Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Read with Audra Blog Tour: Midnight's Budding Morrow by Carolyn Miller

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?


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.

I really enjoy Regency Era books and Carolyn Miller is one of my favorite Regency Authors. Her newest book, Midnight's Budding Morrow is Book 2 in the  Regency Wallflower series. I had the honor of reading Book 1 and have been anxiously awaiting Book 2. 

Sarah Drayton is spending time with her friend Beatrice Langley at Langley Castle. She is excited to spend time with her, but the Castle is in bad shape. Beatrice's brother, James Langley, comes to the castle. He is not a very responible man and his Dad tells him "Marry someone soon before going to War. James meets Sarah and Beatrice convinces the pair to marry to satisfy his Dad's demand. Sarah did not have marriage on her mind, but she agrees to the Marriage of Convinence. The couple struggles in the marriage and then James goes back to the Warfront. Sarah continues to find her place in the new marriage, even with James gone. She hopes once he returns they can work toward having the real feels of marriage. James does return but then a tragedy occurs and could really be the downfall for them. Can Sarah and James trust God's plan and not their own? Will they come through the tragedy and be stronger in marriage and life?

I dove into this book and did not stop reading until I was done. My heart was hurting for Sarah who was suffering depression due to many changes in her life so quickly. James really had a lot of growing up to do in the beginning of the book and he grew up when tragedy happened to the them. The Author really has a great style of writing and was eloquent with the depression issue. I truly enjoyed this book! The book is about contentment, following God's plan even when you are uncertain about life. I also appreciate the Biblical truth within the book. Sweet Regency Romance book! Lookign forward to more books in this series! GREAT BOOK!

Read an Excerpt Here

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. 

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