The Elusive Miss Ellison

The Elusive Miss Ellison

The Elusive Miss Ellison (Kregel, February 2017)

Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.

That’s the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister’s daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won’t take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia’s pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother–who stole the most important person in Livvie’s world.

Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he’s just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there’s already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.

That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn’t the only heart that needs to change.

These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society’s opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.

Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love.

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  • Love can transform, as Lavinia and Nicholas’s story shows. When we first meet Lavinia, she does good works, but is also, frankly, a little annoying with her quick-to-judge attitude. Nicholas, on the other hand, fails to see the responsibility he has for the people who rely on him for a living when he inherits his title. By getting to know each other, Lavinia and Nicholas’s rough edges begin to soften. Nicholas becomes more compassionate, while Lavinia finds that the world isn’t always black and white. A surprise discovery about Lavinia’s past adds even more complications to their relationship. I enjoyed watching both of these characters evolve and figure out how their differences can be complimentary rather than contradictory.

  • When a novel is garnering comparisons to those of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, it makes me take notice — sometimes the comparisons are justified, but sometimes they are not. When it comes to Carolyn Miller’s “The Elusive Miss Ellison,” those comparisons are completely on point. This novel set in the Regency era is a fun, refreshing read.

  • “The Elusive Miss Ellison” by author Carolyn Miller is a great novel and part of the series by her called Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace. What will happen when they see each other? Will either of them show their growing feelings? Everything is going against them. Anyone who likes Regency England and its times will adore this story.

  • ​It’s a story line as old as time but Carolyn Miller has made me fall in love with it in this fresh and faith testing story that is The Elusive Miss Ellison.

  • A story of hope, grace, and family bonds, and hidden secrets…God’s extended grace can reach and heal the brokenhearted, even the earl’s soul. Simpleton with a kind heart, a servant with great inheritance. A lovely story; so much have been said, so much wrong have been done.

  • This book will be a good read for those who enjoy historical romances. The characters are wonderful, the plot is unique and will hold your interest, and is a “feel-good” read.

  • This is my first story by Carolyn and boy was this a great story. I enjoyed reading this. Definitely planning on reading more of her books. A job well done on this story.

    A wonderful romance story that was beautiful well written. The cover of this story is beautiful as well and it drawn me to want me to read this story. There is also a message of forgiveness in this story. It will touch your heart once you open the first page. I loved the characters they were very well developed and are easy to fall in love with. The storyline is great and easy to follow along. I couldn’t put this story down. A heartwarming read that had me from the first page.

    Recommend to readers who love a good clean romance. You won’t be dissaponted. 4 stars.

  • A little slow with the pacing, but a beautiful clean Regency Romance that had good and believable growth and development for the characters and an enjoyable story line.

  • If you’re a fan of Regency romance, you’ll love The Elusive Miss Ellison.  It has it all – inter-class attraction, a poor village in need of attention, a faith journey by one unaware, slanderous gossip by the wealthy, drama, tragedy, and more.   I think Miller’s book would attract even those unfamiliar with this time period because of the great drama and repartee that lies within these pages.

  • The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller was a rich historical fiction book. This is the first book I have ever read by this author, and I was surprised by how much I liked this book.

  • A charming, regency era read for this Austen fan. I really enjoy Lavina (love her name) as a modest, and at times modern thinking woman. I would love to read the next book and can’t wait for it’s release.

  • THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON was a joy to read from the very first page! With a very Austenesque feel, charming characters, plenty of romantic tension, and a plot with a few twists here and there, it is sure to keep readers intrigued and ready for more from this new promising inspirational author.

  • I enjoyed this Regency era story about an Earl and a minister’s daughter who push each other to become a better version of themselves and in the process fall in love. A well written story with lots of character growth, beautiful English countryside, and a major twist that lends some intrigue.

  • Smart and ostentatious Lavinia Ellison and worn down Nicholas, the Earl of Hawkesbury, come crashing together in this Regency romance. Their journey is one of finding forgiveness and God’s love. It’s beautifully descriptive and an exposé on the lives of the less fortunate during those times. Be sure to grab a copy and let me know your thoughts on this fairly new author!

  • It did not take me very long to find myself totally immersed in Carolyn Miller’s wonderful new Regency novel. The witty dialogue was definitely a highlight for me. Lavinia had a definite gift of cutting people down in such as nice way that they didn’t even realize it. This is an excerpt from one brief conversation that I found endlessly amusing between Lavinia and Mr. Raymond:

  • It seems like I pick up Regency style novels with nervous excitement. Will this be a delightful read? Or will it be another author trying (and failing, since they aren’t the real McCoy) to one up Austen? I was excited to receive this book in the mail for those reasons.
    Thankfully, this book wound up being delightful. I enjoyed the characters and their verbal sparing. I love that Lavinia is a not an insipid character.;) I also delighted in the surprises of the story. I highly recommend this one!
    I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

  • What a lovely story of romance and redemption. This regency reminded me of why I love this genre. The rules of station and conduct that restricted people at the time versus true love finding its way in no matter what the barrier. It was a good read. I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. Full Review at my website.

  • The Elusive Miss Ellison is a wonderful start to a series set in the Regency period, providing fans of historical fiction a visual representation of the social hierarchy, the social differences between each class and the expectations to remain as such. The characters were all entertaining, though I find the strongest character development with our main characters. Their struggle to find common ground, and overcome all the difference challenges to their friendship, let alone their union was infused throughout. It gave the story depth. I look forward to the other books in the series.

  • The novel definitely has that Jane Austen feel to it. Even the cover art looks like it fit well with Pride & Prejudice. The author, Carolyn Miller, wastes no time introducing us readers to Miss Ellison and setting up the main plot. Unlike a few other regency romance that I have read, this one isn’t too complicated, so the plot was easy to follow. I didn’t like the character Nicholas at first, but after several chapters he did grow on me a bit.

  • Regency fans are sure to delight in The Elusive Miss Ellison! With a deft hand, Carolyn Miller whisks readers away and immerses them in 19th century England where the St. Hampton Heath village and villagers spring to life. I reveled in the story’s rich imagery and characterization and was entertained by the charms of both the hero and heroine!

  • …something more is offered within these pages than just a reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice. Something so much more beautiful than a love story. Carolyn Miller weaves faith, salvation, God’s grace into this book. I have never read a Christian historical fiction, and I can tell you this is not going to be my last book of Ms. Miller’s.

  • With charming characters and a beautiful setting, this P&P retelling has much potential. The swoon is very real between prickly Nicholas and feisty Lavinia. If you can condescend to make yourself a cuppa and settle in for the Regency delight, you’ll be rewarded with a romance to make you smile.

  • Carolyn Miller did a wonderful job with the character development in my opinion. I fell instantly in love with the kind hearted Lavina and Nickolas is one of those characters that even though they display some not so promising characteristics, you can’t help but root for him and the man he could be. I loved how the book was a great balance of a sweet slightly predictable love story balanced with some twists and turns. The book is a delight to read and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys books with historical and inspirational stories. The Elusive Miss Ellison is book 1 in the author’s new series “A Legacy of Grace” and I am looking forward to reading the next two books in this series.

  • From my point of view, the author did a good job with the spiritual side of the story, with imperfect characters who come to know more of God in a natural way and begin seeking to grow in Him. I think I personally would have enjoyed the novel more if perhaps the characters hadn’t been quite so imperfect at the start.

  • Moments says:

    “The Elusive Miss Ellison” is a great start to a Regency Brides series by Carolyn Miller.  Carolyn’s writing style transports the reader back in time to a different time period and a different kind of life and she writes with such vivid details and imagery that it is easy to become completely engrossed in the story and in the characters’ lives.

  • Delightful… refreshing… relaxing… surprising… all words that describe The Elusive Miss Ellison, the first in the new series Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace. Carolyn Miller leads the reader gently, calmly through the sometimes tumultuous emotions of both Lavinia Ellison and Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury. Lavinia is a pastor’s daughter with a heart the size of Texas for the poor of her village. Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury is a rather bored, uninterested landlord who doesn’t take his responsibility to the villagers very seriously. You guessed it, this causes some clashes between the two….

  • Kcreatives says:

    I like how this author not only talks about a love story, but also weaves in many societal issues and pride and family struggles. Some fiction books make everything seem so ideallic, but she has a way of weaving in so much.

  • I am delighted to discover a promising new author of Regency romance novels. Carolyn Miller’s debut novel absolutely charmed me, beginning with its beautiful cover and continuing throughout every chapter….Miller fills the story with adorably awkward moments, lively repartee, and romantic tension, all of which make this a thoroughly satisfying read. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from this author.

  • Although it takes a few chapters to adjust to the characters’ use of formal English, Carolyn Miller’s, The Elusive Miss Ellison is a page-turner sure to capture and hold any reader’s attention. Set in 1813, St. Hampton Heath, Gloucestershire, England, the story centers around the simple yet intelligent and outspoken preacher’s daughter, Lavinia Ellison and the newest well-to-do, but broken Earl of Hawkesbury. Miller does a splendid job building the plot to an unexpected yet highly anticipated crescendo. The Elusive Miss Ellison is one the book lover will not want to put down until the final pages are delivered.

  • A well-written Regency Romance is always a delight to read. There are reasons that I am a fan of the genre and this book didn’t disappoint me. I love the formality, flirting banter, society gossip, and maneuvering matrons. The best part is when there is a strong female who refuses to be governed by society, in this case it is Miss Ellison.

  • I have found a new series to love! I’m a fan of books set in the Regency time period, so I had high hopes for The Elusive Miss Ellison. This novel lived up to my hopes and I was absolutely delighted with this enchanting story. I was also extremely pleased to find out that there will be two more books in this series. I can hardly wait!

  • Worthy2Read says:

    Miller does an excellent job in portraying Regency England with its historical details and solid characterization.

  • I must be honest, I could not get into this book. The premise of the story seems very enticing and I wanted to like it so much.

    I had a difficult time feeling anything but frustration with these characters through most of this book and could not get past my frustration with them to enjoy the story they were a part of. The writing was difficult for me to follow and just could not capture my attention.

    Again, I wanted so badly to love this book. It sounds amazing, but I simply could not find enough interest in the story to get any enjoyment out of it.

  • Regency England is one of my favorite settings, and I was thrilled to find a new author to read in this genre! I loved the writing style, it was perfectly balanced between the formality of the time and revealing the emotions and feelings of the characters. There are powerful themes of humility, compassion, and forgiveness.

  • Lavinia Ellison is Carolyn Miller’s new tenacious heroine in the new first book “The Elusive Miss Ellison” of the series Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace. Courageous, witty dialog, surprising twists, and vivid imagery all describe the book that will keep readers enthralled till the end and beyond, wanting more!

  • I fell in love with Lavinia right from the first as she defies the conventions imposed on her by the Regency Era, and helps their servants with the workload. That she loved her mother’s flower garden did nothing to hinder my perception of this fine lady. This is the first novel in the Regency Bride series, and after reading this, I am intrigued by the setting. I did not find that the settings were overbearing, though I did learn more about the times and peoples of England.

  • Overall I enjoyed this novel. It was my first time reading any work from the author and I hope to read more of her novels. The first chapter, chapter and a half I wasn’t so sure, but as I got comfortable with the writing and the characters, I began to enjoy the overall story. By the middle of the book, I was happy to pick up the book and continue the story.

  • This is a splendid and delightful regency-romance that readers will absolutely love. From page one, Miller captures the attention of her readers with her charming characters and enjoyable story. This was everything I expected from a regency novel.

  • I enjoyed this Regency era fiction read. It started slowly but quickly became a book I didn’t want to put down. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  • The title of this book is so fitting, as it is how Nicholas comes to think of Lavinia in his head. I loved the setting, characters, and clever dialog. Filled with touches of humor and well written characters that I wanted to cheer for the whole way through, along with some colorful side characters. I loved this read from beginning to end, it was thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable, and I never once thought that any of it dragged.

  • There is something that draws me in about the many Regency and Edwardian era books that seem to be popular now. I love the romanticized period of time, though I’m sure reality was much less so.

    The Elusive Miss Ellison reads like a slightly different, yet strangely familiar, version of Pride and Prejudice. Nicholas definitely comes off as proud and aloof, whereas Lavinia, though sweet to her friends, seems much more brusque than Austen’s Lizzy…

  • I enjoyed this debut novel by Carolyn Miller. Livvie was a character that I was able to relate to and found myself cheering for. This love story was of course not without challenges, which makes for a better reading story too.

