The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, book three of the REGENCY BRIDES, A Legacy of Grace, was a different kind of read for me. I’m always a tad careful when reading about characters who were presented in a negative light in a previous story. Carolyn didn’t disappoint, what an excellent and hopeful novel, well written and entertaining! The humor fairly bounces on the pages of this story. Even so, this novel touched on topics of currant up-to-date concerns with that wonderful Regency spin to it. The main heroine, Miss Clara DeLancey has depth and holds my interest. She is believable and I grow to like her, which is vital for me to enjoy a novel.
Captain Benjamin Kemsley was a fine hero for this heroine with his own deep regrets. There is a thread of imperfection in these characters and another one for overcoming against expectations—and shall I say it—self expectations too. Can’t we all relate to those? Other support characters were entertaining and delightful as well! I’ve never read a Carolyn Miller book that I didn’t adore. She is Jane Austin and Julie Klassen all wrapped up in one! I’ve also see her compared to Georgette Heyer—who I can’t say as I’ve never read those books. But if Georgette is anything like Carolyn than I’d love to read her stores also! I highly recommend this novel and I found it useful, entertaining and delightful!
Questions for Carolyn:
Have you been to Brighton Cliffs, England where part of this story takes place?
I visited Brighton in 2015, and actually went on a tour of the magnificent Royal Pavilion (mentioned in The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey), which is definitely worth doing if you ever visit Brighton. My time there was short that I didn’t go to the top of the Brighton cliffs, but did visit the pebble-filled beach below. On my website I even have a link to the exact house Clara lives in, so you can ‘see’ her house – 200 years on. ☺
Would you say that hope and delight are in your DNA? (Your stories seem to share those qualities!)
Well, thank you! That’s a lovely compliment! I suppose I am hopeful (because I’m hope-filled), and I suspect I’m kinda curious, and I do delight in wordplay and puns. I’m finding some stories are written in lighter or darker seasons than others, which can affect the tone of the novel, but I hope that all of my books point to ultimate hope in God.
How do you write your stories? Longhand, type those pages, or recording? 😊
It’s a bit of a mix, actually! Often I’ll get story ideas (usually when I’m asleep in bed) that need to written down at once so the ‘magic’ doesn’t disappear, but lately I’ve discovered the fun of recording thoughts as I go walking. That can be a great way to record some of the conversations my characters have. But mostly it’s tap-tapping away on my laptop.
Did you ever name a character after your cat or dog or pet of any kind?
Not yet! Although my daughter has named her budgie after one of my favourite Jane Austen characters, Captain Wentworth!
Will you bring a book to read during your travel when you visit Nashville and Vancouver? Do you want to share a title or author? 😉
Probably – but it’s a while before I pack, so I’ll have to see!
Did you want to share anything you found particularly special about writing Miss Clara DeLancey or Captain Benjamin Kemsley?
I wanted to write a sibling book, and I think Ben’s relationship with his sisters and brother are fairly real in showing the ups and downs of family dynamics. I really like their interactions, which serve as a contrast with the far more strained relationship Clara shares with her brother. It’s interesting to contemplate how family dynamics can influence a person’s personality and character – for good or for evil – and to be reminded that not everyone is blessed with a healthy family situation.
Your covers are lovely, are you involved with picking out the final artwork?
Kregel have been very good to me, and have allowed me to have a great deal of say in what elements are included in the covers. For The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey I wanted something to reflect her ‘God revelation’ moments which occur at the top of the cliffs when the sun is setting. I think the cover designers do an excellent job!
I see by browsing your WEB page www.carolynmillerauthor.com that you have another series on the way! What would you like to tell us about this new series?
This new series concerns Catherine Winthrop and her sister, Serena, and their family, on their quest from tragedy to finding hope. Each novel in the trilogy focuses on a different character with their own different personality quirks and challenges. Sweet and shy Catherine Winthrop’s story Winning Miss Winthrop releases March 27, 2018 while her artistic sister has her own story, Miss Serena’s Secret, which releases July 24, 2018 and the third novel, The Making of Mrs. Hale, releases November 27, 2018.
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