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?
When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together--without finances, family support, or royal favor?
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is full of the captivating, flawed characters, fascinating historical details, and masterful writing that Carolyn Miller's fans have come to know in The Elusive Miss Ellison and The Captivating Lady Charlotte. If you love Lori Wick, Georgette Heyer, and other clean, wholesome Regency romance, you'll love this third book in the Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series.
Author Miller has done it again. She has captured my attention and pulled me into her third Regency romance and this one done with a character that was previously thought of as the villain. Clara DeLancey had set her sights on Lord Hawkesbury in the The Elusive Miss Ellison and tried to win his favor in marriage against Miss Ellison the heroin we were rooting for. She shows up briefly in the second novel at the Hawkesbury estate after a very emotional loss for the married couple. We saw briefly she might have changed towards the good, but whenever she was in the picture she would set my teeth on edge.
But in the capable hands of the author, she shows us who Clara really is. The pain of the rejection of the man she truly loved, promises that were broken, the scandal her brother brought on the family, and her overbearing mother. All this within the context that now at the age of 25 she was becoming an old maid especially since her parents still would not consider anyone they thought below her station in life. Oh how I felt for her. She was hurt and heart sore, crushed in her spirit. The gossips wounded her and her family, her reputation was in tatters. In this story, her story, we see the real Clara DeLancey. And I must say, she has turned out to be my favorite of all The Regency Brides in author Miller’s series.
And Captain Benjamin Kemsley was the perfect hero for her. Though I would have liked more interaction between them, I do believe that due to their different stations in life the story was very realistic. The absences definitely made the hearts grow fonder.
Do not miss out on this entire series. It is worth escaping into and reading and rereading again. I look forward to what stories are next by this author.
I was provided a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.