The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey – Book Review

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Will a damaged reputation and desire for society’s approval thwart the legacy of grace?

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She’s lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara’s society mama is appalled at the new company she’s keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won’t let him ignore the penniless viscount’s daughter–not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they’re pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together–without finances, family support, or royal favor?

 

SERIES: Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Kregel
RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2017
PAGES: 298

 

I have loved this series (and the covers!) from Carolyn Miller so much! It’s everything you want Regency romances to be, with delicious back-and-forth between the characters as well as a supporting cast to rival any that Austen or Heyer dreamed up.

In this third and final (sob!) book, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, we home in on the character I’ve liked the least in the first two books – Miss Clara Delancey. Here in book three, I can honestly say that Clara is now a friend; Miller crafts such a compelling and heart-tugging backstory for Clara as heroine that you can’t help but embrace her. Your heart will break for her circumstances, for her emotional pain, and for her self-esteem that has been crushed by one rejection after another. Not to mention the scandal that taints her in every social circle – save perhaps one. And that one exception proves life-changing.

Because of Ben, yes. (Get ready to swoon, ladies!) But also because of the hand of friendship extended by a family who a) cares little for society’s opinions and b) cares everything for Clara’s soul. Their persistence in grace, their unconditional embrace, and their heart for those who need God’s rescue – all of these combine to leave a reminder for any of us who have ever personally needed or extended grace.

And the reminder is this (to apply Corrie Ten Boom’s words): There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.

No matter who you’ve been. No matter who snubs you. No matter who thinks they know what you’re like or what your motives are. (Oh… this is preaching to me right now too, y’all) You are never too far from God’s grace, and you are never too far beyond His grip that you can’t extend it to someone else. This is the legacy of grace. And this is the truth that Miller so beautifully – and organically – weaves throughout Clara’s story.

Bottom Line: Perfect for fans of Heyer, Austen, Klaasen, Ladd and/or Hunter, Carolyn Miller’s A Legacy of Grace series is witty, romantic and heartwarming with a gentle dose of faith-boldness too. Layered characters and attention to historical detail make each read a great read, and while each book can be read as a standalone the whole series is a must for enjoyment’s sake! The Dishonorable Miss Delancey is all of these things and more – with a tender message of grace and restoration and of course romance. Looking forward to the author’s new series in 2018!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / Ben. Ben. Ben.

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