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Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller

Title: Winning Miss Winthrop

Author: Carolyn Miller

Series: Regency Brides: Promise of Hope, #1

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Era: Regency

Setting: English countryside, Bath

Publisher: Kregel Publications

Source: from NetGalley (in exchange for honest review)

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller

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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.

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The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

Title: The Weaver’s Daughter

Author: Sarah E. Ladd

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Era: Regency

Setting: mid-England countryside

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: from Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

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Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder –including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls – even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Title: Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classic Romance

Age-Range: 14+ (young adult/adult)

Era: early 1800s (Regency)

Setting: various places in England

Source: own a copy

Rating: 5/5 stars

Content: 3/5. No language (at least none that isn’t crossed out like this: by G-d), no violence. Romance, a person commits adultery (everyone is shocked, so I feel like anyone could read it because … everyone is so shocked! Great moral lesson there!).

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

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Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation.

As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever.

A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

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I admit I didn’t enjoy Mansfield Park as much as the other Jane Austen novels. It doesn’t have the sparkle and pizazz of Pride and Prejudice or Emma, it doesn’t have the intensity of Sense and Sensibility or Persuasion, and it doesn’t have the light-hearted humor of Northanger Abbey. Yet … there’s something about it that makes it an equal to all of her novels, though definitely not superior.

Yes, it’s a bit boring. It’s a quiet, rainy-day read. It took me a long time to finish both times I read it (twice now). Yet … there’s something about it that’s appealing. It’s taken me a long time to identify it, and I’m still not sure I have, but here goes.

This story is full of people who live as they should – people who live as they shouldn’t – people who act properly socially, but rather improperly morally. All this is viewed from the quiet soul of Miss Fanny Price, who is shocked at any bad behavior, yet ever-forgiving if it’s directed at herself.

Fanny really is pure gold. She can be a bit of an Elsie Dinsmore at times, but, because this is Jane Austen not Martha Finley, we know that she’s, first and foremost, human.

Edmund … hmm. Austen did well not to mention a specific date for his change of heart. Goodness gracious, Edmund! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? MISS CRAWFORD!?!?! MISS CRAWFORD!???????? In every way she offends! How could you ever consider -!? And with Fanny right there all along -!?! Unbelievable.

Anyway, I still like you, but you’ll never be in the same league with Darcy or Knightley or Wentworth. In fact, you know what? You’re not even up there with Bingley. Bingley is way hotter than you. You know, even Ferrars was honorable and faithful. Hang yourself with your stiff collar, Edmund Bertram.

Would you believe I actually like Henry Crawford? Yeah … Willoughby, too. I’m sorry! I just feel like they could have been good guys if they weren’t … bad guys. I suppose you could say that about anyone, though, so …

Mary … I just can’t forgive her. Especially her reaction to the Maria/Henry debacle. Wow. Just wow. I mean, you weren’t awful, though you felt super fake, especially in your treatment of Fanny, but … I just can’t even think of you as ‘influenced by your evil aunt’ or something stupid like that as Edmund did.

I’m not going to go into the other characters. I loved some, hated others, and had mixed feelings for the rest. I did end up liking Sir Bertram more than I did the first time I read this book, though. He was pretty nice, and I loved his treatment of Fanny towards the end.

Overall, this was a fantastic novel, which I’d recommend for any lovers of classics. Though it’s a bit heavier than the other Austen novels, it’s definitely worth the rest, though I wouldn’t recommend it as your first Austen. 🙂

Favorite Quotes:

“We have all been more or less to blame … every one of us, excepting Fanny.”

“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.” 

“If this man had not twelve thousand a year, he would be a very stupid fellow.”

~Kellyn Roth

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Title: Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classic Romance

Age-Range: 14+ (young adult/adult)

Era: early 1800s (Regency era)

Setting: England ~ mostly Bath

Source: free on Kindle ~ probably will buy hardbound copy soon!

Rating: 5/5 stars

Content: 1/5. Okay for basically all ages, though the reading level is higher than most tweens can handle in my personal opinion.

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A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

Title: A Necessary Deception

Author: Laurie Alice Eakes

Series: The Daughters of Bainbridge House #1

Genre: Historical Adventure/Romance

Age-Range: 14+ (young adult/adult)

Era: 1810s (Regency)

Setting: London, England

Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company

Source: library

Rating: 4/5 stars

Content: 3/5. Younger teens cautioned for some pretty detailed kissing and a little violence. No language.

Cover: 4/5. Ooh, beautiful font on the title! Love the image, too. However, not a fan of the box around the author name. I don’t know why, but it just bugs me!

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The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd

Title: The Heiress of Winterwood

Author: Sarah E. Ladd

Series: Whispers on the Moors, #1

Genre: Historical Romance

Age-Range: 13+ (young adult/adult)

Era: 1814 (Regency)

Setting: Darbury, England

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: library

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Content: 3/5. I’d say thematic elements (fights, guns, knives, semi-detailed … nothing gory or overdone) and then some kissing (not detailed), noticing, all the average romance stuff, but none of it inappropriate. The main thing is that a baby is conceived out of wedlock by minor characters and it barely comes up and is hardly talked about at all. No cussing.

Cover: 4/5. Such mixed feelings … just like with the book! It’s really elegant and pretty, but I feel like it doesn’t portray the actual nature of the novel too well, y’know?

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