Thursday, 7 February 2019

Winter Reads: The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller

Originally, I had read The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller in early December, but due to a family emergency involving my grandmother and dealing with everything Christmas, I had completely forgotten what the book was actually about when it came time for me to write my review for it. I ended up rereading it last week, so I could refresh my memory.

The Making of Mrs. Hale (a.k.a. - the third book in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope) centers around Julia Winthrop, a young woman who had ran off and married Thomas Hale eighteen months ago. I guess you can say her marriage hasn't been a "happily ever after" one, as her husband is never around. Actually, Thomas seems to be missing!

Julia's husband has disappeared and she has no idea what has happened to him. Believing she's carrying his child, she has no other choice but to to return home to her family, who she had betrayed by eloping with Thomas in the first place. Of course her family wants her to divorce him right away, but Julia is still deeply in love with Thomas and hopes he will return to her.

Final Thoughts

Carolyn Miller has a marvelous talent for crafting amazing descriptions, which is crucial for any historical fiction novel, and she doesn't disappoint with The Making of Mrs. Hale. While most of the characters were introduced in the previous novels, I had a difficult time connecting with a few them, such as Jonathan Winthrop.

Overall, despite a few flaws, I enjoyed reading The Making of Mrs. Hale. Sure, there were some cliched eye rolling moments, but it didn't distract me too much from not liking the story.

*Note: I received a NetGalley copy from the publisher.
All opinions are my own.

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