  • When I first saw this book, I was immediately intrigued by the beautiful cover and the back cover copy. The story within was clearly inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, yet it holds its own flavor and style.

  • There are some twists and turns and problems that keep that causes the romance to drag on a bit (not in a bad way) but the story is good and the attention to detail the author bestows into the story makes it an exceptional read. I enjoyed The Elusive Miss Ellison and look forward to book 2 in the series.

  • This charming tale of vivacious Lavinia and the proud Earl of Hawkesbury captured my heart and soul from the start. The writing style causes the reader to feel immersed into the Austen Regency period, which is a fun escape. I loved the events that propel their spiritual and emotional learning forward.

  • More of Him says:

    I really loved the dialogue in this book. Very profound and memorable – you’ll find yourself wanting to infuse your everyday conversations with some of the quotes. I also love that faith is a part of this book but in a natural, normal way. It plays an important part when it comes to forgiveness and that’s what I really feel this book is about – learning to forgive, whether it’s others or yourself.

  • By The Book says:

    Fans of Austen-esque Regency novels will be happy to have another go-to author. Carolyn Miller’s debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, meets all the requirements: an independent heroine, a hunky hero with more than a few flaws, and a love story filled with obstacles, yet possessing sweet hints of a happily-ever-after. Jane aficionados will recognize the many nods to Pride And Prejudice, but this novel is not a copy-cat. It’s firm foundation in faith is a very welcome addition. I give this one a recommended rating.

  • A Rup Life says:

    I think that is the beauty of the story in how they bring out each other’s faults and strengths. Miller weaves a strong story with well developed characters. You will enjoy this one!

  • I like a good book with a well-developed storyline, and this book is just that.

  • I started off thinking this was just going to be a spin off of pride and prejudice, but to my delighted surprise it was definitely a new story of its own! I think it started a bit slow in the beginning and towards the end there were some twists I did not see coming! (Which led me to stay up half the night to finish it haha) I really enjoyed it!

  • “Lovers of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer will be delighted with Carolyn Miller’s debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison–especially readers who want to know more about the hero’s journey to adoring their regency heroine. This new author’s beautifully written book is definitely worth reading!”

  • All in all, this was an adorable, enjoyable story, and I really commend Carolyn for coming up with some interesting plot twists! I will have to be honest and say that in a couple of scenes the writing was a little less than it could be—in my opinion, anyway—but other than that I think Carolyn did a wonderful job! I am most certainly looking forward to the next books in the series, and I can happily give this novel four out of five bookshelves.

  • I’ve read a ton of regency fiction and I really felt like the author got the genre and wrote with authenticity. This is a Christian novel and so the story line is clean and there are bits of faith woven throughout the story.

  • If you choose to read The Elusive Miss Ellison because you love Regency, you might wish to investigate first, then choose. On the other hand, if you want a ‘Christian’ story, this might well be just your cup of tea.

  • … While I liked the idea of this novel, with its hints of Pride and Prejudice and a Jane Austen type heroine, there were some parts that were a bit overdone for me with the characters. I think they were too much of what they were supposed to represent (if that makes sense at all).

  • If you enjoy reading stories set in beautiful England, you will adore this book. Also, if you delight in reading historical works, you will love learning more about the people who lived in Regency England. I highly recommend checking this book out! Happy reading!

  • What a wonderful read! I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written book. The characters and setting are true to their time period (Regency England). This debut author has done an excellent job of writing a Regency romance that will take her readers away from contemporary times and troubles to another historical time full of secrets and troubles.

  • The Elusive Miss Ellison was a phenomenal novel that I devoured in one sitting. The plot was well written and moved at the perfect pace to allow me to embed myself in the story without getting bogged down in details or feeling bored. The story line included elements of mystery, romance, and a little suspense, and had many important themes such as the importance of forgiveness, mercy, and not being too quick to judge others and their circumstances.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed Carolyn Miller’s debut novel. The story is well written with a vivid sense of place and period authenticity, and stylistically blends the witty dialogue of Georgette Heyer with a strong foundation of faith. Beneath all the witty repartee, manners and social status is a story of humility, forgiveness, and the vastness of God’s grace.

