The Making of Mrs. Hale

The Making of Mrs. Hale

Marry in haste, repent in leisure--Mrs. Hale is about to find out how painful that repentance can truly be.Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn't turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn't know where--or if he's ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to...

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Title:The Making of Mrs. Hale
Author:Carolyn Miller
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The Making of Mrs. Hale Reviews

  • Susan

    Carolyn Miller continues to excel in writing outstanding Regency historical romance novels. In

    , Ms. Miller spins a story that deals with some sensitive issues with grit and grace. This book is unusual in that Julia and Thomas are already married. However, the couple are separated through a series of circumstances as Thomas’s past continues to haunt him. The story switches POV between Julia and Thomas in this heartrending tale. Can they redeem a marriage that had such a fr

    Carolyn Miller continues to excel in writing outstanding Regency historical romance novels. In

    , Ms. Miller spins a story that deals with some sensitive issues with grit and grace. This book is unusual in that Julia and Thomas are already married. However, the couple are separated through a series of circumstances as Thomas’s past continues to haunt him. The story switches POV between Julia and Thomas in this heartrending tale. Can they redeem a marriage that had such a fragile beginning? Our hero and heroine have both made poor decisions in their past, yet in spite of their flaws, the reader cannot help but hope for a happy ending. There is plenty of subterfuge, danger and romance in this page-turner, but it is the spiritual message of forgiveness that spoke to this reader’s heart.

    Fans of Jane Austen, Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd and Michele Griep will find her a must read. Ever since I read her first book, Carolyn Miller has become one of the authors I will return to again and again.

    A few of my favorite quotes:

    "Unforgiveness is a poison that shrivels the heart. It means a person cannot truly live in the present as they're always thinking about the past."

    "A shepherd's role was what he should have assumed, someone guarding his precious lamb, protecting her from the storms of life, guiding her to shelter."

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Megan

    “The Making of Mrs. Hale” by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the “Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope” series. It can easily be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series since characters from past books play major roles in this story. And I’m happy to say “The Making of Mrs. Hale” is a great conclusion to this wonderful series!

    This particular story is different from Ms. Miller’s previous works in that it contains more adult themes. It is still wonderful, but keep in

    “The Making of Mrs. Hale” by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the “Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope” series. It can easily be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series since characters from past books play major roles in this story. And I’m happy to say “The Making of Mrs. Hale” is a great conclusion to this wonderful series!

    This particular story is different from Ms. Miller’s previous works in that it contains more adult themes. It is still wonderful, but keep in mind it is a heavier read. I personally appreciate the themes and topics Ms. Miller addresses. These ideas need to be brought to light more in Christian fiction. These are the themes of infidelity in marriage; marriage vows and how sacred they are; and restoration and forgiveness in marriage. So many people take marriage so lightly these days, but this book grapples with what it looks like to really fight for one’s marriage and not give up, even when giving up seems the easier solution. Ms. Miller addresses this all with love and grace, with an emphasis on forgiveness.

    Besides the themes mentioned above, this story is filled with action, mystery, secrets and a daring escape! The two main characters spend most of their time apart, each dealing with their own issues. It’s a journey of them moving towards one another and God. They learn about forgiveness and trusting God with one’s future and life as a whole.

    This book contains some wonderful themes! God can use anyone to achieve his purposes. God can forgive anyone of anything because of His great mercy. We are all sinners and what a wonderful thing to discover that He’s not a tyrant, but is love!

    Content: I give this book a PG-13 rating because of the more adult themes this book addresses. Some examples of the content are: a man mutters a curse, but the actual curse isn’t written; there’s a prostitute; mention of a woman being buxom and a whore; a man has been unfaithful to his wife; a man is drunk; the word “hell” is used; men gamble; people drink alcohol; a married couple is naked in bed together; talk about a married couple having sex (nothing descriptive).

    Rating: I give this book 5 stars!

    Genre: Christian fiction; Romance; Regency; Historical

    I want to thank Carolyn Miller and Kregal Publications for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  • Paula Shreckhise

    The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the Promise of Hope series.

    One of my favorite genres is historical fiction and within that Regency is special. So when I discovered Carolyn Miller wrote in this time period, I just had to try her books. I immediately fell in love with her stories and the people who inhabit them. I have devoured each one as they came out. This one is exceptionally good.

    Hope resonates through this book, even in the midst of hopeless situations.

    A has

    The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller is the third book in the Promise of Hope series.

    One of my favorite genres is historical fiction and within that Regency is special. So when I discovered Carolyn Miller wrote in this time period, I just had to try her books. I immediately fell in love with her stories and the people who inhabit them. I have devoured each one as they came out. This one is exceptionally good.

