Will a damaged reputation and desire for society's approval thwart the legacy of grace?
Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She's lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's society mama is appalled at the new company she's keeping.
Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughternot when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?
When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness togetherwithout finances, family support, or royal favor?
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is full of the captivating, flawed characters, fascinating historical details, and masterful writing that Carolyn Miller's fans have come to know in The Elusive Miss Ellison and The Captivating Lady Charlotte. If you love Lori Wick, Georgette Heyer, and other clean, wholesome Regency romance, you'll love this third book in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.
Enjoy the entire Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series!
1. The Elusive Miss Ellison
2. The Captivating Lady Charlotte
3. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey
And don't miss Carolyn's new series Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, coming in 2018!
About the Author
Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. She is married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!).
A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of Romance Writers of American (RWA) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Her favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but she also enjoys contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.
Her stories 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.
Her books include:
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace
The Elusive Miss Ellison
The Captivating Lady Charlotte
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey
Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope
Winning Miss Winthrop
Miss Serena's Secret
The Making of Mrs. Hale
Regency Bride: Daughers of Aynsley
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh
Underestimating Miss Cecilia
Misleading Miss Verity
Read an Excerpt
Brighton Cliffs, England April 1815
The Honorable Clara DeLancey stood atop the chalky cliffs. Above her, heavy clouds menaced the moon, revealing then concealing the scene below. At her feet glowed the lantern borrowed for tonight's escape, while far beneath, the English Channel churned white and deadly. Wind whipped clothes around her body, tugging at her, like the despair that had tugged for months, begging release.
Leaning forward into the night wind, only half hoping it would retain its furious strength, she closed her eyes and breathed in the salty tang as sea spray spattered her cheeks. Another breath. Another. She hadn't felt this alive in weeks.
The wind grew louder, rushing in her ears, a snarling, savage thing. How capricious nature could be, how cruel; capable of causing shipwrecks, yet also of sustaining life. How strange that something could be one day so admired, the next feared or despised. A broken laugh escaped. She, like nature, fell into the latter category.
A kaleidoscope of images raced through her mind. A handsome man. A beautiful lady. A ballroom filled with the expectations of the ton. A broken promise. Soul-sweeping shame.
The anger burned again, as if stoked by the very fires of Hades. How could he? She dragged in another breath. How could he reject her?
She opened her eyes. Peered down through the gloom to where specks of foam denoted the crashing waves of high tide. The wind continued its merciless grasp, teasing free her hair from the cloak's hood. Would the wind hold her should she step out? Did she even want it to? She leaned forward, farther still. The roaring surf grew louder, louder. Should she dare —
She jumped. Pebbles scattered beneath her feet, upsetting her balance, and she was sliding, sliding, closer to the treacherous edge — And in that moment, knew she did not want to die.
A scream erupted from her depths.
A firm hand grasped hers.
She clung desperately, as ebony locks lashed her face. Angry fire roared down her right arm until it felt like it would snap. She scrabbled frantically amid the rock and wispy tufts of grass for a handhold, tearing her left hand's nails and skin.
Slowly, slowly she was hefted to the clifftop, the final tugging momentum surging her forward to collapse on the grassy verge. She dragged in air, heart pulsing faster than her fingers could ever play, and rubbed her right arm, so near to being wrenched off. She would never play piano again!
She'd nearly never played anything again.
Guilt streaked through her, twisting her insides. How dared she have been so foolhardy? How dared her rescuer risk his life for her?
She glanced to where he lay gasping beside her, one hand over his face. An angel sent from the Almighty? No. Not unless the Almighty employed angels who looked like disreputable seafarers, dressed as this person was in a battered cocked hat and sealskin cloak. She inched away, pushing to her grazed hands and knees, wincing as she rose. She snatched her hair back, pulled the hood down nearly to her eyes. Perhaps he hadn't really seen her, would not recognize her and add further shame to her already impressive roll of dishonor.
Angels didn't growl, did they? She peeked across. And they definitely wouldn't have a propensity for startlingly blue eyes capable of flailing a person with an angry glare.
"What the blazes did you think you were doing?" the most unangelic creature yelled, getting to his feet.
She scurried, wretchedly rabbitlike, away from the dim glow cast by the lantern. "Th-thank you." Her voice was too soft to be heard above the wind's roar. She tried again, slightly louder. "Thank you."
The man stood — sandy haired, taller and far broader than she'd first realized — and took a step toward her. "Thank you? That's all you have to say?
What more could she say? She lifted her shoulder in a shrug.
He took another step toward her. "What on earth were you doing?"
She paced back. Lifted her chin. "Thank you for saving me" — her voice was now too high, too squeaky — "but I do not think I need tell you of my personal business."
"Tell of your personal — Miss, I'll have you know I just saved your life! You could have died. I could have died! What fool game were you playing at?" Clara tugged the cloak closer as shivers rippled up her spine, through her limbs. How could she explain her moment of insanity? It wasn't a game, but life and death. Her eyes filled. Thank God the hood hid her features, offering small hope of recognition.
