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Marry in haste, repent in leisure--Mrs. Hale is about to find out how painful that repentance can truly be. Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn't turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn't know where--or if he's ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to Marry in haste, repent in leisure--Mrs. Hale is about to find out how painful that repentance can truly be. Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn't turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn't know where--or if he's ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they'll forgive her. Especially now that she might be carrying a baby from her brief marriage. Carolyn Miller's clean and wholesome Regency romances continue with The Making of Mrs. Hale, following familiar characters as they learn how restoration can occur by finding hope and healing through a deep relationship with God. Full of rich historical details and witty banter, this series continues to draw in fans of Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Julie Klassen.


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Marry in haste, repent in leisure--Mrs. Hale is about to find out how painful that repentance can truly be. Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn't turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn't know where--or if he's ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to Marry in haste, repent in leisure--Mrs. Hale is about to find out how painful that repentance can truly be. Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn't turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn't know where--or if he's ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they'll forgive her. Especially now that she might be carrying a baby from her brief marriage. Carolyn Miller's clean and wholesome Regency romances continue with The Making of Mrs. Hale, following familiar characters as they learn how restoration can occur by finding hope and healing through a deep relationship with God. Full of rich historical details and witty banter, this series continues to draw in fans of Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Julie Klassen.

30 review for The Making of Mrs. Hale

  1. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    “The Making of Mrs. Hale” by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the “Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope” series. It can easily be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series since characters from past books play major roles in this story. And I’m happy to say “The Making of Mrs. Hale” is a great conclusion to this wonderful series! This particular story is different from Ms. Miller’s previous works in that it contains more adult themes. It is still wonderful, but keep in “The Making of Mrs. Hale” by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the “Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope” series. It can easily be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series since characters from past books play major roles in this story. And I’m happy to say “The Making of Mrs. Hale” is a great conclusion to this wonderful series! This particular story is different from Ms. Miller’s previous works in that it contains more adult themes. It is still wonderful, but keep in mind it is a heavier read. I personally appreciate the themes and topics Ms. Miller addresses. These ideas need to be brought to light more in Christian fiction. These are the themes of infidelity in marriage; marriage vows and how sacred they are; and restoration and forgiveness in marriage. So many people take marriage so lightly these days, but this book grapples with what it looks like to really fight for one’s marriage and not give up, even when giving up seems the easier solution. Ms. Miller addresses this all with love and grace, with an emphasis on forgiveness. Besides the themes mentioned above, this story is filled with action, mystery, secrets and a daring escape! The two main characters spend most of their time apart, each dealing with their own issues. It’s a journey of them moving towards one another and God. They learn about forgiveness and trusting God with one’s future and life as a whole. This book contains some wonderful themes! God can use anyone to achieve his purposes. God can forgive anyone of anything because of His great mercy. We are all sinners and what a wonderful thing to discover that He’s not a tyrant, but is love! Content: I give this book a PG-13 rating because of the more adult themes this book addresses. Some examples of the content are: a man mutters a curse, but the actual curse isn’t written; there’s a prostitute; mention of a woman being buxom and a whore; a man has been unfaithful to his wife; a man is drunk; the word “hell” is used; men gamble; people drink alcohol; a married couple is naked in bed together; talk about a married couple having sex (nothing descriptive). Rating: I give this book 5 stars! Genre: Christian fiction; Romance; Regency; Historical I want to thank Carolyn Miller and Kregal Publications for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    3.5/5 I am obsessed with this series aggg can't believe it's over! Like, it's not particularly well-written or anything, but I still love it?? And I don't know why???? It's also a little heavy on the content side - especially since it's about a married couple this time around and talk about adultery, etc. So it wasn't squeaky clean, but neither was it explicit. 15+, but that doesn't mean it's super graphic. Some thoughts: the blurb and cover both misrepresent since (view spoiler)[Julia isn't pregna 3.5/5 I am obsessed with this series aggg can't believe it's over! Like, it's not particularly well-written or anything, but I still love it?? And I don't know why???? It's also a little heavy on the content side - especially since it's about a married couple this time around and talk about adultery, etc. So it wasn't squeaky clean, but neither was it explicit. 15+, but that doesn't mean it's super graphic. Some thoughts: the blurb and cover both misrepresent since (view spoiler)[Julia isn't pregnant in the first part of the book and even when she gets pregnant she doesn't showing until like ... the epilogue. So yeah. #looksnicebutbrandingisoff (hide spoiler)] ALSO: again the backstories were a little confusing. Like ... what all happened? The author is trying to be delicate (in this area *coughs*) but fails at giving the reader cold hard facts with which to make their own judgement on how bad Thomas was, etc. Official review to come later! But yep, it was great! I have no idea why I'm not BURNING this series because it's bad, BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN EXPRESS HOW MUCH I ADORE IT THE CHARACTERS AND THE SETTING AND THE WRITING AND OHMYGOSH SERENA AND HARRY AS A MARRIED COUPLE IS THE BEST THING EVER CAN WE HAVE A SPINOFF THAT IS JUST HARRY MAKING JOKES AND SERENA ROLLING HER EYES BECAUSE I WOULD READ THAT AND LOVE IT AND CHERISH IT. Okay, I'm done. Review to come. Realllllllyyyy... xP

