Monday, March 20, 2017
Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison by:Carolyn Miller
About the Book:
Pride, prejudice and forgiveness...
Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.
Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.
Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known?
Love historical fiction especially set in England. I fell in love with Lavina almost immediately. Her sharp tone, quick wit and kindness seem to go a long way in the story. She feels that people should take God seriously especially in a world that has turned against Him. She does her best to give back to the world in the way of helping others that are unfortunate and downtrodden.
Nicholas seems to be the typical man's man. He does his own thing and doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks. That is until Lavina comes along and then suddenly he wants her to care as much as he does for her.I have really enjoyed this story it is straight forward and just a simple love story with a thread of God throughout. Lavina finds out something very disturbing and she isn't sure it is something she will be able to get past it.
This was the first book that I read by the author and I loved it. Hope to read more of her writing in the future!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.