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 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.
“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!GIVEAWAY
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