Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.
Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.
The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.
In February, 2017, I read my first book by Carolyn Miller and in my review of The Elusive Miss Ellison, I said "Fans of the Regency era now have a new author to enjoy and new books to look forward to because this is the first book in a new Regency series by Carolyn Miller." Now, two and one-half years later, I have just finished the ninth book by this author and I enjoyed it even more than the first! Misleading Miss Verity is the third title in the Daughters of Aynsley series and Verity Hatherleigh is the heroine this time. She is impulsive and often unladylike and her father thinks that she needs guidance and direction so off she goes to Scotland. It is there that she thinks she has found a special friend in the gardener at Dungally but as the title suggests, Miss Verity is being misled! Anthony Jardine is actully the owner of this large Scottish estate but he prefers to be anonymous. It is as their friendship deepens that the complications begin.
I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the estate, the surrounding village, and the references to Regency society, but it was the interaction between Verity and Anthony that I especially loved. Verity feels inferior to her sisters in her appearance and Anthony remarks that "Sometimes one can only truly appreciate beauty when in the right setting." (p. 169). He is concerned that Verity doesn't share his Christian beliefs and he also struggles with revealing his true identity. 'He had no desire to be married for his inheritance. But neither did he wish to forgo what had become one of the most enjoyable friendships of his life.' (p. 167). And then there is the small matter of Verity being betrothed to another man; yes, it had been arranged by her family but she felt obligated to carry out their wishes. She knew that she must not lead Anthony on but she couldn't lose 'Someone who was her friend, who seemed to understand her in a way so few people did, someone with whom she felt such ease, even if he wasn't from her station in life.' (p. 138)
There are many wonderful characters and lots of drama but the romance and the faith-filled message are the key points that I loved. Misleading Miss Verity is a wonderful way to wrap up the Regency Brides series and I do believe it is Miller's best book yet! Fans of Regency romance and Christian fiction will definitely want to read this book.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Kregal Publications but I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts. These are my own opinions.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I'm Carolyn Miller, author of 'The Elusive Miss Ellison'.
I live in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.
I'm married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!) as I do (except not in the Regency genre - funny, that!).
My favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but I also enjoy contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.
I try to write stories that are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus 'true love', and other challenges we all face at different times
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