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I admire Regency stories that are different from the norm, and this book explored heavier themes such as infidelity, consequences of rash choices, and forgiveness. I was instantly pulled into the story and even when all seemed hopeless, found myself rooting for Julia and Thomas. They have some pretty insurmountable obstacles to overcome, but they both grow and strengthen through their adversity. I appreciated the message of faith that brought depth to the story and characters. (I received a comp I admire Regency stories that are different from the norm, and this book explored heavier themes such as infidelity, consequences of rash choices, and forgiveness. I was instantly pulled into the story and even when all seemed hopeless, found myself rooting for Julia and Thomas. They have some pretty insurmountable obstacles to overcome, but they both grow and strengthen through their adversity. I appreciated the message of faith that brought depth to the story and characters. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed are my own)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    First of all, this is not your typical light Regency in the style of Georgette Heyer. It’s quite different, and I loved that difference. It works well as a standalone, although characters from previous stories figure prominently. The historical detail is rich, giving an authentic feel to the era’s social mores, society’s structure and demands. The characters are flawed and the situations dealt with are timeless – such as infidelity, betrayal, a questioning faith, etc. I loved that it starts with First of all, this is not your typical light Regency in the style of Georgette Heyer. It’s quite different, and I loved that difference. It works well as a standalone, although characters from previous stories figure prominently. The historical detail is rich, giving an authentic feel to the era’s social mores, society’s structure and demands. The characters are flawed and the situations dealt with are timeless – such as infidelity, betrayal, a questioning faith, etc. I loved that it starts with marriage instead of courtship, for Julia and Thomas have some seemingly insurmountable obstacles to overcome. Forgiveness, second chances, and redemption are beautifully reflected throughout. Another great story by Carolyn Miller!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Carolyn Miller continues to excel in writing outstanding Regency historical romance novels. In The Making of Mrs. Hale, Ms. Miller spins a story that deals with some sensitive issues with grit and grace. This book is unusual in that Julia and Thomas are already married. However, the couple are separated through a series of circumstances as Thomas’s past continues to haunt him. The story switches POV between Julia and Thomas in this heartrending tale. Can they redeem a marriage that had such a fr Carolyn Miller continues to excel in writing outstanding Regency historical romance novels. In The Making of Mrs. Hale, Ms. Miller spins a story that deals with some sensitive issues with grit and grace. This book is unusual in that Julia and Thomas are already married. However, the couple are separated through a series of circumstances as Thomas’s past continues to haunt him. The story switches POV between Julia and Thomas in this heartrending tale. Can they redeem a marriage that had such a fragile beginning? Our hero and heroine have both made poor decisions in their past, yet in spite of their flaws, the reader cannot help but hope for a happy ending. There is plenty of subterfuge, danger and romance in this page-turner, but it is the spiritual message of forgiveness that spoke to this reader’s heart. Ms. Miller deftly paints a picture of how we should reflect the grace and forgiveness to others that God has shown us. Fans of Jane Austen, Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd and Michele Griep will find her a must read. Ever since I read her first book, Carolyn Miller has become one of the authors I will return to again and again. A few of my favorite quotes: "Unforgiveness is a poison that shrivels the heart. It means a person cannot truly live in the present as they're always thinking about the past." "A shepherd's role was what he should have assumed, someone guarding his precious lamb, protecting her from the storms of life, guiding her to shelter." I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the Promise of Hope series. One of my favorite genres is historical fiction and within that Regency is special. So when I discovered Carolyn Miller wrote in this time period, I just had to try her books. I immediately fell in love with her stories and the people who inhabit them. I have devoured each one as they came out. This one is exceptionally good. Hope resonates through this book, even in the midst of hopeless situations. A has The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the Promise of Hope series. One of my favorite genres is historical fiction and within that Regency is special. So when I discovered Carolyn Miller wrote in this time period, I just had to try her books. I immediately fell in love with her stories and the people who inhabit them. I have devoured each one as they came out. This one is exceptionally good. Hope resonates through this book, even in the midst of hopeless situations. A hasty marriage finds Julia and Major Thomas Hale at odds with eachother, mostly because Thomas has gone off on some business and has not returned, putting Julia in a precarious position. Julia has been left to fend for herself. She has run out of funds and slinks back home to London, only to find her brother and her mother gone from their residence. Trouble seems to follow Thomas. Some might find this unrealistic, but I know of several people who fit the adage: If he didn’t have bad luck, he would have no luck at all. Thomas has landed in a Spanish prison, thinking he has left Julia provided for. There is much intrigue as the story plays out. Carolyn Miller shows family loyalty but sometimes at the cost of showing little mercy. Several characters take a journey of faith as they learn to forgive, repent and find their bearings and, yes, hope once more. One of the best parts was the clear-cut message of the Gospel. This was done in an authentic way as people seek the Will of God and as others help to water the faith that is there. Hard subjects such as imprisonment, poverty, and infidelity are handled with finesse and grace. It is nice to see old friends from Carolyn’s other books dropping by and having a part in the story, too. If you haven’t tried a book by Carolyn Miller, I highly recommend you do. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Edwards

