Dusk's Darkest Shores ~ Review

Dusk's Darkest Shores
Regency Wallflowers #1
By Carolyn Miller

Mary Bloomfield has never caught the eye of any man and at her age, it seems she never will. And with the war with Napoleon, Amberley has even fewer men available for those in need of a husband. But she has a purpose in her life, helping her father with his medical duties to the neighborhood and surrounding area. Her caring nature calls often upon the Lord for His healing touch on the ill. Her dreams of a home and family of her own seem to be just that dreams. 

Adam Edgerton's family is anticipating his return from war, his actions have labeled him a hero and he is expected to marry soon upon his return. But none know that his return is for illness. An injury has apparently robbed Adam of his future. A future shrouded in the darkness of doubt, pain, and betrayal.

Seeking to help Adam to see beyond his new limitations, Mary reaches out offering hope and encouragement. But can he really have a future as he is now, a man surrounded by darkness for the rest of his days? Mary and her father are not about to give up on Adam.

Dusk's Darkest Shores is the first book in the Regency Wallflowers series and it is an excellent series debut. Set in England's Lake District, I loved Mary's descriptions of the area, her attention to detail shows the depth of her caring and nurturing spirit. Now there are some moments that reveal the darkness of the soul in a sinful world in this book that speak of the injustices of the world and the prejudices of human nature. This is just a thread that runs through the story and it has a different impact on the various characters and how they respond to it. I would recommend this book to teen and adult readers - it is excellent reading and continues the standard one is used to from Carolyn Miller's previous books. If you are new to her work this would be a good one to start with as it is the first in a new series.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - All thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book:
How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero
whose dreams are plunged into darkness?

Mary Bloomfield's chances for matrimony have long since passed her by as she assists her father with his medical practice in England's beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it's a peaceful life.

Until decorated war hero Adam Edgerton returns, not to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary's caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer--but how can she help this man see any hope when his dreams are wasted by his condition?

Together they struggle to find a way forward for him, and slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal--and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their hearts for answers to find any future path with happiness at its end.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely review! I so appreciate this encouragement.


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