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Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways. Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways. Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable. The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.


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Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways. Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways. Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable. The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

30 review for Misleading Miss Verity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    The third book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Ansley series. While I loved the whole series this is my favorite! I have found a really great Regency author in Carolyn Miller, she makes the words come off the pages into my imagination with her vivid descriptions and magnificent plot. The characters are fun and easy to relate to. Love Regency romance? Look no further than Carolyn Miller she'll be your go to author for an exciting read. Though this is the third in the series it can be read as a The third book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Ansley series. While I loved the whole series this is my favorite! I have found a really great Regency author in Carolyn Miller, she makes the words come off the pages into my imagination with her vivid descriptions and magnificent plot. The characters are fun and easy to relate to. Love Regency romance? Look no further than Carolyn Miller she'll be your go to author for an exciting read. Though this is the third in the series it can be read as a stand alone but go ahead and read the whole series, you'll thank yourself for it! Looking forward to reading her next book but it won't be easy waiting! Published November 19th 2019 by Kregel Publications . I was given a complimentary copy from a friend. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    I absolutely loved this story, these characters, and the setting! From the first page till the last, I was swept into the regency era and enveloped within the lives of the characters. You may be a bit shocked to find out that this is the very first book from Carolyn Miller I have read. I've purchased her other books, I've just not yet read them (soo many books!). I can tell you that I will do my best to make time to read her other books because I just can't get enough of her fantastic story I absolutely loved this story, these characters, and the setting! From the first page till the last, I was swept into the regency era and enveloped within the lives of the characters. You may be a bit shocked to find out that this is the very first book from Carolyn Miller I have read.  I've purchased her other books, I've just not yet read them (soo many books!). I can tell you that I will do my best to make time to read her other books because I just can't get enough of her fantastic story writing! If I had to choose a favorite character it would have to be Verity.  She covers her feelings of inadequacy well behind her vivacious personality. Growing up, she often felt like she wasn't wanted and wasn't good enough. We see in her fiercely protective nature, a desire that others aren't made to feel the same way. She has a big heart and doesn't often hold back. I loved the character growth throughout the story of not only Verity but of all the characters. Each one holds a special place in my heart, I loved them all! This story is a gentle reminder that we need to look to Jesus for our identity, not others. Because it is in seeing ourselves through Jesus that we see the beautiful person we are created to be, and in following Him that we can meet our full potential. (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    Wow! I just finished reading Misleading Miss Verity and I believe it to be my favorite of all of Carolyn Miller's books. Verity is a delight, full of fun. She knows her own mind and is not afraid to face the consequences of her actions. Anthony Jardine is an interesting fellow who certainly grew into his role as Laird of Dungilly. I thought the plot was fast-moving and entertaining. I am sincerely sorry that this is the final book in the Daughters of Aynsley books. I hope that Ms. Miller has a Wow! I just finished reading Misleading Miss Verity and I believe it to be my favorite of all of Carolyn Miller's books. Verity is a delight, full of fun. She knows her own mind and is not afraid to face the consequences of her actions. Anthony Jardine is an interesting fellow who certainly grew into his role as Laird of Dungilly. I thought the plot was fast-moving and entertaining. I am sincerely sorry that this is the final book in the Daughters of Aynsley books. I hope that Ms. Miller has a new series up her sleeve. So grab a pot of Scottish Breakfast Tea and a plate of scones to enjoy while you read Misleading Miss Verity. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    This has to be Carolyn Miller’s best book to date! I have loved this whole series, but this book is by far my favorite! I absolutely loved Verity and Anthony. They complimented each other so well. I loved that most of this book was set in Scotland. There is so much detail in this book that makes it come to life. This is a book and series that I know I will read again! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are This has to be Carolyn Miller’s best book to date! I have loved this whole series, but this book is by far my favorite! I absolutely loved Verity and Anthony. They complimented each other so well. I loved that most of this book was set in Scotland. There is so much detail in this book that makes it come to life. This is a book and series that I know I will read again! