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  • Lovely Ending to the author's second Trilogy

    I don’t often give Five Star reviews, but I think that this book deserved it by the end. The Making of Mrs Hale is her sixth book, the conclusion of her second trilogy set in Regency Britain. It follows Julia Hale, the sister of a nobleman who disappeared in the first book in this series, eloping to Gretna Green with a military man and friend of her brother known as major Thomas Hale. Thomas was known to be a rake and knowing her family would disapprove of her marrying a commoner with no title or lands and such a reputation, they chose a clandestine marriage in Scotland. Eighteen months later, Julia appears destitute and having been apparently abandoned by her husband on the doorstep of one of her friends. What’s more, she has a baby in tow. Here the story begins, and it’s not a typical Regency. The protagonists are already married: but their relationship is fractured through separation, secrets, betrayal and emotional trauma. There are many other Regency stories which involve rakish characters making right, and this could have following that formula, but does not. At least, not slavishly. Julia’s family apparently hate Thomas for what he did to her (or what they believe he did), but she struggles to love and trust him, and win their acceptance and approval. Above all, it’s a story of reconciliation: of husband and wife, family, friends, and ultimately reconciliation with God. There is also a strong element of danger and intrigue in this story, with a possible plot against Thomas by a corrupt army officer and a secret mission gone wrong. This provided a lot of interesting details about the 19th century military and some government offices. It also was a good way of incorporating characters from the earlier books into the story but might be a little confusing for those who have not read them. Above all there was a very strong emphasis on the spiritual maturity of the characters, and a very strong salvation message. There was a great deal of grace involved, and Thomas’s reasons for hesitating and doubting in his faith were credible. Indeed, I find myself highlighting many passages about mercy, forgiveness and repentance. I did feel a few incidents were implausible or not properly accounted for: like how did Julia manage to travel all the way from Edinburgh to London in such dire straits and with no money? Overall though, it was a lovely confusion to the story. Thanks to Kregel for inviting me to read this book via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Wonderful book!

    This is a very well written book that grabs you on the first page! I didn't want it to end but I had to know what was going to happen next. You won't regret getting this book. Thank you Kregel Publications via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion of this book.

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  • Excellent

    This is a Regency romance type of book. It is a Christian book but not at all preachy. You can see God's hand throughout the book, though. The story has a bit of a twist from other novels of this type. I will not give it away, but I found it quite interesting. It switched back and forth between the two main characters but in a smooth fashion. The story flowed well. The characters were quite well developed, at least the main characters and the mother. The editing was also done well. I asked to read and review this book through Netgalley..com. Yes, I was given an ebook with no charge. No, I was not required to leave a review. I do recommend you read this book, I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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  • Regency worth reading

    The Making of Mrs. Hale By Carolyn Miller Following her heart Julia Hale runs off to Gretna Green with her beloved, Major Thomas Hale. While Thomas’s rakish behavior is softened by Julia, he gets caught up in his past which causes confusion for Julia. Julia’s family disapprove of the match from the beginning and their low opinion seems to be proven from Major Hales recent behavior. But is Major Hale the person he seems to be or is he as honest and true as Julia feels she knows him to be. Although I read the first two books of this series, I required a bit of reading into the book before I had the story straight in my mind. The intrigue developed caused me to be confused at times but not so much that I wanted to put it down. I think this was a well written regency that revealed a not so typical romance.

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  • Realistic and SOOO good!!

    Ms. Miller has outdone herself with this one! "The Making of Mrs. Hale" reaches new heights of emotional and literary talent! Join Thomas and Julia on a roller-coaster ride as the try to navigate the muddied waters of a marriage that began with lies and struggles to continue through misunderstandings and betrayal. Can forgiveness truly reach down SO far? I am SO excited about this book! It was everything I could've wanted and then some, everything I've come to expect and appreciate from this amazingly talented modern-day Jane Austen, and more! I can't even begin to put into words how moving and thoroughly enjoyable this book was! Having been through an ordeal myself, I can appreciate the very real struggle to forgive and move past the unforgettable and seemingly unforgivable. This book spoke to me and moved me in a way not many have done. Bravo, Ms. Miller! You've, once again, managed to tackle a tough subject with the authorly skill that only a true master of the craft could!

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