    Hope resonates through this book, even in the midst of hopeless situations.

    A hasty marriage finds Julia and Major Thomas Hale at odds with eachother, mostly because Thomas has gone off on some business and has not returned, putting Julia in a precarious position. Julia has been left to fend for herself. She has run out of funds and slinks back home to London, only to find her brother and her mother gone from their residence.

    Trouble seems to follow Thomas. Some might find this unrealistic, but I know of several people who fit the adage: If he didn’t have bad luck, he would have no luck at all. Thomas has landed in a Spanish prison, thinking he has left Julia provided for. There is much intrigue as the story plays out.

    Carolyn Miller shows family loyalty but sometimes at the cost of showing little mercy.

    Several characters take a journey of faith as they learn to forgive, repent and find their bearings and, yes, hope once more. One of the best parts was the clear-cut message of the Gospel. This was done in an authentic way as people seek the Will of God and as others help to water the faith that is there. Hard subjects such as imprisonment, poverty, and infidelity are handled with finesse and grace.

    It is nice to see old friends from Carolyn’s other books dropping by and having a part in the story, too.

    If you haven’t tried a book by Carolyn Miller, I highly recommend you do.

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  • Kellyn Roth

    3.5/5

    I am obsessed with this series aggg can't believe it's over!

    Like, it's not particularly well-written or anything, but I still love it?? And I don't know why???? It's also a little heavy on the content side - especially since it's about a married couple this time around and talk about adultery, etc. So it wasn't squeaky clean, but neither was it explicit. 15+, but that doesn't mean it's super graphic.

    Some thoughts: the blurb and cover both misrepresent since

    3.5/5

    I am obsessed with this series aggg can't believe it's over!

    Like, it's not particularly well-written or anything, but I still love it?? And I don't know why???? It's also a little heavy on the content side - especially since it's about a married couple this time around and talk about adultery, etc. So it wasn't squeaky clean, but neither was it explicit. 15+, but that doesn't mean it's super graphic.

    Some thoughts: the blurb and cover both misrepresent since

    ALSO: again the backstories were a little confusing. Like ... what all happened? The author is trying to be delicate (in this area *coughs*) but fails at giving the reader cold hard facts with which to make their own judgement on how bad Thomas was, etc.

    Official review to come later! But yep, it was great! I have no idea why I'm not BURNING this series because it's bad, BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN EXPRESS HOW MUCH I ADORE IT THE CHARACTERS AND THE SETTING AND THE WRITING AND OHMYGOSH SERENA AND HARRY AS A MARRIED COUPLE IS THE BEST THING EVER CAN WE HAVE A SPINOFF THAT IS JUST HARRY MAKING JOKES AND SERENA ROLLING HER EYES BECAUSE I WOULD READ THAT AND LOVE IT AND CHERISH IT.

    Okay, I'm done. Review to come. Realllllllyyyy... xP

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I admire Regency stories that are different from the norm, and this book explored heavier themes such as infidelity, consequences of rash choices, and forgiveness. I was instantly pulled into the story and even when all seemed hopeless, found myself rooting for Julia and Thomas. They have some pretty insurmountable obstacles to overcome, but they both grow and strengthen through their adversity. I appreciated the message of faith that brought depth to the story and characters.

    (I received a comp

    I admire Regency stories that are different from the norm, and this book explored heavier themes such as infidelity, consequences of rash choices, and forgiveness. I was instantly pulled into the story and even when all seemed hopeless, found myself rooting for Julia and Thomas. They have some pretty insurmountable obstacles to overcome, but they both grow and strengthen through their adversity. I appreciated the message of faith that brought depth to the story and characters.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed are my own)

  • Lynda Edwards

    This book is perhaps a bit of a different romance in that the characters are married before the opening pages. Unlike still others, this is not a marriage of convenience story, either: their marriage begins in love but a hasty elopement, then endures separation and interference. The characters undergo tremendous obstacles to be together, both physically and emotionally, sometimes despairing of a happily-ever-after ending. After all of the pain and heartache, can they find true love together at l

    This book is perhaps a bit of a different romance in that the characters are married before the opening pages. Unlike still others, this is not a marriage of convenience story, either: their marriage begins in love but a hasty elopement, then endures separation and interference. The characters undergo tremendous obstacles to be together, both physically and emotionally, sometimes despairing of a happily-ever-after ending. After all of the pain and heartache, can they find true love together at last?