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Carolyn Miller draws her 'Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley' series to a close with this one, the best of the series, in my opinion. I read Miller's first novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, and knew at once that I had found a great Regency author. She is quite good at what she does. And this book is no exception. Verity Hatherleigh has been sent off to Scotland because of her decidedly unladylike ways. She is quite impulsive in a time when ladies are supposed to be demure and obedient. While Carolyn Miller draws her 'Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley' series to a close with this one, the best of the series, in my opinion. I read Miller's first novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, and knew at once that I had found a great Regency author. She is quite good at what she does. And this book is no exception. Verity Hatherleigh has been sent off to Scotland because of her decidedly unladylike ways. She is quite impulsive in a time when ladies are supposed to be demure and obedient. While there she meets who she thinks is the gardener of Dungally and strikes up a friendship. Anthony Jardine is actually the new laird but wants to be known for himself, not as the laird. He is falling for Verity, but as a curate, he cannot be sure of her since she does not share his faith. So there you have it: a great setting for a good story! Well written and populated with good characters, (some not so likeable) and with a wonderful ending, this one will be destined for the keeper shelf! *My thanks to Kregel Publishing for a copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    This is the final installment in the “Daughters of Aynsley” series, but it could be read as a standalone (which is what I did). The cover catches the reader’s eye, and the characters quickly pull them in to this charming tale. It’s the first book I’ve read my Miller, and I found it to be engaging and filled with vibrant descriptions. The book has a little bit of something for just about everyone, including castles, horse races, pirates, and foreign settings. Verity’s vulnerability made her easy This is the final installment in the “Daughters of Aynsley” series, but it could be read as a standalone (which is what I did). The cover catches the reader’s eye, and the characters quickly pull them in to this charming tale. It’s the first book I’ve read my Miller, and I found it to be engaging and filled with vibrant descriptions. The book has a little bit of something for just about everyone, including castles, horse races, pirates, and foreign settings. Verity’s vulnerability made her easy to relate to adore. In general, characters (including the secondary ones) and scenes were well-developed, and things moved along at a realistic pace. There is a spiritual element woven throughout the story, so it’s not overwhelming. Faith, hope, and love are key themes. Fans of Regency novels (and those wanting to check out the genre) should pick this one up! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane Estrella

    My new favorite by this talented author!!! Yes, the writing is THAT much better. The banter between characters is more fun. The storylines are more daring and unusual. I find it hard to believe, but yes, Carolyn Miller is perfecting her writing craft and the bar (sorry Carolyn, but not sorry) can only be raised from here!!! :) I have enjoyed this series very much, but truth be told, I could barely wait for this book. I could just tell. I just knew I was REALLY going to like Verity. I knew she had My new favorite by this talented author!!! Yes, the writing is THAT much better. The banter between characters is more fun. The storylines are more daring and unusual. I find it hard to believe, but yes, Carolyn Miller is perfecting her writing craft and the bar (sorry Carolyn, but not sorry) can only be raised from here!!! :) I have enjoyed this series very much, but truth be told, I could barely wait for this book. I could just tell. I just knew I was REALLY going to like Verity. I knew she had to have a fantastic story as hintings of it were shared in books one and two of the series. The author did not disappoint. I like that this story was not typical, with a contrived (this is how it should be wrapped up) ending. I love the originality that is being added to make these stories more messy like real life is sometimes. Verity could not have had a more lovely journey from lost to found, body, mind, and spirit!!! I absolutely loved that the author included Scottish brogue in her dialogue. You may have to read it over a little more slowly, but it adds so much to the setting and realism of the story. Oui, Oui, Bravo!!! ;) P.S. IF.... I had to give one small critique, it would be, why did Anthony's housekeeper treat him so disrespectfully? There seemed to be a small buildup with it, but alas, nothing was ever mentioned as to why she behaved as she did... Hmm. