1 Jun 2021

Dusk's Darkest Shores by Carolyn Milller: Audra Jennings Blog Tour and Giveaway!

 Regency Wallflowers #1
320 Pages, May 18th 2021, Kregel Publications
Print and Ebook 

How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness?

Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England's beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it's a peaceful life.

That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary's caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer--but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he's plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?

Adam wants no charity, but he's also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal--and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.

Best-selling author Carolyn Miller is back with a fresh series that will not only thrill readers eager for more of her work, but bring in new fans looking for beautiful writing, fascinating research, deftly woven love stories, and real faith lived out in the Regency period.



                                               My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Carolyn Miller has delivered another excellent and multi-layered Regency tale with Dusk's Darkest Shores.

It is peopled with interesting, complex yet sympathetic characters and explores real life scenarios (some controversial) with sensitivity.
These aspects make it more than just a straight out romance, and add to the human drama of the story.
Readers will know that I don't always appreciate novels in which the religious themes come over as forced, heavy handed or preachy. Thankfully, you get none of that here, instead they are woven into the story and come naturally.
Characters do question their faith, and wonder why terrible things happen to Christians, and the answers are not always forthcoming, but they still cling to their faith.

I personally also loved the little dog Frank, whom I count as one of the major characters in the story.

Thanks to Audra Jennings for accepting me on the Blog Tour of this title. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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