He studied her a moment, his fair hair gleaming in the moody moonlight, the hard contours of his face softening a smidgen. "Look, miss, I'm sorry for startling you. But you were standing so close." He shook his head. His frown returned. "What are you doing here at this time of night, anyway?"
She shook her head. Took a step away, inching closer to the path, not the cliff edge.
He snorted. "Meeting a lover, is that it?"
Another broken laugh released, sounding like the rasp of a dying bird. If only he knew. He was obviously not a member of the ton — otherwise he would most certainly both recognize her and know just how unlikely that scenario would be. She shook her head again.
"No?" His brows shot up, his gaze intently curious.
Clara retreated another pace. She had the feeling if she fled he'd simply chase her; if she spoke again, this illusion of anonymity might be pierced. Either could prove fatal. If she somehow returned home without either occurring, she might have a chance to slip into bed and pretend this was some kind of Gothic nightmare she would never dream again.
"Still nothing to say for yourself?" He gave a surprisingly warm chuckle. "Look, can I at least have your name? Or where you live? I'm sure there must be someone somewhere who cares about you."
Cared about her? Sadness rolled through her, certain and ceaseless as the waves pulsing below.
"Look, miss, I understand you might feel embarrassed, but I promise not to tell your parents." The wind began to shriek. "You do have parents, don't you?"
She took another step behind. He followed. What a bizarre clifftop dance in the moonlight this must seem to those angels tonight, those angels who had definitely not descended to assist her, electing as they had to watch the show like a poor man from Covent Garden's uppermost stalls. Why would God send angels to help her? He certainly didn't care.
Another step, another. When she judged enough paces met, she whispered another thank-you, then turned and fled into darkness.
Behind her, she heard, "Hey!" but she did not stop. Could not stop. Thank God Mother could not see her. Thank God Lady Osterley couldn't see her — any hope of regaining a reputation would surely be lost. Legs pumping, she picked up her skirts and ran faster, even faster, until another sound gave her pause. A short cry, then a thud. Her heart thumped. Surely he couldn't have fallen from the cliff? She glanced behind, saw a figure prostrate on the ground. So maybe the angels had decided to assist her after all. But delaying to check he was not hurt would eat into her escape and her chance to remain unknown. She picked up speed, panting, lungs burning. Anyone who saw her would think her a madwoman! A sob escaped. Anyone who knew her would think the same.
Eventually, with lungs fit to burst, her mouth tasting of metal and blood, pulse thundering in her ears, she recognized the path she'd walked daily this past fortnight had opened onto the lane linking Brighton to Rottingdean. She slowed, approaching the gentle crescent of near-new houses that formed Brighton's outermost limits. None of the brick-and-stucco terrace houses were, of course, large enough for her parents' satisfaction, but that mattered not; Lord and Lady Winpoole received few visitors these days. Besides, satisfaction played little part in her family's world anymore, what they could afford being of far greater importance.
She hurried past the central garden with its sad statue of the Regent — designed to win the builder acclaim but instead reaping disdain for its disproportions and now-missing right arm — carefully avoiding the gravel as she rushed to number ten. Fortunately, their elderly neighbors' lights were dim, but still she needed to moderate her frantic breathing to be as soundless as possible. A step up to the front door — remaining unlocked, thank God — a twist of the handle, and she was inside, had removed her shoes, was creeping up the stairs, careful to avoid the eighth and ninth steps which always creaked. A heart-pounding minute later she was in bed, her pelisse hung crookedly on the back of a chair, her cloak puddled on the floor, two more items she would need to remedy tomorrow morning.
Clara crooked an arm around her pillow, huddling into warmth as the clock downstairs struck midnight.
The witching hour. The hour of affliction.
She closed her eyes, her escape still beating frantically in her chest, and begged the dreams to stay away.
Cursed hour? Cursed life.
No one would ever tell her different.
"Benjamin Richmond Kemsley!" His sister's eyes widened.
Ben stumbled to the fireplace, holding out his hands, wishing they would heat faster. He might have faced a thousand nights of icy furor on the open seas, but he'd never felt so chilled as he did tonight. He snuck a peek at his sister. Sure enough, her jaw still sagged.
Matilda closed it with a snap. "What on earth were you doing, racing out of here like that? And now, look at you! You seem to have faced Napoleon singlehanded!"
He fought the pang of regret at missing such a fight and nodded to Matilda's husband. The Reverend David McPherson possessed humility and meekness that often proved the perfect counterbalance for Matilda's volubility, volubility a trait all Ben's family seemed to possess.
A noise drew his attention to the drawing room door and the other member of the household, young Tessa, her red hair tousled as if she'd just woken from sleep. "Benjie!"
"Why aren't you in bed, little sister?"
"I heard noises." She frowned. "Why aren't you in bed?"
"Because I am not seventeen." He ruffled her hair, smiling as she protested this usual display of affection.
"What on ..." Her blue eyes widened as she took in his appearance. "For heaven's sake!"
Humor faded as the events from earlier grew large in his mind again. Yes, he'd felt heaven's urgent call guiding his steps tonight. "Just that."
"What happened?" Matilda gestured him to sit, handing him a cup of steaming tea. "You had us worried."
"I ..." Couldn't explain, really. How to say he'd felt a sudden urge to go to the clifftop, when it was nearing gale-like conditions outside? Couldn't. "I needed a walk."
He nodded to his sister, even as he exchanged glances with the reverend. He could perhaps share his suspicions with his brother-in-law, but not while Tessa was in the room.
Matilda scowled. She murmured something to Tessa. Whatever that was, it resulted in Tessa hugging him and whispering, "I'm glad you're safe" before she departed.
Leaving him with his not-to-be- s o-easily-placated sister. Her brows rose. "Well?"
He shrugged. "I was using Tessa's telescope, and I saw a light."
"A light?" She sighed. "Don't tell me you were off saving the world again?"
"All right. I won't."
She snorted, but it sounded more like a chuckle. "Why you think you need to rescue everyone and everything, I'll never know."
"Mattie," her husband murmured.
Ben studied her levelly, as a hundred raw memories surged through his soul. African skies, desperate children, shark-menaced waters, a life unsaved ...
Pink tinged her cheeks. "Well, yes, there is that." She shook her head. "My brother, the rescuer."
"Not always," he muttered. He cleared away the emotion clogging his throat. "I saw a light atop the cliffs."
"What? Someone was out in this weather?"
"Who was it? Anyone we'd know?"
He slid David a look before meeting his sister's blue gaze. "I'm hardly acquainted with my new brother-in-law, let alone all the people of your acquaintance, dear sister."
The rose hue darkened but the intense stare did not waver. "Why do you think they were there?"
"I don't know."
He thought about the girl. He did have a suspicion, but such an action was so drastic he barely dared form the thought, let alone speak such a thing aloud. What would cause someone to abandon all hope, ignore God's principles, and risk eternity?
The pain etched in his heart sharpened. He'd seen men give up, men in war, those flung into seas, men who'd succumbed as pain or blood leached all life from them. But he'd never known someone to yield who was healthy — and from the way she'd sprinted off, the firm body he'd so briefly held, the lass was certainly healthy.
He glanced up, met their worried faces, worry he'd seen too often in the weeks since his return from the seas ringing Cape St. Francis. He smoothed his forehead free from scowl, forced his lips up. "What does a man need to do here to get another cup of tea?"
Mattie eyed him, then rose and exited the room.
The fire snapped, crackling warmth through the wee hours. Outside, the wind continued its weird moan. He pressed against the pain still throbbing in his knee. The absence of his sister might bring a hush to the room but never to the questions in his heart. Why had God allowed him to live? Was it for nights like these, when he just might have made a difference?
Matilda reentered the room carrying a fresh teapot and mug. She poured, he murmured thanks, and she resumed her seat. "Did you injure yourself?" She nodded to his dirt-stained leg. "You know the doctor wants you to be careful not to twist things again."
Too late for that. He batted away her worries with a genuine-enough-sounding laugh. "You worry too much, Mattie." He turned to his clergical brother-in-law. "I'm afraid you'll discover my sister has a tendency to overdo her gifts of compassion."
"One of the reasons I care for her so."
Ben smiled, pleased to hear his sister's soft sigh and see the pink filling her face. "You'll do well," he said to the new husband, garnering an answering grin and a mild "I hope so."
Mattie put her cup down with a clatter. "So you do not know who it was?
He shook his head. "All I know is that she left that lantern." He gestured to the small tin lantern on the table beside the door.
"She?" His sister exchanged a glance with her husband. "Benjie has never been able to withstand helping a pretty maid in distress."
His smile dipped at her use of the long-familiar, long-despised nickname. "She wasn't pretty." Possibly untrue, but he'd barely been able to make out her features, shadowed as they were by that hood. All he knew was she possessed raven black hair and a high-pitched voice that suggested she was younger than her sweet, ripe form declared.
"Oh! A hag!" Matilda chuckled. "Perhaps she'll turn out to be a beautiful princess in disguise."
"I doubt it."
"How disappointing," Mattie said. "Well, heaven knows you need a wife. Perhaps we'll need to find this lady of mystery and learn her secrets."
Ben pushed his chair back, forced himself to rise without wincing. The poor wild creature he'd barely met tonight give up her secrets? "Good luck with that."
"We don't need luck," Mattie replied, an evil gleam in her eye. "We just need God."
He nodded, said his good-nights, and left to ascend the stairs to his bedchamber, his heart sinking. Experience chanted that Matilda would not rest until the mystery lady was found.
