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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. 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?


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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. 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?

30 review for Midnight's Budding Morrow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    If you appreciate stories that portray characters who show how God can turn a person's life around with redemption as well as a good dose of forgiveness then you will enjoy this story. I guess to go along with the gothic theme of this story Sarah's life isn't an easy or pleasant one after she moves into the rundown "castle". No one is happy in this place. Sarah tries to breathe life into it little by little, but every attempt she makes is met with anger and disrespect. One thing after another hap If you appreciate stories that portray characters who show how God can turn a person's life around with redemption as well as a good dose of forgiveness then you will enjoy this story. I guess to go along with the gothic theme of this story Sarah's life isn't an easy or pleasant one after she moves into the rundown "castle". No one is happy in this place. Sarah tries to breathe life into it little by little, but every attempt she makes is met with anger and disrespect. One thing after another happens and it seems like Sarah will never find a happy ending. Then, of course, there's James Langley, a rogue if there ever was one. He was easy to dislike, but when he returns from war he's somewhat easy to warm up to. Like Sarah, even though we can see his thoughts, it's not easy to trust him. The way James and his father accused her on several occasions of things that she had no hand in and called her names without asking her kindly for her side of the story (even though she'd shown herself loyal, trustworthy, and faithful) really frustrated me. I could NOT stand several of the side characters in this story. Of course, that was because of the author's ability to write such heinous people! I would've loved to have seen them get their comeuppance. If you enjoy vile characters that get you worked up, you'll have a hefty dose in this story. lol I really appreciated the faith in this story and the characters struggles to follow His ways. Through them we also see that forgiveness can be a struggle. Not only is it hard to forgive others, but hard to forgive ourselves. I appreciate reading characters who go through this journey. *I received this book for review. This is my personal opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Sarah has mixed feelings when she agrees to spend a holiday at her friend's estate. Her friend's brother James Langley left a very bad impression on Sarah when he approaches her at a ball and plants a drunken sloppy kiss on her. This gives Sarah pause when it comes to considering her friend's invitation. However, James is in the army and should not be at the estate. James has been a very heavy drinker, and this sensitive and inspirational story gives the reader insight to his past to see why his Sarah has mixed feelings when she agrees to spend a holiday at her friend's estate. Her friend's brother James Langley left a very bad impression on Sarah when he approaches her at a ball and plants a drunken sloppy kiss on her. This gives Sarah pause when it comes to considering her friend's invitation. However, James is in the army and should not be at the estate. James has been a very heavy drinker, and this sensitive and inspirational story gives the reader insight to his past to see why his roguish behavior is so strong. However, as this book is one of redemption, hope and love, slowly James becomes a changed man. However, while James is going through his positive changes, Sarah experiences grief on a visceral level, so this story also deals with depression due to loss. This story showed how grief morphed into deep binds of affection between Sarah and James. What a delightful story that truly connected me to the characters. Their growth was enjoyable to read and I love how they slowly learned to trust and love one another. Many thanks to Kregel Publications for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion. Please also enjoy my YouTube video review - https://youtu.be/z-Mj7m-6usQ

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'God had turned His back on her.' Years ago, I read Carolyn Miller's first book and realized here was an author I wanted to follow. She does a Regency incredibly well and I do enjoy a good Regency novel. This series is quite impactful as it demonstrates that things don't always work great for the believer in Christ. Indeed, we will have many problems. But Miller shows us through her imperfect characters, that as children of God, we always and without fail, have a Lord who will shelter us during th 'God had turned His back on her.' Years ago, I read Carolyn Miller's first book and realized here was an author I wanted to follow. She does a Regency incredibly well and I do enjoy a good Regency novel. This series is quite impactful as it demonstrates that things don't always work great for the believer in Christ. Indeed, we will have many problems. But Miller shows us through her imperfect characters, that as children of God, we always and without fail, have a Lord who will shelter us during the hard times and give us the strength we need to get through them. I look forward to the next book in this series. Well done! My thanks to Kregel Publications for a copy of this book. The opinion in this review is expressly my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Carolyn Miller writes Gothic Regency to a T. The voice of this book evokes an atmosphere right out of the era. She aptly depicts a wallflower of a girl who thinks she is almost invisible but ultimately, her good heart shines through. Add to that an arranged marriage to a sullen bad boy and troubles have just begun. Sarah tries to be a good wife but James still needs to prove himself a changed man. Sarah has a wavering faith and she is up against a lot of obstacles put up by the uncooperative ser Carolyn Miller writes Gothic Regency to a T. The voice of this book evokes an atmosphere right out of the era. She aptly depicts a wallflower of a girl who thinks she is almost invisible but ultimately, her good heart shines through. Add to that an arranged marriage to a sullen bad boy and troubles have just begun. Sarah tries to be a good wife but James still needs to prove himself a changed man. Sarah has a wavering faith and she is up against a lot of obstacles put up by the uncooperative servants and a grieving father-in-law, resulting in mis-communication and lots of doubt. “When we are in the depths of midnight’s pain and darkness, we cannot see that God is still working goodness for tomorrow. But He is, isn’t He? This book is one of hardships and learning to rely on God through it all. And Ms. Miller shows us hope and perseverance through faith, “What we have endured together has forged us closer.” I look forward to reading the next in the series. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel through Interviews and Reviews . I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    5 stars for a well written book and well rounded out characters! Of course I love anything this author writes and this one didn't disappoint My favorite is the inspirational messages that remind us that God is always near. Sarah and James are two characters that will never leave your heart one you finish this book. I also loved Beatrice too because she felt like a sister that I never got to grow up with. And the way Miller describes the castle! Oh my! Gave me a cool feeling about that as well. As 5 stars for a well written book and well rounded out characters! Of course I love anything this author writes and this one didn't disappoint My favorite is the inspirational messages that remind us that God is always near. Sarah and James are two characters that will never leave your heart one you finish this book. I also loved Beatrice too because she felt like a sister that I never got to grow up with. And the way Miller describes the castle! Oh my! Gave me a cool feeling about that as well. As I read through I felt that it could be my home too. Didnt care much for James and Bestrice's father however. He is in my opinion too recluse. His interests are somewhat like mine though. And the cover! Oh so beautiful and fascinating! Makes me feel like I'm there! I highly recommend! My thanks to Read with Audra for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Agnes-Crockett

