Catherine Winthrop has cried out to God too many times to count. Years ago, the man who stole her heart rejected her–and she’s never recovered. 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–and she has no one to share her grief.
Jonathan Carlew’s life may look enviable from the outside–wealthy, handsome, landed–but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his entire life. Now as he ascends to the barony, fresh challenges await, including a scheming mama who wants him to embrace power, even at the cost of losing love. How can he remain the kind, honorable man he strives to be and still meet the demands of his new society responsibilities?
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.
I’ve enjoyed Carolyn Miller’s previous Regency romances. This is the start of a new series.
Carolyn Miller burst onto the Regency romance scene just last year but she’s already published her fourth book. Technically, Winning Miss Winthrop is the start of a new series, The Promise of Hope. Readers familiar with Miller’s work, however, will recognize characters from the previous books – especially Nicholas and Lavinia.
One theme common to all of Miller’s novels is the overbearing mama. Sometimes they are snobbish, wanting the best match for their offspring that society can provide, regardless of the child’s choice. Sometimes, past events have impacted how they see the world. Here we have the Dowager Lady Winthrop who’s been engaged in a permanent pity party ever since her husband died. She also refuses to adapt to a new lifestyle, which is somewhat less to what she has been accustomed. The new Lord Winthrop tries his best to ensure mother and daughter are comfortable but is spurned at every turn. He remains dignified, even in the face of scandal that threatens everyone.
Winning Miss Winthrop is a quietly enjoyable novel. I didn’t feel the tension I’d felt in previous novels and there are no life or death scenes here either. If anything, Winning Miss Winthrop serves as a starting point for the next two books, as well as entertaining readers with the continued lives of previous characters. There is a small family tree at the start of the book. I would definitely appreciate a character list, however, and perhaps also information regarding which book they first appeared in. There are still those two more books to come in this trilogy, and a further three are expected next year.
Thank you to Kregel Publications for my complimentary electronic copy of Winning Miss Winthrop which I downloaded from NetGalley.
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Publisher: Kregel Publishing
Publication Date: 27 March 2018
Page Count: 320