Title: The Captivating Lady Charlotte
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel Publications
“He had to trust both God and Charlotte. Trust that God truly did have good plans as promised in the Bible, and trust Charlotte would learn to love him …,” William considers in Carolyn Miller’s novel, The Captivating Lady Charlotte.
~ What ~
Second in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, this three-hundred-and-twelve-page paperback targets those interested in a Christian romance involving a relationship between two individuals of different ages, backgrounds, and status. The book includes notes and acknowledgments at the end.
Set in 1814 in England, beautiful eighteen-year-old Charlotte Featherington expectantly begins her coming-out season to find a husband. With a dotting, over-bearing mother, she loves the attention of the opposite sex, allowing herself to be infatuated with one of them. When she meets, Duke William Hartington, she shows no interest due to the rumors and gossips about his past wife, their relationship, and her death. After being prompted into an arranged marriage, the naïve girl wants to only marry for love, while her betrothed has a fear of trusting another woman.
~ Why ~
If you enjoy romantic tales from the eighteen-hundreds in England where propriety, manners, societal norms, and appearances are of utmost importance, this short story covers the gambit of life in England between a flirtatious, naïve girl coming of age and a cautious, untrusting widow. With a few characters from the prior book in the series, it furthers a past story as its characters deal with their trials through relying on God. I like the details of the country life and living in a small town and appreciate the author adding the importance of praying to the Almighty.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or want a personable relationship with Jesus Christ may avoid this book. Some may not like a predictable read of two main characters who are years apart in age and misunderstand each other as they figure what is important in life.
~ Wish ~
I wish both main characters’ situations and ending were not so predictable. As with the prior book, sometimes I had trouble understanding who was speaking.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a series of romances in England two hundred years ago, this second in a trilogy that involves love and trust between two opposites is a quick, stand-alone read.
Thanks to the Book Club Network, Kregel Publications, and the author for this book that I am reviewing freely.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.