Winning Miss Winthrop

Winning Miss Winthrop

by Carolyn Miller


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"A touching, charming tale of love won and lost and won again. . . . Brings the Regency period to vivid life."
—Julianna Deering, author of the Drew Farthering Mysteries

Years ago, the man who stole Catherine Winthrop's heart rejected her—and she's never recovered from the grief. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it’s her home and her family's good name.

Jonathan Carlew's serious demeanor and connection to trade, not to mention the rumors surrounding his birth, have kept him from being a favorite of the ladies, or their parents. Now, suddenly landed and titled, he finds himself with plenty of prospects. But his demanding society responsibilities keep pressing him into service to the one woman who captured his heart long ago—and then ran off with it.

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won't want to miss this new set of characters—or appearances by their old favorites.

"Fans of Christian Regency romances by Sarah Ladd, Sarah Eden, and Michelle Griep will adore Carolyn Miller's books!"
—Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of The Everstone Chronicles

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825445330
Publisher: Kregel Publication
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 827,556
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Award-winning 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 as well as the Australian Omega Christian Writers Award. 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

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Winning Miss Winthrop 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Blissful sigh. Can that be enough of a bottom line? Because that’s all I wanted to do after I closed the book. Stare dreamily off into the distance and sigh blissfully at the delightful Persuasion-esque romance I’d just read. Catherine and Jonathan are both steady of character and strong in faith, yet societal expectations and hurt feelings keep them from having the one conversation that would have made this a very short story indeed. Which is fine with me, because that means I got to enjoy a deliciously written (full length) novel that brims with wit and swoony moments. I also love how Miller gives us both perspectives – Catherine’s and Jonathan’s – as suppressed emotions run high and hearts are laid on the line. Along with the sweet-swoon factor, there is just enough humor, flirtation, and cheekiness to keep a smile on your face from cover to cover! A must-read for fans of Austen, Heyer, Klassen, and Ladd! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
rkfall More than 1 year ago
Ahh, Winning Miss Winthrop is a historical story penned with love and loss and second chances. The feel that the writer puts into describing the scenes is spot on. From the amazing estates to the gardens to the dresses... She engages the reader in all the 5 senses. The love story that intertwines its way through it is breath-taking. Having just finished, I think I'll go have a spot of tea and dream about Bath. Way to go on this one and I can't wait to read book 2 when it comes out. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
jcservantslave More than 1 year ago
Ms. Miller has done it again! At once, THRILLED me to the core with her descriptions, deep characters, and the ups and downs of their joys and regrets, while all the while teaching a few lessons we should all learn well: "Trusting God with the outcome of your story" and "Forgiveness, even when the sins against you seem unforgivable." I don't know how she does it, but each new novel this author releases seems to focus on EXACTLY what I, myself, am dealing with and what I need to hear. That being said, this storyline put me in mind of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" (my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Jane Austen novel!) and I LOVED it! Lord Winthrop (a.k.a. Mr. Carlew) and Catherine find themselves at odds with each other when the death of Miss Winthrop's father throws them together after years apart, following a painful case of "love-lost" (...or is it?) Ms. Miller is SUCH a talented author. I know I've said this before (in nearly EVERY review I've written on her novels), but I've just gotta say it once more... One of my FAVORITE authors EVER!! Her books NEVER disappoint and they always hold fast to the truths of God's Word that are so VITAL in our own daily lives! In conclusion: If you have to read ONE book this year, I advise that it be one penned by Ms. Miller. ANY of them will do! They are all SO good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winning Miss Winthrop is another delightful story from Ms. Miller. In life we are met with disappointments. Miss Winthrop has her share of disappointments in this story. She lost important people in her life and her position in society. How she choses to deal with these disappointments show her true character. Ms. Miller did an outstanding job of working through the disappointments and trials Miss Winthrop faced. She showed the importance of listening to God instead of following our own paths. We need to trust in God if we are to find the happiness in our lives. If we can have faith and trust in God, our paths are much clearer. *I was given a copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for my honest review.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
Winning Miss Winthrop is the first book in Carolyn Miller's Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series and a lovely start to a brand new series. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books in this series. Carolyn Miller weaves stories filled with heartache, love and inspiration that we can all find hope and forgiveness if we only seek it. Years ago Catherine Winthrop and Jonathan Carlew's love for each other left them brokenhearted, but now they have the opportunity to let the past stay in the past and move on without bitterness. Can this couple find freedom in forgiveness? I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
