Tainted by scandal, forced to remove to Brighton from London, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. A chance encounter sees a friendship slowly form with the sisters of an injured Naval captain, whose faith and blunt, high spirits are everything her mother despises.
Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife, especially not the penniless daughter of a Viscount, but the mysteries surrounding her appeal to his sense of fair play. But how can he dare to dream the impossible, when all his attention should be toward helping those he’d failed to protect?
Pushed into the highest echelons of Society, they must decide if maintaining family honour is more important than their hopes, while seeking to right the wrongs of the past, through the legacy of Grace.
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Desperation clings to Clara DeLancey so tightly that even the gale winds atop a cliff can’t break her free. Scandal plagues her thoughts and motives. If only thing had been different. If only life had turned out how she planned. But dwelling on the what ifs only leads to a darker, deeper depression that Clara can’t shake free. As Clara and her parents hide away in a small town away from scandal and societal whispers, Clara befriends the local Pastor’s wife, a vibrant and free-spirited woman who’s warmth begins to thaw away the pain of Clara’s past. And when a handsome sea captain keeps popping up everywhere Clara goes, might her future be more hopeful than her past?
I’m going to make a major statement here and say that Clara DeLancey’s story has laid claim as the number one heroine of Carolyn Miller’s works. Yes, thats correct – book three, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, is my favorite book in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series! It is so good!!
Clara’s struggle with depression was extremely relatable. The temptation of self destruction, not to mention the immense self-doubt she faced throughout the whole novel, was something I found mirrored in my own story. Something, I believe, that quite a few people can relate with in their lives. And yet, throughout the tale, we see the hand of God moving throughout Clara’s life, leading her to Him.
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is a powerful example of God’s grace and redemption, and I know that this book – nay this series – will be a re-read of mine for years to come! Carolyn Miller is a must-read author and I am incredibly excited to see what she writes next!! In the meantime, I have this exquisite series to re-read and keep me blissfully sighing as I root for love to conquer all. 🙂
Be sure to check out the first two novels in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series. You can read my reviews here: