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Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller

The typical book I like to read is a historical novel, often about World War II.  Recently, I read Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller, and while it was outside my normal reading pick, I did enjoy the novel.

About Misleading Miss Verity

The year is 1820, and Verity, a viscount’s daughter, is kicked out of the house by her frustrated mother.  Verity is the youngest of three daughters, and her parents are fed up with her spirited behavior.  They send her to live with her grandmother.  However, soon after Verity’s parents send her a letter informing her of her impending arranged marriage to a man much older than her that she that she has no interest in.  Her grandmother concurs and sends her to Scotland to spend time with her school friend, Helena.

While in Scotland, Verity meets the gardener, Mr. Jardine, who works at the Dungally castle for the new laird.  Verity is surprised when she quickly develops feelings for Mr. Jardine, and he for her as well.

However, in the wealthy circles in the 1820s, marriage isn’t as simple as finding someone you love and marrying them.  There are titles and stations in life to consider.  And of course, Verity is already promised to someone else.  Can true love still win?

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this book.  I liked reading about the constraints that were in place for proper young women at that time such as not being able to hold hands with or kiss the person you love.  Verity is frustrated that she can’t rise astride and must ride a horse side saddle.  She is also scandalous because she wears a split skirt to wear while gardening rather than a full dress.

This book definitely made me appreciate the time period I was born in.

In Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller, Verity is a non-believer, but she finds God during her time in Scotland.  Mr. Jardine is a former minister, so if their love is to be sustainable, he must marry a Christian.  I appreciate that he’s disappointed when he finds out Verity doesn’t believe, but he never tries to push her to find faith.  In fact, he doesn’t even mention it to her.  She finds her faith on her own, while being surrounded by Mr. Jardine and Helena’s father, who is also a minister.

If you like this romance, this book is number three in the Daughters of Aynsley series.  Verity’s older sisters each get their own books in the series.  Book One, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is centered around Verity’s sister Caroline.  Book Two, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, is about her other older sister.

If you’d like to read other books in the Regency Brides series, consider The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, which I previously reviewed and enjoyed.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.

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