    I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. Opinions expressed are my own. https://stephaniesninthsuitcase.com/2... Scripture Connection He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. Psalm 103:4 Spiritual Themes Christian themes are overt, with faith playing an important role in the plot line. In addition to praying, the characters also discuss their faith with one another, and I recall several Bible verses, throughout. There’s a beautiful “turning point scene I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. Opinions expressed are my own. https://stephaniesninthsuitcase.com/2... Scripture Connection He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. Psalm 103:4 Spiritual Themes Christian themes are overt, with faith playing an important role in the plot line. In addition to praying, the characters also discuss their faith with one another, and I recall several Bible verses, throughout. There’s a beautiful “turning point scene” focusing on God’s love. This was my favorite part of the book (although I think it was slightly diminished by the inclusion of the romance, there. It felt a bit too “convenient” to me at that moment in the text). The verse from Psalm 103 is quoted in this scene, but using the King James Version. What I Liked The front matter was lovely. To all those who dare to forgive. What a daring yet beautiful way to begin a book! I also enjoyed the John Keats excerpt with the title. I really like direct, meaningful title connections. The first chapter also drew me in, and the plot kept my attention, overall. I liked the way the author breaks tradition— which is actually the point of the series. Rather than using wealthy protagonists, her main characters are poor. And they’re not exactly poor Cinderella’s, either. While Sarah finds herself in her a higher position than the one she was raised in, she doesn’t immediately win over the servants with her charm. In fact, the servants treat her very harshly and refuse to accept her new status. (This is an inversion, too, because servants are often portrayed as being especially selfless and helpful). Additionally, Sarah, while kind and generous, is not an especially “sweet” character. Instead, she’s very honest (and blunt), which earns favor at some points and disdain at others. In terms of disdain, though, the doctor takes the cake. This was the most noticeable surprise plot element, for me, since I usually see doctors portrayed in a positive, or at least neutral, way. Not so with this doctor! He’s downright rude, for no apparent reason. Plus, the medicines/treatments he prescribed (and his vindictiveness) reminded me of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” which seems appropriate, given what the author says in the note at the end of the book. Respectful Critique There are two main elements that I’d like to critique, both plot elements. The first isn’t really a spoiler because it happens within the first chapter. The second is a little bit more spoilery. These are elements that made me less fond of the book, as a whole. First, a drunken James assaults Sarah by kissing her. This happened within the first few pages and I had a sinking feeling that this was going to be the person Sarah had a relationship with. I was right, but you’ll know that just by reading the back cover. After James kissed Sarah, I was pretty determined not to like him. While I can appreciate that this is necessary for the theme of forgiveness, I also feel like the church does a lot of understanding the perspective of abusers, and it didn’t help that James continued to act kind of creepy, even after repenting. The second element I’d like to mention is the passage of time. In the first half of the book, we skip ahead ten months. Some very significant things happen during this time. However, these events are merely summarized, or revisited later in only minor detail. I feel that, had I actually witnessed these moments, the story would have been substantially more powerful. Oh, one more quick thing. Affairs/illegitimacy are a minor plot. I liked some, but not all, of the ways the author handled this topic. Content Notes Content is fairly clean, in terms of actual romance. There’s some kissing at the end. However, as mentioned above, there is an assault with kissing, plus a moment of near assault. Recommendation Status I’ve read a few “marriage of convenience” books and I’m beginning to think it’s just not a genre I really enjoy. However, for readers who enjoy the trope (and Gothic-inspired fiction), I would recommend this title with only minor reader discretion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    Carolyn Miller really knows the United Kingdom area. Her description of Langley Castle and the surrounding areas was very interesting. I would love to travel to this area. This was an excellent Regency Romance. It had the feeling of being Gothic, too. Sarah Drayton had no close family. She lived with her aunt and uncle and they treated her like a servant. A dear friend by the name of Beatrice Langley invited Sarah to visit her at Langley Castle. Even though Sarah has very low self-esteem, she does Carolyn Miller really knows the United Kingdom area. Her description of Langley Castle and the surrounding areas was very interesting. I would love to travel to this area. This was an excellent Regency Romance. It had the feeling of being Gothic, too. Sarah Drayton had no close family. She lived with her aunt and uncle and they treated her like a servant. A dear friend by the name of Beatrice Langley invited Sarah to visit her at Langley Castle. Even though Sarah has very low self-esteem, she does take advantage to visit Beatrice. While at the castle, Sarah advises her dear friend to be with her true love. Beatrice eloped. No one did this because it was believed to be a shame to the family name. Sarah really misses her dear friend, but the patriarch of the castle sees her adeptness in helping him with the family books. She becomes a great asset to him. Sarah also is very good as a housekeeper and made many wonderful improvements to this crumbling castle. There are two long-time servants at the castle that make life very miserable for Sarah. This lowers Sarah's esteem even further. The son of the estate comes back and Sarah is told she must marry him. She despises this man who is a drunkard and gambler. On their wedding night, her husband deserts her and doesn't even come to the bedroom. He goes off to war. Meanwhile, Sarah is assisting the poor of the town and even takes on raising a child born out of wedlock. Some of the townspeople who have money are gossiping about Sarah. Sarah is so upset when she is confronted with this news. The son, James Langley gets wounded at war, and in the hospital, he is witnessed to and becomes a Christian. He is learning to not always think only of himself and be a caring man. When James Langley comes back from war, he is still struggling with his wound and fever. A great tragedy occurs soon after and Sarah is devastated. She sinks into a deep depression. James sees all that Sarah has done to improve conditions at the castle and begins to see her in a new light. This feeling grows and later on a wonderful romance takes place. I love that Carolyn Miller included Scripture and meaningful dialogue in the book. I believe that people who go through depression will be greatly encouraged when reading this book. It is a process that will come in time if one trusts in God to help them. I received a review copy courtesy of Kregel through Interviews & Review for my honest opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    What a stunning novel! The lows that Sarah experienced at times in the book were simply heart wrenching. She craved to be loved and to feel as if she was wanted and needed. Yet, time and again, she was made to feel less than by the servants, some of the neighbors, and at times even by her husband and her father-in-law. I loved the change that was noticeable in James once he returned from the war. He found faith and forgiveness in God and truly returned a different person. He strived to be a bette What a stunning novel! The lows that Sarah experienced at times in the book were simply heart wrenching. She craved to be loved and to feel as if she was wanted and needed. Yet, time and again, she was made to feel less than by the servants, some of the neighbors, and at times even by her husband and her father-in-law. I loved the change that was noticeable in James once he returned from the war. He found faith and forgiveness in God and truly returned a different person. He strived to be a better man and regretted so many things that he had done, especially the way he treated his wife before leaving for war. There was a realness to the characters of James and Sarah. They both struggled to trust each other at times, yet also began to feel a connection and attraction to each other, too. They both showed genuine and caring hearts for each other during times of sickness and grief, yet they also struggled to recognize when the other person was showing their true feelings at times. Both hoped that the marriage could become a real one, yet allowed doubts to weigh them down. This story just burrowed into my heart as I read it. It definitely had a gothic vibe, with Sarah constantly dealing with difficult people who were trying to undermine her position in the family. There were trying times and sad times in the novel, as well as a gentle and caring love that grew between two people who seemed so very opposite of each other when the book began. I loved reading Midnight’s Budding Morrow from start to finish. It is book two in the Regency Wallflowers series, but is also easily read as a stand alone novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Midnight’s Budding Morrow by Carolyn Miller takes us to a crumbling castle in Yorkshire. Sarah Drayton, who is described as a wallflower, has come to stay with her friend, Beatrice Langley. Sarah ends up marrying her friend’s brother, James Langley, in a marriage of convenience. James has drifted along causing trouble for many years and sees little hope for a future with Sarah, a woman he is not impressed with. As our story progresses we see that Sarah Drayton is a woman with a big heart and gr Midnight’s Budding Morrow by Carolyn Miller takes us to a crumbling castle in Yorkshire. Sarah Drayton, who is described as a wallflower, has come to stay with her friend, Beatrice Langley. Sarah ends up marrying her friend’s brother, James Langley, in a marriage of convenience. James has drifted along causing trouble for many years and sees little hope for a future with Sarah, a woman he is not impressed with. As our story progresses we see that Sarah Drayton is a woman with a big heart and great skills and James is a man who desperately wants to change. This was such an engrossing read. I found myself highlighting the beautiful dialogue, cheering on Sarah and James, and not wanting this lovely story to end. With a little bit of mystery and a delightful cast of secondary characters this gothic Regency romance weaves the themes of forgiveness, second chances, and finding your true worth into a beautifully written story. A truly inspiring read. Midnight’s Budding Morrow is an amazing read that I highly recommend. I received a complimentary copy and was not required to write a positive review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Caudill

    This weekend was a rough one so I grabbed this book from my TBR pile. Boy was it a good choice for the struggles of this weekend. I wasn’t particularly ready for something lighthearted and bubbly, but something that more matched my heavy mood. Something that showed hope amidst family and personal struggles. This was exactly what I needed. While this book dealt with depression and grief in a very real way, it also provided strength and hope for those dark days. It does deal with a couple of very This weekend was a rough one so I grabbed this book from my TBR pile. Boy was it a good choice for the struggles of this weekend. I wasn’t particularly ready for something lighthearted and bubbly, but something that more matched my heavy mood. Something that showed hope amidst family and personal struggles. This was exactly what I needed. While this book dealt with depression and grief in a very real way, it also provided strength and hope for those dark days. It does deal with a couple of very difficult topics that I can’t reveal without spoilers, but I definitely recommend it. It is especially good for those looking for characters dealing with mental health struggles, deep and personal loss, and an arranged marriage on the rocks. What a powerful story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Picture yourself as a young wallflower in Regency England, an orphan from a respected but not wealthy or titled family, who has been invited to stay at her best friend’s family castle. Now imagine one of the least likely young men you would want to be forced into marrying. A drunkard. A rogue. A gambler. A man who has already shown that he neither respects you nor wants to take responsibility for his life. If you could envision these circumstances – and how you might feel about them – then you h Picture yourself as a young wallflower in Regency England, an orphan from a respected but not wealthy or titled family, who has been invited to stay at her best friend’s family castle. Now imagine one of the least likely young men you would want to be forced into marrying. A drunkard. A rogue. A gambler. A man who has already shown that he neither respects you nor wants to take responsibility for his life. If you could envision these circumstances – and how you might feel about them – then you have a pretty good idea of where Sarah Drayton finds herself before we are too long into Midnight’s Budding Morrow. Like its predecessor (which is not necessary to have read first), the newest novel in Miller’s Regency Wallflower series pulled a wide range of emotions from my heart. I grieved with Sarah multiple times throughout the story, as she repeatedly hopes (and fails) to find love and belonging. Her absent husband who does not want to be married to her is actually the least of her disappointments. But I also smiled at the sweetness of God to redeem broken lives, and my heart swelled at the power of grace & restoration. I became invested in Sarah, and while James took much longer for me to warm up to, I still cheered (and grinned and swooned) as love grew softly in these two fractured hearts. Too often, fictional characters who have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment and do, in fact, come to Jesus as a result are then almost never seen struggling with their sin nature again. I think this does a great disservice to readers who wonder why they still struggle even under grace. So, although James still had moments where his treatment of Sarah frustrated me after he returned from war as a new creation in Christ (particularly his tendency to believe the worst of her & lash out with angry words), I’m actually glad that the author didn’t suddenly make him perfect. Instead we see him continuing to grow in repentance as well as love for Sarah, which made me love him by the time the book ended. Bottom Line: A little bit Jane Austen & a little bit Jane Eyre, Midnight’s Budding Morrow combines everything lovely about Carolyn Miller’s writing voice with a gothic undertone and sweet notes of grace. The characters, the setting, the passage of time, and even the way the marriage-of-convenience trope is handled are uniquely crafted to set this story apart from the familiar. I appreciated the portrayal of how grief affects us & our mental health differently – from the subtle to the dramatic – and the promise that one day the midnight of sorrow gives way to the dawn of joy. Midnight’s Budding Morrow is a romance, yes, but even more so a beautiful portrait of grace that you don’t want to miss. (I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I purchased for my own collection.) first reviewed at Reading Is My SuperPower