AmyPutney More than 1 year ago
With each book she writes, Carolyn Miller just keeps getting better! This first book in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series was such a wonderfully fun read. There were definite shades of Persuasion in it (never a bad thing) but it was also entirely Carolyn's story––not a rip-off of Jane Austen. I loved getting to know Catherine and Jon. Those two certainly haven't had an easy time of it, and that pattern continues through much of the book. Frankly, there were many times I just want to shake them and say "TALK TO EACH OTHER, you idiots." But I couldn't do that, so I contended myself with reading their story to see how it played out and I so enjoyed the journey! I also love how Carolyn ties her books and series together, which means we get to see beloved characters from previous books at times (like Lavinia!). I cannot wait to read book #2, Miss Serena's Secret! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Miller hits another home run with Winning Miss Winthrop. The book is superbly written, the plot is completely engaging, the characters are so real and lovable, and the steady thread of faith and prayer in the story adds more depth and dimensions to the characters and their lives. Anyone who enjoys a good Regency romance will love this book. This book has more action in the storyline than her novels in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series. Still, the author's trademark of revealing and carrying the plot through witty, fun, and clever dialogue amongst the characters and heart-wrenching emotional inner monologue of the two main characters shines brilliantly in this book that starts the new series Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. And, indeed, the hope that cannot be extinguished propels the main characters through many adversities. Catherine is a baron's daughter, now penniless and destitute after the death of her father. She is resilient, though, and works hard to get rid of bitterness, selfish ambition, and conceit even in the midst of unbearable trials. She has an admirable spirit and patience and compassion which are quite inspiring. And yet, she harbors heartache and loss that grabbed my heart at every turn. Jonathan is a merchant's stepson who unwittingly inherits the title of barony and its lands as well as the debts of his predecessor. He and Catherine have a history full of misunderstanding, angst, and meddlesome family members. Jonathan is a loyal, faithful, intelligent, studious, and industrious man but does have a temper and a tendency to judge too quickly, As their lives converge and collide, both Catherine and Jonathan must mature in their faith and perspective if they are to find true fulfillment. I so enjoyed this first installment in Carolyn Miller's novels of hope. I cannot wait for the second book which will feature Catherine's younger sister Serena. And the third book is to be about Jonathan's half-sister Julia, which should be very interesting! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own and subjective.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
The two main characters, Jonathan and Catherine, tell the story of Winning Miss Winthrop. I have seen this done well and I’ve seen it done poorly. In this story, I loved seeing the way each of the characters saw the situations, especially the vastly different ways they saw Jonathan’s mother. I was touched by Catherine’s plight – the way she lost her home to the man she lost her heart to and then had to watch as he began to court another woman. The circumstances that separated Jonathan and Catherine and continued to draw them together and yet keep them apart made sense. This review was originally posted on I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me this item. My opinion and review were not influenced by this gift.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Winning Miss Winthrop #1 Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope by Carolyn Miller 1816, Gloucestershire and Bath, England…. Catherine Winthrop is an enchanting, compassionate and kind, loyally devoted and long-suffering (she has to be with her mother!) godly woman. I was pleasantly surprised by the growth of character and faith she developed, evident in the way she carries herself and deals with those around her...especially her mother. However, she carries a deep wound of the heart that I could “feel” as she tries to put on a smile for those around her. Will she ever find love again that will heal her broken, shattered heart? Jonathan “Jon” Carlew is an honorable man of faith, integrity and compassionate for all in his care. He suddenly finds himself thrust into the role as head of the Winthrop family as the Baron and takes his responsibilities very seriously and strives to preserve the family’s legacy. He does have one problem though, he can’t seem to express his love for a certain young woman. She as well, is unable to express hers for the man she loves. Maybe if they would actually talk...without their respective mothers interference...and air past hurts and misunderstandings they could possibly resolve their estrangement. I enjoyed the descriptions of the masquerade ball and the dancing. It certainly was an “eye-opener” for a couple of the characters and could bring about more problems for a certain person. I was delighted to see Lavinia and Nicholas, from The Elusive Miss Ellison, at different times throughout the book. It is like seeing “old friends”. I enjoyed Catherine’s Aunt Drusilla and General Whitby and found them to be lovable characters which soon became favorites. This is a delightful story filled with family drama, some unforeseen surprises, hope, faith...I especially appreciate the inspirational elements woven throughout the story and the importance of faith to the characters, romance, and redemption. ~I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
"...trials are merely opportunities for faith to grow." Having fallen in love three years before, Mr. Carlew, a member of the merchant class with a questionable background, and Miss Winthrop, a baron’s daughter, were thwarted in their romance. Due to unanticipated circumstances, they are thrown in to close proximity. Indicative of classic Regency, copious misunderstandings persist between them. Will the interference of their mother’s cause them to remain estranged? Or will Jonathan and Catherine, through many trials, discover that loves flame has not been extinguished? While I enjoyed this novel, my attention wandered. Jon and Catherine did not sizzle. And I’m a fan of more dialogue. I felt like I was hearing second hand about their past. But, it was delightful to see Lavinia and Nicholas from The Elusive Miss Ellison appearing throughout the book. Catching up on their life was a highlight for me. Catherine’s Aunt Drusilla and General Whitby are lovable characters that found a place in my heart. Miller is a gifted writer who knows the Regency period. The descriptions of the unusual weather taking place were vivid, making me cringe at the thought of all that mud! The masquerade ball was most expressive, drawing me right into the scene. Undertones of Persuasion are recognizable which makes me positive historical fiction lovers and fans of Jane Austen will undoubtedly enjoy a few hours of escapism with Winning Miss Winthrop. I look forward to the next book in the series because Miller is more than proficient at conveying the Regency Era and all it entails, and it is my favorite historical period to read about. I was provided an electronic copy of the book from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not obligated to write a review. No compensation has been received.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Looking for a Regency read that will delight and intrigue? Try... Winning Miss Winthrop Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope #1 By Carolyn Miller Catherine Winthrop's world has just been upended - with her father's death, she along with her mother and sister find themselves find themselves in a new role. No longer the daughter of the estate as the lands and title have passed on to a third cousin. But to Catherine's shock the cousin that none knew would be inheriting is the very man who broke her heart years ago. To find herself in this position is most disheartening as he was the only man to pay her any attention that she returned. But years have passed with no word from Jonathan Carlew. Jonathan doesn't relish his sudden elevation in society. For years rumors about his parentage followed him and most of society shunned him for this mark. The one lady to capture his heart was also the one to break it. Finding himself as the newly named head of the Winthrop family is not a position Jonathan sought and finding himself so close to Catherine and the disdain of the rest of the family is almost more than he can bear. But Jonathan has his father's stubborn pride and it is about to stand him in good stead as he faces his greatest pain. As Catherine and Jonathan come to terms with their new situations they have to confront the pain that has become part of the lives. But will the grief of the past keep them from healing and a second chance? When a new tragedy befalls them will it give them the chance they both need or will it further drive them apart? Those who enjoyed Carolyn Miller's previous Regency Bride series will enjoy this new series that begins with this book. Some of the previous series characters make appearances which allows the reader to see how their lives have progressed. Fans of Regency period books will want to pick up this one. The subtle societal expectations that can make or ruin a reputation are on full display when a trip to Bath is undertaken in the hopes of economizing the Winthrop expenses while allowing Catherine and her mother time away from their old life. I was provided a digital review copy of this book by the publisher Kregel with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
In a delightful Downton Abbey meets Pride and Prejudice mashup, Miller weaves a story with everything we love about Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy in a Matthew and Mary Crawley-esque drama with rich layers and depth! Catherine Winthrop is a simply enchanting heroine. She is compassionate and kind, loyal, devoted, and long-suffering. Jonathan Carlew is an upright man of faith and integrity. His compassion for everyone in his care is admirable. Although lovers’ spats based almost solely on miscommunication tend to rub me the wrong way, the strict etiquette of the Regency era and the unexpected demise of the responsible party in this instance earn this charming story a pass. Winning Miss Winthrop raises the bar for Regency romance with depth and intrigue to spare and I highly recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I read Carolyn’s series before this one and loved it. So I couldn’t wait to read this book. Wow. I think I was drawn into this story more quickly than any other one I have read by her. The characters we fast endeared themselves to me, or irritated me, depending on the character. You will be swept away into the story of Catherine and Jonathan. It’s funny because for about the first quarter of the book I don’t think they even really spoke to each other and we don’t find out what happen between them for much longer than that. I highly recommend this one for regency romance lovers, you will not be disappointed in Carolyn’s latest installment. A copy of this book was given to my through All opinions are my own.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
