Thursday, October 18, 2018

Miss Serena's Secret

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MILLER, CAROLYN
MISS SERENA'S SECRET

With devastating scars in her past, Serena Winthrop is sure no man can be trusted -- especially not men like the far-too-smooth Viscount Charmichael. His reputation as a charmer and a gambler is everything she despises. And the young artist makes sure that this disreputable heir to an Earldom knows of her deep disapproval whenever they encounter one another.

Henry, Lord Carmichael, is perfectly aware of his charms to the women of the ton. He's gambled with plenty of their hearts as easily as he does their husband's money -- it's all in good fun to him. But lately he's been wondering if there's more to life -- and confronting the idea that his actions might not prove worthy of the admirable wives his friends have found.

When Serena's brother-in-law asks his best friend to protect his young ward, Henry promises to be on his best behavior and not woo her. But the more he learns of her, the more he realizes she might be his best reason for changing his character. Then the lady's art leads her to London infamy. Now Henry must choose between the life mapped out for him as the Earl apparent, and the love of his life. And Serena's secret may mean the end of his family's titled line.

My Review:

I’m all in a giddy tilt-a-whirl of delight over another sublime Regency Romance by Carolyn Miller! Be sure to dust off those fainting couches and have a stock of smelling salts and fans on hand because...well...

Henry!!! Currently a Viscount but soon to be an Earl, who is also somewhat of a morose rake when first we meet. Though jaded with his lifestyle, he isn’t quite ready to embrace the idea of change. If only his friends hadn’t found such delightful wives and seem so happy! I do so adore a reluctant-to-reform rake caught in the crosshairs of an enchanting woman!

But Serena is so aloof and mysterious — and amusingly frank — how can Henry resist? Despite the fact that he has promised his best friend (and Serena’s brother-in-law) that he won’t woo the lady.

What follows is a tangled web of angst and emotional mayhem full of the kind of ‘Regency speak’ that thrilled me to my toes! And the drawing room shenanigans...be still my heart, I feel a fit of  the vapours coming on!

And Miller always includes a host of compelling secondary characters — some of whom I love to hate! Serena’s mother is just as clueless and exasperating as she was in ‘Winning Miss Winthrop’ and there’s a truly viperous ‘lady’ who still makes me shudder. (Side note: you don’t need to read WMW to enjoy MSS but Serena is Catherine’s sister so there are scrumptious bits of Jon and Catherine that made me very happy.)

And if you think it can’t get better than all that — well, you’d be wrong because the author includes a moving inspirational thread that brings depth and meaning to an unforgettable love story.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Miss Serena's Secret, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 21 2108. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

36 comments:

  1. Nice review and sounds good. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom. How's the Laptop, working or dead and buried.

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    1. The laptop is languishing in the ICU as we speak. I’m using public library and phone — sigh! Good luck, Kim!

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  2. Welcome back, Kav! =) I hope all your laptop troubles were easy to fix?
    Would love to be entered. I need to try this author, I keep seeing her name!
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    1. Nope not fixed but I am making clever use of my public library and my phone. Yes, you must give this author a try sometime! Good luck, Nicole!

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  3. Love this author's books! Can't wait for the opportunity to read "MISS SERENA'S SECRET". Love me a romance with strong characters backed up by a host of other cool folks just to keep you on your toes and that has a wonderful message to it to book.

    Thank you for the marvelous chance to win a copy!

    If you got it fixed or figured out, you sure move faster than me. I'm strictly a "Dale fix this thing" gal. By the way, Dale is my hubby who is use to my call for help after 35+ years. :)
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    1. Sigh, I don’t have a Dale so my laptop is away getting fixed...maybe! I’m using the computers at the library and at least I can post comments on my phone. Good luck, Kay!

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  4. Welcome back, my book πŸ“– twin. I love this series.

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    1. Are we Regency twinning now? The next book comes out very soon, l think.

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  5. Again! You have picked one of my favorite authors. This one is just as good as the rest. I am expecting Mrs. Hale in the mail soon!
    Everyone! Pick this one up! It’s great!

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    1. Don’t you just love her books?! This one definitely left me hungering for Mrs. Hale — my mind is in a whirl thinking up all the possible scenarios!

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  6. I do adore a good regency romance. I'm currently reading A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter. I haven't yet read any of Carolyn Miller's books but we do have Captivating Lady Charlotte on our book club list for next year. Thanks for the chance to win Miss Serena's Secret.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Kristi Ann Hunter is another swoon worthy Regency author! I can’t seem to get enough! Good luck, Pam!

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  7. I love these regency romances!
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  8. I have read a couple of her books, but not this one. Such sweet stories, with swoon worthy characters and plots! Thanks for the chance Kav. I hope the computer issues get resolved for you soon. As much fun as the library is, using their internet isn't as exciting as perusing their books. :)

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    1. Yes, Carolyn Miller has a way with swoon worthy Regencies. Good luck, Laura!

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  9. My fainting couch is ready! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I do so love a prepared reader! Good luck, Melanie!

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  10. All you gotta say is Regency and I'm all aflutter!

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  11. I'm curious about those drawing room shenanigans.
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  12. Welcome back, Kav! I've been in the same boat as you before and love that our library has computer access. I love our local library. Sometimes, it's a home away from home. Lol. Regardless of how, I'm happy to see you back. tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Terrill — where would we be without our libraries?! Good luck!

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  13. Good to see you again! Oh swoon worthy, yes please! LattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  14. KAV, It's great having you back! Thank you for the fabulous review and the opportunity to win a copy.
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  15. Thanks for the chance 😍🍯🐝😍
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  16. I KNOW, RIGHT!?!? Her books are SOOO GOOD!!! I absolutely ADORED Miss Serena's Secret! (Can't wait for The Making of Mrs. Hale! Out soon!)
    Don't enter me, cause I already own and have read itπŸ˜‰

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    1. I’m such a fan! And didn’t she do such a great lead up to Mrs Hale?!

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway!

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