Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Dusk’s Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller (Blog Tour Review and GIVEAWAY)


I LOVE Regency romance.  Even better are clean Regency romances.  I’m excited to discover a new to me Regency author, Carolyn Miller. 

Mary Bloomfield is firmly on the shelf.  She is a nice, but plain woman and is a wallflower at any party.  There is a lack of men with the Napoleonic Wars raging and she unfortunately has not found someone to love. Her life is nevertheless fulfilling as she helps her father, who is a doctor, as a nurse in their neighborhood in England’s Lake District. 

Mary finds herself caring her brother’s childhood friend, Adam Edgerton, after he returns from the Napoleonic Wars with a disease.  He struggles with how to continue on with his life with his newfound handicap.  He is depressed and frustrated, but with the help of caring Mary, will he be able to find a new path in life?

I greatly enjoyed this story.  I really cared for the characters.  I loved how caring Mary was, but to tell the truth, I really enjoyed her very annoying and selfish sister as well. I like that Mary was deeply rooted in her faith and used prayer to help those cases that were the hardest.    I also like that this book really looked at the struggles they both faced and how they worked through them with the power of their faith. 

There was also a sad side story about a young woman who is a victim of rape and is shamed by the village.  Her story really saddened me.  I liked that Mary had compassion for this young woman.

I loved the author’s note at the end of the novel explaining her research and her faith journey.  It was very interesting.

Favorite Quotes:

“Music and laughter swirled through the assembly room, a shiny, animated scene within a life-sized bauble.” – What a great first line!!

“Perhaps such was the nature of love, that one could be blind to the folly of the chosen object of affection.”

Overall, Dusk’s Darkest Shores was a great Regency romance that focused on the characters faith journey.  I enjoyed it.

Book Source:  Review copy from Kregel Publications for being a part of the Blog Tour.  Thank-you!


Enter 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

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  1. I have not read this series, but it sounds great. I read several Regency mysteries, including the Jane Austen ones by Stephanie Barron.

    1. I love the Stephanie Barron series. I need to find more Regency mysteries!!

  2. I enjoy reading books like this one a lot, too. :)

  3. Laura, this regency romance sounds positively wonderful! I enjoyed reading your well-written review, and the quotations, too, of course. Thank you for hosting this generous giveaway. I will add your giveaway to my blog's sidebar.

    1. Thank-you for your kind words and for adding the giveaway to your blog's sidebar!!

  4. Thank you for the review. Regency type romances are my thing too.

    1. I just love them!! I love reading about them on your blog as well.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely review! I’m so glad you enjoyed Mary and Adam’s story.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely review xx

  7. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely review! ❤️

    1. You are welcome! I loved this novel and can't wait to read your next one.