Miller, Carolyn. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-8254-4452-4. $14.99 USD.
It can be hard to make an antagonist from a prior book likable, even sympathetic, but Carolyn Miller does just that with The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey. While it was evident in the prior books that a lot of the machinations were due to her mother, I got a greater isense of how her mother’s plans for her and the events of the past two books affected her, to the point of being at her lowest when we meet her in the opening pages of this book. I loved seeing her grow from someone who was lost and didn’t really have a purpose to someone who had a new appreciation for life.
I loved Benjamin as a character almost immediately, because I felt that he loved his family, and he had a great sense of what was the right thing to do, as displayed by his actions in the Navy. And while he is given the cliche reward of title and money at the end, meaning he is a suitable marriage partner for Clara, it is not as important as the fact that they’re both good people who have grown and changed, and love each other.
I must also commend Miller on writing wonderful supporting characters. I was rooting for the romance between Lord Featherington and Tessa to work out, and I’m glad it did, even though it did feel a bit unrealistic for the times. And as Miller has been compared to Jane Austen (and rightly so), and I feel like the comparison remains justified, with her writing commentary regarding the importance of a person’s character over their material goods, which sets it apart from the many rich, alpha-duke romances on the market today.