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    I really enjoyed this story and despite it being the second in the series it read like a stand alone story. This story definitely is filled with a lot of emotions. It is a story that is filled with redemption, forgiveness and finding love in the right place. The theme of belonging and finding ones identity is also very big throughout the storyline. The setting is spectacular and the perfect place for all that is going on. The descriptions make you feel like you are right at Langley castle and sm I really enjoyed this story and despite it being the second in the series it read like a stand alone story. This story definitely is filled with a lot of emotions. It is a story that is filled with redemption, forgiveness and finding love in the right place. The theme of belonging and finding ones identity is also very big throughout the storyline. The setting is spectacular and the perfect place for all that is going on. The descriptions make you feel like you are right at Langley castle and smelling the ocean air. The characters were very well written and their emotions jumped out as you were reading. The storyline is one of marriage of convenience with a mixture of bad boy turned good. I really enjoyed Sarah at the very beginning. She seems to have it all together and right away you can tell that she wants a place where she belongs. She wants an identity. She wants to be loved and needed. I loved her tenacity and boldness towards the servants of the house. She was not afraid to back down to them and I loved her for that. But once she had to marry James she changed. She still had a bit of that backbone but she felt alone and without the respect from those around her who could blame her. It took me a bit to like James. He was not very nice at all but he did redeem himself and boy did he really make you fall in love with him. It took him a bit but it's amazing what God's grace does for us. I can't tell you too much because I would give it away and I would hate to ruin the story for you. But I will tell you that this is a beautiful story of redemption and finding your identity in Christ. It shows you what happens when you waver on your faith and when you hold on tight to it. I will warn you that there are some heavier topics in this story such as alcoholism and depression but Carolyn Miller approaches it in a very hope-filled manner but she also doesn't shy away from being realistic on what happens when we are at our lowest when battling depression. Overall I thought the story was excellent. I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know what would happen next. If you enjoy Christian Historical Romance stories you would definitely enjoy this one or any books by this author! I received a copy of this book from Read with Audra. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars " . . . . on the shores of darkness there is light . . . There is a budding morrow in midnight . . . "- Thomas Keats It is terribly difficult to anticipate the light of dawn when your life has been turned upside down and inside out to the point of utter despair. Such was Sarah's Drayton's existence. She had naively imagined that leaving a rather drab existence as a quasi-housekeeper for an ungrateful aunt and uncle would be an adventure. Instead she had been misled into signing a contrac 3.5 stars " . . . . on the shores of darkness there is light . . . There is a budding morrow in midnight . . . "- Thomas Keats It is terribly difficult to anticipate the light of dawn when your life has been turned upside down and inside out to the point of utter despair. Such was Sarah's Drayton's existence. She had naively imagined that leaving a rather drab existence as a quasi-housekeeper for an ungrateful aunt and uncle would be an adventure. Instead she had been misled into signing a contract of marriage to the local rogue, James Langley, whose own woes had succumbed to the trickery of his father. Scorned by members of the household staff and snubbed by the local peerage, Sarah tries to make the best of her situation by reaching out to the poor and needy in the local community. After all, her new husband had conveniently returned to the battlefront, spending only one drunken night in Sarah's presence following their nuptials. But it's when James returns home in an entirely different state of mind that the challenges truly begin. "'Bless the Lord, O my soul, forget not all His benefits. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities . . . Who healeth all thy diseases, who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness' . . . How she longed to know she was loved. To know she was wanted. To know she belonged." And if she was? . . . . maybe their story could be re-written. Perhaps, like me, you will find these characters a bit off-putting in the early stages of this story, but as that changes(and it does!), dare to embrace the message of hope and forgiveness they proclaim, for we serve a God who is "mighty to save", Who flings our iniquities as "far as the east is from the west", and Who assures us that "His mercies are new every morning". The angst that Sarah and James bear in the beginning of this engaging story is definitely worth the ending.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Although not a big fan of marriage of convenience stories, I simply couldn't resist 'Midnight's Budding Morrow'—where a crumbling, ancient castle surrounded by the angry, silver-blue sea and rumored to be haunted by ghosts—sets the stage for this atmospheric Gothic novel. And who can withstand this glorious cover?! I don't agree with heroine, Sarah Drayton's actions at times, but she is a realistic character and not unlike many young women I know. Instead of drawing her strength and worth from Go Although not a big fan of marriage of convenience stories, I simply couldn't resist 'Midnight's Budding Morrow'—where a crumbling, ancient castle surrounded by the angry, silver-blue sea and rumored to be haunted by ghosts—sets the stage for this atmospheric Gothic novel. And who can withstand this glorious cover?! I don't agree with heroine, Sarah Drayton's actions at times, but she is a realistic character and not unlike many young women I know. Instead of drawing her strength and worth from God—she seeks validation from others...namely, James Langley—a handsome rogue of a man who causes her much angst and misery. At times this was a difficult, heartbreaking book to read...but most definitely a beautifully written tale of romance, redemption, forgiveness, and second chances. "When we're in the depths of midnight's pain and darkness, we cannot see that God is still working goodness for tomorrow. But He is, isn't He?"

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Resce

    This is the second in Carolyn Miller’s Wallflowers series. Like the first, it isn’t typical of Regency romance in that the heroine, Sarah is older (for that time period, past it at 29), and not considered a beauty. Of course the beauty of Sarah is revealed by her beautiful heart. Also, as with the first in this series, deep emotional and mental health issues are explored through plot and character. It’s not a light and fluffy read, but is deep, emotional and satisfying.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    I found this story particularly moving. To consider the plight of women historically and their lack of worth, being unappreciated, taken advantage of at many levels, deceived and managed is hard as a women in today's free world to comprehend. Snubbed at a society event and then later visiting at a friend's home of obvious wealth, our heroine finds herself "contracted" to become manager of the home for her friend's elderly father. Things run smoothly in the home under Sarah's management and yet it I found this story particularly moving. To consider the plight of women historically and their lack of worth, being unappreciated, taken advantage of at many levels, deceived and managed is hard as a women in today's free world to comprehend. Snubbed at a society event and then later visiting at a friend's home of obvious wealth, our heroine finds herself "contracted" to become manager of the home for her friend's elderly father. Things run smoothly in the home under Sarah's management and yet it seems that some of the servants are at odds and try to undermine her. Of course, the story needs a male lead and there is one. He is a bit of a wastrel and his father has a plan to reign him in. That plan includes marriage to Sarah. The story only gets more interesting and conflicted. I found this to be a rewarding read and highly recommend it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    “God is a Redeemer, One who turns the weak into the brave, who can use the broken ones to save.” I cannot love Midnight’s Budding Morrow by Carolyn Miller enough. A Regency Romance, Midnight’s Budding Morrow explores themes of drunkenness; depression; plus, searching for acceptance and deep, forever love. Miller also presents the flip side. Redemption and forgiveness are centerpieces of this amazing novel I couldn’t read fast enough. Unfortunately, the inferiority that plagues Sarah Drayton may “God is a Redeemer, One who turns the weak into the brave, who can use the broken ones to save.” I cannot love Midnight’s Budding Morrow by Carolyn Miller enough. A Regency Romance, Midnight’s Budding Morrow explores themes of drunkenness; depression; plus, searching for acceptance and deep, forever love. Miller also presents the flip side. Redemption and forgiveness are centerpieces of this amazing novel I couldn’t read fast enough. Unfortunately, the inferiority that plagues Sarah Drayton may be far too easy for many readers to identify with. James Langley’s behavior is also easy to imagine. Miller has done a great job of producing realistic, imperfect, and relatable characters, whose growth will depend upon whether their faith can rise to meet the challenges. I loved the way that we see the maturation of both characters, as they grow into the roles they have been called to fulfill. Yet, both are imperfect, which drives the novel, along with the machinations of shrewd and conniving tertiary characters. I could not read this book fast enough, yet I wanted to savor every word, every scene. And I ugly-cried. Books rarely make me cry. These people of Miller’s-for they are no longer merely characters on a page- will live on with me for some time. This novel hit every sweet spot in my requirements for memorable, top-of-its-category Regency Romance. Problems are impossibly deep, God’s Grace is deeper. ———————————————————————- I received a copy of the book from the I Read with Audra tour. I also bought my own copy. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own. ———————————————————————- Notable Quotables: “God is a Redeemer, One who turns the weak into the brave, who can use the broken ones to save. “Nothing mattered. No one would remark on her absence. She was nothing. Nobody. Of no value. Of no importance. She was a failure. A failure as a wife. A failure as a mother. She had failed to be accepted.” “God didn’t see her. He didn’t care. He hadn’t cared before, so why would He pay attention now?” “Broken, but being healed by God.” “It is most wonderful to see how God can restore the brokenhearted, and free those who have been bound to their pasts.” “When we’re in the depths of midnight’s pain and darkness, we cannot see that God is still working goodness for tomorrow.”

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Will the pain of the past drive them apart? I discovered Carolyn Miller while reading a Regency Christmas novella collection but Midnight's Budding Morrow is my first foray into one of her full length novels. While it may seem foolish to have started with the second book in a series, I think that the Regency Wallflowers are independent enough that I never felt like I was missing something. While Midnight's Budding Morrow was mostly historical romance with some definite Gothic overtones, can anyon Will the pain of the past drive them apart? I discovered Carolyn Miller while reading a Regency Christmas novella collection but Midnight's Budding Morrow is my first foray into one of her full length novels. While it may seem foolish to have started with the second book in a series, I think that the Regency Wallflowers are independent enough that I never felt like I was missing something. While Midnight's Budding Morrow was mostly historical romance with some definite Gothic overtones, can anyone say creepy old crumbling castle and hidden family secrets, I was a bit surprised at the direction that Carolyn Miller took. All around the story was much deeper than I expected. Things like grief, alcoholism, thoughts of self harm, were all realistically addressed in a most non-judgmental way. The characters deal with the emotions of loss, guilt, false blame, and rejection, but the light of faith is always there hanging sometimes by only a thread. Call me a goody-two-shoes but I despised James for a fair bit at the beginning of this second Regency Wallflowers book. He was such a mess, much of it self inflicted, though he had very real reasons for it, that I wondered if I could ever possibly like him. Sarah was almost the complete opposite, not only in her actions but also in my response to her as a character. Though, there were a few times I just wanted to yell at her to stand up for herself and show some backbone to those unpleasant people! Overall I enjoyed reading Midnight's Budding Morrow. It was interesting, thought-provoking, and even featured a murder inquiry which satisfied my mystery and mayhem loving heart. Carolyn Miller did a good job with this book and I'm looking forward to reading more of her Regency Wallflowers series... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cover Lover Book Review

