Will a damaged reputation and desire for society's approval thwart the legacy of grace?
Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She's lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's society mama is appalled at the new company she's keeping.
Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughter--not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?
My Review: This is the third novel in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series, it's time for Clara's story. For those who have read The Elusive Miss Ellison, you will recognize Clara as the woman who caused so much trouble for Lavinia and Nicholas.
Now Clara finds herself on the fringes of society, scorned by many after the 'scandal. She is completely at the mercy of the gossiping elite, and it doesn't help that her brother has made matters worse with his behavior. Banished to Brighton for a time, she encounters the Kemsleys. The Captain and his sisters. Once again, Miller captivates with old-fashioned discourse and all its understated distinctions.
Once again the author has written a wonderful, story that will make your head spin and keep the reader wanting more. There is adventure, jealousy, kidnap, revenge and of course romance. But more than anything there is the story of forgiveness, redemption and the big one grace. A story that shows a God that brings us restoration, second chances, and new beginnings. We learn that there is more to life than social status, money or power, it is about God, His love, His forgiveness and showing that to others.
Forgiveness and guilt are the two themes that are presented in the storyline. Past behavior means we need to forgive ourselves and others.
I truly enjoyed this series and I certainly will look for more from this author!
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