    This book is perhaps a bit of a different romance in that the characters are married before the opening pages. Unlike still others, this is not a marriage of convenience story, either: their marriage begins in love but a hasty elopement, then endures separation and interference. The characters undergo tremendous obstacles to be together, both physically and emotionally, sometimes despairing of a happily-ever-after ending. After all of the pain and heartache, can they find true love together at l This book is perhaps a bit of a different romance in that the characters are married before the opening pages. Unlike still others, this is not a marriage of convenience story, either: their marriage begins in love but a hasty elopement, then endures separation and interference. The characters undergo tremendous obstacles to be together, both physically and emotionally, sometimes despairing of a happily-ever-after ending. After all of the pain and heartache, can they find true love together at last? As with Miller’s earlier novels, the prose is beautiful and well-written, engaging the emotions as well as telling a compelling story about love, forgiveness, and endurance in the face of adversity. Julia is a strong female character with depth undiscovered before extreme trials forced her to plumb them, and her efforts on behalf of her husband and of little Charlie are inspiring. I did not care much for her impetuous and somewhat immature nature in earlier novels, but she won me over quickly in this book! The spiritual component is strong and deeply engaging. Thomas is far from a paragon as the book begins and yet his humility and desire to honestly do right despite the past makes him so sympathetic that his status as a hero was unquestioned in my mind. The scenes toward the latter parts of his journey to faith were beautifully written and heartfelt. I cannot believe that this particular series has come to an end, that the characters I have come to know and love are now settled and I must move on. Happily, another series is in the works and I have hope of revisiting these characters again in a secondary capacity. I highly recommend this satisfying conclusion to the series for those who enjoy Regency novels, whether or not they have read the previous books, and for those who enjoy fiction with a strong redemption message. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    3.5 Stars THE MAKING OF MRS. HALE is an sweet inspirational romance set in historical England with plenty of twists and a good dose of danger. Recommended to those who enjoy inspirational historical romance with suspense, an interesting group of characters, a unique situation, and intense romance. The story begins dramatically with both main characters in peril, which draws the reader right in from the beginning. The story then unfolds as the reader gets to know the characters and as the plot is u 3.5 Stars THE MAKING OF MRS. HALE is an sweet inspirational romance set in historical England with plenty of twists and a good dose of danger. Recommended to those who enjoy inspirational historical romance with suspense, an interesting group of characters, a unique situation, and intense romance. The story begins dramatically with both main characters in peril, which draws the reader right in from the beginning. The story then unfolds as the reader gets to know the characters and as the plot is unveiled with plenty of intrigue along the way. There are cameos of characters from prior books in the series. For those new to the series, reading the first two books isn’t necessary to enjoy this story, but definitely would enhance the experience, creating more interest in the side characters. The ending is climatic, both in a spiritual and suspenseful sense, leaving readers happily content. I enjoyed the story for the most part. There were some things that I felt were a little unrealistic and others that needed more development. I was also surprised by some of the content for an inspirational story (references to and some fade-to-black scenes that were fairly blunt, as well as references to an affair). I also didn't fall in love with the heroine, but other readers may not have that same issue. Otherwise, an enjoyable read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The Making of Mrs. Hale is the third book of the Regency Bride series but it totally reads like a stand alone novel and in fact is my first time reading anything by this author. (I’ve since downloaded book 1 & 2 so I can see how some of my favorite secondary couples got together.) I admit that I prefer my Regency heroes to be charming and titled if possible which made me not really like Major Thomas Hale for much of this book. But alas, that may have been the author’s point. In an interestin The Making of Mrs. Hale is the third book of the Regency Bride series but it totally reads like a stand alone novel and in fact is my first time reading anything by this author. (I’ve since downloaded book 1 & 2 so I can see how some of my favorite secondary couples got together.) I admit that I prefer my Regency heroes to be charming and titled if possible which made me not really like Major Thomas Hale for much of this book. But alas, that may have been the author’s point. In an interesting twist, the novel starts nearly two years after Julia and Thomas have eloped in Scotland. But our adventurous couple is no longer together. In fact they spend most of the novel apart. Hale has seemingly deserted Julia and she must return to her family. The chapters alternate between Julia and Thomas which helps to move the plot along. There are some very heavy themes in this book, lies, betrayal and adultery among them. But there are more important themes of God’s forgiveness and grace, both finding it and extending it to others. 4/5 stars. I look forward to catching up with the author’s other titles in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and a positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    One of the things I liked about Carolyn Miller’s stories right off the bat was that they take a slightly less beaten path in Regency romance fare. There’s less emphasis on the glittering world of the haut ton and the social whirl of the Season, more emphasis on the day-to-day lives, concerns, and responsibilities of the middle classes and landed gentry—be they titled or no. But in terms of “off the beaten path”, this one surpasses them all. When the excitement and romance of an elopement to Gret One of the things I liked about Carolyn Miller’s stories right off the bat was that they take a slightly less beaten path in Regency romance fare. There’s less emphasis on the glittering world of the haut ton and the social whirl of the Season, more emphasis on the day-to-day lives, concerns, and responsibilities of the middle classes and landed gentry—be they titled or no. But in terms of “off the beaten path”, this one surpasses them all. When the excitement and romance of an elopement to Gretna Green wear off, where do a young couple find themselves? In the case of Julia and Thomas, disillusioned, destitute, and on different continents. The beginning of this novel, in particular, is grittier than your average Regency romance, owing to Thomas Hale’s imprisonment in Spain, but even beyond that, there are some difficult obstacles for this couple to overcome—abandonment, secrets, betrayal of vows. This is no fluffy Regency read! But I actually think it’s been one of my favourites of Carolyn Miller’s novels so far (the other being The Captivating Lady Charlotte). I liked that it dealt with the consequences of imprudent choices and that these characters had to grapple with some serious problems—life-threatening ones at times! As is always the case with Carolyn Miller’s novels, the characters’ spiritual maturation is just as important as their general maturation, and their circumstances provide plenty of opportunity for that, particularly in the areas of forgiveness and grace. Overall, it was a read that engaged me from first page to last, and I look forward to her new series coming in 2019. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    I quite enjoyed the different take on an inspirational Regency Romance. A long pursued and hard-won relationship forged in absence. With moments finding the couple divided, Miller was able to strengthen their dimensions and portray two well-rounded characters with a believably layered relationship. To add, she was able to exhume many of the double-standards afforded a woman of the time period as well as the unfair advantage allotted Regency males. Accessible writing ( a few anachronistic tendenc I quite enjoyed the different take on an inspirational Regency Romance. A long pursued and hard-won relationship forged in absence. With moments finding the couple divided, Miller was able to strengthen their dimensions and portray two well-rounded characters with a believably layered relationship. To add, she was able to exhume many of the double-standards afforded a woman of the time period as well as the unfair advantage allotted Regency males. Accessible writing ( a few anachronistic tendencies; but I maintain this is for easy reading) make the story flow and Miller's obvious affection for her characters and her conviction for a story threaded with redemption and forgiveness make this a stand out inspirational Regency. A warm read --perfect for Christmas

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rosanne Lortz

    As the book opens, Julia Hale is abandoned and destitute, trying to make her way back to friends and family in London with a baby in tow. The story gradually unfolds to reveal that Julia, after eloping to Gretna Green with Thomas Hale, no longer knows where he is. Is he the worthless rake her family thinks he is, or does he still love her? Imprisoned in a Spanish jail, Thomas yearns to get back across the Channel and reunite with his beloved Julia. The secret mission he went on didn’t go as plann As the book opens, Julia Hale is abandoned and destitute, trying to make her way back to friends and family in London with a baby in tow. The story gradually unfolds to reveal that Julia, after eloping to Gretna Green with Thomas Hale, no longer knows where he is. Is he the worthless rake her family thinks he is, or does he still love her? Imprisoned in a Spanish jail, Thomas yearns to get back across the Channel and reunite with his beloved Julia. The secret mission he went on didn’t go as planned, and he hopes that he left her with enough money to survive during his absence. Plagued by guilt over past actions, Thomas escapes to England, only to find out that the plot against his life may threaten Julia too. The plot of this Regency is extremely unusual. Thomas and Julia are an unwise couple who married in haste and may in fact be repenting at leisure. Both have a lot to learn about love, each other, and God. It is several other characters besides the hero and heroine who exert most of the agency in the story, redeeming both the couple and the situation. While one can appreciate the redemption in the story, the evangelical message is a little heavy-handed, sacrificing historicity (religious sensibilities in 1800s England were different than today) for intelligibility to the modern reader. This book is the third in a series. I did feel a little at sea in parts when characters from the previous installments came into the story, but for the most part, I was able to follow what was happening. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    I enjoyed the secondary characters a lot! I will for sure be reading their stories. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book. The pacing felt a little off, and a few ends weren’t explained very well. I did enjoy the writing style, and the banter and wit made me happy. It was a cute story overall!

  14. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    “I have known what it is to hold onto bitterness and resentment; it is not something I wish for anyone I care about to dwell with. Unforgiveness is a poison that shrivels the heart. It means a person cannot truly live in the present as they’re always thinking about the past.” Oh, what a most excellent conclusion to A Promise of Hope series! This book can definitely be read as a stand alone, but reading the first two books (Winning Miss Winthrop and Miss Serena’s Secret) will heighten the reader’s “I have known what it is to hold onto bitterness and resentment; it is not something I wish for anyone I care about to dwell with. Unforgiveness is a poison that shrivels the heart. It means a person cannot truly live in the present as they’re always thinking about the past.” Oh, what a most excellent conclusion to A Promise of Hope series! This book can definitely be read as a stand alone, but reading the first two books (Winning Miss Winthrop and Miss Serena’s Secret) will heighten the reader’s understanding of Julia and Thomas on their incredibly rocky journey together. As is her trademark, the author Carolyn Miller infuses this well-written story with her beautiful writing style, wonderful and oftentimes amusing dialogue, broken yet unforgettable characters, and strong spiritual threads. Julia, if you have been following the series, is no longer the whimsical selfish young girl. Thomas is no longer the selfish, angry, amoral young soldier. Time, distance, and tragic circumstances have forced both to grow up and mature. Julia’s compassion makes her a lovable character and Thomas’ selflessness and persistence in his love for Julia makes him a hero as they battle their past, present, and perceived future. Their conversion scenes are soul-stirring. And the intrigue and mystery woven into the story are the icing on the cake. The secondary characters make the story so much more delicious - Catherine/Jon (from Winning Miss Winthrop), Serena/Harry (from Miss Serena’s Secret), and Lavinia/Nicholas (from A Legacy of Grace series) have prominent roles in this book and seeing them was like meeting old friends again. If you enjoy historical romance, especially set in the Regency era, you will want to read this book! All of Carolyn Miller’s books! I was given a copy of the book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'She should have known it was too much to ask for help from a God she scarcely believed in.' When I read Carolyn Miller's very first novel, I knew I had found a wonderful author. Miller writes a top-notch Regency and does it very well. If you're a fan of Jane Austen, give this author a try. This last novel in Miller's 'A Promise of Hope' series in her Regency brides format, tells Julia Hale's story. Julia ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas Hale in the last book, going against the wishes of he 'She should have known it was too much to ask for help from a God she scarcely believed in.' When I read Carolyn Miller's very first novel, I knew I had found a wonderful author. Miller writes a top-notch Regency and does it very well. If you're a fan of Jane Austen, give this author a try. This last novel in Miller's 'A Promise of Hope' series in her Regency brides format, tells Julia Hale's story. Julia ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas Hale in the last book, going against the wishes of her family for love. Now her husband is gone and she has no idea where to find him or even if he will return, so she goes home, bedraggled, hungry and moneyless, hoping her family will forgive her and take her in. Major Thomas Hale has spend all his life trying to get away from his horrible past, but he can never avoid the consequences of his actions. He is being marked by those who want nothing more than to eliminate him as a threat to their existence. He can't seem to shake those who pursue him and now he may lost his wife forever. Will this broken hearted wife and downtrodden husband manage to make their marriage work? Even if everyone is against them? Will they find the strength to hang onto what they vowed to do? Carolyn Miller has written a super good one this time, although all her books are great. I've been waiting for Julia's story and I was not disappointed. Miller takes us to their heartbreaks, joys and hopes and even their relationship with Christ. There were points in the story where I wept at the goodness of God. Miller has outdone herself here. I loved her wonderful spiritual theme of redemption and forgiveness! It was akin to hearing a great sermon. Bravo! Highly recommended. *My thanks to the publisher and author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    Carolyn Miller’s Regency series are some of my favorites. And with The Making of Mrs. Hale, these books are elevated to an entirely new level. Major Thomas Hale and Julia Carlew shirked social conventions when they ran away and wed in Gretna Green, but their happily ever after is quickly crushed by reality. Julia hasn’t heard from her husband in more than six months, and Thomas questions whether his wife has waited for him. As the story unfolds, readers quickly find there is something nefarious su Carolyn Miller’s Regency series are some of my favorites. And with The Making of Mrs. Hale, these books are elevated to an entirely new level. Major Thomas Hale and Julia Carlew shirked social conventions when they ran away and wed in Gretna Green, but their happily ever after is quickly crushed by reality. Julia hasn’t heard from her husband in more than six months, and Thomas questions whether his wife has waited for him. As the story unfolds, readers quickly find there is something nefarious surrounding Thomas. And Julia struggles to find her voice now that she’s back under the care of her mother and brother, who make no secret of their opinions of Thomas. Mistakes are made, each party is wronged in a way, but with the wisdom and guidance of a few familiar friends, can Thomas and Julia learn how forgiving blesses both he person wronged and the one who committed the offense? Miller once again brings to life this time period, this time giving us a glimpse of both the titled ton and those who scrape together their living. I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becky Van Daniker