    Oh my! Midnight’s Budding Morrow will stay with me for some time. I was fully immersed in this gothic-flavored Regency novel. I rarely read gothic stories. And I rarely read marriage-of-convenience stories. But oh my. This venture out of my usual genres was rewarded greatly. Although it didn’t take long to read this book, I feel as if I’ve been at the Langley castle for quite some time and I truly didn’t want to leave it. James is perhaps one of the most unique characters I’ve read. He isn’t ‘al Oh my! Midnight’s Budding Morrow will stay with me for some time. I was fully immersed in this gothic-flavored Regency novel. I rarely read gothic stories. And I rarely read marriage-of-convenience stories. But oh my. This venture out of my usual genres was rewarded greatly. Although it didn’t take long to read this book, I feel as if I’ve been at the Langley castle for quite some time and I truly didn’t want to leave it. James is perhaps one of the most unique characters I’ve read. He isn’t ‘all that’ in the beginning of the story, but I hoped for a transformation in him – and I wasn’t disappointed. Even though he acted out and didn’t carry the best air, I sympathized with him and wanted to know what hurt so deeply inside of him. Sarah is a genuine soul and so easy to connect with. I longed for her to find a true and fulfilling love. She had been dealt a bad hand, and I wanted things to turn around for her. She had my sympathies, and I admired her kind and compassionate heart. Although, I must admit I wanted to shake her at times when she allowed others to treat her poorly. There are many wonderful (and not so wonderful…grrr) characters in this story and they each brought so much. There were a couple that I loved to despise, which made me grumble under my breath a few times. I love when characters make me feel so deeply. This story pulled me into another time and another place. The book’s message is meaningful, with themes of forgiveness, acceptance, patience, and faith. I loved James and Sarah’s story and hope to see them in another story down the road. First Lines: “Oh, Sarah, please. Please? What would it take for you to reconsider?” Genre: Regency/Gothic Romance, Christian Fiction Content: Clean Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. #midnightsbuddingmorrow #regencywallflowers #Kregel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    Oh my has this been a wonderful story of forgiveness, redemption, misunderstandings and most of all loving unconditionally. I adored Sarah immediately because of her sweet spirit. She would do anything to help others and has a gift of compassion. Finding herself at her friend’s castle was fun and helped her overcome her insecurity. It was fascinating to discover with Sarah the history that the castle had. Looking at it with her own eyes she could tell that the upkeep had been forgotten about. It Oh my has this been a wonderful story of forgiveness, redemption, misunderstandings and most of all loving unconditionally. I adored Sarah immediately because of her sweet spirit. She would do anything to help others and has a gift of compassion. Finding herself at her friend’s castle was fun and helped her overcome her insecurity. It was fascinating to discover with Sarah the history that the castle had. Looking at it with her own eyes she could tell that the upkeep had been forgotten about. It is hard not to want to say so much about the story but readers will be in for a treat as they get engrossed with the story. James can be quite rude at times and his homecoming is not without a little tension. I was quite surprised by the terms James’s father gave him before he went back to war. Sarah was not altogether happy with the arrangement but now she finds that she has become a wife to someone in name only. It was wonderful to see Sarah speak up when the maids were rude to her. Gossip was always close by and she knew how little people thought of her. The more she gave grace, the more she received unkind words. I loved how she continued to show respect to her father-in-law and I think he started to become more tolerable of her. The story really takes a turn when James returns and finds a big surprise waiting. My heart went out to Sarah as she desperately wanted her husband to share her joy but he completely turned his back on her. I love how the author illustrates that trust in God is the key to help those who are struggling. We also experience a little mystery within the castle that took the story a little off track but I did enjoy the undertone of secrets and perhaps treasure that was rumored to be found. This has been a very good story that found me tearing up at times when Sarah seems to be so distraught and no one would comfort her. Through her tears and prays God was there to lift her up and give her strength to accept that she was treasured. In the end I came to like James and how his heart was stolen by a very special woman who showed him that love conquers all. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Read With Audra Blogger Program. The review is my own opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lifeofliterature

    I have enjoyed this series because it gives us a (fictional but historically well researched) glimpse at the working class of Regency fiction, rather than focusing on the affluent, which is the case for many of the books I read in this era. I loved Sarah’s character: her bluntness is very honest but she has a kind nature as well. I can’t say that I loved James as much, although I did appreciate the growths that occurred in their relationship. The theme of forgiveness is very prominent without be I have enjoyed this series because it gives us a (fictional but historically well researched) glimpse at the working class of Regency fiction, rather than focusing on the affluent, which is the case for many of the books I read in this era. I loved Sarah’s character: her bluntness is very honest but she has a kind nature as well. I can’t say that I loved James as much, although I did appreciate the growths that occurred in their relationship. The theme of forgiveness is very prominent without being preachy and I liked the interwoven faith elements. I also liked the setting of the story and thought that the scenes were well described, so it was easy to envision the beautiful North Sea. And the history in this area is fascinating too and well written. I liked the book overall and I am looking forward to reading more by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Bouldin

