Miller, Carolyn. Miss Serena’s Secret. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2018.
Paperback | $15.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0825445347 | 343 page | Christian Fiction/Regency Romance
Miss Serena’s Secret is yet another heartwarming Regency romance by Carolyn Miller. Once again, she excels at crafting a story with believable, sympathetic characters and text that immerses you in the world of Regency England.
Serena is one of those rare heroines who’s a bit younger than your typical romance heroine, and more in line with the age of a young debutante in society of the time. But while some authors go overboard making such characters naive and sometimes a bit TSTL, Serena is a nice breath of fresh air in terms of her maturity, especially considering that Miller has already done the naive, young debutante heroine in The Captivating Lady Charlotte. And through describing how Serena reacts to difficult parts of life, father’s ruination of them financially and the health issue that, according to the author’s note, is now understood to be abdominal migraines, I could truly understand why she had to be so principled and practical. Harry is also a lovely character, with his wit and charm. And I’m not always a fan of the reformed rake trope, but I felt it was well done here, in terms of him generally trying to be worthy of Serena.
The secondary cast is great. I did feel like Mrs. Milsom was incredibly annoying, and while I understand her purpose in the story in highlighting the Harry’s past, she’s one of those irredeemably terrible characters that I couldn’t figure out why he was ever interested in her. Was she different before? Why can’t more romances have “Other Women” who are perfectly nice, but it just doesn’t work out?
Other than that, this is another solid Regency from Carolyn Miller, and a definite must read for fans of similar authors, like Julie Klassen or Sarah E. Ladd.