“Dusk’s Darkest Shores” by Carolyn Miller
Book One in the Regency Wallflowers Series
My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
About the series:
While most stories set in Regency England focus on the rich, the young, and the beautiful, award-winning author Carolyn Miller decided she wanted to give readers something different for a change. Her new Regency Wallflowers series follows the commoners, away from the hustle and bustle of 1810s London, out in the Lake District of England. She tells the stories of women who are slightly older and have few prospects for marriage, women who might be considered “wallflowers.”
About the book:
How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness?
Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England’s beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it’s a peaceful life.
That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home 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 brightness in his future when he’s plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?
Adam wants no charity, but he’s also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy 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 closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.
Best-selling author Carolyn Miller is back with a fresh series that will not only thrill readers eager for more of her work, but bring in new fans looking for beautiful writing, fascinating research, deftly woven love stories, and real faith lived out in the Regency period.
Click here to read an excerpt.
This was such a lovely story! The characters were definitely my favorite part of the story, as they came so alive, and were so realistic. The plot was captivating too, and the setting beautiful.
I loved Mary and Adam – they didn’t immediately become a pair, but their banter throughout the whole story was so much fun. And I loved how they both slowly realized their fondness for each other. There were some sad moments in this book, and each character went through some growth, which only made the story stronger. But truly, the friendship between Mary and Adam was just the best, and they were very sweet. The ending had me ‘awwing’ out loud. ^.^
I’m excited for this new series, featuring “wallflowers”, for they make some wonderful characters who are perhaps unseen at first.Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Enter HERE to win a fun prize pack inspired by the book and its English setting that includes:
– a copy of Dusk’s Darkest Shores
– a canvas bag to carry your latest reads
– a fun pair of Jane Austen socks
– Novel Teas’ English Breakfast tea
– “Drink tea, read books, and be happy” tea spoon
– “Let your faith be bigger than your fear” mug
– Black currant preserves from England
– Wax Lyrical candle from England
*I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.