What a stunning novel! The lows that Sarah experienced at times in the book were simply heart wrenching. She craved to be loved and to feel as if she was wanted and needed. Yet, time and again, she was made to feel less than by the servants, some of the neighbors, and at times even by her husband and her father-in-law.
I loved the change that was noticeable in James once he returned from the war. He found faith and forgiveness in God and truly returned a different person. He strived to be a better man and regretted so many things that he had done, especially the way he treated his wife before leaving for war.
There was a realness to the characters of James and Sarah. They both struggled to trust each other at times, yet also began to feel a connection and attraction to each other, too. They both showed genuine and caring hearts for each other during times of sickness and grief, yet they also struggled to recognize when the other person was showing their true feelings at times. Both hoped that the marriage could become a real one, yet allowed doubts to weigh them down.
This story just burrowed into my heart as I read it. It definitely had a gothic vibe, with Sarah constantly dealing with difficult people who were trying to undermine her position in the family. There were trying times and sad times in the novel, as well as a gentle and caring love that grew between two people who seemed so very opposite of each other when the book began.
I loved reading Midnight’s Budding Morrow from start to finish. It is book two in the Regency Wallflowers series, but is also easily read as a stand alone novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE SERIES
While most stories set in Regency England focus on the rich, the young, and the beautiful, award-winning author Carolyn Miller decided she wanted to give readers something different for a change. Her new Regency Wallflowers series follows the commoners, away from the hustle and bustle of 1810s London, out in the Lake District of England. She tells the stories of women who are slightly older and have few prospects for marriage, women who might be considered “wallflowers.”
Midnight’s Budding Morrow is the second book in the Regency Wallflowers series. The first book in the series is Dusk’s Darkest Shores.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Can real love grow between a wallflower and an unrepentant rogue?
Sarah Drayton is eager to spend time with her best friend at her crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Matrimony is the last thing on her mind and the last thing she expects to be faced with on a holiday. Yet she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend’s rakish brother.
When James Langley returns to his family’s estate, he can’t be bothered to pay attention to his responsibilities as the heir. War is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father’s stunning decree: marry before returning to war, or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he does not love.
Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. It isn’t until her husband returns from war seemingly changed that she begins to hope they may find real happiness. But can she trust that this rake has truly reformed?
When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and his plans. Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.
Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynmillerauthor.com, or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author), Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor).