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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Dusk's Darkest Shores

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    From Endorsement: "Fans of Mary Balogh and Sarah Ladd will be entranced by Carolyn Miller’s latest Regency offering. Balancing authentic period details with a resplendent setting Dusk’s Darkest Shores is not only a redemptive story of love between two dimensional and unforgettable characters; but a love letter to one of the most glorious offerings in creation: England’s legendary Lake District. Prepare to be swept away." From Endorsement: "Fans of Mary Balogh and Sarah Ladd will be entranced by Carolyn Miller’s latest Regency offering. Balancing authentic period details with a resplendent setting Dusk’s Darkest Shores is not only a redemptive story of love between two dimensional and unforgettable characters; but a love letter to one of the most glorious offerings in creation: England’s legendary Lake District. Prepare to be swept away."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    OH. MY. I wasn't even sure about this book when I started it, considering it was slow then and a tad boring. But after a few chapters...BOOM! There you go. ;) I was hooked. It's purely simple. The romance development between the characters was superb and oh-so-sweet, and the entire storyline and its flow was flowy and absorbing (juuust except for the first few chapters for me). I can see why people are finding this to be their favorite of the author's. Dusk's Darkest Shores is more memorable. It OH. MY. I wasn't even sure about this book when I started it, considering it was slow then and a tad boring. But after a few chapters...BOOM! There you go. ;) I was hooked. It's purely simple. The romance development between the characters was superb and oh-so-sweet, and the entire storyline and its flow was flowy and absorbing (juuust except for the first few chapters for me). I can see why people are finding this to be their favorite of the author's. Dusk's Darkest Shores is more memorable. It's slightly more different than her other books, I feel, and it held a depth that was more present here than some in her previous latest series. Mary is that typical old maid character that gets married in the end, (spoiler?) XD but her and Adam's circumstances were so different, and I reveled in seeing them get together. And Adam! Oh, I think the author did so wonderfully at portraying his character. If he hadn't been such a grump and an offensive dude, I wouldn't have found it believable. Yet, he did something about his grumpiness, so I just loved him. :) Only thing though is that I wish there was more...something on his side in the romance department. Not that I felt that Mary was the only one in the falling-in-love equation, but I wanted a bit more affirmation?/musings? on Adam's part regarding his feelings for Mary. So, it just didn't feel super complete or satisfying for me. I also do wish there was more of everything more towards the end, like maybe a few more chapters so that the romance could have been even more slowly developed towards then and even more absorbing. It felt rushed, so it didn't give me that full feeling I like to find when reading a romance novel. Nevertheless, the romance was so beautifully done and so tender and so purely WONDERFUL! I could go on allll day. But I won't. :p Well! (Don't you just love it when that very-much-used word is used by ticked off regency Mamas?) I don't think my rumpled sentences can sum up my feelings for this book. Feelings which are bursting with LOVE FOR THE BOOK *clears throat*. Anyhoo. Carolyn Miller is one of my all-time favorite regency writers, and while some of her books had left me a little :0, I'm now siding with the majority (at least, I think it's majority) and say that this is my favorite of the author's! I'm SO SOOO excited for more in this series! * God was good. The evidence lay in jeweled tones before her. She had seen His faithfulness time and again. Just because the sun might feel hidden for a time did not mean it was not there. God’s goodness did not fade away simply because she did not perceive it. Circumstances were not a faithful prism through which to see God’s love. God’s love, like the sun, always remained.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    “Our challenge is to trust Him when it does not seem to go our way.” I picked up Carolyn Miller’s newest book, Dusk’s Darkest Shores, fully expecting to chuckle at witty banter and swoon over great romantical tension and gush over smart writing & layered characters… and I did all of those things! But I was not expecting my heart to fill with such tenderness for these characters, nor was I expecting my eyes to fill with such sweet tears at the end. But I did those things too. Miller is one of my v “Our challenge is to trust Him when it does not seem to go our way.” I picked up Carolyn Miller’s newest book, Dusk’s Darkest Shores, fully expecting to chuckle at witty banter and swoon over great romantical tension and gush over smart writing & layered characters… and I did all of those things! But I was not expecting my heart to fill with such tenderness for these characters, nor was I expecting my eyes to fill with such sweet tears at the end. But I did those things too. Miller is one of my very fave Regency romance writers, and I’ve loved every single one of her books. But this one, my friends, will long hold a special place in my heart. I instantly loved Mary – her sweet spirit, her wry humor, her honesty, her strong faith, and her compassion for people who are struggling. She is refreshingly without guile, and she has no patience for, nor desire to cater to, all the two-faced games and gossip that can still be found in small towns the world over. Yet, despite her genuine contentment with her life, she still has a heart that can be burdened & wounded & even broken. I loved these various layers to her character – she was real and relatable and exactly like someone I’d want as a friend. Adam is equally layered, but for different reasons. Once a lauded war hero, he’s now instead pitied & whispered about by the very people who once planned grand celebrations for his return. The illness he suffers has affected every facet of his present and every hope for his future, and for a time he is understandably consumed by grief and self-pity. Even then, however, I could see wisps of what I came to adore about him as the story progressed – his own wry humor, his inner strength, his faith, and his hero’s heart. Y’all, he and Mary are so perfectly matched that it was a true pleasure to watch them figure that out too. The banter & tender moments of their interactions, as Mary helps Adam acclimate to living a meaningful life even with his new challenges, were just perfection. Exactly the right amount of grin-inducing levity or swoons when needed, but also the right amount of time spent wrestling with authentic emotions and faith. The theme of Dusk’s Darkest Shores particularly resonated with me. Miller conveys this message so organically to the story and with such gentle wisdom that, even if I hadn’t already been pondering these things, it would have stood out to me anyway. The quote I included above and this one – “Sometimes I wonder if trusting in God even despite a lack of seeming answers might be the faith God is really looking for.” – have stayed close to my heart. Bottom Line: My heart is still absorbing this gorgeous story. Dusk’s Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller is witty and smart and so very touching. Mary and Adam’s friendship took me through a range of emotions but always made me smile, even through my tears or swoons. (And those first kisses! Still fanning at the thought…) I loved that Mary is a woman of prayer, and I loved the authenticity with which the author depicts believers living out their faith, even when questions arise for which there are no easy answers. A must read for everyone, and one of my top reads of 2021! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Wow! This novel was such a pleasure to read. It has taken its place high on my list of favorites! I loved that the inner beauty and kindness of Mary shone through as she cared for and helped Adam. Her caring nature stood out especially as certain people in the community made various remarks regarding her spinster status and held others up as better than her. The emotional journey that Adam had to go through in this story was profound. Instead of the hero that everyone was excited to welcome home, Wow! This novel was such a pleasure to read. It has taken its place high on my list of favorites! I loved that the inner beauty and kindness of Mary shone through as she cared for and helped Adam. Her caring nature stood out especially as certain people in the community made various remarks regarding her spinster status and held others up as better than her. The emotional journey that Adam had to go through in this story was profound. Instead of the hero that everyone was excited to welcome home, the man who returned had an uphill battle with his health ahead of him and he discovered that people did not hold him in the same regard as they once had. I loved the interactions between Adam and Mary. There were a few instances where Adam said things that were hurtful toward Mary and my heart hurt right along with her. I appreciated Adam’s growth and the way he began to connect with Mary as friends and then more. This was such a beautiful story! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    This is not the typical Regency story with aristocratic characters. Mary Bloomfield is a spinster. Everyone assumes she does not want marriage or children but she longs to be loved for who she is. She helps her father in his doctoring profession. She has the heart for helping people and sees it as a calling from God. Adam Edgerton is not typical either, having grown up expecting to inherit his father’s farm. But he is also a war hero struggling with a debilitating disease. “The heart was a stran This is not the typical Regency story with aristocratic characters. Mary Bloomfield is a spinster. Everyone assumes she does not want marriage or children but she longs to be loved for who she is. She helps her father in his doctoring profession. She has the heart for helping people and sees it as a calling from God. Adam Edgerton is not typical either, having grown up expecting to inherit his father’s farm. But he is also a war hero struggling with a debilitating disease. “The heart was a strange country, filled with odd fancies, twists and turns. Adam barely knew himself these days.” The author brought the emotions of her characters to the point where they sought God for the answers. She aptly portrayed Mary as having the personality to be able to help Adam. “God’s goodness did not fade away simply because she did not perceive it. Circumstances were not a faithful prism through which to see God’s love. God’s love, like the sun, always remained.” The story was true to life and dealt with some hard issues but Ms. Miller gave us the perfect way to overcome: to have Faith in God. “Trusting God seems to be about pushing away the confines of the easy and explained, to a daring place where one needed God in a deep, profound way.” *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel through Read With Audra Jennings Tour, I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "The heart was a strange country, filled with odd fancies, twists and turns." . . . . . . . . . . especially when life's path suddenly darkened. Such was Adam Edgerton's new view of his future. Having once had the promise of forevermore with the loveliest of creatures, he found himself struggling to remember why it had mattered, and why it even mattered still. He had become useless; to himself, to his family, to his friends. . . . . . until, along came Mary. "You are a tonic, equal par 4.5 stars "The heart was a strange country, filled with odd fancies, twists and turns." . . . . . . . . . . especially when life's path suddenly darkened. Such was Adam Edgerton's new view of his future. Having once had the promise of forevermore with the loveliest of creatures, he found himself struggling to remember why it had mattered, and why it even mattered still. He had become useless; to himself, to his family, to his friends. . . . . . until, along came Mary. "You are a tonic, equal parts sweet and astringent, and excellent for bucking one's spirits." A compliment? Mary Bloomfield was never sure when it came to Adam Edgerton. Having agreed, as the daughter of the local physician, to grace Adam with her presence in order to encourage his progress towards wellness, she did the best she could to keep her heart in the platonic friendship category, for even though the Adam she had remembered from her childhood had been utterly broken, she saw the man he could still become. What to do? What to say? When to start? When to stop? Thankfully, the Lord God Almighty had their future secured within the palm of His hand. "Sometimes I wonder if trusting in God even despite a lack of seeming answers might be the faith God is really looking for." What a magnificent display of story! This author's fan base will confidently declare that this is her best work to date, for there's an underlying passion of faith that rises to the top to declare God's faithfulness even in, and especially in, the darkness.