    This is a brief review for Instagram. A much thorough one will be coming soon. If you are a fan of Jane Austen or anything regency, then you might want to check out this one. This is book three in the series, but no worries because it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I'm definitely going to check out the other books in the series. This is one of the best books I have read on the topic of forgiveness. I even found myself pulling out my journal to write out some of the quotes. This book is powe This is a brief review for Instagram. A much thorough one will be coming soon. If you are a fan of Jane Austen or anything regency, then you might want to check out this one. This is book three in the series, but no worries because it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I'm definitely going to check out the other books in the series. This is one of the best books I have read on the topic of forgiveness. I even found myself pulling out my journal to write out some of the quotes. This book is powerful because I found myself questioning if I were feeling angry or bitter towards anyone in my life. Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I have received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    In Carolyn Miller’s book The Making of Mrs. Hale, she brings to life a story of the struggles, as well as the beauty of young love. Miller’s characters come to life from the pages as she tells the story of a hasty marriage and the struggles because of it, including unacceptance from family members, as well as society in general. This story suggests the possibility that through misunderstanding and deception, there is still a possibility of forgiveness from past mistakes and the beauty of love. A In Carolyn Miller’s book The Making of Mrs. Hale, she brings to life a story of the struggles, as well as the beauty of young love. Miller’s characters come to life from the pages as she tells the story of a hasty marriage and the struggles because of it, including unacceptance from family members, as well as society in general. This story suggests the possibility that through misunderstanding and deception, there is still a possibility of forgiveness from past mistakes and the beauty of love. Although this novel can be read as a standalone, characters from past novels in the series show up in this story, so it is recommended to read them in order. Readers who enjoy historical regency romance will be sure to enjoy this delightful story. Series: Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope Genre: historical, regency Publisher: Kregel Publications Publication date: November 27, 2018 Number of pages: 336 Other books in the series: 1-Winning Miss Winthrop 2-Miss Serena’s Secret A review copy of this book was provided by JustRead Tours and NetGalley via the publisher. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    My favorite book by Carolyn Miller, as it had meat to sink your teeth into. This book is more gritty and the characters more real, as life isn’t always a pretty picture. Circumstances and choices dictate our destiny but with Christ we can overcome all things through His power. There is always hope through the grace and mercy of Christ. I loved the Authors Note at the end explaining elopements for that time period. I felt it was well researched and gave a new spin to Regency Romance. A wonderful My favorite book by Carolyn Miller, as it had meat to sink your teeth into. This book is more gritty and the characters more real, as life isn’t always a pretty picture. Circumstances and choices dictate our destiny but with Christ we can overcome all things through His power. There is always hope through the grace and mercy of Christ. I loved the Authors Note at the end explaining elopements for that time period. I felt it was well researched and gave a new spin to Regency Romance. A wonderful conclusion to the Regency Brides A Promise Of Hope Series. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    This book gives several treats that I so love to get in a book. Doesn’t it seem most reads end with an engagement or wedding? This one starts with a married couple! That right there is something I love in a book! It also has a non perfect marriage. Any of you married to the perfect mate? Or think perhaps you are that perfect mate? ( or at least closer than yours?) This book deals with some real life raw issues ...things that can occur in marriage. So many books are written on the falling in love This book gives several treats that I so love to get in a book. Doesn’t it seem most reads end with an engagement or wedding? This one starts with a married couple! That right there is something I love in a book! It also has a non perfect marriage. Any of you married to the perfect mate? Or think perhaps you are that perfect mate? ( or at least closer than yours?) This book deals with some real life raw issues ...things that can occur in marriage. So many books are written on the falling in love part, but after one takes their wedding vows, that’s the beginning of a new journey. I SO enjoy books that follow that journey. The author does a great job of dealing with the subject, and it has a wonderful hope and redemption message so well weaved into the story. The characters are real and engaging, the plot interesting and pulls in the reader, and the themes of love, faith, hope, and forgiveness are all beautifully done. Do yourself a favor and read this book! There is another element I love dearly, but I’m not one for spoilers so you will have to read it yourself! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jerrye Bell

