About the Book
Book: Midnight’s Budding Morrow
Series: Regency Wallflowers #2
Author: Carolyn Miller
Genre: Christian Regency Romance
Release date: May 31, 2022
Can real love grow between a wallflower and an unrepentant rogue?
Sarah Drayton is eager to spend time with her best friend at her crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Matrimony is the last thing on her mind and the last thing she expects to be faced with on a holiday. Yet she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend’s rakish brother.
When James Langley returns to his family’s estate, he can’t be bothered to pay attention to his responsibilities as the heir. War is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father’s stunning decree: marry before returning to war, or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he does not love.
Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. It isn’t until her husband returns from war seemingly changed that she begins to hope they may find real happiness. But can she trust that this rake has truly reformed?
When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and his plans. Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope?
Midnight’s Budding Morrow by Carolyn Miller showcases just how excellent a storyteller and writer Carolyn Miller is. I enjoyed this novel for several typical reasons: it’s fast-paced, it’s a unique story line, the characters are well-crafted, and the conflicts are many! This is another book I stayed up well past my bedtime to read. What I really enjoyed about this book is how many times I wanted to throw this book against the wall. I know, that sounds so odd a thing to like, but hear me out. When a book makes me that frustrated it’s typically because the characters are so well written and the conflicts so well depicted that everything feels so real and relatable. I wanted so badly to enter this narrative and shake some sense into each character. And the secondary characters … WHOA! Some of them need serious smacking upside the head. Yeah, I’m talking about you, Copely and Dawson. In all honesty though, it really was a very interactive read for me. LOL!
When I consider the book as a whole, what I enjoyed the most is James’s character. He’s so well-rounded. He begins as a deplorable rake. In fact, he’s really icky at first. And so mean to Sarah. But, as happens often, life kicks his butt a bit and James is led to a right and real relationship with God. What I really love about his character is how hard he works to make his earthly relationships better once he realizes just how badly he’s damaged them. I appreciate that he recognizes his part in the hurt and loss of trust. He never blames anyone for his part in the broken relationships. The whole novel is James’s journey to fixing things. It takes a lot of work (and I love that Miller illustrates this fact). There are days where James makes great strides in healing his broken relationships, but then there are days where he fails. And those fail days make one feel like giving up. But James doesn’t give up. Instead, he asks for forgiveness and tries again. I enjoyed watching James go from rake to hero. And what a hero he becomes!
Midnight’s Budding Morrow is an excellent story. I highly recommend this book. If you are a fan of fantastic Inspirational Regency Romances then definitely purchase a copy of this story today. You will not be disappointed you did!
I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on May 30, 2022, in order to read and review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.