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    The banter!!! Oh be still my Regency-romance loving heart! The instant chemistry between Anthony & Verity – and their subsequent witty conversations & delightful banter – kept me all a’swoon throughout Misleading Miss Verity. Verity is a bit of a hoyden and it’s tempting to write her off as never serious or too spirited. However, yet again, Miller takes us deeper than just Verity’s surface personality and I believe she ended up being my favorite character yet from this author! Anthony isn The banter!!! Oh be still my Regency-romance loving heart! The instant chemistry between Anthony & Verity – and their subsequent witty conversations & delightful banter – kept me all a’swoon throughout Misleading Miss Verity. Verity is a bit of a hoyden and it’s tempting to write her off as never serious or too spirited. However, yet again, Miller takes us deeper than just Verity’s surface personality and I believe she ended up being my favorite character yet from this author! Anthony isn’t a typical ‘hero’ as far as Regency heroes go – he’s not all brawn and bravado, for sure – yet there’s an attractive strength to him nonetheless. As I read their story & their increasing affection for one another, I couldn’t help but think of Sir Walter Scott’s profound quote, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” Certainly they both learn this truth the hard way, though the irony of the final chapter positively delighted me. (And I must say here that I didn’t appreciate the sisters’ grandmother nearly as much in book 1 as I did in this last book of the trilogy – she definitely became a favorite of mine in this novel!) Bottom Line: I loved the Scottish setting to Misleading Miss Verity – as well as an introduction to the author’s own New South Wales. The estate/castle of Dungally, the Chisholm family (who reminded me in all the best ways of the Weasleys for a time), the delightful humor laced throughout, and the clever wordplay of that title – all of it kept me thoroughly entertained from first chapter to last. Topping it off is the tender message of our self-worth being found fully in the One who loves us better than anyone else could. The perfect ending to a positively wonderful trilogy, and I look forward to seeing these characters pop up elsewhere in Miller’s regency universe! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  9. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Misleading Miss Verity is the story of Verity Hatherleigh, the youngest daughter of Lord Aynsley, and I think it's the best book in the series. Not only did I love Verity—her spunk, her drive for equality, her care for others, her penchant for finding trouble—but I also appreciated that Miller made her vast regency world a little smaller by exiling Verity to Scotland for most of the book! Miller gave us a brand new cast of characters (for the most part), and the fact that most were not titled Misleading Miss Verity is the story of Verity Hatherleigh, the youngest daughter of Lord Aynsley, and I think it's the best book in the series. Not only did I love Verity—her spunk, her drive for equality, her care for others, her penchant for finding trouble—but I also appreciated that Miller made her vast regency world a little smaller by exiling Verity to Scotland for most of the book! Miller gave us a brand new cast of characters (for the most part), and the fact that most were not titled made it much easier to keep everyone straight. Anthony and Verity's romance is full of obstacles, yet it's also so fun! The banter between the two is so humorous and flirtatious and enjoyable. And I really liked the supporting characters, especially Verity's best friend Helena, Helena's young brother Benjamin, and Anthony's friend/steward Mac. As is common of a Miller novel, the faith thread in Misleading Miss Verity is strong but not overbearing. And, as usual, I came away from Miller's book with things to ponder about my own spiritual walk. While this is the third book in the Daughters of Aynsley series, you could easily read it without having read the others. (I think this is the first time I can truly say that about a Miller novel!) The hours I spent reading Misleading Miss Verity were pure delight, and I highly recommend it to fans of regency romance! 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    This book is so far my favorite by Mrs. Miller! At first, I had a hard time getting into this book because I didn’t feel like I was connecting with the characters at all but the more I got into it, the more I feel in love. When I was still having a difficult time getting into this book, Verity’s grandmother made me laugh. Though I don’t agree with her lack of faith, she was such a charming character that I would love to meet in real life! Anthony and Verity were amazing characters that honestly This book is so far my favorite by Mrs. Miller! At first, I had a hard time getting into this book because I didn’t feel like I was connecting with the characters at all but the more I got into it, the more I feel in love. When I was still having a difficult time getting into this book, Verity’s grandmother made me laugh. Though I don’t agree with her lack of faith, she was such a charming character that I would love to meet in real life! Anthony and Verity were amazing characters that honestly warmed my heart so much. I loved seeing Verity grow and mature throughout this book. Her character arc was fabulous. Anthony was the perfect man for her and just a sweetheart himself. He also is Scottish so that made me love him even more! The plot to this book was to die for and I could hardly put this book down. I loved everything about it. I loved the romance and it’s trope that was woven throughout. This book definitely made my evening! I really enjoyed this novel and I cannot wait to read more of Mrs. Miller’s books in the future! *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Carolyn Miller has been a favorite author since I first read The Elusive Miss Ellison, part of her Legacy of Grace series. The Regency England setting has endeared me to this author. She captures it perfectly. Her heroes and heroines are interesting and not typical. Verity is no exception. With her two sisters safely married off, Miss Verity Hatherleigh, being the third daughter, feels out of place. She doesn’t fit the mold of a dutiful daughter, a lady. Some how she feels her parents wanted her Carolyn Miller has been a favorite author since I first read The Elusive Miss Ellison, part of her Legacy of Grace series. The Regency