    The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller Rating: 2 out of 5 stars ______________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Carolyn Miller delivers her third installment of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series that begins rather slowly and only slightly redeems itself by the end. I have loved reading this series by Carolyn Miller; getting to know these ladies and their families has been fun and I love the snappy conversations that often go on. However, this The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller Rating: 2 out of 5 stars ______________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Carolyn Miller delivers her third installment of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series that begins rather slowly and only slightly redeems itself by the end. I have loved reading this series by Carolyn Miller; getting to know these ladies and their families has been fun and I love the snappy conversations that often go on. However, this book was not quite as up to the mark as the previous ones and for that I was really sad. It took a long time for the story to really get going, despite the fact that there were supposed to be dangerous happenings. And I was a bit lost at the beginning trying to tie everyone back together to the other books. Not sure why this was but it made the book hard to read. The story began with Julia Hale attempting to leave the child she has claimed as her own on the doorstep of her brother’s good friend, Lord Carmichael. She is desperately sick and is afraid the child will also become sick if he remains with her. Julia is well aware of everyone’s disapproval of her elopement last year and hopes to convince her brother to allow her houseroom until her husband returns from his mission with the War Office. But Carmichael and his wife Serena will not hear of her leaving until she is better. They bring her in and offer her room and rest as long as she might need. Her family will return soon and she will have to face them, but Julia is happy for the respite at the moment. Julia hopes that Thomas will return soon, but there are rumors swirling that he has died overseas. With nothing to live on, Julia will be forced to ask for help and forgiveness to provide for herself and her adopted son, Charles. But life with her snobbish mother may be more than Julia is willing to endure. Thomas Hale has been in what surely must be hell for the past six months. His comrades and he were captured by the Spanish and are now tortured for whatever information they might have about England’s war department. So far, two have died, and the rest are so beaten and starved they have little hope of recovery. But when the opportunity for escape comes, Thomas and the others will do whatever it takes to be free again. His one thought is to get home to his wife so he can beg her forgiveness for being gone so long. His most fervent wish is that she will welcome him back into her heart and home and not hate him for “abandoning” her. His return brings short-lived joy however, and there will be many to stand in the way of his permanent reunion with Julia. Thomas will have to prove himself to everyone and seek true forgiveness if he is to really be welcomed back. There is also a conspiracy plotting against his life that he will have to face as well before he can be free from his tortuous past. Both Julia and Thomas will need to accept and offer forgiveness so they can truly become the family they’ve always hoped to be. With such a good plot one would think this book would be wonderful. But sadly, it seemed to fall a little flat in the development of said plot. While I loved the faith journeys the two main characters walked, I was disappointed with their character development. They appeared to be so wishy-washy as to believe anything, no matter the source. I wanted to cheer for them but could not find a real reason to. The other characters in the story made it a much better read, providing good conversations and snappy dialogue. So while I would have loved to recommend this book to others, I only will do so in the interest of adding to the series information. Perhaps others will find this book a better read than I did, but its not one I think I will want to reread. Hopefully Ms. Miller will release a better story soon. I received this e-book free of charge from Kregel Publications via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    This is the final book of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series and it is a wonderful way to wrap the series up. As I read this story I was struck with the thought "the more things change the more they stay the same". It is 1818 in Regency England and two young people elope to a small village in Scotland that is known for quickie marriages. This is what Julia and Thomas did in the nineteenth century and this is what young couples are still doing today, two centuries later. The hopes are a This is the final book of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series and it is a wonderful way to wrap the series up. As I read this story I was struck with the thought "the more things change the more they stay the same". It is 1818 in Regency England and two young people elope to a small village in Scotland that is known for quickie marriages. This is what Julia and Thomas did in the nineteenth century and this is what young couples are still doing today, two centuries later. The hopes are always the same: being together and living happily ever after but this doesn't always happen. At the beginning of The Making of Mrs. Hale we find Julia alone, poor, and hungry because Thomas is missing and she doesn't even know if he is alive! Her family was very much against this marriage and Julia is forced to go home to face them alone. Soon after, Thomas returns home and Julia forgives him; and then, he disappears again and she must once again deal with her mother and brother's disapproval. They can't understand why she allowed him back into her life in the first place and when they learn that Thomas has been accused of adultery while being held prisoner in a Spanish jail their mistrust seems to have been justified. Julia's mother suggests that she should get a divorce and finally be free of Thomas Hale and we see Julia's anguish as she wrestles between defending her husband and wondering if he really could be capable of being with another woman. "Betrayal. She had never realized just how powerful that word was, just how poignant that word could be, until the last two days....How could he have loved her, if he had betrayed his vows, by being with another?" (p. 207) Yes, she knew that he had left her more than once so was he unfaithful? Could she ever completely trust him again? The Making of Mrs. Hale shows Julia's growth as she faced all of these obstacles and conquered them. Through the worst times she continued to hope and she continued to have faith. Thomas returns and begins to prove that he has changed. He works to regain Julia's trust and we watch as they both try to strengthen their marriage and convince others that their elopement wasn't a huge mistake. Is it possible for Julia to truly trust? Is unfaithfulness forgivable? Can Thomas ever be the loving and faithful husband that Julia deserves? Carolyn Miller's reputation as an author of clean and wholesome Regency romance continues to grow and she certainly doesn't disappoint with this book. She always writes of the moral values of this era but this book features some subjects that are often glossed over and many characters who are flawed. These only prove that humans make mistakes, redemption is possible and that God always offers forgiveness. Ms. Miller never fails to remind us that it is our duty to offer others the same love and forgiveness that we ourselves have been granted from God our Father. The Making of Mrs. Hale can be read as a standalone book but people who've read the first two books of the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series will enjoy seeing how some previous characters are mentioned in this story. I recommend this book to all who enjoy Christian fiction set in the Regency era and I look forward to what Carolyn Miller has planned for her future works. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Searfoss

    This book is the next installment in Carolyn Miller's series Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading her other books in order so the characters and events that are mentioned can be understood more completely. Julia Hale didn't know what she was getting into when she ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas. Soon after they were married, Thomas disappeared without notice and hasn't come back. Escaping from Edinburgh, Scotland with her decease This book is the next installment in Carolyn Miller's series Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading her other books in order so the characters and events that are mentioned can be understood more completely. Julia Hale didn't know what she was getting into when she ran off to Gretna Green to marry Thomas. Soon after they were married, Thomas disappeared without notice and hasn't come back. Escaping from Edinburgh, Scotland with her deceased friend Meggie's child, Charles, Julia finally makes it to Henry and Serena's house in England. Dealing with her difficult mother and brother Jon, Julia stubbornly clings to the hope that Thomas will return to her. When he does return from imprisonment in Spain, they reconcile with each other and Thomas soon returns to Scotland to find out why Julia didn't receive the note and money left for her. Unfortunately, there are some men who don't want Thomas to escape again. Through dangerous circumstances, Julia and Thomas will need to find forgiveness from God before they can ever learn to forgive others. Will Julia be able to forgive Thomas for what he has done, and will either of them survive the evil men bent on foul play and revenge? I have enjoyed and loved every one of Carolyn Miller's books, and this one holds a special place in my heart. This book tackles some serious and difficult subjects, especially concerning marriage and forgiveness. The writing is so realistic and gut wrenching that I found myself crying several times, and of course the humor was present to provide a respite from the seriousness of the subject matter. I have never seen a more clear presentation of the Gospel in a fictional story before, and the scene with Lord Hawkesbury and Thomas touched my heart. Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury has long been a favorite character of mine. This book also explores various situations with family relationships and the difficulties many people face, even today. Some of Carolyn's best writing is in this book, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. To anyone who is searching for the truth, for forgiveness, peace, and help in a difficult relationship, please pick up this book. You will be glad that you did. I am eagerly awaiting Carolyn Miller's next book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    English