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    Two of my favorite types of characters were featured in this story- a military hero recovering from injury, and a stalwart heroine who finds purpose in being helpful. The author authentically depicted the range of emotions Adam went through as he grieved his former life and adjusted to his new reality. I loved how Mary balanced compassion with bluntness, like her father. It proved to be the soul-healing medicine Adam needed, even though he fought against it at times. I loved how they interacted Two of my favorite types of characters were featured in this story- a military hero recovering from injury, and a stalwart heroine who finds purpose in being helpful. The author authentically depicted the range of emotions Adam went through as he grieved his former life and adjusted to his new reality. I loved how Mary balanced compassion with bluntness, like her father. It proved to be the soul-healing medicine Adam needed, even though he fought against it at times. I loved how they interacted and their friendship blossomed in difficult circumstances. Mary's tender feelings are hidden as she puts on a strong front, but she is vulnerable to thoughtless comments about her lack of marital prospects. Her younger sister is blunt without the compassion and the girls clash like oil and water, yet there is a strong thread of family loyalty and love that emerges. Their friend Emily who was engaged to Adam is a complication that provides an interesting study of human nature and self-preservation. What I liked most about this book is the hope that emerges from the darkness as Adam makes the shift from depression to determination, and the role Mary plays in supporting him. A wonderful story! Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    THOUGHTS I’ve read one other book from Miller which I didn’t love… Dusk’s Darkest Shores redeemed her for me! Adam and Mary are just so sweet, I love seeing them together and apart, their story was darling, everything had such a warm feeling. The fact that Adam was a soldier sold me on needing to read this book, and it being a regency romance, and the cover, and Mary’s description in the blurb, okay, everything sold me on this book and it turned out even better than I had hoped it would. I voluntari THOUGHTS I’ve read one other book from Miller which I didn’t love… Dusk’s Darkest Shores redeemed her for me! Adam and Mary are just so sweet, I love seeing them together and apart, their story was darling, everything had such a warm feeling. The fact that Adam was a soldier sold me on needing to read this book, and it being a regency romance, and the cover, and Mary’s description in the blurb, okay, everything sold me on this book and it turned out even better than I had hoped it would. I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Iola

    At twenty-eight, Mary Bloomfield is not likely to marry. Despite being unmarried, Mary’s life is full.She helps her father, the local doctor, with his patients. Mary has a strong personal Christian faith which she shares with others to encourage and build them up. She should be content. Adam Edgerton has been shipped home to England, the fate of those who can no longer fight. Worse, he’s blind. He can’t see the world around him, and he can’t see a future. With Mary’s help, he learns to live desp At twenty-eight, Mary Bloomfield is not likely to marry. Despite being unmarried, Mary’s life is full.She helps her father, the local doctor, with his patients. Mary has a strong personal Christian faith which she shares with others to encourage and build them up. She should be content. Adam Edgerton has been shipped home to England, the fate of those who can no longer fight. Worse, he’s blind. He can’t see the world around him, and he can’t see a future. With Mary’s help, he learns to live despite his lack of vision. Carolyn Miller is an excellent writer who doesn’t shy away from the hard things in life. Dusk’s Darkest Shores touches on difficult topics, including rape, suicide, and disability. There are no easy answers in her novels, just as there aren’t easy answers in life. Dusk’s Darkest Shores is Christian fiction of the best kind. Despite the sometimes dark subject matter and the fact Carolyn Miller refuses to allow her characters to take the easy path in their search for a happy-ever-after, Dusk’s Darkest Shores is ultimately an uplifting novel. It reminds us that God is with us even in those dark hours, and that when we let Him direct our paths, we will know his peace. Recommended for fans of faith-building Christian fiction. Thanks to Kregel Books and Netgalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'I have so little, Lord.' Carolyn Miller begins a new series with Dusk's Darkest Shores, and if this book is any indication, the series will be wonderful. Mary Bloomfield is twenty nine in 1811 England, and considered a spinster in that era. She has resigned herself to that fate and is content with her life, helping her physician father with caring for those in the village. When wounded war hero Adam Edgerton, with whom her older brother was friends, returns home from the war, he is depressed to 'I have so little, Lord.' Carolyn Miller begins a new series with Dusk's Darkest Shores, and if this book is any indication, the series will be wonderful. Mary Bloomfield is twenty nine in 1811 England, and considered a spinster in that era. She has resigned herself to that fate and is content with her life, helping her physician father with caring for those in the village. When wounded war hero Adam Edgerton, with whom her older brother was friends, returns home from the war, he is depressed to be confronted with his disease. Mary resolves to offer support and care to Adam as best she can, for that is her nature. After all, his dreams have been dashed and she wants to show God's love to everyone she comes in contact with. 'Why had God allowed this to happen? He could have intervened at the last and performed a miracle to demonstrate His awesome power. Yet He hadn't. It was as if He didn't care. That did not acord with what she knew of God.' As Miller takes the reader along on this most precious journey, we are an audience to Adam and Mary's hearts being opened to a life neither of them had ever dreamed of. Her description of t he heart's struggle with pain, real life issues and the sovereignty of God are so accurately portrayed and stunningly poignant. One word comes to mind about this novel: exquisite. For it is indeed exquisite. This is one for the keeper shelf, folks, and one I'm happy to have there. Well done! I loved it so very much. My thanks to Kregel Publications for a copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. The thoughts here are entirely and expressly my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Searfoss

    Carolyn Miller's newest series, Regency Wallflowers, begins with the story of Mary Bloomfield and Adam Edgerton. Mary is 29 and unmarried in a society that frowns upon singleness. She helps her father with his medical practice and has become almost indispensable to him as a nurse, yet she is widely regarded as a plain, unattractive spinster. When Adam Edgerton returns from the Napoleonic wars with an incurable, impairing disease, Mary goes above and beyond her duties to encourage him and show hi Carolyn Miller's newest series, Regency Wallflowers, begins with the story of Mary Bloomfield and Adam Edgerton. Mary is 29 and unmarried in a society that frowns upon singleness. She helps her father with his medical practice and has become almost indispensable to him as a nurse, yet she is widely regarded as a plain, unattractive spinster. When Adam Edgerton returns from the Napoleonic wars with an incurable, impairing disease, Mary goes above and beyond her duties to encourage him and show him that life is still worth living in spite of his limitations. Through a series of events, both Mary and Adam will learn more about life, relationships, and God's guiding hand as they spend more time together. This book is absolutely incredible. I believe it's Carolyn Miller's best book yet, and her writing touched my heart in a deeper, more personal way than most books have. I personally identified with Mary and her aching heart and I was moved to tears more than once throughout the story. I was thankful that the often neglected subject of singleness was addressed genuinely and biblically. The descriptive, realistic writing instantly transported me to rural England and I didn't want to leave. The unapologetic biblical stance taken by the author encouraged and convicted me, and one event near the end of the book was one of the most beautiful scenes that I have ever read. It will certainly be difficult to wait for the next book! I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda H

    I loved this story so much! I saw some of myself in Mary, a wonderful heroine who has been passed over for marriage after most of the young men have left to fight Napoleon. I loved getting to know her for her kindness and that the book wasn't focused so much on looks, especially how she looked. I loved the historical details about the ways doctors treated patients back then. I will warn readers that there is a trigger, with a young woman being violated. It's a side character, so the book doesn't I loved this story so much! I saw some of myself in Mary, a wonderful heroine who has been passed over for marriage after most of the young men have left to fight Napoleon. I loved getting to know her for her kindness and that the book wasn't focused so much on looks, especially how she looked. I loved the historical details about the ways doctors treated patients back then. I will warn readers that there is a trigger, with a young woman being violated. It's a side character, so the book doesn't go into a lot of details, but it is still a sad part of the story. I loved this unique Regency story. It was fun to have the characters not be of the ton and to showcase some of the Lake district in England. I highly recommend picking a copy of this book up! I received this book from Reading with Audra. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ochegba

    I loved the premise of this story. Interesting from the start I wanted to see how it would all play out. I loved getting to know Mary, smart kind and thoughtful. Though seen as a wallflower by some, I love her spirit and how she carried herself. She strong on the surface and blunt took when needed but beneath all that strength is a girl with a tender heart. I love how she took care of Adam being a friend when needed and a firm hand when necessary. It was an absolute delight to see their relation I loved the premise of this story. Interesting from the start I wanted to see how it would all play out. I loved getting to know Mary, smart kind and thoughtful. Though seen as a wallflower by some, I love her spirit and how she carried herself. She strong on the surface and blunt took when needed but beneath all that strength is a girl with a tender heart. I love how she took care of Adam being a friend when needed and a firm hand when necessary. It was an absolute delight to see their relationship grow. Adam was your typical war hero. Initially being prepared to be celebrated by the people of the village, was now whispered about because of his sickness. He tried to be strong at times but he struggles. Especially with the notion that these might be his new reality. I love the slow process to love. They are so perfect for each other without even realising it. The banter, the tender and swoon worthy moments. It was all so beautiful. This is a tender and wonderful tale that gives you all the joyful and romantic moments but then also touches your heart in the most perfect way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to the latest book Dusk’s Darkest Secret from my friend Caroline Miller. Y’all know I love historical romances sent in Regency England. This novel has a wallflower spinster stuck in small village who’s goal is to help an injured solider returning from the Napoleonic Wars. She also becomes entwined in several other events that are happening in their village. Through it all she has to wrestle with what it means to trust God and match her faith with whether He Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to the latest book Dusk’s Darkest Secret from my friend Caroline Miller. Y’all know I love historical romances sent in Regency England. This novel has a wallflower spinster stuck in small village who’s goal is to help an injured solider returning from the Napoleonic Wars. She also becomes entwined in several other events that are happening in their village. Through it all she has to wrestle with what it means to trust God and match her faith with whether He chooses to move or not. Her questions mirror those we still have today. I enjoyed this novel very much and recommend it to those who love the Regency timeperiod and heroes and heroines from the working classes. If you pick it up, you will be engaged in a story with characters that will intrigue you and keep the pages turning.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    This fine Regency novel is worthy of its many 5 star ratings. I was entertained, uplifted, and inspired after reading it. Each character is so well-rounded I felt like I'd come across them in the flesh. The setting is delicious and yet not overplayed. The dialogue is true to the era yet not stilted. There's no doubt Carolyn has a way with words, enough that I'm hanging in there awaiting the next in the Wallflower series. A beautiful story. This fine Regency novel is worthy of its many 5 star ratings. I was entertained, uplifted, and inspired after reading it. Each character is so well-rounded I felt like I'd come across them in the flesh. The setting is delicious and yet not overplayed. The dialogue is true to the era yet not stilted. There's no doubt Carolyn has a way with words, enough that I'm hanging in there awaiting the next in the Wallflower series. A beautiful story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Dusk’s Darkest Shores takes place in a quiet town, where Mary, an introverted spinster, assists her father who is a doctor. She’s very good with medicine, but mostly with kindness. She cares for every patient, and gives them all her attention and prayers, as she is very spiritual and full of faith. And we have Adam, a soldier who came back home blind, who sees his future working