England setting has endeared me to this author. She captures it perfectly. Her heroes and heroines are interesting and not typical. Verity is no exception. With her two sisters safely married off, Miss Verity Hatherleigh, being the third daughter, feels out of place. She doesn’t fit the mold of a dutiful daughter, a lady. Some how she feels her parents wanted her to be a son and heir. So, in being an original, she sometimes goes a bit too far. Hence, she is sent to her Grandmother’s as a kind of exile. Soon she finds herself in the wilds of Scotland at a schoolfriend’s house, a rectory near a laird’s estate. The Laird of Dungally’s estate is all that fairytales are made of. It’s run down and mysterious, with a priest’s hole, unkempt gardens and rumors of a hidden tunnel. Anthony Jardine has just inherited Dungally and is not prepared for what he finds. The house and grounds are in disrepair, the tenants are in dire straits and an old rivalry rears it’s ugly head. He has ideas on how to improve the situation but wants to be known for himself not his station in life. This is why he is Misleading Miss Verity, along with the inhabitants of the town. Verity does some misleading of her own. She doesn’t want to be known as a lady, just a girl on her own merits. Ms. Miller populates her story with unique characters such as cranky and nosey housekeepers, siblings of Verity’s friend and a steward who challenges the Laird to do the right thing. There are obstacles to overcome and God’s Grace to find. Ms. Miller wraps up this series with an exciting ending. Faith is the underpinning in this delightful tale. *I borrowed this book from the public library. All opinions are my own.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Misleading Miss Verity is the third and final installment in the Daughters of Aynsley series. This can be read as a stand alone but would be good to read the others to get the full enjoyment from it. To me, this is the best one. I enjoyed the humor and the romance. The characters are likeable and endearing. If you like a good recency book then I think you'd enjoy this story. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher.This is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abby Breuklander

    Love love and love this story!! We all go through times in life where we feel like one giant mistake, that we can't do anything right for certain people to love us or even just notice us. But we are never a mistake, no matter what other people may say, think, or make us feel. God loves us no matter what and others should do the same. Love sees us for who we really are, at all times and loves us anyway, faults and all. Everything that we will ever go through will bring those people into our lives Love love and love this story!! We all go through times in life where we feel like one giant mistake, that we can't do anything right for certain people to love us or even just notice us. But we are never a mistake, no matter what other people may say, think, or make us feel. God loves us no matter what and others should do the same. Love sees us for who we really are, at all times and loves us anyway, faults and all. Everything that we will ever go through will bring those people into our lives for the exact purpose of showing us just what love is and how amazing it can be. We just have to be patient and be ready for when the time comes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3) Author: Carolyn Miller Pages: e-book Year: 2019 Publisher: My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. Verity Hatherleigh is the youngest of three sisters. Her two older sisters have recently married, and her mother is looking for Verity to make a good match. Verity is impulsive, brave and caring of others. She has a difficult relationship with her parents because she doesn’t live up to their idea of what a daughter should be like. She Title: Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3) Author: Carolyn Miller Pages: e-book Year: 2019 Publisher: My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. Verity Hatherleigh is the youngest of three sisters. Her two older sisters have recently married, and her mother is looking for Verity to make a good match. Verity is impulsive, brave and caring of others. She has a difficult relationship with her parents because she doesn’t live up to their idea of what a daughter should be like. She disappoints them once too often and is sent to her grandmother’s country estate until her parents can decide what to do with her. An answer comes in the form of an arranged marriage to a much older man. Her grandmother quickly sends her to a friend in Scotland before Verity is sent for in order to return to London. Once in Scotland, she meets a man who says he is the gardener for the estate next door. Verity doesn’t realize this man is really the owner and new laird of the manor. Anthony is a former curate who is recalled home as heir to the estate after his cousin’s untimely death. Anthony is enchanted by Verity and the fact she remains true to herself. She doesn’t change for anyone. Anthony doesn’t realize Verity is the daughter of a viscount. Neither reveal their true identities to the other. They share comfortable conversations, humor and a love of outdoors. A romance blooms, but without both equally yoked in faith can it succeed? How can Verity avoid an arranged marriage to a man she doesn’t love? I enjoyed Verity’s blunt speaking, truthful way of speaking. She also was a quick wit and able to think on her feet. She had such longing to be loved and accepted. Anthony had a wonderful sense of humor and felt a calling to share the gospel. The research the author put in made the story believable and realistic. I have read several of her novels and found them to be delightful and well worth the time to read. Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  15. 4 out of 5

