Book Review: Midnight’s Budding Morrow

About Midnight’s Budding Morrow:

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?

Click here to read an excerpt.

About the series:

While most stories set in Regency England focus on the rich, the young, and the beautiful, award-winning author Carolyn Miller decided she wanted to give readers something different for a change. Her new Regency Wallflowers series follows the commoners, away from the hustle and bustle of 1810s London, out in the Lake District of England. She tells the stories of women who are slightly older and have few prospects for marriage, women who might be considered “wallflowers.”

Midnight’s Budding Morrow is the second book in the Regency Wallflowers series. The first book in the series is Dusk’s Darkest Shores.

About the author:

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)

My Thoughts on Midnight’s Budding Morrow

“Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope?” 

That quote there is what hooked me on this book, and it’s just from the back cover. Carolyn Miller continues to impress me each time I read a book by her. The depth and emotions she conveys are top notch and I always feel very invested in her characters as a result.   

This time even more so than others.  

Midnight’s Budding Morrow had a wonderful redeeming storyline that was at first hard to find, but by the end it was one I was jumping for joy with. Carolyn Miller completely took an unlikeable character made me dislike them and redeemed them. Quite a feat.  

I recommend you pick this on up if you like the regency era.  

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback.  

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  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading Midnight’s Budding Morrow. I think it’s awesome how God can transform lives for His purposes and His glory, so it was fun to challenge myself with a character like James, and delve into the depths of pain and sorrow and see how God can bring joy in the morning. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.