The knock disturbed her dreams. Wild dreams. Frightening dreams of plummeting, plummeting to hungry rocks below. Clara woke with a gasp, breathing hard, yet striving for quiet as the knock came again and the maid immediately entered the room.
"Begging yer pardon, miss, but madam wants you downstairs."
A glance at the windows revealed sunlight peeking past the curtains. "What time is it?"
"Near noon, miss."
She sat up in a hurry. "I had no idea it was so late."
"You missed services today."
They missed services most Sundays. Why should today be any different?
Meg remained hovering near the doorway, as if unsure what to do. Clara fought the flicker of annoyance. Oh, to have a proper lady's maid again, one who knew to wait to be granted admittance, one who could fix hair as well as she could hold her tongue.
Meg moved half-heartedly towards the chair holding the abandoned pelisse.
"Please leave it. I'll deal with it later."
"Are you sure, miss?"
"Of course I'm sure."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey,” by Carolyn Miller is book three in “Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace.” This is a sweet story with a few twists in it. The story is clean and easy to read. It is also entertaining. Clara DeLancey is depressed, sad, and lonely. She has been hurt by a man she thought would marry her, only to find out he wants another. Clara has to decide what to do with her life as she is approaching “old age.” When she makes some new friends, she starts to learn more about a real relationship with God. She also learns about forgiveness and moving on. Just when she feels better her brother returns into her life, and none of his plans are for her good! This is a good story with a few fun characters and good twists. I received this book from the author and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
I am so happy I found Ms. Miller's books. This third book in her series is such a beautiful story of forgiveness, redemption, and grace. Some of my most favorite topics. It is also a wonderfully romantic tale. Looking forward to reading her next series.
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey #3 Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace by Carolyn Miller 1815 Brighton Cliffs, England...the opening scenes of this story certainly captured my attention...I was holding my breath at one point!...as Miss Clara DeLancey finds herself in a rather dangerous predicament, thus setting the “stage” for what follows. I was not very fond of Clara in the first two books and was wondering how her story would unfold and if I would ultimately find her likable at least. I will say that the author has done a fantastic job in redeeming Clara in my eyes by weaving such a heart-tugging backstory for Clara, her growing-faith-journey in Jesus and in developing a humble-character that I could not help but find her charming. Well done Carolyn Miller! I still find her society-climbing mother hard to like. Then we meet Captain Benjamin Kemsley, who is by far my favorite character in this story. I love his heart, honor and integrity, honesty, humor, the way he cares for his family and those in need and his strong faith. His family—well not so much his brother, captured my heart as well. I loved watching Ben and Clara interact on the occasions they meet and how their hearts yearned for more than friendship. I was hoping they would put the so-called social barriers behind them and allow themselves to find love. I was happy to see some of the beloved characters from the first two books return in this book so we get a glimpse of their lives since we last saw them. I enjoyed the historical detail of Brighton’s seaside—beautiful, London in all it’s splendor and the Prince Regent’s ostentatious spending on a Grand Pavilion….oh my, it hurt my eyes/senses experiencing it through Clara and Ben’s first visit there! I especially appreciate the inspirational elements woven throughout the story and the importance of faith to the characters. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is a story of hope, redemption, forgiveness and relying on God—especially in times when you want to give up, fascinating details and well developed characters that come alive on the pages. A delightful, heartwarming story!
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #3) by Carolyn Miller was filled with adventure, plot twists and of course, romance. The book kept me completely engaged the entire time. It is the third book in the series. Things are mentioned from the first two books and briefly explained but I would recommend reading the other two books first. They are worth it though! The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey brings back the character Miss Clara DeLancey who has been shunned from society due to her actions and the actions of her rebellious brother. Heroic Captain Benjamin Kemsley’s generosity outweighs his coffers and even if he were to fall in love, he would not be able to support his wife without title or money. “For how could a humble sailor ever hope to win a viscount’s daughter”
I loved this story by Carolyn Miller! It is the third book in her Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series and just as good as the other books in this series. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more stories by her in the future. She doesn't disappoint! Clara DeLancey was forced to leave London after her honor was tainted by a very public scandal and returning has left her on the outskirts of society where she once was a very big part. Starting up a friendship with Captain Benjamin Kemsley and his sisters is bringing a healing to her heart and soul, but the friendship is concerning to her parents who see the Kemsley's societal standing lacking. Benjamin isn't looking for a wife, but stumbling upon Clara has brought out not only feelings of protectiveness, but he finds himself quite enamored with her. Even so he has nothing to offer her because he is lacking in title and finances in which to support her so he wonders if he will ever have the support of her family where marriage is concerned. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Another wonderful story from Carolyn Miller. She writes regent novels so real that I can imagine myself there. I love how she wrote about Clara DeLancy’s story and incorporated characters from the previous two books. There is such great message of forgiveness in the Lord and hope weaved throughout this book. I love Historical fiction! Its fun to learn about different time periods while reading a good story. Once again, Carolyn Miller characters have captured my attention and I had to find out more about them. I recommend this book to my family and friends. I received this book from the publisher for my honest review.