    The Making of Mrs Hale is Carolyn Miller's 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 with a 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. Eighteen months later, Julia reappears having been apparently abandoned by her husband on the doorstep The Making of Mrs Hale is Carolyn Miller's 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 with a 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. Eighteen months later, Julia reappears 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, despite the wishes of her overbearing mother and over-protective brother. 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. Some might say it’s a little heavy-handed and modern. Perhaps, but I did not find it so off-putting, and sort of appropriate in the context of the story. There was a great deal of grace involved, and Thomas’s reasons for hesitating and doubting in his faith were credible. 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 conclusion 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    It seems like I've had to wait forever to find out what happened to Julia and Thomas after their elopement. Thankfully with The Making of Mrs. Hale, the wait is over. But is there a happily ever after in store for these two characters? While this book started off a bit slow for me once it got going I was completely engrossed in Julia and Thomas's story. Readers learn about life after their elopement through the two characters telling those around them what happened and with their own reminiscing It seems like I've had to wait forever to find out what happened to Julia and Thomas after their elopement. Thankfully with The Making of Mrs. Hale, the wait is over. But is there a happily ever after in store for these two characters? While this book started off a bit slow for me once it got going I was completely engrossed in Julia and Thomas's story. Readers learn about life after their elopement through the two characters telling those around them what happened and with their own reminiscing. Not necessarily flashbacks but not in real time either. I liked this aspect of the story as it made it more interesting. We know where the characters are today and slowly learn how they got to where they are. Even though much of the story is about what happened to them after their wedding the story keeps moving forward at a perfect pace. That said, there were times I wanted to throw my head back and scream because things weren't going as quickly as I wanted them to. This just shows the author's ability to pull the reader into the story and make them care about the characters. Appearances are made by characters from the previous books in the series and it was great to see them all again. I'm sad though that my time with these characters is up although I'm sure the author will create more wonderful and complex characters to enjoy in the future. This book could be read as a standalone but I don't recommend it. The story will make more sense if the series is read in its entirety. Not to mention they are all excellent stories that shouldn't be missed! Carolyn Miller is permanently on my must-read list. I'm always excited to get a new book from her and sad when I've finished. She creates characters and stories that are timeless and ones that begged to be read again and again. Mrs. Hale is definitely on my keeper shelf. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Connie Fischer

    London - 1818 Julia Hale has been very ill as she was preparing to leave her baby on the doorstep of Bevington House, home of Lord and Lady Carmichael. The next day she wakes up in the home of the Carmichaels. She had been seen outside and rescued. The doctor has examined her and baby Charlie and determined that they are well. Some time back, Julia had run away with Major Thomas Hale and they were married in Gretna Green. Julia’s mother and brother had been opposed to the marriage. After living fo London - 1818 Julia Hale has been very ill as she was preparing to leave her baby on the doorstep of Bevington House, home of Lord and Lady Carmichael. The next day she wakes up in the home of the Carmichaels. She had been seen outside and rescued. The doctor has examined her and baby Charlie and determined that they are well. Some time back, Julia had run away with Major Thomas Hale and they were married in Gretna Green. Julia’s mother and brother had been opposed to the marriage. After living for months in Edinburgh, Julia was left by Thomas as he went on a mission for the Crown. Now, he and his men appear to have been abandoned by the Crown and left in a filthy prison for 5 months. After a desperate attempt at escape, Thomas and several of his men managed to flee and go their separate ways to their homes. With little money, Thomas journeyed to Edinburgh only to find that Julia had gone from their home. He could only think that she had returned to her family in London. When Julia’s mother sees her again, she seems happy to see her and little Charlie and insists they move in with her. With no other choice, she agrees knowing that her domineering mother will once again take over her life. When Thomas arrives at her door, Julia is happy to see him again, but her mother is furious. Will Julia and Thomas ever be able to have a life together? This book was a great disappointment. Why could Thomas never seem to communicate directly with his wife, but instead left messages for other people to deliver to her and then assumed that she got the message? Thomas comes across as someone who does not think something out before jumping in so I found him to be a huge disappointment. Julia’s constant caving into her mother’s demands made her a pathetic woman. All in all, I wish I had given this book a pass. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cermele

    I always thought it seemed kind of romantic to throw caution to the wind and to marry the one you truly love and look forward to wedded bliss even though your family doesn’t agree with your decision. Julia thought so, too, but boy was she in for a surprise! We all know that the honeymoon doesn’t last forever, a fact she soon discovers when her husband, Thomas disappears leaving her alone and perplexed. I have been a huge fan of both Julia and Thomas and have been waiting for their story because I always thought it seemed kind of romantic to throw caution to the wind and to marry the one you truly love and look forward to wedded bliss even though your family doesn’t agree with your decision. Julia thought so, too, but boy was she in for a surprise! We all know that the honeymoon doesn’t last forever, a fact she soon discovers when her husband, Thomas disappears leaving her alone and perplexed. I have been a huge fan of both Julia and Thomas and have been waiting for their story because they’ve been on mine and clearly the author’s mind for quite some time. I wasn’t fully prepared for the emotional roller coaster ride the characters would go on but I gladly went along with them through the up and downs and those frightening and unexpected turns. It was heartbreaking to see Julia having to return to her family as a poor, hungry and weakened young woman. As much as that saddened me, it was the plight of Thomas that really got to me. Their hopefulness and vibrancy seemed to have been taken away from them. As their story unfolded I felt all kind of emotions, especially outrage and frustration. I also felt hope, especially after we see all of the anguish they went through to find their way back to each other. I loved reconnecting with characters from the first two books in the series, the element of faith and family but what I loved most of all is that Julia and Thomas never gave up on each other. I’m sad to see this series end but I look forward to finding out what the author has in store for her readers next! If you’re already a fan of Regency or just discovering this genre, I highly recommend reading the three books in the Regency Brides series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    V. Palmer