  • Baker Kella says:

    It astounds me that The Elusive Miss Ellison is Carolyn Miller’s debut novel. Upon finishing reading this delightful Regency tale, I found myself frantic to find more works by Carolyn, only to remember that this was, in fact, the first novel in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.

  • The title of this book piqued my interest. When I first began reading it, I kept looking to see why the book was titled the way it was. I figured it was a little like some other books I had read, where the main character might have been partly elusive but was quickly won over by the man and then everything else was predictable in the book. I was quite excited to see that was not the plan of Miller’s new book.

  • More than a romance novel, this is a story about opening your heart and hearing God’s word, letting Him in and finding forgiveness in the way He wants us to. Sure, there’s romance but the real romance, for me, is in both Nicholas and Lavinia finding what it means to really love and listen to God….

  • One of my favorite periods is the Regency Era in England. I am delighted to announce that I’ve found an engaging read in this era, The Elusive Miss Ellison, by Carolyn Miller. Fans of Regency fiction, this is one for you. Fans of romance and historical fiction, this is one for you, too.

  • Lately, I’ve found my not so interested in Historical romance books, & because of that, I was worried I wouldn’t want to read this book, but to my surprise, I really enjoyed this book.

  • The content is passionate, while still family friendly. Christians will appreciate the spiritual moments sprinkled through the narrative. While I do commend author Carolyn Miller for the aforementioned choices, I am sad to say that I did not enjoy this novel. The amiable elements are there, but for some reason, I was not fond of the story.

  • Carolyn Miller’s debut novel I thought was a good introduction of her writing. She has a way to tell a good story. Her detail and research for the time shine and emphasis and add to the story.

  • The Elusive Miss Ellison is a fantastic addition to a regency fan’s library. The characters for the next books are minor characters in this first book, piquing our interest and ensuring we will be waiting eagerly for their stories. Lavinia and Nick are both flawed, purposefully so, and this makes them relatable as well as increasing the tension between them – both emotional and romantical. A delightful book from start to finish!

  • The lush cover and enchanting description was but a small glimpse into what a delightful read this proved to be! I absolutely loved the main characters and the chemistry that was between them, it was fun watching them go from controversy to love with everything in between. Filled with a strong and opinionated heroine who one can instantly warm to and a strong, brooding hero this book is a wonderful Regency book.

  • This book was rather enjoyable. The dialogue between Nicolas and Lavinia was fun and engaging. Grace is woven throughout this story. Lavinia experiences it and shows it especially those in need. If you like fairy tale endings and your wildest dreams coming true, this book is for you.

    It was an easy read.

  • Truly a delightful book. It reminds me very much of Jane Austen’s novels. I look forward to reading more of Carolyn’s books!

  • The novel which takes place in 19th century England was an interesting read. While I enjoyed the writer’s writing, I found the story to be quite frustrating and boring. For a woman, who people claim to be a “superior woman”, she acts rather dumb and when she doesn’t get her way; a spoiled child. The plot seemed repetitive and seemed like the two main characters kept putting their ego over their hearts.

  • Noveltea says:

    The character development was pretty good throughout the book. The characters were (for the most part) believable, and I also liked the main characters. The book very much had a Jane Austen feel to it, which was fun.

  • Overall, I found ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’ to be a charming and intriguing story of grace, forgiveness, and light, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to unfold!

  • I am a huge fan of regency romance novels, so when I was given the opportunity to review Carolyn Miller’s debut regency novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, I was thrilled. This is a splendid and delightful regency-romance that readers will absolutely love.

  • There are many stories written on love and how it changes people for better or worse, yet this book isn’t the same old same old either! It’s written in a way that engages the reader and makes key points that a person can relate to.

  • I adored this book. To me it’s written in the style of the Bronte sisters. A good strong heroine who can take care of herself and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Who then has to learn how to allow her heart to have a voice as well.

  • I love reading tales set in Regency England especially when it teaches me something about the people who lived during that time period. I can’t wait to read the others in the Regency Brides Series.

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