The best one yet! A delightful read. I would not have picked Miss Clara DeLancey for a whole book, but Carolyn Miller has chosen well. We get a look at a seemingly spoiled, jilted and oh so wronged young lady. But the author makes us look deeper at the lost soul of Miss Clara. She populates this novel with strong characters in Ben Helmsley, a former Sea captain and his sisters: Mattie, a vicar’s wife and Tessa who has just come out into society. The story has its tense moments and evil characters. Carolyn keeps the momentum going and the Helmsley’s and DeLancey’s come alive. We also see some of the beloved characters from the first two books in the series. Carolyn ‘s flowing style brings out hints of information through recollections and conversations of these characters. As well as the setting in London, we are treated to the seaside of Brighton and the Prince Regent’s ostentatious spending on a Grand Pavilion. This is a tale of redemption and forgiveness. Clara makes a fool of herself but through the true friendship of believers comes to realize Salvation and with their help matures as a child of God. Sorry to see this series end but there is a hint at the end of the book! We are introduced to a person who just might be the subject in the new series.
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is the third book in A Legacy of Grace series. Carolyn Miller has outdone herself in this book. I couldn't wait to hear about Clara after reading about her in The Elusive Miss Ellison. I feel the theme in this book is forgiveness and trusting God. Miss DeLancey started out in this book influenced by her past mistakes. Clara makes friends with Matilda and Tessa. They show her the need to rely on God. Clara gets to spend time with the sisters and their brother, Ben. The more time she spends with Ben, the stronger her feelings are toward him. Clara struggles with her desire to be with Ben and the obligations of her parents. Ben is below her in station according to society. Before Ben can declare his intentions to Clara, her brother comes back into town and tries to force her to help him. Can she overcome the scandal of her past and the scandal that her brother has brought to the family to have the future she deserves? I received a copy of The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.
We last met Clara in The Captivating Lady Charlotte, and she wasn't exactly the most likable character at that time. But I'm so glad that Carolyn decided to give us Clara's story, because she's actually a lovely character. Clara hasn't had it easy... she thought she would marry a man she loved, and then he married another. As if her embarrassment wasn't enough, then her brother further ruined her chances at marriage to anyone. (Formerly Captain) Benjamin is a national hero who's lost his profession and is trying to figure out where he fits into life on land. I really enjoyed getting to know these two and watching them grow as their stories progressed and they fought for the lives they want, rather than the lives that are expected of them. This may have been my favorite book yet in this series. I can't wait to read Carolyn's next book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Love love and love this book!! Hands down one of my all time favorites!! We all have those times in our lives where we just don't know how we could ever forgive someone, much less forgive ourselves. But all of this is possible because of God's example in His love, mercy, and forgiveness towards us. It's not always easy or painless, but the freedom from all of the guilt and shame is so worth it!!
I love a good Regency novel. I read Carolyn Miller's very first novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison and realized here was a fresh voice in Christian Regency. Each book she was written seems even better than the last! This one is my absolute favorite, especially because the spiritual theme is so powerful. I love it when God speaks to my own heart through fiction. Miss Clara DeLancey has somehow managed to have her reputation tainted and has moved to Brighton with her family, now without the funds to live their accustomed lifestyle. She becomes very depressed and, as a result of a chance encounter because of that depression, becomes acquainted with a wonderful family, who lead her into a healing relationship with Christ. Miller's voice is indeed strong in this book and I loved every moment of it. She has a way with a Regency and I love it! Her characters have been created with such a depth that they actually seem quite real to the reader. This one also has more than a little intrigue and a lot of danger. The strong element of forgiveness is also much needed in today's world. Bravo! I highly recommend this one if you're a Regency fan and even if you're not. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley. My review is my own and honest opinion.
