It did not take but a book or two for Carolyn Miller to earn a permanent spot on my favorites shelves. I have not missed a single one of her novels and I personally believe that each one has surpassed the previous ones. Misleading Miss Verity may well be my favorite of them all but I really did also have a fondness for A Hero For Miss Hatherleigh, the first book of Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series. You could probably truthfully say that my favorite book by Carolyn Miller is the one I am currently (or just finished) reading.
Once again Ms. Miller has given her readers a strong and feisty heroine who does not perfectly fit the expectations of society or her mother. Verity is not at all interested in society functions and would rather be riding a horse or spending her time outdoors. Banished to her grandmother’s she is quickly secreted away to a friend’s home in Scotland where where finds a most intriguing castle and the man who seems to be the gardener. Both Verity and Anthony have secrets the other does not know and those create a complicated and sometimes confusing relationship between them. Verity’s lack of faith further complicates the situation as Anthony’s strong faith makes his attraction to Verity a very bad idea.
Vivid descriptions of the Scottish setting and the characters pulled me right into the story. Anthony was a perfect hero as well as the perfect man for Verity. I loved how he always encouraged her, defended her, and built up her wounded self image. Verity, too, was a special heroine with her own determination to help others despite her privileged upbringing. Her encounter with the Lord was a special passage in this wonderful novel.
I hate to see this series end but am confident that the author has more special books in store for her readers. I would love to see one featuring Anthony’s friend Mac.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Kregel Publications. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own–but her impulsive actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.
Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation–not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.
The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness–and for the tenants of Dungally.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Check her out at www.carolynmillerauthor.com.