The Dishonorable Miss Delancey

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The Dishonorable Miss Delancey
Carolyn Miller
Kregel

  Will a damaged reputation and desire for society's approval thwart the legacy of grace?
 
Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She's lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's society mama is appalled at the new company she's keeping. 

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughter--not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe? 

When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together--without finances, family support, or royal favor?

     I've heard good things about this series, so when I saw that Kregel was offering this book for review, I snatched it up. My library has the first book in the series, and I snapped up the second book when it was free on kindle, so I figured I could catch up on the series before this book arrived. So I got the first book...and I just couldn't get into it! I was really disappointed that I couldn't, and so I didn't finish it and just hoped I'd enjoy this one.

     Within the first chapter of The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, I was relieved the find that this one did capture my attention. Perhaps because I hadn't read the first two books, I found myself invested in trying to figure out just what exactly Clara had done (it seems we have a redemption story on our hands!) and I also found myself rooting for the hero a lot, as well. It's true that some of the situations and misunderstandings are rather contrived and frustrating, but I'm willing to forgive. The story was sweet, and for those looking for a gentle historical romance, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey may be right up your alley.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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