Saturday, May 26, 2018

Review: Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller

From the Back of the Book

Years ago, the man who stole Catherine Winthrop's heart rejected her--and she's never recovered from the grief. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it’s her home and her family's good name.

Jonathan Carlew's serious demeanor and connection to trade, not to mention the rumors surrounding his birth, have kept him from being a favorite of the ladies, or their parents. Now, suddenly landed and titled, he finds himself with plenty of prospects. But his demanding society responsibilities keep pressing him into service to the one woman who captured his heart long ago--and then ran off with it.

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won't want to miss this new set of characters--or appearances by their old favorites.

My Thoughts

I was drawn in to this book right away by Catherine. I liked her character immediately because I could see her kind heart in the first chapter. 

I thought the book had a touch of a Cinderella story (which I always love) because of how Catherine's mother was demanding and selfish. Catherine exhibited Christ-like love to her mother on MANY occasions and I liked her more and more each time this happened.

Jonathan had so much integrity. I just loved that about him! He was trying to do right by everyone.

I was cheering for Jonathan and Catherine to get together through the entire book. I felt like there was good tension between them and in each scene in which they were together I kept wondering if this is the scene they'd realize they were meant to be.

I was inspired spiritually by this book which is something I just love about a Christian fiction novel. The first spiritual element I noticed was when Jonathan was praying about whether he should marry Miss Beauchamp and he felt like his prayers were not being answered with a yes or no from God. Have you ever had a situation like that? I have and I feel like most times the answer was "no", I just wasn't willing to accept it. Whenever I feel like that, I've learned to pray for peace and then move in the direction in which I feel the peace.

The other spiritual lesson I took away from this book came from the scene where Catherine fell in some "dung" and couldn't get cleaned up. She was upset by this (and who wouldn't be?), but it ultimately kept her safe from an unsavory individual. That reminded me that sometimes when things don't go my way, God is really protecting me.

This was a good storyline with strong spiritual elements throughout the book. If you like historical Christian fiction, I recommend this book!


  1. Thanks Ellie! So glad you enjoyed- and even gladder you were encouraged! Xx