A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is book one in Carolyn Miller’s Daughters of Aynsley series. If you’ve been waiting to read one of Miller’s fabulous regency romances, now’s the time to pick up a copy.
About the Book
As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society–and she’s always followed them precisely. But when she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. Questions she has never considered about the importance of friendship and faith suddenly confront her–and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance. What if God wants to be the center of her life, rather than merely a social obligation?
Gideon Kirby loves science, and hunting down proof of past lives is a joy he won’t willingly give up. But his scientific leanings are being challenged both by his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister’s illness becomes more desperate, her care growing more demanding. Adding a viscount’s daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected–especially since he must stay far away from this young woman he’s falling for in order to protect his beloved sister’s secret.
When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret will be exposed, no matter how Gideon fights. Then tragedy strikes in a smugglers’ cave. And the threat of scandal may lead to broken hearts and passionless propriety. Will the shaky bond these two have nurtured be strong enough to overcome their differences–or will the trust they’ve withheld from each other tear three lives apart?
In My Opinion
I love when an author can take a character from a previous book who maybe wasn’t all that likable and deliver as story of change and redemption that makes me see them in a new light. And that’s exactly what Carolyn Miller does with the previously gossip-minded, self-centered Caroline Hatherleigh.
When Caroline’s mother sends her to Devonshire to avoid a scandal, Caroline is none too happy. Then she meets Gideon and Emma Kirby. These two are unlike anyone in Caroline’s social circles and they challenge her to become a better person which naturally leads to her search into who God is. In fact, I really enjoyed Caroline’s faith journey as it was authentic and a challenge for her.
Miller gives readers a good introduction to the area with the sea, the cliffs, and the popularity of undergroundologists. Gideon’s excitement and interest in science, the subplot with Emma, and the growing attractions between Gideon and Caroline all work together to deliver an engaging story.
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh once again proves why Miller is a must-read Regency author who consistently delivers books that are not to be missed.
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