I have enjoyed and savored each page of The Dishonorable Miss DeLancy by Carolyn Miller. The amazing descriptions of the Prince Regents Pavilion in Brighton, the period clothing, and sea bathing transported me to 1815. I am an avid reader of Regency fiction and feel Ms. Miller is becoming one of the best authors of this time period. Her descriptions and her knowledge of the time period make this an enjoyable read. Ms. Miller has an amazing way of weaving someone's journey with God into her stories. I felt like I was walking with the titular character Clara as she learned of her value in God's sight. I was encouraged in my own faith. I started the book unsure if I could like Clara DeLancey and ended it feeling like we had much in common. This is the final installment of a three part series. I recommend this book and the first two in the series. Now I must anxiously await for Ms. Miller's new series to come out in 2018. Wish me luck! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
I have loved this series (and the covers!) from Carolyn Miller so much! It’s everything you want Regency romances to be, with delicious back-and-forth between the characters as well as a supporting cast to rival any that Austen or Heyer dreamed up. In this third and final (sob!) book, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, we home in on the character I’ve liked the least in the first two books – Miss Clara Delancey. Here in book three, I can honestly say that Clara is now a friend; Miller crafts such a compelling and heart-tugging backstory for Clara as heroine that you can’t help but embrace her. Your heart will break for her circumstances, for her emotional pain, and for her self-esteem that has been crushed by one rejection after another. Not to mention the scandal that taints her in every social circle – save perhaps one. And that one exception proves life-changing. Perfect for fans of Heyer, Austen, Klaasen, Ladd and/or Hunter, Carolyn Miller’s A Legacy of Grace series is witty, romantic and heartwarming with a gentle dose of faith-boldness too. Layered characters and attention to historical detail make each read a great read, and while each book can be read as a standalone the whole series is a must for enjoyment’s sake! The Dishonorable Miss Delancey is all of these things and more – with a tender message of grace and restoration and of course romance. Looking forward to the author’s new series in 2018! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey" is about a young woman in Regency England who has found herself in the middle of a scandal. She has to leave all that she knows behind and try to start a new life. Captain Benjamin Kemsley does not want a relationship with any woman. But, he is a good person and when he meets Miss DeLancey he feels sorry for her. There are those in their pasts who do not want them to like each other at all. Will they ever have a future? How? I really love these novels set it this period in English history. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Kregel Publications and all opinions are mine.
Delightful read.... The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #3 By Carolyn Miller Clara DeLancey has had enough of the scandal and whisperings about her. But with her well-known pursuit of the Earl of Hawkesbury and the unfortunate state of her dowry, Miss DeLancey is the least desired woman of the Season. And when offered a friendship Clara accepts though it is hardly the thing to do and if her mother finds out what a-to-do that will follow. But the friendship of the Kemsley sisters Mattie and Tessa is just the thing to help Clara get over her disappointments. And when she meets their brother Benjamin she is startled to discover that the two have met on a previous occasion, one that Clara can't but hope that he will be unaware of. But there is something about Ben that touches a part of Clara's heart that she had thought forever broken. But Ben is just a lowly former captain and not the match her parents expect. Can Clara marry for love rather than fortune or will the dictates of society decide the future for her? With the friendship of Mattie and Tessa, Clara soon realizes just how shallow her past life was. Friendship just for the purpose of friendship and not social climbing is something Clara has never before had. And despite her parents' misgivings, Clara is determined to make decisions, not for society, but rather for the purpose of a true friendship and the good of her soul. But the past isn't ready to let Clara go and the future of all whom she holds dear depend upon the decisions she is forced to make. This is the third and final book in the Legacy of Grace series and it is interesting to see the characters from the two previous books and how they interact (or don't) with Clara and the DeLancey family. Reading the first two books isn't absolutely necessary to enjoy this book but it does provide some background to referenced past events so you will want to go back later to read them. This is a delightful book and series and one that one will want to revisit. The characters are ones you will want to share a cup of tea with so brew up a pot and have a shortbread cookie or two and sit back for an enjoyable afternoon reading. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Kregel with no expectations of a positive review ~ All opinions expressed are my own.
Clara DeLancey is part of the wealthy elite of the mid-1800, or rather she was. Wrong choices and actions of her and her brother has cost her family their wealth and position, even Clara an excellent match in marriage. Spurned by her future fiancée, friends, and the entire family by the influential and privileged, she has hit rock bottom. Her family continues on pretending as if all were the same as before despite the ridicule and rejection of their peers. Considered an old maid at 25, and unmarriageable due the family scandal her parents only care about getting her married off to anyone with even the least amount of status. The disastrous events and her parent’s persistent pushing her into the limelight, and constant criticism, Clara becomes severely depressed even to the point of attempting to take her life. This is compounded by a deep resentment taking over her heart. She finds herself befriended by his two sisters, one a minister’s wife. Being beneath her station, her mother does not approve. She is drawn to them not only by their warmth but love and true acceptance as she has never experienced. Their handsome, naval hero brother also captures her attention. Through these friendships, she finds Christ as her Savior. The characters are entertaining and realistic, and the story will definitely keep you turning pages, but there was much more for me in this book. Although the setting was in another era, 100’s of years ago, many attitudes and mindsets still exist today. Just as the people in Clara’s social group looked at money, position, and material possessions as the way to happiness and fulfillment, so does the world today. Their emptiness and lack of fulfillment is echoed through the centuries, it has never changed. The Kemsley’s show the love and joy of Christians no matter that is displayed by true followers of Christ today. They did not look at Clara as above them but someone who needed the Lord. I really liked the way the author made the Christ the center of the book and the answer to whatever problems the characters faced. This is the third book in the Regency Brides series. I have read all of them! They are all stand-alone reads and outstanding books! I received this book from Kregel publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