Set against the backdrop of Regency England and populated by memorable, engaging, and sometimes quirky characters, Carolyn Miller’s newest book, Winning Miss Winthrop, was an absolute treat to read. With her attention to historical detail and knowledge of societal proprieties of the time period, the author brought this story to life vividly in my mind. My emotions came into play as I alternately laughed out loud at some of the brilliantly witty, sarcastic dialogue and then wanted to slap a couple of the characters. Themes of faith, hope, and forgiveness were woven into the story and added to my enjoyment of it. Carolyn Miller has fast become one of my favorite authors. I can always count on a satisfying, delightful read, and this new series promises to be captivating. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy by the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
christian_chick6 More than 1 year ago
I don't know if Carolyn Miller is becoming a better writer or if I'm just becoming more appreciative of her writing style. (I suspect it's a mix of the two.) Whatever is happening, though, I find that I love each of Miller's novels more than the last, and Winning Miss Winthrop, the first in her new "A Promise of Hope" series, is one of the best books I've read so far this year! Fans of Jane Austen's novels will love this latest regency novel from Carolyn Miller. Winning Miss Winthrop has shades of Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility, coupled with a mother who feels ripped from the pages of Pride and Prejudice. (Seriously, every time I read Catherine's mother's lines, I heard Mrs. Bennet, the 1995 miniseries version, in my head.) The story doesn't feel like a copy of Austen, though—instead, it feels like it fits right into Austen's world. After Catherine Winthrop's father dies with no heir, the estate is entailed to Jonathan Carlew ... the man who broke Catherine's heart. Or did she break his? Misunderstandings abound throughout the novel, leaving me dying for Catherine and Jon to talk about what went wrong in their relationship. The problem? They both thought they knew exactly what had happened, but each only had half the story. As the novel progresses, the (seemingly) unrequited love hums beneath the surface, making the final resolution all the sweeter. The story beyond the romance is also intriguing, as Catherine adjusts to her new life (and takes on Bath, a common setting in Austen's novels) and Jon struggles with his new responsibilities as Lord Winthrop. Also, Lavinia and Nicholas from The Elusive Miss Ellison make several appearances in the novel, tying this book to Miller's previous series. From beginning to end, I was completely enthralled with this novel (and I read it all in just over a day, as I simply couldn't put it down). While I loved Miller's previous novels, Winning Miss Winthrop is special. Fans of regency romance will love it! Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
bellesmoma16 More than 1 year ago
Winning Miss Winthrop (2018) by Carolyn Miller is the first book in her brand new series, Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 356 pages in length. With a full-time job, a very busy five-year old at home, and some news that took me away from my reading time this week, Winning Miss Winthrop took me four days to read. I received a copy of this novel in paperback form from Kregel Publications. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Winning Miss Winthrop 5+++++++++++++++ STARS. This story is a Christian Historical Romance set in England in 1816. Carolyn Miller has done it again! Winning Miss Winthrop is an excellent story. The characters are beautifully written, the depth of emotion is exquisite, the moments of wit are pure perfection, and the romantic tension is pretty palpable. I loved every minute of this story and hated when I had to put the book down. The main characters, Catherine and Jonathan, struggle with one another on many levels because of a misunderstanding three years prior to the start of this story. This leads to some serious romantic tension. My heart broke for Catherine time and time again. What I really loved about Catherine is her willingness to go to her Bible daily, but especially in times of distress. Catherine has a pretty tough go of it in this story. Her father dies, she’s removed from her home, her mother is insufferable most of the time, her reputation gets put through the ringer, she is lonely, she is sad, and she has to be responsible for so much. At times, I was stressed for Catherine. Catherine is a very realistic character in that she would get frustrated, she would cry herself to sleep, she would get angry, BUT she constantly turns to God. And, she is always reminding herself of Bible verses and trying to put them into practice. I loved that so much!!! It has been a source of comfort and a great reminder to me this week. My family and I received notice from our landlord that we have to move in 60 days. It’s a little scary, and it has come at a rather inconvenient time — it’s the end of my school year when I’m deep into AP test prep and study with my Seniors, finishing up Romeo and Juliet with my Freshmen, and working with Bella to end her Kindergarten year successfully. No 5 year old understands being removed from her house. So there has been a bit of fear and tension in my house this week. BUT, Catherine has been a great example to me. Instead of living in my fear, I have turned to my Bible. And, I am also trying to live the verses that God has put in front of me this week. God’s got us and I have to trust that just as Catherine does in Winning Miss Winthrop. Winning Miss Winthrop is an EXCELLENT story. I cannot recommend it enough. It is a beautifully written, engaging page-turner. I loved every minute of this story and I am sad that my time with it is over. If you are looking for a superior Regency-era novel that will steal your breath, break your heart, and leave you wanting more, then I say run to your nearest bookstore and purchase a copy of this book. You will be so happy that you did!
