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8.02.2017

The Captivating Lady Charlotte ~ Review

The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Regency Brides ~ A Legacy of Grace #2
By Carolyn Miller

Lady Charlotte Featherington is about to have her debut and she is determined to marry well and for love. But her mother has determined that Charlotte marry exceedingly well and into a higher title than she presently holds. Charlotte is sure that her desires and her mother's goals will never align. And a marriage like her long lost cousin Lavinia to the Earl of Hawkesbury is the perfect example of a match made for love.

 But with a mama like hers, she'll be fortunate to find someone she can tolerate. And when her heart takes a fancy to a handsome young suitor she's sure she has met the man she is destined to marry. Unfortunately, no one else seems to share her inclination. And her parents seem set on seeing her engaged to a recently widowed Duke.

The Duke of Hartington was hurt by his late wife's betrayal and is unsure of a second marriage. But something about the Lady Charlotte has captured his interest. Something about her seems genuine and yet she seems withdrawn. Can William find what he wants in a marriage with such a young woman? Or will the past repeat itself with Charlotte?

Those who have read the first book The Elusive Miss Ellison will delight in this second book in which Lavinia and her Earl do play an important, though secondary part, throughout. This is a story that doesn't just go from A to B but rather from A to D then to B before heading to C and concluding at the original destination ~ a satisfying conclusion with the reader eagerly anticipating what could come next in this series. Like most people's lives, there are moments when the reader is taken from a perfect moment to one where despair seems likely to reign and yet the undercurrent of hope remains. Carolyn Miller has crafted yet another Regency Era story that touches the heart of the reader.

Of note, if you haven't read the first book please do so before opening The Captivating Lady Charlotte or some of the story may not make sense as completely as it should. 

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the book:

Her heart is her own—but her hand in marriage is another matter

Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.

William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte's father's pick, not the young lady's own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return--and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte's sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.

Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean, and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller.