long suffering infatuation with her neighbor Edward may seem juvenile or obsessive, but alas that is love. Especially, if you truly feel God has put that longing in your heart that can not be explained by any other way. I truly appreciated the authors use of faith in this story in subtle and not so subtle ways. It could be argued that there was too much of a faith element for someone not interested in that aspect, but I feel it was woven in beautifully and was significant to the story. I guess for me , the thing i least was interested in was the political undertakings the book carried as its main plot. It just isn't my favorite in general so that made the story drag in places where i just wanted more couple interaction and less political drama. Also, even though a true miracle takes place at the end of the story, many would argue as to how unrealistic it would be in real life. But, a HEA is required for this type of story, so one was provided. Overall a good book I enjoyed with a few mental hurdles to jump over, but wonderful as always. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abby Breuklander

    Love love and love this story!! Waiting on God to answer a prayer about love can be one of the hardest things to do. Especially when we have this gut feeling that His answer is a yes, but the other person seems to be moving slower than molasses. It can feel like absolute torture, but that's where trust in God for His plans instead of our own comes into play. We don't know all the little details that may need to be worked out yet. What we feel or think is already perfect the way it is could possi Love love and love this story!! Waiting on God to answer a prayer about love can be one of the hardest things to do. Especially when we have this gut feeling that His answer is a yes, but the other person seems to be moving slower than molasses. It can feel like absolute torture, but that's where trust in God for His plans instead of our own comes into play. We don't know all the little details that may need to be worked out yet. What we feel or think is already perfect the way it is could possibly be even better in time. The key is in surrendering everything to the One who knows our hearts better than we ever could. And that goes for any area of life, it's hard, but His happily ever afters are always worth it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Underestimating Miss Cecilia is the second book in the Daughters of Aynsley series by Carolyn Miller. This is the story of Cecilia Hatherleigh, the shy and sweet Aynsey daughter. She is in love with the boy next door, Edward Amherst, who is also the earl’s younger son. This lovely regency story traces their story as they both grow in their relationship with Christ, learn about God’s heart for those in need, and learn how to love unselfishly. Underestimating Miss Cecilia talks of Gypsies, rebelli Underestimating Miss Cecilia is the second book in the Daughters of Aynsley series by Carolyn Miller. This is the story of Cecilia Hatherleigh, the shy and sweet Aynsey daughter. She is in love with the boy next door, Edward Amherst, who is also the earl’s younger son. This lovely regency story traces their story as they both grow in their relationship with Christ, learn about God’s heart for those in need, and learn how to love unselfishly. Underestimating Miss Cecilia talks of Gypsies, rebellions, and Regency house parties.I loved learning about the different games played at house parties and imagining myself there. But more than the charm of the Regency time, Ms. Miller has a unique way of helping the reader examine their faith as they share in the story of her characters. Her stories are so rich and her characters are so well developed. Ms. Miller carried me back in time and I felt like I am sharing a cup of tea with Cecy’s family in their lovely home in Somerset, England. Cecy is painfully shy and compliant. Ms. Miller does a wonderful job getting the reader into Cecy’s head and seeing things from her perspective. I also enjoyed the perspective of Edward as the prodigal son. Ms. Miller made our Heavenly Father’s grace real through Edwards’s character. I I really enjoyed reading this story. I highly recommend Underestimating Miss Cecilia. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Searfoss

    This book is the second in the Daughters of Aynsley series and is best read after A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, but it can also be read as a standalone. Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been the meek middle sister, the one to go unnoticed or to be dismissed as shy and quiet. She has cared for Ned Amherst for years, but he has not reciprocated her interest and only sees her as a sister. Soon Cecilia's mother is pushing her to get acquainted with other young men and to make a match because Ned's past This book is the second in the Daughters of Aynsley series and is best read after A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, but it can also be read as a standalone. Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been the meek middle sister, the one to go unnoticed or to be dismissed as shy and quiet. She has cared for Ned Amherst for years, but he has not reciprocated her interest and only sees her as a sister. Soon Cecilia's mother is pushing her to get acquainted with other young men and to make a match because Ned's past reputation is not approved of by her parents. During this time, Cecilia begins to care about the unrest in the North, where mill workers are not being paid enough to feed their families. She takes it upon herself to write letters to the newspapers in order to raise awareness of these issues. Soon Ned is also working very hard to help the poor and disadvantaged in his Uncle Lionel's law office in order to make up for his past mistakes. When the Peterloo massacre occurs, Ned and Cecilia begin to bond over their concern for the workers. Cecilia tries to forget her love for Ned, but when they both attend a house party that goes horribly wrong, they will realize that God is at work more than they realize. I have read all of Carolyn's books so far, but this book absolutely wrecked me emotionally, more than any of her others. I love how Carolyn expertly portrays so many different personalities, perspectives, and emotions so realistically, just as if she's gone through everything each character has experienced personally. Some of the spiritual struggles the characters go through in the story are personal for me, and the biblical principles Carolyn uses are unapologetically honest and on point. I found myself blinking back tears multiple times as I read because I related to the characters and was encouraged and convicted at the same time. The historical detail included as well as the insight into how people lived, played, and worked in the Regency time period added so much to the story and helped it come alive in my mind. I recommend this book without hesitation to anyone and everyone. I can honestly say that Carolyn Miller is one of the best Regency writers out there, and I cannot wait for her next book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Carolyn Miller and Kregel publishing. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    “Oh, how wretched was he? Would he never learn that withholding the truth held consequences far beyond the ramifications of his own personal life?” I have loved all of Carolyn Miller’s books through three different series but this book....this book really did the ultimate job shredding my heart and then gluing it back together. The plight of Edward (Ned) Amherst is heart-breaking and emotional given his past that is deemed sordid and riddled with guilt and shame, his determination to change his f “Oh, how wretched was he? Would he never learn that withholding the truth held consequences far beyond the ramifications of his own personal life?” I have loved all of Carolyn Miller’s books through three different series but this book....this book really did the ultimate job shredding my heart and then gluing it back together. The plight of Edward (Ned) Amherst is heart-breaking and emotional given his past that is deemed sordid and riddled with guilt and shame, his determination to change his future in the light of his recent salvation and redemption, and his desperate faithfulness as he clings to God for his daily purpose. Ned finds his calling as a barrister in helping those who do not have voice in the Regency England’s government but, in the midst of his purpose, he finds himself drawing closer to Cecilia, his neighbor and the younger sister of his friend Caroline. The kind, gentle, compassionate, faith-filled, intelligent Cecilia is only seen as the meek second daughter of Viscount Aynsley though she’s loved Ned from afar for a long time. Unrequited love, forgiveness and second chances, mercy and grace, a beautiful re-telling of the prodigal son, and the theme of living as a new creation in Christ are all masterfully incorporated into a vividly detailed period when so many of England’s general population - the poor, the immigrants, the gypsies - are ignored and abused and those who want to make changes to the law are suppressed. The author’s writing, as always, is melodic and fluid; the plot is well-crafted and easy to follow; the characters are multi-dimensional and endearing in their flawed beauty; the dialogue is witty and fun; the spiritual truths offered are enlightening; and the story in entirety is enchanting and captivating. This second book in the series also has surprisingly pleasant appearances of multiple characters from previous series, which is quite delightful. Though it’s the second book, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I can’t wait to see how the author will top this book when the third in the series about the youngest sister Verity releases later this year! I received a copy of the book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    Carolyn Miller brings us a story about what happens when the Prodigal Son comes home. Cecilia Hatherleigh has always held a candle for Edward who not only does not love her, but has said some unkind things about her. Before dedicating his life to God, Edward Amherst lived a sinful life. He is now trying to turn his life around and redeem his past by using his background in law to help gypsies, the Irish, and orphans. Cecy is also trying to help those that need it by writing anonymously to the paper Carolyn Miller brings us a story about what happens when the Prodigal Son comes home. Cecilia Hatherleigh has always held a candle for Edward who not only does not love her, but has said some unkind things about her. Before dedicating his life to God, Edward Amherst lived a sinful life. He is now trying to turn his life around and redeem his past by using his background in law to help gypsies, the Irish, and orphans. Cecy is also trying to help those that need it by writing anonymously to the papers. She is having a hard time living with her non-believing parents who belittle her faith. Having two sisters with strong personalities, Cecy is often talked over and has chosen instead to remain quiet, which often means she is overlooked. She has never liked what many women talk about in those days like fashion and the weather. Women were expected to be more simple, and bluestockings were looked down on. Cecy wanted to not only know about important news, but she wanted to help people. I really appreciated the research the author did in learning of the historical events during this conflicted time period and weaving them into the story. I had not known a lot of the gypsy history during this time or the pagan rituals. Those who enjoyed The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd are sure to love Underestimating Miss Cecilia. They are both very eye-opening into the working man's life during this time period. Ned and Cecy grew up right next to each other, yet they really didn't know one another. While it is very realistic, I wish that it hadn't taken jealousy for Ned to finally notice Cecy. I also found that the part with Ned and Cecy after the major event in the book seemed rushed. I have often read the story of the prodigal son in the Bible and wondered what happened to everyone after his return. Underestimating Miss Cecilia is a very interesting take on the concept. This is the second book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series, however, it can easily be read as a standalone. I am looking forward to youngest sister Verity's story next in Misleading Miss Verity. More reviews can be found here.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    4.5 stars This was my first Carolyn Miller book and it will not be my last. Her writing style is beautiful and it grabs you and pulls you in right from the beginning. I loved the characters in this book. I loved getting to know Cecy and Ned. I loved seeing them grow and become closer to the people God wants them to be. I had a love-hate relationship with their relationship though only because both parties were infuriating at times with their feelings. 😒 Their relationship was still sweet and one 4.5 stars This was my first Carolyn Miller book and it will not be my last. Her writing style is beautiful and it grabs you and pulls you in right from the beginning. I loved the characters in this book. I loved getting to know Cecy and Ned. I loved seeing them grow and become closer to the people God wants them to be. I had a love-hate relationship with their relationship though only because both parties were infuriating at times with their feelings. 😒 Their relationship was still sweet and one that I really enjoyed getting to see grow. I think I got a little too invested in this story towards the end because I, no joke, was about to start sobbing the last few chapters. Maybe I'm just a little more emotional tonight or something but I was ready to cry over every single thing that went wrong, lol. The faith content in this book was impicable. It wasn't too preachy, it fit right in with the whole story. I really loved the themes of forgiveness and regeneration that were woven throughout this book. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and now I should really think about reading the first book. 😉😁 *I received this book from Kregel publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is the second book in Carolyn Miller's Daughter's of Aynsley series. While it connects to previous books and directly follows the events of A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. I went into the book not liking Ned (Edward), due to his actions in prior books in which he appeared. But here, he quickly won me over, thanks in large part to the change Christ made in his life. I also loved Cecilia and her kind and steadfast heart. While Ned and Cecilia's slow-burn rom This is the second book in Carolyn Miller's Daughter's of Aynsley series. While it connects to previous books and directly follows the events of A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. I went into the book not liking Ned (Edward), due to his actions in prior books in which he appeared. But here, he quickly won me over, thanks in large part to the change Christ made in his life. I also loved Cecilia and her kind and steadfast heart. While Ned and Cecilia's slow-burn romance kept me flying through the pages, I also loved their joint concern for society's outcasts; they approached this problem in different ways that ended up complementing each other. One criticism: There are now so many characters in Miller's regency world, many of whom have two names (their given names and their titles), that it's difficult to keep track of them all. So when Lord So-and-so shows up, I often struggle to remember just which story he belongs to and what his given name is. A character list at the beginning of the book would be oh so helpful! Underestimating Miss Cecilia fits in well in the regency romance world, and I can't wait to continue the series with Verity's story soon! 4-1/2 stars. Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    Carolyn Miller is a master storyteller when it comes to regency romance! Her books have such vivid detail that the story just comes to life! I truly felt Cecilia’s struggles with loving the boy next door and feeling like he didn’t notice her. I really didn’t want this book to end! I highly recommend it and the whole series! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    Carolyn Miller has once again delivered an enjoyable read for Regency lovers looking for character-driven fiction—particularly character-driven fiction with a strong spiritual thread. Set against the wonderfully authentic Regency backdrop Miller is known for, Edward and Cecilia mature both personally and spiritually before reaching their happy ending. Her books also bring the era to life by including some of the political and social issues relevant to the times, in this case the prevailing attit Carolyn Miller has once again delivered an enjoyable read for Regency lovers looking for character-driven fiction—particularly character-driven fiction with a strong spiritual thread. Set against the wonderfully authentic Regency backdrop Miller is known for, Edward and Cecilia mature both personally and spiritually before reaching their happy ending. Her books also bring the era to life by including some of the political and social issues relevant to the times, in this case the prevailing attitudes of the upper classes towards the disadvantaged—not just the poor, but also immigrant workers and gypsies. Unrequited love can make for a painful read, but while I definitely shared Cecilia’s pain, Carolyn Miller doesn’t allow the reader (or her characters) to wallow. Through focusing their time and energy on others’ needs (and, oddly enough, in time apart), Cecilia and Ned mature and come to appreciate all they can truly be to one another. And having met Ned briefly in The Making of Mrs. Hale as a young gentleman making unwise decisions, I loved seeing him not only taking responsibility for his past mistakes but also learning about the grace of God as he did so. The focus on Cecy’s and Ned’s personal growth made this a leisurely dip-in-and-out read for the most part, but then an unexpected turn in the plot had me glued to the pages until the end. Readers who enjoy immersing themselves in Regency life should definitely add Carolyn Miller to their reading list. I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I have read every novel Carolyn has published, so I feel like an expert who can say that Carolyn Miller is the #1 Regency-era writer of modern times. I’m blown away by Underestimating Miss Cecilia; it’s such a fantastically penned romance. It’s sweeping, it’s heartbreaking, it’s frustrating, it’s sweetly romantic, and it’s filled with timely lessons. Suffice to say, Underestimating Miss Cecilia is an exquisite read! One of the most interesting and authentically thought-provoking concepts weaved t I have read every novel Carolyn has published, so I feel like an expert who can say that Carolyn Miller is the #1 Regency-era writer of modern times. I’m blown away by Underestimating Miss Cecilia; it’s such a fantastically penned romance. It’s sweeping, it’s heartbreaking, it’s frustrating, it’s sweetly romantic, and it’s filled with timely lessons. Suffice to say, Underestimating Miss Cecilia is an exquisite read! One of the most interesting and authentically thought-provoking concepts weaved throughout the narrative is that of idols. Cecilia has loved Ned her entire life. It wrecks her spirit that Ned never notices her as anything more than a little sister. Why can’t he see her?! I have to admit, I didn’t see anything wrong with Cecy’s love for Ned at first. To me, she is just a girl in love with a clueless man. She doesn’t do anything crazy to try to get Ned’s attention. She is respectful and considerate and kind. But the more I read, the more I realized that Cecy is a bit obsessed. And then a conversation takes place between Cecy and Lord Abbotsbury that rocked my world. Lord Abbotsbury states to Cecy, “We too often put our trust in people and treat them like gods, when really we would be better served seeking such approval from the One whose principles never change, and is ever infallible” (230). Boy, did this comment change my mind about how much Cecy “loved” Ned! This comment also forced me to take a good look at myself. I have truly believed myself to be a woman who has tossed over