    As with Miller’s earlier novels, the prose is beautiful and well-written, engaging the emotions as well as telling a compelling story about love, forgiveness, and endurance in the face of adversity. Julia is a strong female character with depth undiscovered before extreme trials forced her to plumb them, and her efforts on behalf of her husband and of little Charlie are inspiring. I did not care much for her impetuous and somewhat immature nature in earlier novels, but she won me over quickly in this book!

    The spiritual component is strong and deeply engaging. Thomas is far from a paragon as the book begins and yet his humility and desire to honestly do right despite the past makes him so sympathetic that his status as a hero was unquestioned in my mind. The scenes toward the latter parts of his journey to faith were beautifully written and heartfelt.

    I cannot believe that this particular series has come to an end, that the characters I have come to know and love are now settled and I must move on. Happily, another series is in the works and I have hope of revisiting these characters again in a secondary capacity. I highly recommend this satisfying conclusion to the series for those who enjoy Regency novels, whether or not they have read the previous books, and for those who enjoy fiction with a strong redemption message.

    I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  • Kim

    The Making of Mrs. Hale is the third book of the Regency Bride series but it totally reads like a stand alone novel and in fact is my first time reading anything by this author. (I’ve since downloaded book 1 & 2 so I can see how some of my favorite secondary couples got together.)

    I admit that I prefer my Regency heroes to be charming and titled if possible which made me not really like Major Thomas Hale for much of this book. But alas, that may have been the author’s point. In an interestin

    The Making of Mrs. Hale is the third book of the Regency Bride series but it totally reads like a stand alone novel and in fact is my first time reading anything by this author. (I’ve since downloaded book 1 & 2 so I can see how some of my favorite secondary couples got together.)

    I admit that I prefer my Regency heroes to be charming and titled if possible which made me not really like Major Thomas Hale for much of this book. But alas, that may have been the author’s point. In an interesting twist, the novel starts nearly two years after Julia and Thomas have eloped in Scotland. But our adventurous couple is no longer together. In fact they spend most of the novel apart. Hale has seemingly deserted Julia and she must return to her family. The chapters alternate between Julia and Thomas which helps to move the plot along. There are some very heavy themes in this book, lies, betrayal and adultery among them. But there are more important themes of God’s forgiveness and grace, both finding it and extending it to others. 4/5 stars. I look forward to catching up with the author’s other titles in this series.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and a positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Carole Jarvis

    First of all, this is not your typical light Regency in the style of Georgette Heyer. It’s quite different, and I loved that difference. It works well as a standalone, although characters from previous stories figure prominently. The historical detail is rich, giving an authentic feel to the era’s social mores, society’s structure and demands.

    The characters are flawed and the situations dealt with are timeless – such as infidelity, betrayal, a questioning faith, etc. I loved that it starts with

    First of all, this is not your typical light Regency in the style of Georgette Heyer. It’s quite different, and I loved that difference. It works well as a standalone, although characters from previous stories figure prominently. The historical detail is rich, giving an authentic feel to the era’s social mores, society’s structure and demands.

    The characters are flawed and the situations dealt with are timeless – such as infidelity, betrayal, a questioning faith, etc. I loved that it starts with marriage instead of courtship, for Julia and Thomas have some seemingly insurmountable obstacles to overcome. Forgiveness, second chances, and redemption are beautifully reflected throughout. Another great story by Carolyn Miller!

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    3.5 Stars

    THE MAKING OF MRS. HALE is an sweet inspirational romance set in historical England with plenty of twists and a good dose of danger. Recommended to those who enjoy inspirational historical romance with suspense, an interesting group of characters, a unique situation, and intense romance.

    The story begins dramatically with both main characters in peril, which draws the reader right in from the beginning. The story then unfolds as the reader gets to know the characters and as the plot is u

    3.5 Stars

    THE MAKING OF MRS. HALE is an sweet inspirational romance set in historical England with plenty of twists and a good dose of danger. Recommended to those who enjoy inspirational historical romance with suspense, an interesting group of characters, a unique situation, and intense romance.

    The story begins dramatically with both main characters in peril, which draws the reader right in from the beginning. The story then unfolds as the reader gets to know the characters and as the plot is unveiled with plenty of intrigue along the way. There are cameos of characters from prior books in the series. For those new to the series, reading the first two books isn’t necessary to enjoy this story, but definitely would enhance the experience, creating more interest in the side characters. The ending is climatic, both in a spiritual and suspenseful sense, leaving readers happily content.

    I enjoyed the story for the most part. There were some things that I felt were a little unrealistic and others that needed more development. I was also surprised by some of the content for an inspirational story (references to and some fade-to-black scenes that were fairly blunt, as well as references to an affair). I also didn't fall in love with the heroine, but other readers may not have that same issue. Otherwise, an enjoyable read.

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