    English

    I enjoyed this final installment in the 'Regency Brides: Daughters of Anysley series by Carolyn Miller. It follows Verity, the youngest and arguably the most precocious of the 3 sisters. Verity often clashes with her mother because of her forthright manner and tendency to defy social convention. She lives up to her name, which the Latin for 'truth'. Most of the story follows Verity's adventures in Scotland, where so goes to visit a school friend with whom she had previously enjoyed many I enjoyed this final installment in the 'Regency Brides: Daughters of Anysley series by Carolyn Miller. It follows Verity, the youngest and arguably the most precocious of the 3 sisters. Verity often clashes with her mother because of her forthright manner and tendency to defy social convention. She lives up to her name, which the Latin for 'truth'. Most of the story follows Verity's adventures in Scotland, where so goes to visit a school friend with whom she had previously enjoyed many adventures and misadventures. Anthony Jardine arrives back in his homeland only a few weeks before Verity after a sojourn in Australia, where he served as a curate, and meets the intriguing lass (who is staying next door) when she ventures into the grounds of his manor. Misleading Miss Verity has a lot to offer in terms of witty repartee and the often hilarious capers of the characters, including a sporting event where a character dresses as a man, climbing out a window to attend a masquerade, and even a hint of feuding between rival Scottish clans. Which reminds me that the Scottish countryside features heavily in this story, as well as some people with accents of varying thickness. Both Verity and Anthony were well drawn characters, but I also liked Helen, Verity's school friend and her large family. Verity's struggle to find love and acceptance provided a realistic edge to the story, making her more human and vulnerable. Although I didn't agree with all the choices the characters made, or that they were always entirely consistent with their their personalities. The Romance elements weren't overwhelming in this novel, which is sort of a welcome change, and the reader will be left wanting to find out how everything turns out as it hurtles towards the conclusion. Recommended for Regency readers and lovers of historical Fiction. Thanks to Kregel Blog Tours for sending me a copy of this book: I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Author Carolyn Miller has written another fabulous book in her Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley. Misleading Miss Verity is the perfect ending for this charming series. Miller has created strong, interesting, and engaging characters in a wonderful regency era. Readers have seen Verity Hatherleigh through the eyes of her sisters in the previous books of this series, but this story is all her own. Verity Hatherleigh is such a fun character; she is a spunky, truthful, and loving. While her love Author Carolyn Miller has written another fabulous book in her Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley. Misleading Miss Verity is the perfect ending for this charming series. Miller has created strong, interesting, and engaging characters in a wonderful regency era. Readers have seen Verity Hatherleigh through the eyes of her sisters in the previous books of this series, but this story is all her own. Verity Hatherleigh is such a fun character; she is a spunky, truthful, and loving. While her love interest, Anthony Jardine, is a mysterious and intriguing man with an inheritance. Not only are there excellent characters, but Miller also adds to the experience by writing wonderful descriptions of Scotland. Readers will delight in this historical, regency, romace. Series: Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley Genre: historical, regency, romance Publisher: Kregel Publications Publication date: November 19, 2019 Number of pages: 352 Other books in the series: 1-A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh 2-Underestimating Miss Cecilia A review copy of this book was provided by Kregel. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    E. Espinoza

    Misleading Miss Verity, by Carolyn Miller, is the third book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series. Within the pages of this wonderful book, Ms. Miller has once again succeeded in creating a truly stunning, immensely enjoyable novel! Set in Scotland during the Regency era, this story captivates with its charming blend of wit, romance, and faith. This well-researched, well-written novel absolutely immerses the reader in the history and culture of the time period while offering a Misleading Miss Verity, by Carolyn Miller, is the third book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series. Within the pages of this wonderful book, Ms. Miller has once again succeeded in creating a truly stunning, immensely enjoyable novel! Set in Scotland during the Regency era, this story captivates with its charming blend of wit, romance, and faith. This well-researched, well-written novel absolutely immerses the reader in the history and culture of the time period while offering a genuinely intriguing plot that is exceedingly clever and character-driven. This novel creatively explores the themes of love, faith, compassion, and purpose through a varied cast of unforgettable characters who are richly developed and compelling. The characters are vulnerable and thoughtful. They possess a genuine believability that makes them very relatable and sympathetic. Their struggles, insecurities, fears, and beliefs are authentic and moving. Their fortitude and determination in the face of uncertainty and injustice