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Review: Midnight’s Budding Morrow

Today I’m reviewing Midnight’s Budding Morrow, a Christian regency romance novel by Carolyn Miller.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher as part of Read with Audra blog tours. This post includes Amazon affiliate links.

My Review

Midnight’s Budding Morrow is Book 2 in the Carolyn Miller’s Regency Wallflowers series. I read and reviewed the first book in the series, Dusk’s Darkest Shores, last year. I had been looking forward to reading the next book in the series, and Midnight’s Budding Morrow did not disappoint. Unless I didn’t pick up on it, this story is unrelated to the first book in the series, other than they are the same period and theme. That makes Book 2 a stand-alone novel, so you won’t need to have read Book 1 to understand the back story.

The plot of Midnight’s Budding Morrow revolves around a “marriage of convenience,” which isn’t convenient for either party nor did either of them exactly agree to it. The circumstances seem a little contrived, but I am always willing to suspend believability for a good story. This one was inspiring and thoroughly entertaining. It kept me turning the pages to find out how all the problems would be resolved.

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

Can real love grow between a wallflower and an unrepentant rogue?

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend time with her best friend at her crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Matrimony is the last thing on her mind and the last thing she expects to be faced with on a holiday. Yet she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend’s rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family’s estate, he can’t be bothered to pay attention to his responsibilities as the heir. War is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father’s stunning decree: marry before returning to war, or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he does not love.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. It isn’t until her husband returns from war seemingly changed that she begins to hope they may find real happiness. But can she trust that this rake has truly reformed?

When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and his plans. Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope?

Click here to read an excerpt.

About the Author

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.
 
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.

Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. 
 
Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynmillerauthor.com, or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author)Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor)

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