    This story is beautiful on so many levels! First of all, I loved seeing an elopement set in the Regency Era! I haven't seen that in a lot of books set in this era, so that uniqueness pulled me into the story immediately. The narrative also really swept me into the era, and the witty dialogue was just my cup of tea! The political intrigue and unfolding mystery resulted in a binge read to ensure the safety of these dear characters! I also thought this was a good "married" story! I thought the author This story is beautiful on so many levels! First of all, I loved seeing an elopement set in the Regency Era! I haven't seen that in a lot of books set in this era, so that uniqueness pulled me into the story immediately. The narrative also really swept me into the era, and the witty dialogue was just my cup of tea! The political intrigue and unfolding mystery resulted in a binge read to ensure the safety of these dear characters! I also thought this was a good "married" story! I thought the author did a good job at portraying some of the problems a young married couple would have faced after eloping. Those complicated (in a good way!) family dynamics were painfully raw and infamously real, making the proverbial happy ending all the sweeter! The author tackles some painful subjects in Thomas and Julia's story, such as betrayal, trust, and forgiveness. The life-changing power - and freedom! - of forgiveness will both challenge and encourage readers in their own relationships and walk with God. My heart connected to Thomas and Julia. Forgiveness and grace should be freely received and freely given, but their story shows how we are in a prison of our own making when we attempt to navigate life without these things. Four Stars ~ The Making of Mrs. Hale should be added to the TBR pile of every Jane Austen fan! The Making of Mrs. Hale is the third book in Carolyn Miller's Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope Series, but I had no issues reading it as a standalone. However, now I am officially a fan and must get every book ASAP! Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    It is so amazing the way Carolyn Miller's books keep getting better and better. The Making of Mrs. Hale is by far the most intensely emotional story Carolyn Miller has written so far, in my opinion. The turmoil the H&h go through is heartbreaking and can bring you to tears. The characters have been in previous books by Carolyn. Julia Hale is the younger sister to Lord Winthrop from Winning Miss Wintrop. The Hero, Julia's husband, is Major Thomas Hale, Lord Winthrop's former best friend. Juli It is so amazing the way Carolyn Miller's books keep getting better and better. The Making of Mrs. Hale is by far the most intensely emotional story Carolyn Miller has written so far, in my opinion. The turmoil the H&h go through is heartbreaking and can bring you to tears. The characters have been in previous books by Carolyn. Julia Hale is the younger sister to Lord Winthrop from Winning Miss Wintrop. The Hero, Julia's husband, is Major Thomas Hale, Lord Winthrop's former best friend. Julia and Thomas fell in love against Julia's brother's edict that Thomas stay away from his young sister. Since getting her mother and brother's blessings was impossible, the two run of to Gretna Green to be married. The book begins with Julia knocking at another of her brother's friend's door looking for help for her and the baby she has with her. Viscount Carmichael and his new wife Serena, from Miss Serena's Secret, take them in and take care of them until Julia's brother and mother get back in town. It appears Major Thomas Hale has deserted his wife and left her destitute without enough funds to care for her and baby Charles. I truly enjoyed reading this book. Carolyn Miller is such a wonderful author and is so talented. Her stories are clean and wholesome. Something I look for in a book and am grateful to find in her books. So if you are in to clean, wholesome, historical romances, you will love this, and all her other, books. Pick up your copy and Enjoy! I received a complimentary copy of this book without expectation of compensation and I voluntarily leave this review. All opinions are purely my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    E. Espinoza

    The Making of Mrs. Hale, by Carolyn Miller, is a captivating novel set in Great Britain during the Regency era. Though it happens to be the third book in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series, it can be read quite well as a stand-alone novel. With elements of mystery, adventure, romance, and faith, this story is thoroughly intriguing and entertaining from beginning to end. From the characters’ clothing, to their mannerisms, and especially to the vocabulary of their thoughts and speech, th The Making of Mrs. Hale, by Carolyn Miller, is a captivating novel set in Great Britain during the Regency era. Though it happens to be the third book in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series, it can be read quite well as a stand-alone novel. With elements of mystery, adventure, romance, and faith, this story is thoroughly intriguing and entertaining from beginning to end. From the characters’ clothing, to their mannerisms, and especially to the vocabulary of their thoughts and speech, this well-researched novel fully succeeds in immersing the reader in the history and culture of the time period. With a genuinely intriguing plot, The Making of Mrs. Hale is exceedingly clever and character-driven. This novel creatively explores the themes of loss, love, redemption, honor, courage, and forgiveness through a varied cast of entertaining and interesting characters who are richly developed and compelling. The characters are vulnerable and thoughtful. They possess a genuine believability that makes them truly relatable and unforgettable. Their struggles, insecurities, fears, and beliefs are truly authentic and moving. Their fortitude and determination in the face of trials and uncertainty is truly inspiring. I still feel emotionally connected to the characters because of their sincere and desperate longing for the grace and the forgiveness they needed in order to find healing for the heartaches they had endured and the mistakes they had made. The Making of Mrs. Hale is a story of grace and second chances. Offering different possibilities and fresh perspectives, it is a story of perseverance and forgiveness. This novel is a rousing story of two hearts in search of the truth that is necessary for reconciliation and renewed hope. It is a book that beautifully depicts the gift of God’s grace that is freely offered to all. I can easily recommend this book to readers of historical fiction who also enjoy mystery and appreciate romance as well. Ms. Miller has certainly created a compelling novel that is well worth the reader’s time and attention. I found this novel very enjoyable to read. The Making of Mrs. Hale is honest, tender, emotionally stirring, and ultimately uplifting. I recommend it wholeheartedly. *I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

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