her “idols” and given herself wholly to the Lord, but I have been struggling a lot lately, and now I think I know why. About a month ago, my daughter was diagnosed with petit mal seizures. My husband and I are working with a really good neurologist who is helping us to find the right medicine + diet combo for Bella. I didn’t think I was too messed up by this bump in the road, but then I got to talking to a couple of my friends the other day. In a fit of tears, I confessed that I am afraid of losing my daughter. This seed of fear has been growing since Bella was born. Bella’s birth was insane. We almost lost her three times. God 100% is the only reason she has reached her 7th birthday. I think that I’ve always treated her with kid gloves because I know I can never have any other children, so adding a seizure diagnosis has thrown me into a fear cycle I am not sure how to overcome. I cannot lose my kid! I have confessed this fear struggle with God, but the fear isn’t going away. I think, like Cecy has done to Ned, I have turned my sweet little girl into my idol. I think this is why I’m still struggling with fear even though I’ve confessed the fear to God. My real issue is that I haven’t confessed my actual sin — idolatry. When this thought first stuck me I gasped and said, “NO!” I mean moms are made to love their kids fiercely. But then I considered my fear: I do NOT want to lose my child. To me, my child dying is a pain I am not sure I could ever overcome. But this is where I have gone wrong. This is how I have made my child an idol. Psalm 106:36 (ESV) states, They served their idols, which became a snare to them. The piece of this verse that resonates with me, and I dare say would resonate with Cecy, is the idea of the snare. A snare is a trap. I never meant to be trapped in this type of idol worship, and neither did Miss Cecilia. I just thought I was loving my child, and Cecy believed she was loving the man God made for her. But the truth is both fictional Cecy and very real me stopped trusting God. Instead of going to God for help, I became the one who would find the answers. I’ll figure out the medicines. I’ll watch Bella like a hawk. I’ll stay up until two in the morning worrying. It became all about me, me, me! I have become so wrapped up in my daughter that I forgot she is actually God’s daughter. I lost sight of the fact that God sets Bella’s steps in this life, not me. As Abbotsbury puts it to Cecy, I made Bella a god and I did not seek out the One who knows best. I am SO grateful for Underestimating Miss Cecilia. Carolyn Miller has penned something more than just a Regency-era novel. She has crafted a fictional place that allows the reader the opportunity to wrestle with various internal struggles and hopefully come out the other side stronger in relationship with God. Yes, the plot is engaging. Yes, the characters are well-written and endearing. Yes, the happily ever after is satisfying. But it is the timely themes that make this novel stellar. I highly, highly recommend Underestimating Miss Cecilia. Purchase a copy today. You will not be disappointed. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from the author via her publisher, Kregel Publications. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Carolyn Miller is one of my favorite Regency romance authors. Oh my goodness does she know how to write a story. She stays true to the time period, provides amazing details that make the story come alive to the reader, gives readers welcoming characters, and pens interesting storylines that you cannot turn away from. I always know when I'm reading a Carolyn Miller book that I need to make sure I have tons of reading time. I don't want to have to put the book down, and if I'm forced to I don't wa Carolyn Miller is one of my favorite Regency romance authors. Oh my goodness does she know how to write a story. She stays true to the time period, provides amazing details that make the story come alive to the reader, gives readers welcoming characters, and pens interesting storylines that you cannot turn away from. I always know when I'm reading a Carolyn Miller book that I need to make sure I have tons of reading time. I don't want to have to put the book down, and if I'm forced to I don't want it to be for very long! I think Cecilia just might be my favorite Hatherleigh sister. She just has this way about her - you cannot help but love her! I think what I liked most about her was the fact that she sees people beyond their faults. Society as a whole had pretty much given up on Ned, but Cecy wasn't willing too. Yes, there was a bit of a school girl crush if you will, but in all honesty Cecy took the time to see Ned for the man he was today, not what he had been portrayed as in the past. She didn't hesitate to tell her mother what kind of man she thought he was either! Perhaps the most moving storyline here was of redemption, the power of forgiveness, and our duty as Christians in treating others with compassion. Ned had a horrible past, one that he was very ashamed of. Because of that most people wouldn't even give him the time of day. Most characters may have run away from that, but not Ned. Deep down he was so caring and compassionate. Sure, ever now and then I wanted to flick him in the forehead to make him see how wonderful Cecy would be for him, but I knew I needed to let the story proceed at its own speed, not my own. Miller kept things moving at just the right speed, and the way Ned and Cecy's relationship blossom was absolutely beautiful. But before they get to that point, they needed to learn to rely on the One who had brought them on this earth in the first place. And perhaps that is the best lesson for us all. I cannot get enough of Carolyn Miller's stories. It seems like every story gets better and better. Frankly, I'm not sure how she can top this one. It had so much in it - faith (huge part of the book!), love, mystery, redemption, forgiveness, and even a few comical parts. I could read this story over and over. I cannot wait until the next installment releases! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Grace

