About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, May 24, 2021

Dusk's Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller: Review & Giveaway


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.
Click here to read an excerpt.

Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: May 18, 2021
Buy Link: Dusk’s Darkest Shores (Regency Wallflowers Book 1) – Kindle edition by Miller, Carolyn. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


Laughter, sadness, doubts, and faith are all a part of this stunning new book and it's a wonderful beginning to a new series by author Carolyn Miller. I've grown to love Miller's Regency romances, with beautiful heroines, handsome heroes, and beautiful English estates, but Dusk's Darkest Shores differs because we get a look at the English commoners who lived in England's Lake District, away from high society, in the year 1811. Mary Bloomfield may just be Miller's most beautiful character yet, but she doesn't claim physical beauty. She knows she's considered a 'wallflower' and is well past the age of marriage, but she possesses the best beauty of all. She is gentle, encouraging, and a true Christian in both words and deeds, and she is the perfect person to help Adam Edgerton. Oh, my, that Adam! He is a handsome war hero, but his homecoming is anything but happy, and he is in need of someone like Mary. She may be kind and encouraging, but she isn't afraid to speak her mind. Mary may just be the best friend he's ever had, but what he doesn't see is that she may become so much more. Their moments together are both poignant and breathtaking!

Dusk's Darkest Shores
is a touching story of despair turning to hope, darkness turning to light, friendship blooming into something more, and a deeper understanding of what true faith is. There are so many memorable quotes to ponder, read again, and then ponder some more. Mary truly believes in prayer, but she also contemplates how God answers our prayers. Sometimes He answers prayers the way we ask, but this isn't always the case. Mary reminds us that God is always listening, and He will answer in the way that is best!

If you enjoy Regency romance, fascinating characters, and a faith-filled plot, you will absolutely love Dusk's Darkest Shores. I look forward to the next book in Miller's Regency Wallflowers series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


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)


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.”


Enter to win a fun prize pack inspired by the book and its English setting that includes: 
- a copy of Dusk’s Darkest Shores
- a canvas bag to carry your latest reads
- a fun pair of Jane Austen socks
- Novel Teas’ English Breakfast tea
- “Drink tea, read books, and be happy” tea spoon
- “Let your faith be bigger than your fear” mug
- Black currant preserves from England
- Wax Lyrical candle from England


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  1. I have read many of Carolyn's books! My favorite Regency would be Emma by Jane Austen, with Persuasion coming in a close second.

  2. I’m so very happy that you enjoyed Dusk’s Darkest Shores - thanks so much Connie, for sharing your lovely review xx