Title: The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel Publications
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The year is 1814 and Lady Charlotte Featherington is presented to the Queen of England as part of her debut in society. She wishes to marry soon and her eye is captured by a young man at her “come-out” ball. Her parents, however, want her to marry a duke. Charlotte wants to marry for love. Her father is a well-placed aristocrat and will not be denied what he wants and that is for Charlotte to marry the widowed duke. Can she ever love this man? Is this what God really wants for her?
William Hartwell, the Duke of Hartington, is a widower. His first wife betrayed him by breaking her marriage vows with the scandal known throughout society. Now, all he wants is for his current wife to love him, not out of a sense of duty but because she truly loves him from her heart. But can he trust her with his heart or will she betray him as well? As they both struggle with their emotions, can they learn what love truly is? Can they trust God to know what is best for them?
This is another exceptional Regency romance by Carolyn Miller. Her first book published, The Elusive Miss Ellison, also was terrific. It’s hard to believe this is only the author’s second published work! The historical research done by the author that she used to build her story is interesting and grabbed my attention, holding it throughout. The two main characters are likeable and had me rooting for a marriage of love and not one of duty. To watch their marriage deepen their love for one another was thrilling! William shows his love with his many acts of kindness to others he meets as well as to Charlotte. I also enjoyed the appearance of characters from book one in the series, who actually had supporting roles and a story of their own. I can hardly wait for book three in the series titled, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey.
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