    This is a hard review to write! First, I'll tell you what I enjoyed about this book... then I'll explain why it sadly didn't make it to five stars for me. "It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one's existence." What a first sentence! Cecy's love for the boy next door is so authentic in its angst. Anyone who has had a crush knows how stubborn the heart's affections are and how real the battle for surrender can be! I really identified with her journalin This is a hard review to write! First, I'll tell you what I enjoyed about this book... then I'll explain why it sadly didn't make it to five stars for me. "It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one's existence." What a first sentence! Cecy's love for the boy next door is so authentic in its angst. Anyone who has had a crush knows how stubborn the heart's affections are and how real the battle for surrender can be! I really identified with her journaling as a way to pray and understand her own heart. And although I understand that part of Cecy's journey is learning to speak up and overcome fear and shyness, half the time I wanted to give her timid personality a proper push into spunkiness! I love how deft Carolyn Miller is at taking a secondary character that you never thought you could like and turning them into someone you are cheering for. Ned Amherst is this character -- he was rather a foppish rake in previous books, but he becomes a flawed but deep-thinking hero who struggles to overcome guilt over his past and find freedom in Christ. (He made me roll my eyes more than once because of missed opportunities in the romance department, but he was cute in his cluelessness!) Ned's championing of the plight of the Irish and gypsies in England in his day was eye-opening and interesting. And the historical details, always a strong and consistent element in this author's books, are taken to a new level in Underestimating Miss Cecilia! Besides more serious elements such as the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, this book also includes fun details about a Regency house party. For instance, these parties, where large groups of single young people would stay on a country estate for weeks at a time, often included various kinds of kissing games! The house party is the climax of the story, with a surprising plot twist that I didn't see coming. But it was only halfway through the book that Ned, Cecy, and the other characters really pulled me into the story, which is where this book loses 5 star status for me. The first half of the book I struggled with dialogue that seemed a bit forced and unnatural and slow-paced storytelling, both of which are pet peeves of mine. That being said, I have high hopes for the book coming out in November, about Cecilia's sister Verity -- just reading the excerpt of the first chapter was refreshing! I think that Misleading Miss Verity will bring back more of the wittiness and freshness that has endeared this author's books to my heart.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shantelle

    A sweet read! If you know me, you know that I'm a big fan of historical fiction. The Regency era is an especially lovely time to read about, what with the proper courtships, gentlemen and ladies, and dances in abundance. Carolyn Miller has definitely become a favorite when it comes to this genre. The way that she weaves faith into her romance stories is something that I really appreciate and admire. Her characters experience genuine walks with God - there are soul deep conversions, intense momen A sweet read! If you know me, you know that I'm a big fan of historical fiction. The Regency era is an especially lovely time to read about, what with the proper courtships, gentlemen and ladies, and dances in abundance. Carolyn Miller has definitely become a favorite when it comes to this genre. The way that she weaves faith into her romance stories is something that I really appreciate and admire. Her characters experience genuine walks with God - there are soul deep conversions, intense moments of surrender, prayers and seeking, and lots about righteousness and justice. Pretty much faith permeates this novel; it's not just something that's carelessly added in so it can be marketed as Christian fiction. Underestimating Miss Cecilia is the second book in the REGENCY BRIDES: DAUGHTERS OF AYNSLEY series. Cecilia is the second eldest of three sisters, and has long since had a crush on Ned Amherst, who lives on the estate next to hers. With her older sister, Caroline, recently married, and their younger sister, Verity, always causing trouble, Cecilia struggles to keep the peace in the home she shares with her unbelieving parents. They just want her married off to a suitable man, and acting like a normal young English lady. But Cecilia longs for them to understand her intimate faith with Christ and her deep sense of justice for the gypsies and other lower class people. I enjoyed Cecy's story! It was fun and had exciting twists. It was also bittersweet, with depth. I loved seeing this quiet young woman's journey of growing closer to God and surrendering all her desires and dreams to Him. Sometimes I saw myself in her! I truly appreciate reading about characters that I relate to. It can make a novel quite meaningful! Underestimating Miss Cecilia was really a thoughtful story. The romance was tender and sweet and clean. There were a lot of serious ideas and teachable moments. I feel like this author writes with purpose, and I look forward to picking up Misleading Miss Verity when it releases! I received a complimentary copy of Underestimating Miss Cecilia from Kregel Publications. This review is honest and all my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Carolyn Miller is one of my favorite authors of the Regency Period. She writes strong characters and endearing heroines who get into unusual circumstances. Her grasp of the language and settings of the era are delightful and reminiscent of Jane Austen. The cover is just stunning and fits perfectly. As a daughter of Aynsley, we met sister Caroline in the first of this series. It is now Cecelia’s turn to find a suitable match. Cecelia Hatherleigh is not the usual miss interested in only gossip and Carolyn Miller is one of my favorite authors of the Regency Period. She writes strong characters and endearing heroines who get into unusual circumstances. Her grasp of the language and settings of the era are delightful and reminiscent of Jane Austen. The cover is just stunning and fits perfectly. As a daughter of Aynsley, we met sister Caroline in the first of this series. It is now Cecelia’s turn to find a suitable match. Cecelia Hatherleigh is not the usual miss interested in only gossip and the latest fashion. Recently having come to Christ, she has a heart for the common folk who are trying their best to survive. When she learns of an injustice, she sets about to effect change through anonymous editorials. As far as a potential mate is concerned, she has had her heart set on neighbor, Ned Amherst, since she was very young. Her parents find him unsuitable due to a disagreeable incident in the past. But he, too has become a Christian and is learning law under his uncle in London. Can he see Cecy as a woman of noble pursuits rather than just a little sister. Can they work together to make a difference in society? Ms. Miller captures the times eloquently and weaves historical events into her stellar story. This was an enjoyable step back in time. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Verity, sister number three. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publishers on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Author Carolyn Miller has written a delightful boy next door romance in her book Underestimating Miss Cecilia. This story is about trying to find happiness in a continual changing English society and the prejudices of the people there. It’s about falling in love with someone that may not be the right person, but then having to put trust in God that finding the right person and true love will be possible. This story has characters from the first book in the series too. Readers will enjoy this res Author Carolyn Miller has written a delightful boy next door romance in her book Underestimating Miss Cecilia. This story is about trying to find happiness in a continual changing English society and the prejudices of the people there. It’s about falling in love with someone that may not be the right person, but then having to put trust in God that finding the right person and true love will be possible. This story has characters from the first book in the series too. Readers will enjoy this researched regency novel that has fun and realistic characters and situations that they can relate to. This is an enjoyable story that readers of regency romance will find pleasure in. Series: Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley Genre: historical, regency, romance Publisher: Kregel Publications Publication date: July 23, 2019 Number of pages: 352 Other books in the series: 1-A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh 3-Misleading Miss Verity (coming November 2019) A review copy of this book was provided by Kregel Publications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Rentschler

    This book was so good! I loved it way more than the first of the series! It has the perfect amount of action, character building, and content. I love how it starts out exciting and draws you right in! I couldn't wait to read how Ned would come back and redeem himself from his scandalous reputation. I definitely was pleased with how each character was built and it was nice to get to know each one's thought process. I liked Cecy's journaling and Ned was a deep thinker. Ned had so much to wrestle w This book was so good! I loved it way more than the first of the series! It has the perfect amount of action, character building, and content. I love how it starts out exciting and draws you right in! I couldn't wait to read how Ned would come back and redeem himself from his scandalous reputation. I definitely was pleased with how each character was built and it was nice to get to know each one's thought process. I liked Cecy's journaling and Ned was a deep thinker. Ned had so much to wrestle with. It was really good to remember the lesson he was learning about God's forgiveness, and learning to forgive yourself instead of worrying about what everyone else thinks of you all the time. My favorite part of the book was the house party. It kept me sucked into the story and picturing them all playing games together was a nice touch! The twist with Cecy towards the end definitely was the icing on top of the cake for making this book not so predictable and a great ending! I will definitely recommend this book! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elly

    Ms. Miller's books hold the stories that I never knew I needed in my life! "Underestimating Miss Cecilia" is, no kidding, one of the BEST books I have EVER read! I loved the characters, the circumstances, the setting. Everything was perfect! Everything about this story was beautiful and made my heart sing! The depth of Ms. Miller's research into Regency-era customs and events is unparalleled! I always come away from this author's books feeling as if I've been living in another era!😍 The charac Ms. Miller's books hold the stories that I never knew I needed in my life! "Underestimating Miss Cecilia" is, no kidding, one of the BEST books I have EVER read! I loved the characters, the circumstances, the setting. Everything was perfect! Everything about this story was beautiful and made my heart sing! The depth of Ms. Miller's research into Regency-era customs and events is unparalleled! I always come away from this author's books feeling as if I've been living in another era!😍 The characters are ALWAYS relatable, no matter how different they are from one another, one story to the next. It reminds me EXACTLY of the way I feel going between Jane Austen novels. Each heroine ENTIRELY different, yet you feel in sync with their thoughts and feelings and never doubt the rightness of their decisions. Ahhh... I can't even BEGIN to convey the satisfaction I received from having read this! If you are a fan of the Regency time-period, achingly tender love stories, and/or faith-filled stories about trusting God's will for you and accepting His free gift of grace, then this is the story for you! Take my advice and read this book! (You'll thank me later. 😉) p.s. Cecilia is one of my TOP 3 favorite heroines from Author Carolyn Miller's novels to date!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    Carolyn Miller has done it again! She continues to delight with her Regency tales. Underestimating Miss Cecilia the story of Cecelia Hatherleigh's quest for love. For years she has loved Ned Amherst, her next door neighbor, but he only sees her as a sister. Her parents have forbidden Cecelia to have anything to do with him after he was involved in a scandal that rocked the Ton. I love Miss Miller's style of writing. She creates realistic characters and situations. She has obviously researched Re Carolyn Miller has done it again! She continues to delight with her Regency tales. Underestimating Miss Cecilia the story of Cecelia Hatherleigh's quest for love. For years she has loved Ned Amherst, her next door neighbor, but he only sees her as a sister. Her parents have forbidden Cecelia to have anything to do with him after he was involved in a scandal that rocked the Ton. I love Miss Miller's style of writing. She creates realistic characters and situations. She has obviously researched Regency life. I also love the way she weaves faith in God throughout the story in a natural way. I can't wait to read Cecelia's sister Verity's story! So make a pot of tea and some cucumber sandwiches and settle in for a great read! I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations. All thoughts are my own!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    “Perhaps this trial was yet another way God was trying to gain her attention,so she would focus more on Him, and not let the distractions of this world steal her thoughts and emotions.” I enjoyed this read and the fun characters that really drive the plot. Cecilia and Ned are both flawed characters as Carolyn Miller’s usually are. If you are fond of the girl falling in love with the boy next door or the prodigal son returns home in a wonderful historical setting this book is for you. I really like “Perhaps this trial was yet another way God was trying to gain her attention,so she would focus more on Him, and not let the distractions of this world steal her thoughts and emotions.” I enjoyed this read and the fun characters that really drive the plot. Cecilia and Ned are both flawed characters as Carolyn Miller’s usually are. If you are fond of the girl falling in love with the boy next door or the prodigal son returns home in a wonderful historical setting this book is for you. I really like how well this author natural weaves a strong faith message into her books. This one is no different. It truly belongs in the genre of “Christian Fiction.” Throughout the book the reader sees how the faith of the characters affects their everyday decisions as well as those decisions that are going to affect their entire life. It’s a lovely story with the characters learning as they grow giving the reader a chance to ponder if perhaps he could do a better job at putting the focus on God in our lives as well. “Understand that Gods plans are for good, not to be a weighty burden. Remember that He is with us, in both good times and challenges, empowering us for His work.” I received this book through the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    This may be my favorite book written by Carolyn Miller yet (but that’s pretty much the case with each new release). There was just something that resonated with me in this story. Quiet, unassuming peacemaker Cecilia Hatherleigh has loved the man next door for as long as she can remember. But Edward (Ned) Amherst only views her as a sister. After some poor decisions, Ned is now finding his purpose, one in which Cecila’s kind and soft heart thoroughly stands behind and backs in any way she can. Unde This may be my favorite book written by Carolyn Miller yet (but that’s pretty much the case with each new release). There was just something that resonated with me in this story. Quiet, unassuming peacemaker Cecilia Hatherleigh has loved the man next door for as long as she can remember. But Edward (Ned) Amherst only views her as a sister. After some poor decisions, Ned is now finding his purpose, one in which Cecila’s kind and soft heart thoroughly stands behind and backs in any way she can. Underestimating Miss Cecilia is a story of second chances. It’s also a vivid reminder that sometimes when we ask God for the deepest desires of her heart, His answer is difficult: Wait. But in that period of waiting, comes growth and a deeper relationship with Him. I’m now looking forward to what Miller has planned for the adventurous and outspoken Verity and discovering what kind of man is her match. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Every time I read a new Carolyn Miller book it becomes my favorite and this one now tops the list as the absolute BEST! I loved how the characters grew and developed throughout the story in their faith and in their quest to help others. The historical aspect was very interesting as I didn’t know about the London riots during this Regency Era. It is well crafted and captivating as it flows so smoothly and keeps you turning pages to the very end. The cleverness of the characters was refreshing. I Every time I read a new Carolyn Miller book it becomes my favorite and this one now tops the list as the absolute BEST! I loved how the characters grew and developed throughout the story in their faith and in their quest to help others. The historical aspect was very interesting as I didn’t know about the London riots during this Regency Era. It is well crafted and captivating as it flows so smoothly and keeps you turning pages to the very end. The cleverness of the characters was refreshing. I also enjoyed the appearance of previous characters and how their lives intertwine. This has quickly become a go to author for me as I know I won’t be disappointed. Even if you aren’t a Regency Romance lover please give this author a try as she has changed my mind. Awaiting book three with “bated breath”. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    '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. I fell in love with Carolyn Miller's first book, 'The Elusive Mis '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. 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    C.E. Hart

    Underestimating Miss Cecilia holds a good premise, and even though the characters didn’t capture me in the beginning, they grew on me. Especially Edward. He is flawed, yet redeemable, and his actions felt authentic. Cecilia’s younger sister, Verity, also adds a spark to the story. I enjoyed the struggles and the spiritual aspects. My fondness of Regency stories has grown over the past few years, but this one didn’t pull me in as much as I’d hoped. I found the wording and sentence structure a bit Underestimating Miss Cecilia holds a good premise, and even though the characters didn’t capture me in the beginning, they grew on me. Especially Edward. He is flawed, yet redeemable, and his actions felt authentic. Cecilia’s younger sister, Verity, also adds a spark to the story. I enjoyed the struggles and the spiritual aspects. My fondness of Regency stories has grown over the past few years, but this one didn’t pull me in as much as I’d hoped. I found the wording and sentence structure a bit difficult to read at times. I suppose it felt a bit flowery to me, which distracted me (numerous times) from the plot. I’m wondering if I’d be more captivated with an audiobook version. This is a good story, but not a Regency favorite. I was entertained, but not wowed. I’ll certainly read the next book in the series (hopefully Verity’s story) and hope I’ll be more versed in the verbiage by then so I can fully sink into the reading. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Wales

    Carolyn is THE Queen of regency! a funny (especially Cecilias mother) moving, historically interesting regency story. A joy to finish reading on this cold windy weekend ❣

  29. 5 out of 5

    Inspirationalfictionreader

