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  • Inspirational

    After reading Carolyn Miller’s first book in the Regency Wallflowers I thought Dusk’s Darkest Shores was a brilliant title. We all go through events in our lives that are disappointing and heartbreaking. As the story is told, we are reminded that what each of us does and how we respond when faced with these things makes all the difference. Adam Edgerton was the village’s handsome war hero who had everything to look forward to until an unexpected illness he contracted while fighting changed all of that. He was thrown into despair and would need someone to help him see life can be beautiful once again. I loved that he chose to find the good in his circumstances and didn’t lose hope. When his faith was tested He chose to still believe in God and His goodness. Mary Bloomfield was the true hero of the story. She chose to repeatedly forgive when wronged, gave selflessly to others in the village, and put aside her desires of marrying and happiness in order to honor a friend. At first she reluctantly helped Adam because her father, the local doctor, needed her to check on Adam and assist him. She provided encouragement, support, and friendship when Adam wanted to push her away and give into despair at times. Mary was the medicine that Adam needed and I loved watching their relationship develop and grow into something special. In Adam’s words to Mary he said, “After all, it was you who inspired me to dare to dream.” The proposal science was fabulous. When the “I do” was spoken, I couldn’t help but say, “Aww. That was sweet!” This is an inspirational story and recommend reading it. I look forward to reading more books in this series. Thank you to the author, NetGalley, and Kregel Publications of a copy of the book. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Exemplary

    This latest addition to Author Carolyn Miller’s collection of Regency novels is a whirlwind of emotion, deep thought and beauty! I’ve always been a HUGE fan of wallflower-type stories, so the series name alone (Regency Wallflowers) was enough to have me anticipating this book’s release. But it turned out to be oh-so-much more than I could’ve imagined! Ms. Miller never disappoints with weaving strong Christian threads into her stories and making you care for the characters’ spiritual outcomes just as much (or more than!) their physical ones. I love that! I was completely enamored with these characters! I loved Adam and Mary both to pieces! The story and the setting were both brought to the pages with such feeling that I was immediately immersed into the world of this time and place. I didn’t think it was possible for me to fall any more in love with this author’s work, but she proved me wrong once again. And I have every faith that she will continue doing so with her future works! (I’m so excited and don’t know how I’ll ever be able to bear the wait for the next book in this series!) (p.s. If you’ve read any of Ms. Miller’s earlier novels, you may recognize some names and characters mentioned in this novel! If you haven’t, it will make no difference to the plot of the story, as this one seems to be a lot less intertwined with the stories and characters of her former books as her previous novels were.) As an aside, I am one who will read through every single word in a book. That includes endorsements and dedications at the beginning, along with author’s notes and acknowledgements at the end. Whether you do the same or not, I would encourage you to read through the author’s note at the end of this book at least. It felt like a kind of companion devotional (only a page or two) and made for a great, thought-provoking conclusion to the story!

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  • Wonderful

    I do not know how I would react if I lost my eyesight. I feel the author did a great job in describing how Adam felt when he lost his sight. I really loved how Mary helps Adam to see his new world and be able to work again. I enjoyed the little bit of mystery in the story also. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

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  • Delightful Regency Read

    Dusk’s Darkest Shore is a pure Regency delight set in the Lake District in England. Carolyn Miller gives you all the feels in this amazing love story. I was drawn in from the beginning and did not want the story to end. I felt so connected to main characters Mary Bloomfield and Adam Edgerton. Carolyn Miller writes beautiful and tender scenes between Mary and Adam as we follow their journey from acquaintances to two people who are deeply in love. Her secondary characters added to the story and I enjoyed watching their transformation. She effortlessly weaves in God’s sovereignty and explores why every prayer is not answered in the story. Dusk’s Darkest Shore is a delightfully written Regency story with authentic characters, some mystery, and a timeless love story. Regency readers will love the attention to detail of the times and will be looking forward to the next two books in the series. I highly recommend it. I was given the book by the publisher and not required to write a review.

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  • Refreshing Regency Story (Not About Aristocracy)

    Carolyn Miller’s newest release is a refreshing perspective on the lives of commoners during the regency era in the lake district of England. It’s a unique take on this genre, shifting the focus from the aristocracy with their marriage pursuits to those working the land. Dusk’s Darkest Shores features a disabled hero, who learns to deal with his disability through the efforts of the town doctor’s daughter, Mary. Adam, the war hero, returns home with little fanfare, instead becoming the subject of gossip and harsh critiques. Upon the insistence of Adam’s parents and Mary’s father, she helps the injured soldier learn to function with his disability. She helps him to live again. Mary is a sensible character who is unjustly treated in the town. She is kind, intelligent, and a faithful helper to her doctor father. She is a woman of faith, and appears to have the gift of healing. Yet, she is resolved that her lot in life is to remain single as England is desperately short on eligible bachelors to wed. One can’t help but to feel Adam’s agony as he deals with the reality that faces him when he returns home. As he struggles with his new reality, Adam proves to be an honorable character. He has seen much of the world as a soldier and doesn’t care much for talk around town and desires to be the son he should have been before he left for war. The pages are peppered with colourful characters – some endearing, some not. Youthfulness is contrasted with mature steadfastness as Mary converses with many of the younger, single women in town. There are enough medical problems in town to keep Mary focused on assisting her father, and she chooses to work hard instead of lamenting over singleness. There’s a bit of a mystery going on, a tragic circumstance that has Mary questioning her faith, a broken engagement, topped off with a sweet story of friendship. Of course there is a happily-ever-after, but maybe not quite what you may expect. I didn’t miss the pomp and circumstance of other regencies, and found myself lost in the story of common people. I look forward to the next book in the Wallflowers Series.

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