Tuesday, June 1, 2021

[Review] - Dusk's Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller

Available on Paperback & Kindle.

About The Book

How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness? 


Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England's beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it's a peaceful life. 


That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary's caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer--but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he's plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition? 


Adam wants no charity, but he's also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal--and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end. 


Best-selling author Carolyn Miller is back with a fresh series that will not only thrill readers eager for more of her work, but bring in new fans looking for beautiful writing, fascinating research, deftly woven love stories, and real faith lived out in the Regency period. 




After taking a break from the romance genre, I've now found myself reading several titles back-to-back, starting with the regency-era novel - Duck's Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller. While the regency setting isn't my forte, I have enjoyed Carolyn Miller's other stories, so I thought I would give Dusk's Darkest Shores a read.

I struggled with the narration for the first several chapters. Don't get me wrong, it's written well, but I didn't get emotionally pulled into the story until nearly the 100-page mark. Mary and Adam are the typical Jane Austen-inspired characters that fans of the genre will instantly adore. However, the characters were a bit stale and, at times, downright boring. The author's detailed descriptions of 19th Century England were the only thing keeping me from putting the book down. Sure, the story is engaging, and many readers will probably love reading it, but for me, it was too cliched and predictable.


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Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.

Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynmillerauthor.com, or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author), Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor). 





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