on his fathers farm disappearing. When Mary is asked to care for him, she manages to give him new perspective, and slo Dusk’s Darkest Shores takes place in a quiet town, where Mary, an introverted spinster, assists her father who is a doctor. She’s very good with medicine, but mostly with kindness. She cares for every patient, and gives them all her attention and prayers, as she is very spiritual and full of faith. And we have Adam, a soldier who came back home blind, who sees his future working on his fathers farm disappearing. When Mary is asked to care for him, she manages to give him new perspective, and slowly we see his humor return as he comes to accepts his illness. First of all: Walcheren, where Adam contracted the illness, is nowadays the most beautiful place on earth. I feel like I should defend my home after reading such bad things! Ok things may have been swampy in the past, but if you’re looking for picturesque villages, good food and amazing beaches it is the place to be. Please don’t invade it again though ;) I really liked this story! The main characters have great chemistry and I loved their humor and banter! There is much depth in their conversations, and the story took a few twists and turns that made the plot interesting. The disability representation seems really good. I was a bit afraid in the start that there would be a miracle to solve everything as the main character has witnessed healing before, but here it is not the case which I’m very grateful for. I get really upset when healing is used at the end of a story as reward for spiritual growth, which happens so often and gives the wrong message. Life with a disability is not a tragedy. And the author includes some very thoughtful insights about healing and miracles at the end of the book which really made me think, I appreciated that a lot. So most of the story I absolutely loved! There were some downsides for me, for example all the female characters in this book seemed very gossipy, naive and shallow except the main character. In fact the entire town only seemed to be made out of gossip. Also the main characters kept apologizing and feeling actually really sorry when they said something that was simply the truth, I could see no other possible interpretation for offense, and the other characters sprouted all the harmful things and ended up saying a halfhearted sorry too. Let’s just say there was a lot of apologizing which felt a bit much. But these are all minor issues, as I really enjoyed the story itself. I love to see characters I can relate too, like really introverted ladies and disability. I received a free ebook, this hasn’t influenced my opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    If you are a Regency era fan, Dusk's Darkest Shores is one you don't want to miss! I'm always exited to begin a new series by authors I enjoy. I immediately liked Mary Bloomfield. She wears her heart on her sleeve and treats everyone so kindly. She has grown up helping her father, the local doctor, with the ailments of the people in their little village. Then along comes returning war hero, Adam Edgerton, who is betrothed to Mary's sister dearest friend, Emily. Unfortunately, Adam isn't the same If you are a Regency era fan, Dusk's Darkest Shores is one you don't want to miss! I'm always exited to begin a new series by authors I enjoy. I immediately liked Mary Bloomfield. She wears her heart on her sleeve and treats everyone so kindly. She has grown up helping her father, the local doctor, with the ailments of the people in their little village. Then along comes returning war hero, Adam Edgerton, who is betrothed to Mary's sister dearest friend, Emily. Unfortunately, Adam isn't the same man as he was before he went to war. Something Emily can't quite accept. Mary's father and Adam's mother convinces her to help Adam adjust to being home again. While Mary is willing to help, Adam is rather disagreeable. Mary has her work cut out for her. Let's just say, her kindness is certainly tested. Now, I do want to mention Mary's sister, Joanna and her friend, Emily (Adam's betrothed). They are rude and nasty and I have to admit not liking either of them. They're selfish and treat Mary deplorably, which then fascinates me because they are constantly seeking her out for comfort and wisdom, neither of which do either of them ever seem to appreciate. Whew, glad I got that off my chest. HA! That aside Adam is cantankerous and gives Mary a lot of grief. Can I just say in Mary's defense that she really needs friends. Or just one friend. This town she's grown up in and they all look at her askance when she's only ever been godly towards everyone. So when Adam treats her in the same way, I wanted to knock him upside the head. One of the facets I appreciated about this story was that Mary showed grace and perseverance time and time again. Whether it was with the local minister (don't get me started on him), her obnoxious sister, or Adam's crabbiness, she was considerate and thoughtful. Her faith got her through most of the situations she found herself in throughout this story and it definitely impacted Adam. I appreciated that it clearly came from following her parents' example, although Joanna seemed to have missed that boat. I'm not going to give anything away in regards to the people in the story. I wish a couple of the people were the main characters of book 2, but it doesn't look like they are. Poo! That's ok, I'm still looking forward to the next one. hahahaha *I received this book for review. This is my personal opinion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Carolyn Miller has managed to pack so much into this story, I’m not sure where to begin. The faith thread is beautifully written into the pages of this novel. The message is clear – we need to trust in the Lord for our futures, and not fret when unexpected things come our way. Adam and Mary certainly had things come their way that they were not expecting, and while they may have struggled at times, it showed they were just humans. Flawed individuals that sometimes felt sorrow, pity, self pity ev Carolyn Miller has managed to pack so much into this story, I’m not sure where to begin. The faith thread is beautifully written into the pages of this novel. The message is clear – we need to trust in the Lord for our futures, and not fret when unexpected things come our way. Adam and Mary certainly had things come their way that they were not expecting, and while they may have struggled at times, it showed they were just humans. Flawed individuals that sometimes felt sorrow, pity, self pity even, and the unknown was somewhat scary. But amidst this, Miller reminds readers that no matter a person’s circumstances, they are still lovable. Now, I don’t want to go in detail about Adam’s issues, because I don’t want to spoil it. BUT let me say this – Adam has an issue that many would find discouraging, and he does. But I think a part of him also lets this issue define him, and that is