    My goodness, Midnight's Budding Morrow is quite the adventure. Sarah and James are two characters who suffer a forced marriage of convenience while knowing nothing about each other (except that they don't like each other). Reading through their struggles and the trials each character faced made them seem delightfully real. It was a pleasant surprise to see Sarah work through her quiet nature and stand for her beliefs. James certainly never saw her standing up to him, and I couldn't help but smil My goodness, Midnight's Budding Morrow is quite the adventure. Sarah and James are two characters who suffer a forced marriage of convenience while knowing nothing about each other (except that they don't like each other). Reading through their struggles and the trials each character faced made them seem delightfully real. It was a pleasant surprise to see Sarah work through her quiet nature and stand for her beliefs. James certainly never saw her standing up to him, and I couldn't help but smile when Sarah stood her ground. I love the rich detail about the castle that brought this world to life. This is a wonderful tale showing us that when we think all is lost, there's hope to be found. Never give up on God's love. I received a copy of this book through I Read with Audra. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    In her novel Midnight’s Budding Morrow, author Carolyn Miller has crafted a Regency marriage of convenience story with a gothic edge. The story focuses on loss, depression, and fighting for an unlikely romance. Although it may feel that many of the relationships in the story happen quickly and not quite smoothly, from the friend running away to get married, to manipulation and the sudden marriage of convenience, to the eventual romance romance, Miller has written a sweet romance that readers wil In her novel Midnight’s Budding Morrow, author Carolyn Miller has crafted a Regency marriage of convenience story with a gothic edge. The story focuses on loss, depression, and fighting for an unlikely romance. Although it may feel that many of the relationships in the story happen quickly and not quite smoothly, from the friend running away to get married, to manipulation and the sudden marriage of convenience, to the eventual romance romance, Miller has written a sweet romance that readers will enjoy. The overall feeling of the book is a bit gloomy as well. Readers of Julie Klassen and Sarah E. Ladd’s stories will find this story charming and engaging. Series: Regency Wallflowers Genre: Regency, romance, historical Publisher: Kregel Publications Publication date: May 31, 2022 Number of pages: 312 Other books in the series: 1-Dusk’s Darkest Shores 3-Dawn’s Untrodden Green (coming 2023) Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Filled with raw emotion, Carolyn Miller's newest book is a wonderful addition to her historical romances. Her pen tells a story of two broken people that find redemption and a new beginning filled with grace. A sign of a great author is that they have their reader feel a full range of emotion and that themes of grace and forgiveness are relevant regardless of setting and time. With mostly a character driven plot, the hauntingly beautiful prose will appeal to the reader's senses, allowing the set Filled with raw emotion, Carolyn Miller's newest book is a wonderful addition to her historical romances. Her pen tells a story of two broken people that find redemption and a new beginning filled with grace. A sign of a great author is that they have their reader feel a full range of emotion and that themes of grace and forgiveness are relevant regardless of setting and time. With mostly a character driven plot, the hauntingly beautiful prose will appeal to the reader's senses, allowing the setting of Langley castle and its inhabitants to stir the imagination with its beauty. Love this story and am looking forward to the next in the series. 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly Bleggi

    I loved this book by Carolyn Miller. I loved how Sarah and James really didn’t like each other when they were forced into getting married. I liked how James changed while he was away at war and how it took time for the people around him to believe that he had changed. I also liked seeing that he still slipped up at times but was willing to seek forgiveness when he did. I also liked how this book dealt with grief and showing how you can move forward from it. I thought it was a well written story I loved this book by Carolyn Miller. I loved how Sarah and James really didn’t like each other when they were forced into getting married. I liked how James changed while he was away at war and how it took time for the people around him to believe that he had changed. I also liked seeing that he still slipped up at times but was willing to seek forgiveness when he did. I also liked how this book dealt with grief and showing how you can move forward from it. I thought it was a well written story and I loved that the romance between James and Sarah was gradual but that they were able to connect on a deep emotional level as they talked about similar experiences. I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors. A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Loraine Nunley

    This story definitely had a lot of deep emotions running through it along with a tangible inspirational thread. It was a tale of two lost souls who came together to overcome their loneliness, heartache, and low self-esteem. Meeting James was quite jarring and I didn’t care for him at the beginning. Over the course of his time with Sarah, he redeems himself as he attempts to be the man worthy of her and God. Sarah had quite a tragic go of it and I rooted for her to truly find her worth. Her kindn This story definitely had a lot of deep emotions running through it along with a tangible inspirational thread. It was a tale of two lost souls who came together to overcome their loneliness, heartache, and low self-esteem. Meeting James was quite jarring and I didn’t care for him at the beginning. Over the course of his time with Sarah, he redeems himself as he attempts to be the man worthy of her and God. Sarah had quite a tragic go of it and I rooted for her to truly find her worth. Her kindness never wavered no matter what life threw at her. Note: I received this book complimentary from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are honest and my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    English

    Finished the PDF of this yesterday, what an Amazing story. Go over to my Blog in exactly one week from now to read the full review for Audra Jennings Blog Tours.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    The Northumberland coast is a true beauty to behold. When I’m traveling on the East Coast Main Line train in Britain, I watch for that first glimpse of the North Sea. No matter the weather, the waves will crash against either rocks or sand depending on where you are. There are times when the rail tracks are so close to the edge you look down and see nothing but rugged cliffs and water. You’ll see little villages, fishing harbors, golf links, and ruins of old buildings. Further out, you can see h The Northumberland coast is a true beauty to behold. When I’m traveling on the East Coast Main Line train in Britain, I watch for that first glimpse of the North Sea. No matter the weather, the waves will crash against either rocks or sand depending on where you are. There are times when the rail tracks are so close to the edge you look down and see nothing but rugged cliffs and water. You’ll see little villages, fishing harbors, golf links, and ruins of old buildings. Further out, you can see historic locations such as Holy Island. I’m hooked every trip. I wasn’t only drawn to Midnight’s Budding Morrow because of the setting. The castle on its cover immediately reminded me of Bamburgh Castle, which is perched on a volcanic outcrop and can be seen at a distance when on the train. In her author’s note, Carolyn Miller states she not only took inspiration for Langley House from the nearby ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, but also from the Kings Hall at Bamburgh Castle. A small side plot takes note of the area’s genuine Roman history as well. Enough about the history of the location and the inspiration, however. What about the book itself? Midnight’s Budding Morrow is primarily a Regency era romance. But the old house exudes creepiness with its closed-up rooms, and the plot takes a suspenseful turn towards the end. My first impression of James Langley is of a drunken lout, and not worthy of the Langley name. Of course, this is intentional by writer Miller. But I was surprised that Sarah would agree to marry him, or that either of them could be so powerless in the face of Langley senior, and the reason Sarah couldn’t return seemed fuzzy. I also felt the change in James’ behavior to be a little too much too soon. Yes, this is Christian fiction but I’m not sure any of my Christian friends changed that quickly. For many of us, it was a gradual process. While I wasn’t impressed with the romantic aspect of the novel, I did appreciate the gothic and suspense elements of the plot, as well as the description of the Northumbrian scenery and historical references. Sarah’s mental state plays a large role in the story. She has depression and feels isolated. The women in her new social circle don’t appear to accept her, and the staff resent her change in status. I recognized some of her emotions and thoughts: she internalizes so much that she comes to believe she isn’t worthy and that no one wants her around. I especially understood the scene where even the dog chooses to be standoffish. When it seems there’s no way out for her, she makes a decision that some readers may find triggering. Midnight’s Budding Morrow is the second of the Regency Wallflowers series, and I’m certain there’ll be a third. Both this title and the one before it – Dusk’s Darkest Shores – focuses on the repercussions of a failed British military expedition in the Netherlands which took place two years before the events of these books. The Walcheren Campaign is known not so much for the action on the battlefield but for the high casualty rate due to disease. I wouldn’t be surprised if the hero in the third book is a veteran of the same campaign. Disclaimer: Although I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the opinions above are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-Bennett