    I love Carolyn Miller’s writing style. It is lyrical and fits perfectly for the time period that she writes. Her stories draw you in and wrap you up so thoroughly in the lives of the characters that you don’t want to leave them when the story is done! One of my favorite tropes is unrequited love! Cecilia has loved Edward for as long as she can remember, whereas Edward thinks of her more like a younger sister. After something he did in the past continues to weigh him down, Edward goes to London to I love Carolyn Miller’s writing style. It is lyrical and fits perfectly for the time period that she writes. Her stories draw you in and wrap you up so thoroughly in the lives of the characters that you don’t want to leave them when the story is done! One of my favorite tropes is unrequited love! Cecilia has loved Edward for as long as she can remember, whereas Edward thinks of her more like a younger sister. After something he did in the past continues to weigh him down, Edward goes to London to try and get his life back together, which leaves Cecilia questioning if she’s ever going to have a future with Edward. I felt this story got bogged down a bit in the middle and I really wanted more moments with Cecilia and Edward. I felt for a good part of the story, they were not together, which made it hard for me to believe that Edward was truly able to fall in love with Cecilia. I did love the faith message in the story that regardless of what happens in your life, you need to trust God and live according to faith and not your fears. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paty

    Wow! This was a wonderful and compelling story set in England, with realistic circumstances around the early 1800’s. I loved that it is not a mere romance novel, but that it has rich historical detail, which makes it more realistic, relatable and engaging. Ned are Cecilia have always being neighbors. Cecy has always been in love with him but she must accept the fact that he will never see her as more than his shy neighbor, or his best friend’s younger sister. She’s not outspoken like Caro, nor dar Wow! This was a wonderful and compelling story set in England, with realistic circumstances around the early 1800’s. I loved that it is not a mere romance novel, but that it has rich historical detail, which makes it more realistic, relatable and engaging. Ned are Cecilia have always being neighbors. Cecy has always been in love with him but she must accept the fact that he will never see her as more than his shy neighbor, or his best friend’s younger sister. She’s not outspoken like Caro, nor daring like her sister Verity. But she has strong covinctions and a very compassionate heart that won’t rest until she can do something for the less fortunate. Especially after the encounter with an old gypsy who is later falsely accused of attacking Ned. Ned knows he needs to change his life course. Not only that but, after God spared his life after being shot in an unfortunate situation, he knows he has to earn His Grace. He has totally lived a life of the prodigal son, spending his father’s money, gambling, flirlting with the wrong women and living a leisurely life. But waking up from an almost death has brought a change with him. A desire to do something for the less fortunate, the gypsies, the Irish inmigrants, etc. To earn God’s and the other’s forgiveness. So he decides to leave the country and go back to London and study to become a barrister. At first, he finds that everybody thinks him out of his mind when he talks about wanting to help the one’s that have no voice or possibilities to defend their rights, and that he is pursuing a fruitless labor. But then things start to get very violent at the Peter’s Field massacre where many innocent people die, and Ned knows he has to do something more effective. And the person that seems to understand his way of thinking and is as affected as him at the turn of events is Cecilia... but when he approaches her, he senses something is wrong, she seems standoffish and not very trustful with him. Meanwhile, Cecilia has to endure her mother’s attempts at matchmaking. But she finds a way to make better things -unknown by everyone except her sister- by writing an anonymous column in the newspaper about these less fortunate people’s rights and about what real justice means and calling other’s to rise their voices too. But things take a real turn when Ned and Cecy unexpectedly meet for some days at a House Party. Cecy has Lord Abbottsbury as a suitor. Will that be the means for her sore heart to forget Ned Armherst? Can she give hope to another man who will never hold her heart? Will Ned Armherst discover that his feelings for Cecy run deeply than a sweet friend? Why is he jealous then? Even if he had feelings, her mother has made quite clear that he’s not worthy of her daughter, so is it worthy to pursue this new feelings? But a tragic situation will put all his feelings and convictions at test. I totally loved this story and I think it’s one of her best novels. I likIsis when not all the story centers in the characters romance, feelings, or lack of them, and in this Ms Miller’s story, other than the sweet romance, there’s always this deep and heart tugging issues about doing what is right for others, about kind and compassion, about resisting society’s pull to frivolity and centering your life in husband matching, or, in the men cases, in chasing rich women dowry’s to solve their financial problems. Ms. Miller’s characters are flawed yet relatable and realistic, especially because of these flaws. In this case, Cecy is meek and shy and is sometimes reluctant to express her opinion, but she is kind and compassionate, and throughout the story she gather’s the strength to voice her opinions without care of what most of the people think. And Ned, wow, I loved his conversion! From being a rake, to have a life and death experience, to repentance and wanting to make up until he’s exhausted to the bones, doing things for others that need it. But after nothing feels good enough to fall into God’s good graces, the help of a friend helps him see that he’s already been forgiven and that he has to make the most of His Mercy. And that God wants his happiness too, and that happiness, includes many more things more than the blessing of serving others. Cecy also was a great character! She started a bit shy and meek, but she really transforms throughout the story into a more independent woman. The romantic relationship was not an easy one and with many understandings. But the HEA was sooo much worth it! I loved both of these characters. And their romance was not a hushed one. It took time and that is what made them see that God was above them seeing about their future. And maybe sacrificing their love for each other and trying to let it go is what made them thriumph after so many obstacles. The plot was engaging and has twists, especially at the end that I didn’t expect! Couldn’t put it down! Don’t miss this sweet and captivating story about true love, family ties, second chances, forgiveness and redemption. I totally recommend it! I can’t wait for Verity’s story! It’s going to be hard to better this last two books of the Aynsley’s sister, but I am sure Ms Miller has a wonderful surprise for us soon! I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications but it wasn’t required to post a review. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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