a lesson we can all learn. Our disabilities don’t define us. Frankly anyone who looks at us and decides our worth based on this disability it certainly not worth our time. The way Miller brings Adam and Mary together is perfect. Two individuals with bruised hearts, closed hearts, that slowly start to open up and perhaps even ponder love again. Oh it was just a pleasure to read. As if romance, friendship, faith, and important lesson isn’t enough, Miller continues to amaze me with her attention to detail about her historic setting. I could easily visualize the scenes as I was reading thanks to her descriptive writing. I felt like I was in the time period with the language she used. I just had to close my eyes a moment and it all came together. You know we always want our favorite books to end up on the big screen, but I think sometimes that might actually be a negative thing. The way I’ve pictured Adam and Mary’s journey here is wonderful, and I wouldn’t want anything to distort that 😉 Historical fiction fans are going to enjoy reading Dusk’s Darkest Shores. It looks to be a fantastic series, and this reader is already anxiously awaiting the next installment! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    LisLovesReading E.Espinoza

    Dusk’s Darkest Shores, by Carolyn Miller, is the first book in the Regency Wallflowers series. Set in the Lake District of England during the early 19th century, it is a captivating novel with elements of mystery, adventure, romance, and faith. From the characters’ clothing, to their mannerisms, to their patterns of speech, and even to their habits and expectations, this well-researched novel certainly succeeds in immersing the reader in the history and culture of the time period. With a genuine Dusk’s Darkest Shores, by Carolyn Miller, is the first book in the Regency Wallflowers series. Set in the Lake District of England during the early 19th century, it is a captivating novel with elements of mystery, adventure, romance, and faith. From the characters’ clothing, to their mannerisms, to their patterns of speech, and even to their habits and expectations, this well-researched novel certainly succeeds in immersing the reader in the history and culture of the time period. With a genuinely compelling plot, this story is thoroughly intriguing and meaningful from beginning to end.   With grace and vulnerability, this novel unflinchingly explores the themes of loss, love, redemption, faith, courage, and hope through a varied cast of interesting characters who are richly developed and authentically believable. Their struggles, insecurities, fears, and beliefs are truly relatable and moving. Though at times they are heavily burdened by doubt and despair, they persevere nevertheless in the face of trials and uncertainty. Even in the midst of disappointment, their search for purpose and meaning is utterly inspiring. Dusk’s Darkest Shores is a well-written story of mercy, second chances, and truth. Offering new possibilities and fresh perspectives, it is a touching story of perseverance and the power of encouragement. This novel is a story of two hearts in search of being known, accepted, appreciated, and loved. I can easily recommend this book to readers of historical fiction who also enjoy elements of mystery and romance. Ms. Miller has once again crafted a novel that is achingly beautiful, worthy, and memorable. Dusk’s Darkest Shores is honest, tender, emotionally-stirring, and ultimately uplifting. I recommend it wholeheartedly. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher/author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    A gripping story of unexpected love, with captivating characters that hooked me from the very beginning. Mary assists her father's medical practice running a stillroom and helping the people of the community. I loved that she is a capable, content, and compassionate woman, with a knack for problem solving. Mary has a big heart, and truly cares for the well fare of each of her patients, including Adam. Adam goes through a lot over the course of the story. I think that his struggles were realistica A gripping story of unexpected love, with captivating characters that hooked me from the very beginning. Mary assists her father's medical practice running a stillroom and helping the people of the community. I loved that she is a capable, content, and compassionate woman, with a knack for problem solving. Mary has a big heart, and truly cares for the well fare of each of her patients, including Adam. Adam goes through a lot over the course of the story. I think that his struggles were realistically handled in a way that made him relatable and a strong character. I admired his determination and faith. Engaging book with strong likable characters, even ones that I didn't think that I would like at first, grew on me over the course of the book. There are a lot of things going with various characters in the community, fleshing it out with more wonderful characters. This book had so much to love, with a fantastic plot, characters with stellar natural chemistry, and great interactions. I really appreciated that this book book featured an "older" heroine content with her full and meaningful life. I also loved the adorable dog of Adam's. Probably my favorite of all of Ms. Miller's books so far! Definitely recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Oh, my, this book! I was completely engaged practically from the first page. Dusk's Darkest Shores tells the story of 29-year-old Mary (who at that time was definitely considered an old maid) and her older brother's childhood friend Adam. Marriage has never been an option for Mary, but she is perfectly happy helping her father in his medical practice and visiting those in her community who need help. When Adam returns home from war wounded and ill, Mary becomes his companion, helping him learn t Oh, my, this book! I was completely engaged practically from the first page. Dusk's Darkest Shores tells the story of 29-year-old Mary (who at that time was definitely considered an old maid) and her older brother's childhood friend Adam. Marriage has never been an option for Mary, but she is perfectly happy helping her father in his medical practice and visiting those in her community who need help. When Adam returns home from war wounded and ill, Mary becomes his companion, helping him learn to navigate his new normal. And for the first time, Mary begins to wonder if marriage might actually be possible for her. I loved Mary and Adam's relationship! Their banter was so fun, and I loved that they built a friendship before anything else. Adam and Mary were both complex characters by themselves, and I loved following all of their relationships (not just the romance). There was a twist near the end that disappointed me (because that meant the book wasn't going the way I wanted it to), but I should've just trusted Miller, as she brought the story to a very satisfying conclusion! I'm so glad that Miller is writing about older, "unmarriageable" women in this series, as that's sorely lacking in Christian romance, and especially in Regency romance. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Loved loved this book! When I opened the book I had no idea what to expect but I was soon immersed and finished this book in a day! Such a beautiful story! Very well written with awesome characters! Yes, Adam was a bit ornery but who wouldn't be after he went through! I found myself rooting for him throughout the story and clapped my hands too! Sweet Mary? Gotta love her. She wears her feelings on her sleeve for everyone to see just like me! Just like me she loves helping everyone in need. I admired Loved loved this book! When I opened the book I had no idea what to expect but I was soon immersed and finished this book in a day! Such a beautiful story! Very well written with awesome characters! Yes, Adam was a bit ornery but who wouldn't be after he went through! I found myself rooting for him throughout the story and clapped my hands too! Sweet Mary? Gotta love her. She wears her feelings on her sleeve for everyone to see just like me! Just like me she loves helping everyone in need. I admired her very much. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous! The Ms. Miller wrote, I felt like I was there! I really love how this story encourages and offers hope at the same time. It is chalk full of inspirational messages that we can use even today. God's word never changes. It's us who do. We think we can do it all on our own but really we can't. It's why God sends us certain people to help is along the way. I was very happy with the ending. It left me thinking about Adam and Mary long after the book was over. I know they still have a story to tell! I hope to see more of them in future books! My thanks for a copy of this awesome book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I have read many books by this author, and this one does not disappoint. The title resonates in so many ways, and was quickly pulled into this page turning read. A man who had it all, a brilliant military career, an estate/farm to come home to and a beautiful young woman to marry waiting for him, but alas life is not how it appears. Adam has sustained sever injuries, and his recovery is in jeopardy. At nine and twenty Mary Bloomfield has resigned herself to being a spinster, and she loves working I have read many books by this author, and this one does not disappoint. The title resonates in so many ways, and was quickly pulled into this page turning read. A man who had it all, a brilliant military career, an estate/farm to come home to and a beautiful young woman to marry waiting for him, but alas life is not how it appears. Adam has sustained sever injuries, and his recovery is in jeopardy. At nine and twenty Mary Bloomfield has resigned herself to being a spinster, and she loves working with her doctor father. She has a love of the Lord and a very kind heart, and some of the happenings she deals with so compassionately, will break your heart. She does become a catalyst towards Adams healing, and you will love the banter between them. I loved that the author brought us answers to many questions, and I had guessed wrong. You don't want to miss this inspiring read, it will linger with you long after the cover is closed. I received this book through Read With Audra and the Publisher Kregel, and was not required to give a positive review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Carolyn Miller has written a Regency Romance that readers will absolutely adore. This story is of a Mary, a woman everyone assumes is more than happy to be a spinster and doesn’t want to be a wife and mother. But more than anything, Mary just wants to be accepted as herself. This makes her easy to relate to, because who doesn’t want to be accepted as themselves. And then there is Adam, he’s a war hero who has inherited his father’s farm. But due to a debilitating war injury, he is struggling to Carolyn Miller has written a Regency Romance that readers will absolutely adore. This story is of a Mary, a woman everyone assumes is more than happy to be a spinster and doesn’t want to be a wife and mother. But more than anything, Mary just wants to be accepted as herself. This makes her easy to relate to, because who doesn’t want to be accepted as themselves. And then there is Adam, he’s a war hero who has inherited his father’s farm. But due to a debilitating war injury, he is struggling to deal with life. This beautiful story brings these two struggling characters together and they form a friendship and eventually a sweet romance. And entwined in it all, this story shows their faith in God that life will work out. This story will warm the hearts of readers, causing them to fall in love with the easily relatable characters and root for them as they lean on God and figure out how to move forward in life. A wonderful Regency romance that readers will adore. Genre: historical, romance, regency Publisher: Kregel Publication date: May 18, 2021 Number of pages: 320 Other books in the series: 2-Midnight’s Budding Morrow (coming 2022) 3-Dawn’s Untrodden Green (coming 2023) Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.​

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I love Mary’s strength and confidence to be exactly who she is, no reservations. She is realistic about her prospects, her strengths and her giftings. She deeply loves the Lord and longs for the Gospel as written to be shared with others. She lives out her faith in an encouraging and touching manner. I love that Adam must be blinded before he can truly see. When he finally sees Mary for the wonderful woman that she is, tender sparks ensue. I love the honest banter and friendship that forms betwe I love Mary’s strength and confidence to be exactly who she is, no reservations. She is realistic about her prospects, her strengths and her giftings. She deeply loves the Lord and longs for the Gospel as written to be shared with others. She lives out her faith in an encouraging and touching manner. I love that Adam must be blinded before he can truly see. When he finally sees Mary for the wonderful woman that she is, tender sparks ensue. I love the honest banter and friendship that forms between Mary and Adam. They are both longing for love and acceptance and when they are able to let their guards down, the authenticity is precious. An extremely delightful story from Carolyn Miller that I highly recommend to all readers of sweet romances that appreciate messages of hope and redemption. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and all opinions expressed are my own, freely given.