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series by Carolyn Miller. This newest addition to the series is a touching story of misunderstanding and reconciliation. Catherine and Jonathan are both very likeable characters that struggle to overcome reversals of fortune and being misunderstood by others, as well as being unfairly judged by society. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, you won’t have all the background, but you will still enjoy this book. Ms. Miller does a good job bringing this time period to life. I’m hoping there’s another story yet to come about some of these characters. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. This is my honest opinion about this book. I was not required to give a positive review.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series by Carolyn Miller. This newest addition to the series is a touching story of misunderstanding and reconciliation. Catherine and Jonathan are both very likeable characters that struggle to overcome reversals of fortune and being misunderstood by others, as well as being unfairly judged by society. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, you won’t have all the background, but you will still enjoy this book. Ms. Miller does a good job bringing this time period to life. I’m hoping there’s another story yet to come about some of these characters. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. This is my honest opinion about this book. I was not required to give a positive review.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
When I first discovered Jane Austen, I was a young lady just beginning life. I adored Pride and Prejudice and longed for the day when my very own Darcy would appear. But as I have matured, and yes, found my own Darcy, I have learned to appreciate and sigh for those who need a second chance to find happiness with the one they love. Persuasion is one such example, and Winning Miss Winthrop is another, an enjoyable novel of lost love regained after much heartache. This is the first book in the second series by Carolyn Miller, and I believe she just gets better with each novel. This one is significantly longer than any of the books in her previous trilogy, and the plot is more complex, the character development allowed to go a bit deeper, letting us appreciate their strengths and weaknesses more as we know what has led them to this point in their lives. Faith plays an important role in understanding suffering, whether it be from misunderstanding or deliberate maliciousness. Anyone who has ever asked how much more growth they might need before God considers the trial at an end will find a kindred heart in Catherine, who tries to patiently endure her own situations with grace but struggles with weariness at it all. As with her earlier novels, the Regency period is well-researched and I learned several things about it that I didn't know before, such as the history of White's. But even though the characters must choose to remain within society's strictures, or not, I love that it does not make them somehow "less." Women do have fewer choices at that time, but as a wiser character reminded another, they can choose to live, no matter how difficult circumstances may be. With nods to Austen but still a work all her own, Miller's latest novel is a shining example of what's best in the Regency genre with great characters, difficult situations, and a fantastic romance in a much more regimented time and place. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy Austen and are looking for a newer author to read, but those who appreciate historical fiction, in general, will also find a great story here! I received a review copy from the publisher and author but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
AMHeath More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: This was a perfect read for my Spring Break. It was light, romantic, and had strong Austen vibes. It reminded me a great deal of Persuasion although I don’t think the author was attempting a retelling. But it carried a lot of the same great elements in an original format. There were areas where I felt like the story lagged a bit for me, but overall I found it highly entertaining and read the bulk of the book in one day because I refused to put it down. Miller gave us a peek at the two upcoming stories in the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next for both of these ladies. There was a sound spiritual message here on forgiveness and kind service to your neighbors. . . . And yet, I found some of their biting comments to antagonists a bit off-putting. They seemed to take great pleasure in putting someone in their place when they were in the “right.” There could have been a bit more humility in some of those scenes. I think it was meant to be entertaining, but I found it a little vindictive. At the end of the day, this was a sound Regency novel complete with all the parlor drama, romance, and a trip to Bath. Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving Winning Miss Winthrop 4.5 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Christian Fiction or Christian Regency. ~ I received a copy from Kregel through Net Galley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller With flowing prose true to the Regency time period, Carolyn Miller pens a tome in the vein of Jane Austen. Set in Gloucestershire and Bath, England in 1816, this novel is reminiscent of Persuasion with it’s estranged hero and heroine. A secret romance, meddling parents, hurt feelings! Will their love die before it has a real chance to grow? Catherine Winthrop’s papa has died leaving a distant cousin, Jonathan Carlew, as the new Baron. Though he is an honorable man, the history between Jon and Catherine puts his character in a questionable light. Is Jon truly doing what is best for the family or just exercising his authority