Author Miller has done it again. She has captured my attention and pulled me into her third Regency romance and this one done with a character that was previously thought of as the villain. Clara DeLancey had set her sights on Lord Hawkesbury in the The Elusive Miss Ellison and tried to win his favor in marriage against Miss Ellison the heroin we were rooting for. She shows up briefly in the second novel at the Hawkesbury estate after a very emotional loss for the married couple. We saw briefly she might have changed towards the good, but whenever she was in the picture she would set my teeth on edge. But in the capable hands of the author, she shows us who Clara really is. The pain of the rejection of the man she truly loved, promises that were broken, the scandal her brother brought on the family, and her overbearing mother. All this within the context that now at the age of 25 she was becoming an old maid especially since her parents still would not consider anyone they thought below her station in life. Oh how I felt for her. She was hurt and heart sore, crushed in her spirit. The gossips wounded her and her family, her reputation was in tatters. In this story, her story, we see the real Clara DeLancey. And I must say, she has turned out to be my favorite of all The Regency Brides in author Miller’s series. And Captain Benjamin Kemsley was the perfect hero for her. Though I would have liked more interaction between them, I do believe that do to their different stations in life the story was very realistic. The absences definitely made the hearts grow fonder. Do not miss out on this entire series. It is worth escaping into and reading and rereading again. I look forward to what stories are next by this author. I was provided a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
When authors reveal the painful brokenness beneath the surface of their selfish, wicked characters, we readers have the opportunity to open our hearts to compassion and our minds to new perspectives… and these are life exercises worthy of practicing! Miss Clara DeLancey certainly is in a nasty pickle, some of her own doing, some not. My heart breaks for this young lady who feels so crushed by her circumstances. Benjamin Kemsley knows a thing or two about difficult situations from his experiences in the Royal Navy. Ben is the kind of man all fathers should want for their daughters. Each book in this series has touched on biblical truths and characters have come to faith and/or grown in their faith in genuine, authentic ways yet the trials and struggles in this third story dig especially deep and it is so good to dig deep with God! This entire series is going straight to my all-time favorites shelf! I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Monday, October 23, 2017 The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller, © 2017 Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, Book 2 Miss Clara DeLancey's wonderful future unfolds with the discovery of a golden friendship to mature into life beyond anything she could have imagined. And, the discovery... takes place no other than in the library at Brighton, returning books at Donaldson's! Walking alone, even if it were only such a little way, felt so freeing. She crossed the Parade, hurrying past a draper's cart turning into Manchester Street, walked along the Steyne, and entered the library. --The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, 22 And her true adventure begins! See all noteworthy adventurers, books truly are the destiny of love and finding of true self. As Clara is pressed into society, again, by her parents in hopes of finally finding the true love, well, maybe not seeing love, but being cared for in the manner the previous generation would so demand. I am pleased that Clara continues to realize the closeness friendship brings beyond the frivolities of supposed happily ever after; being seen at just the right engagement and being validated by invitation to a future lavish gathering. I personally do not see why Clara is denounced as a social misfit from past observances. She followed her heart and was not the one dismissed beyond an unintended misunderstanding. I can see that happening when people are thrown together without regard for their personal care, but appearances only. Well, you will have to determine for yourself! Reading this series, you will be eager to pursue the newest return in the Spring of 2018, as the stories continue with Miss Winthrop, quietly emerging from the background. Thank you, Carolyn Miller, for being introduced to your stories!! ***Thank you to the author and to Kregel Publications for sending me a copy of this novel. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
The Dishonourable Miss Delancey is another very enjoyable regency read, and it is the third in the series,Regency Brides-A Legacy of Grace. This book’s faith theme was strong, yet it was so natural to the storyline. That’s not an easy feat, but the author did a fantastic job of weaving it in to be a natural part of the story. The reader truly feels the agony and humility that Clara is forced to endure, tho much of it is due to her own actions. However, one can’t simply relive the past. Clara and Benjamin’s story is a good one, and I found I had a hard time putting this book down. The characters are well done, the storyline one of forgiveness and grace, and overall a truly enjoyable read with bits of treasured scenes to remind the reader of God’s working in our lives. I highly recommend all three of the stories in this series. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Delving into the pages of Austin style prose of a Carolyn Miller Regency period novel is like journeying back in time where social mores were rigid and social position steeped in tradition and expectations. Miss Clara DeLacey is a young lady born of well placed social standing whose conduct in a previous book in the Legacy of Grace series was dubious and placed her in a position of dishonor. Hence..... The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey. True that by today's standards her behavior was quite acceptable. In the year 1815 it certainly was not and placed her character in question and her hopes for a grand marriage quite dim. The story's male lead is quite the honorable and trustworthy hero of military fame. His faith and trust in God is strong just as is his personal strength and character. It is quite interesting to read the exchanges and interactions of Clara and Ben. The thread of faith was woven beautifully throughout the story as those of strong faith encourage others to exercise faith in God and to be willing to follow God's leading for their lives. Mention of previous characters in the Legacy of Grace Regency Series - some involved with the story's action in The dishonorable Miss DeLancey and some back story mentions - connects this concluding book in the series nicely to the previous two. It is nice to read the books in correct sequence, but not necessary for the story to be enjoyed. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.
I received a copy of THE DISHONORABLE MISS DELANCEY by Carolyn Miller from Kregel in exchange for an honest review. This is the third installment in the “Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace” series. This series has caused me to fall in love with Carolyn Miller’s writing. Her prose is poetic and touching. You become immersed in the setting and you truly care about the characters. Of all the books, this one has become my favorite. I felt a greater connection to Clara than to the previous heroines. Her heart is broken, and she doesn’t want to be surrounded by fake friends. Other than my love and sympathy for Clara, and my adoration of romantic stories, I enjoyed the historical aspects of this. We have come such a long way, especially in terms of women’s rights. Definitely read this book, especially if you are already an established fan of the series.
I have loved this series. Each book brings to life a new cast of characters. Clare was introduced in the first and was not very likable. In the second book we saw her becoming a bit more humble. In this book she is definitely more likable but still struggles with who she used to be and who her parents want her to be. Benjamin is a strong hero with his own flaws but he is a hero from the start. His sisters are so sweet too, they have an important place in this book. Overall, a wonderful addition to this series. If you have read any of the book I highly recommend that you do. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Women's rights and duties have come a long way since the 1800's where most women of title we're educated on how to land themselves a suitable husband and increase their financial holdings. They were refrained from sharing their personal opinions especially among the men, and there were certain things they could and could not do, especially if one's family was of the upper social elite class. I can't imagine a time, when if you failed to do any of those things, you were banished as an old maid, but not only your family, but also society as a whole. Those friends you grew up with could no longer consort with you because society deemed that something you have done, or rumored to have done, now has caused great shame not only for you, but on your families name as well. I found myself favoring the character of Miss Clara DeLancey, who found herself rejected by a suitable man she had dreamed of marrying. After that, it seems like every single season just brought more and more disgrace to the DeLancey name. She can't imagine trying to fit in again with another season of London, but her mother seems determined to find "someone" suitable to marry her. Unfortunately for Clara, she has resolved to stay an old maid at 25 rather than go through all the fake smiles and acting, just in hopes that someone will marry her. Her heart remains broken by the one man she thought she would be spending a lifetime with. Captain Benjamin Kemsley has finally returned home after years of being away at sea. Hailed as a hero when his ship went down in an unexpected storm, he hopes he can finally put that behind him and try to find a future for himself. He knows his youngest sister has her heart set on finding the right man to marry as their oldest brother is a baron, so she can attend some of the social functions in London. He just never expected to find the perfect woman of his dreams falling into his arms when he rescues her from falling from a cliff. Was it merely an accidental mis-step or had she been trying to kill herself. With her running away from him, all he can remember about her is her raven hair. Now if he can only figure out just who this mystery woman is, and perhaps find a way to get to know what could drive someone to end their life so suddenly. Surely nothing can be that dire! I received The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller compliments of Kregel Publications. I have had the glorious opportunity to read every single book in this series, and I am sure that this might just be my favorite because of how strongly I felt about Clara. To be pushed and pulled in so many directions and nothing she does right means much in her mother's eyes except to find the right man, and the right title. She refuses to allow her to socialize with anyone she doesn't not approve of, including Benjamin's sister Tessa, whom she adores. They accept Clara without any pretense and that is something she is desperate for, not all the foolishness of trying to find the right man to marry. This is the third novel in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series and am looking so forward to her next series!!! For me, this one easily garners a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. I am a traditional regencies fan, so this series really appealed to the romantic at heart in me.
I have thoroughly enjoyed each of Carolyn Miller’s novels to date; this book is no exception. Her characters live and breathe on the page, but become so three dimensional in my mind as I read that it is as if visiting friends for a while. This book finishes the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, and though each stands alone, this one is best enjoyed after reading the first two as we get to revisit some of the characters from them. This installment explores some darker themes in a refreshing and honest way: past sin, depression, and gambling are among the topics. But so are more positive aspects of life such as forgiveness, recovery, and family love. I really appreciate the author showing that no one is beyond redemption and we can have hope for restoration, both with God and with the people we have wronged (or who have wronged us). Those who enjoy Regency-set stories will appreciate the historical period details, too. The descriptions of the Royal Pavilion, the Regent himself, and even the aristocratic rule-following ton help to ground this story in its setting. I like the Navy thread in this installment; it is not often that I get to read much about life for those who worked for their living during this time period, giving this book yet another unique characteristic. I highly recommend this final installment of Regency Brides and look forward to the first of Miller’s upcoming series in the spring. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.