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Mary Bloomfield is the local doctor's helpful daughter, and completely unattached at age twenty-nine. She assists her father and the local midwife with their duties, and is as capable as they are in the sick room. Her deep faith has carried her through watching her younger friends as they entered courtships and marriages and motherhood. But there's a part of her that wishes she was not past such things for herself. Adam Edgerton was a hero in the war, but he's come home facing a malady that may c Mary Bloomfield is the local doctor's helpful daughter, and completely unattached at age twenty-nine. She assists her father and the local midwife with their duties, and is as capable as they are in the sick room. Her deep faith has carried her through watching her younger friends as they entered courtships and marriages and motherhood. But there's a part of her that wishes she was not past such things for herself. Adam Edgerton was a hero in the war, but he's come home facing a malady that may change the rest of his life. Restless and uncertain, not having many friends to cheer his days, he's thankful when Mary begins coming to help him and his mother. She's different than other girls, being more blunt and plain-spoken. Yet there's something about her steadiness that brings comfort to all who know her. I enjoyed reading about Mary and all the ways she helped her community. There's a colorful cast of secondary characters whose plights I couldn't help but become invested in. I also appreciated Mary as an older single lady, which is a position I'm quite familiar with. Her hopes and longings yet willingness to give of herself were inspiring. Adam is a sympathetic hero going through quite an ordeal. You have the feeling that as much as you'd like to handle it better yourself, it would be quite a challenge to accept the new life thrust upon you. I would recommend this book for fans of gentle Regency romance. I received my copy of the book from Read With Audra. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ochegba

    I loved the premise of this story. Interesting from the start I wanted to see how it would all play out. I loved getting to know Mary, smart kind and thoughtful. Though seen as a wallflower by some, I love her spirit and how she carried herself. She strong on the surface and blunt took when needed but beneath all that strength is a girl with a tender heart. I love how she took care of Adam being a friend when needed and a firm hand when necessary. It was an absolute delight to see their relation I loved the premise of this story. Interesting from the start I wanted to see how it would all play out. I loved getting to know Mary, smart kind and thoughtful. Though seen as a wallflower by some, I love her spirit and how she carried herself. She strong on the surface and blunt took when needed but beneath all that strength is a girl with a tender heart. I love how she took care of Adam being a friend when needed and a firm hand when necessary. It was an absolute delight to see their relationship grow. Adam was your typical war hero. Initially being prepared to be celebrated by the people of the village, was now whispered about because of his sickness. He tried to be strong at times but he struggles. Especially with the notion that these might be his new reality. I love the slow process to love. They are so perfect for each other without even realising it. The banter, the tender and swoon worthy moments. It was all so beautiful. This is a tender and wonderful tale that gives you all the joyful and romantic moments but then also touches your heart in the most perfect way.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was my first time reading anything written by this author, but I look forward to reading more of her books. I really enjoyed the characters of Mary and Adam. Both characters had dreams for their lives that they were not sure if they would be met but they kept trying to go through life with Gods help. My review will be added to my blog: www.kroosreadsandreviews.blogspot.com and will be posted on bookbub. Thanks to much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own. This was my first time reading anything written by this author, but I look forward to reading more of her books. I really enjoyed the characters of Mary and Adam. Both characters had dreams for their lives that they were not sure if they would be met but they kept trying to go through life with Gods help. My review will be added to my blog: www.kroosreadsandreviews.blogspot.com and will be posted on bookbub. Thanks to much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Glazebrook

    Just when I think Carolyn Miller’s books can’t get any better … they do! I feel like I say this every time, but it’s true. This is my new favourite. It’s so clever in so many ways. And I love how the author gently and realistically deals with the way God heals or lovingly chooses not to heal. The main character, Mary Bloomfield is forgiving, sweet and kind but also highly intelligent, with realistic inner turmoil and struggles. I love that the author avoided the stereotype of characters needing Just when I think Carolyn Miller’s books can’t get any better … they do! I feel like I say this every time, but it’s true. This is my new favourite. It’s so clever in so many ways. And I love how the author gently and realistically deals with the way God heals or lovingly chooses not to heal. The main character, Mary Bloomfield is forgiving, sweet and kind but also highly intelligent, with realistic inner turmoil and struggles. I love that the author avoided the stereotype of characters needing to be shallow and slow to be gentle and sweet. There is such depth in this story and the plot captivated me right the way through. I found myself in tears of both sadness and joy and different points in the book. The ending was so, so satisfying! A powerful, moving story that left me thinking about the characters for days afterwards.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    Dusk's Darkest Shores is Carolyn Miller's latest creation. I loved the fact that it was a regency but took place in a small village rather than London. It featured villagers rather than the Ton. Adam and Mary were realistic and were courageous enough to ask the hard questions about God, but still, remain faithful. I really enjoyed the look into what village life was like with many diverse characters and problems. I am eagerly looking forward to Midnight's Budding Morrow next year. So pour up a cu Dusk's Darkest Shores is Carolyn Miller's latest creation. I loved the fact that it was a regency but took place in a small village rather than London. It featured villagers rather than the Ton. Adam and Mary were realistic and were courageous enough to ask the hard questions about God, but still, remain faithful. I really enjoyed the look into what village life was like with many diverse characters and problems. I am eagerly looking forward to Midnight's Budding Morrow next year. So pour up a cup of tea and a plate of scones, then curl up for a beautiful read. I was given a copy of Dusk's Darkest Shores with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

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