    Midnight's Budding Morrow Regency Wallflowers #2 By Carolyn Miller Midnight's Budding Morrow is the second book in Carolyn Miller's Regency Wallflowers series. Now if you haven't read the first book in the series that will in no way affect or reading or enjoyment of this book. And if you love your Regency fiction with a touch of Gothic intrigue you will want to move this one up to the top of your Summer TBR list - yes, it is that good. I have read all of Carolyn Miller's Regency fiction from Kregel Midnight's Budding Morrow Regency Wallflowers #2 By Carolyn Miller Midnight's Budding Morrow is the second book in Carolyn Miller's Regency Wallflowers series. Now if you haven't read the first book in the series that will in no way affect or reading or enjoyment of this book. And if you love your Regency fiction with a touch of Gothic intrigue you will want to move this one up to the top of your Summer TBR list - yes, it is that good. I have read all of Carolyn Miller's Regency fiction from Kregel and have never been disappointed and, in my opinion, each has been better than the previous book. But I'm sure you want to learn more about the story that this delightful cover adorned. First off, we meet Sarah Drayton, who is an orphan from a good family, just not one of wealth or title. At the urging of her dearest friend Beatrice Langley, Sarah is about to visit the Langley home in Northumberland. There is just one little problem with her visit with Beatrice. Bea's brother James, with whom Sarah recently had a most uncomfortable public encounter, has come home, begging funds from his father. But to get the funds for his accumulating debts James must marry a woman of his father's choosing. Unfortunately, for James and Sarah, Sarah is the chosen bride. Sarah is determined to make the best of the situation she finds herself in. She is going to make a place for herself on the Langley estate but the staff and neighbors see her as a less than desirable addition to the family, the home, and the community. How can she improve the home she has been given if she is given little to no respect. And when her husband returns from war will he still hold her in disdain? James knows his father blames him for the loss of his mother. And then there is the drinking and gambling that find him causing public disgrace, as his first meeting with Sarah aptly proves. Is it possible to repair the damage he has caused or will he stay trapped in this endless cycle of dependence? Not to give away anything that will detract from your enjoyment of the book but there are a couple of secondary characters that are just Uggggggghhhh! Superior attitude, cruel streak, and just overall unlikeable. Overall this was a highly enjoyable book, but I will admit I did need tissue for a scene or two. So I would recommend this for home reading and not your lunch break at work. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion ~ all thoughts expressed are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Midnight’s Budding Morrow (Regency Wallflowers #2) Author: Carolyn Miller Pages: 312 Year: 2022 Publisher: Kregel Publications My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. James Langley is on leave from the British Army. He appears to love living life as a rakehell. As part of this lifestyle, he has gambled to excess. His debts are large, and he has no way to pay them. He asks his father for money to pay the debts (again), but his father refuses unless he marries before his return to the army. Left with no c Title: Midnight’s Budding Morrow (Regency Wallflowers #2) Author: Carolyn Miller Pages: 312 Year: 2022 Publisher: Kregel Publications My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. James Langley is on leave from the British Army. He appears to love living life as a rakehell. As part of this lifestyle, he has gambled to excess. His debts are large, and he has no way to pay them. He asks his father for money to pay the debts (again), but his father refuses unless he marries before his return to the army. Left with no choice, James agrees. He leaves his wife at the family’s rundown castle with surly servants, a curmudgeonly father and no friends in sight. Ten months after his departure, he returns home to learn that Sarah is smart and capable of running household. He is trying his best to live up to the changes he has made in his life, but he is up against some challenging issues. Sarah Drayton was orphaned at the age of thirteen and went to live with her aunt and uncle, who view her as a servant. Her best friend is Beatrice Langley. Bea invites Sarah to come for an extended visit to the family home. After a chance encounter with Beatrice’s brother, James, that left her reeling, Sarah wants nothing to do with James Langley. Bea assures Sarah that her brother is returning to the army and won’t be there. Sarah arrives as a spectacular castle, though one in a state of disrepair. Much to her dismay, James is there. Soon she will be making a decision that will change her life. Will she finally find the love and sense of belonging she desperately craves? This story has a mystery, a death, a romance or two, a treasure and more to entertain readers. I was drawn into the story immediately, as I always am with Ms. Miller’s novels. Her writing style is one that compels (in the best way) me to read. I find her books so hard to put down once I’ve started the story. There was a definite gothic theme to this novel with an old, decrepit, creepy castle overlooking the roaring sea along the British coastline. Both main characters crave acceptance and approval, a place to belong and love. They struggle with feeling unworthy, like a failure and inadequate. They both learn they have always been loved and accepted by their Father in heaven. Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

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