Pride, prejudice and forgiveness...
Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.
Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.
Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known
LOVE IT! :D I'm a HUGE fan of Jane Austen and Carolyn's style reflects Jane's beautifully! Actually it has everything I LOVE, but isn't as hard for me to read as Jane's. And while The Elusive Miss Ellison took a little while for me to get into because it did require a little more brain power than some books ;) , I absolutely LOVED this book!!! Once I was used to the style and flow the story just carried me away! I did not want this to end! These two characters had SO much against them and their relationship! The turmoil was rampant!!!!! LOL! The cast of characters is fantastic! From the good to cheer for and the not so good to get frustrated with, and throw in some in between; everyone brings something different to the table! Nicholas for one is a character that starts out frustrating and troubled, but transforms into a great hero! I truly LOVE the Faith messages throughout; this book is filled with the truth of forgiveness and the peace of redemption!!!! Pride and prejudice yet it's own unique story; I can't WAIT for the next book!!!!! HIGHLY recommend this one!!!!!!!
Songs to come, suggestions welcome! :)
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book from Kregel for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Elusive Miss Ellison. ~ASC