over them? Whose perspective is the correct one? Catherine is trying to put the scriptures into practice by honoring her mother and forgiving the ones she perceives as having wronged her. Likewise, Jonathan’s faith is strong and he is determined to rescue his relatives from a reversal of circumstances brought on by Catherine’s father’s unwise lifestyle. Jon takes his responsibilities as Baron seriously and wants to preserve the family’s legacy. After all, he is an astute businessman. Will society’s expectations prove to be an obstacle? Will Jon and Catherine be able to clear up the past misconceptions and realize, in time, that they were meant to be together? Is there a spark of love still there? Carolyn Miller writes her characters and their situations vey realistically. They are charming, albeit having foibles and strong personalities. I enjoyed this tale of Regency England immensely and am glad to see Catherine’s sister, Serena, is the subject of the next book in the series. * I received a complimentary copy of this book on behalf of the author by the publisher. I was not requested to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *. Paula Shreckhise
Abby1219 More than 1 year ago
Love love and love!! This is one of those stories where you feel that it was written just for you. I felt everything that Catherine felt, from anger to sadness to hope. What a wonderful reminder that sometimes the very circumstances that we think are going to break us can actually be the very path to get us right where we're supposed to be. There is always hope!
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book during my work week and had a bit of trouble really getting into it. I'm going to blame that on both life and the book itself. Life kept interfering with my reading time and the author writes for this time period so well that it took me a bit to settle in and get used to the word choices she used. Ah, but when the weekend arrived there was no stopping me. Once I had a chance for some uninterrupted reading that's exactly what I did. Read almost the entire book in one sitting. I liked both the main characters in this book. Catherine, while not a young debutante, seemed to have more on her shoulders than a woman of her station should. When Catherine and her mother face a major life-changing event Catherine almost seems like the parent while her mother takes on an almost childlike attitude. It was easy to feel sorry for Catherine because her mother grated on my nerves. Jon was also easy to like as he was put in a situation that was not only awkward but one I don't feel like he really wanted. There is a history between Jon and Catherine and I loved how the author slowly revealed all the details. It seemed like it took forever to find out even the slightest detail but this just added to the story for me. It definitely kept me interested. In addition to the main characters, I also liked Drusilla and General Whitby. These two lightened up the story a bit with their personalities. I also liked Julia, Jon's sister. And while I didn't care for his mother, Lady Harkness, at first by the end of the book I had changed my mind about her. I love when an author can change my mind about a character. What a sign of great writing and character development! It was also nice to see Lavinia and the Earl of Hawkesbury again. These two are favorites of mine and I'm always glad to see them. As to the story itself, I loved it! While the pace was a bit slow at the beginning once it picked up it was wonderful. There was just the right build-up to the climax and the ending was perfect. The author does a great job of writing for the time period with word choice and descriptions that will soon have readers picturing themselves at Winthrop Manor, The Dower Cottage, or all the locations in Bath. And I was so happy that there wasn't the obligatory kidnapping of the heroine. I find this overused in many Regency books. For me, Carolyn Miller had a lot to live up to with this book. I had rated all of the books in her Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series 5 stars and had high expectations for this series. I am happy that this book exceeded my expectations, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are mine.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I love that the author has included some of the past series characters that I had grown to love into this new series, we are running in the same circles and they are friends. This book will make you think about what your life would be like if in one day everything you owned was suddenly taken away from you. Basically, with the aristocratic society in England when one dies without a male heir then it falls to the next in line. The author takes a play with this action in this page turning read, and you will be quickly caught up, and soon wanting to get in there and tell them they have it wrong. I am enjoying this new series, and am really looking forward to the next book in this series, I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kregel and was not required to give a positive review.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
A well written novel that put me in mind of the classics, but with faith overtones included. The characters were quite well done, the plot, characters, and settings very fitting for the time period, and the theme of faith and hope through difficulties Intricately woven in the pages. The only fault, if it can be one, is that the middle seemed to move slowly before the misunderstandings were able to be cleared. However, during this time and age, it is probably more true in holding to the customs, protocol and propriety of what was considered to be lady like and gentlemanly behavior. I enjoyed this read...especially Catherine. I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own. “Remember trials are merely opportunities for faith to grow.”