is wholly inspiring. Misleading Miss Verity is a story of grace and new beginnings. Brimming with humor and fresh perspectives, it is a story of perseverance, kindness, and the power of unconditional love. Memorable, uplifting, and utterly worthy, Misleading Miss Verity is honest, tender, emotionally stirring, and thoroughly entertaining. I recommend it wholeheartedly. *I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    WOW! That was my thought as I finished Carolyn Miller’s Misleading Miss Verity the third in the Daughters of Aynsley, Regency Brides series. The cover for Misleading Miss Verity is beautifully made with exquisite colors. There is an amazing castle of Scotland which stayed in my head as I read the story. I found myself carrying the book around with me and just placing it next to me so I could see and enjoy the gorgeous cover. MIsleading Miss Verity is wonderful and I feel like it is one of Ms. WOW! That was my thought as I finished Carolyn Miller’s Misleading Miss Verity the third in the Daughters of Aynsley, Regency Brides series. The cover for Misleading Miss Verity is beautifully made with exquisite colors. There is an amazing castle of Scotland which stayed in my head as I read the story. I found myself carrying the book around with me and just placing it next to me so I could see and enjoy the gorgeous cover. MIsleading Miss Verity is wonderful and I feel like it is one of Ms. Miller’s best novels to date. The dialogue is delightful, the setting is stunning, and the story is rich in Christian faith. It is engaging and the hero, Anthony Jardine is one who will stay with me for a long time. The heroine, Verity Aynsley is a joy to watch transform into a woman of God. I highly recommend Misleading Miss Verity it is a delightful book and an engaging read. You will not be disappointed to read it this holiday season. I received a copy of the book from the publisher and was not required to write a review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Wow....just wow. How does this author continue to outdo herself with each book. I’ve loved this series and it concludes with a bang. I was drawn to a Verity as a secondary character but she is so much deeper and adorable in her own story. Her escapades and antics leave you laughing or shaking your head. You will feel deep compassion when you find out what drives her, as we all just want to be loved and finding the deep and abiding love of Christ is paramount in our acceptance of self. The Wow....just wow. How does this author continue to outdo herself with each book. I’ve loved this series and it concludes with a bang. I was drawn to a Verity as a secondary character but she is so much deeper and adorable in her own story. Her escapades and antics leave you laughing or shaking your head. You will feel deep compassion when you find out what drives her, as we all just want to be loved and finding the deep and abiding love of Christ is paramount in our acceptance of self. The descriptive words have you envisioning the grounds and castle of Scotland and the characters will worm their way into your heart, especially the new laird and young Benjamin. If you haven’t read this series what are you waiting for as it would make a perfect Christmas gift for the readers in your life. Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    3.5 stars Misleading Miss Verity is the third book in Carolyn Miller’s REGENCY BRIDES: DAUGHTERS OF AYNSLEY series. It was probably my least favorite of the three, but still enjoyable. This author does a fine job of spinning exciting stories set in England, early 1800s (one of my favorite time periods!) This novel centers on Verity Hatherleigh, youngest of the three sisters. She has always pushed against the rules and regulations of society, and is definitely not about to happily agree to an 3.5 stars Misleading Miss Verity is the third book in Carolyn Miller’s REGENCY BRIDES: DAUGHTERS OF AYNSLEY series. It was probably my least favorite of the three, but still enjoyable. This author does a fine job of spinning exciting stories set in England, early 1800s (one of my favorite time periods!) This novel centers on Verity Hatherleigh, youngest of the three sisters. She has always pushed against the rules and regulations of society, and is definitely not about to happily agree to an arranged marriage. An unforseen turn of events lands her in Scotland where there is adventure and deception aplenty. I appreciated getting Verity’s story. She’s young, rebellious, and headstrong, but has a sweet heart and builds some lovely friendships. Anthony was a nice character as well, though I wish I could have seen more of his work in Australia. Once again, we get a conversion story, which I thought was heartfelt as usual. As the title implies, there was quite a bit of misleading going on in this novel. I didn’t really appreciate that aspect … for all though the characters weren’t necessarily lying, they were certainly leading people to believe some very untrue things for long periods of time. Other than that, Misleading Miss Verity was a quick and fun read. The masquerade dance was great! I really like how Carolyn Miller always includes a substantial faith theme. And, as always, I’m loving the Regency setting. I received a complimentary copy of Misleading Miss Verity from Kregel Publications and/or the author. This review is honest and my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Grace

    What a fitting finale to the Daughters of Aynsley trilogy! Carolyn Miller actually wrote Misleading Miss Verity long before the other two books (It was actually one of her first novels, written at the same time as The Elusive Miss Ellison). It is rich in wit and grace, bringing the Scottish lowlands to life with a heartwarming story. Verity... wow, I loved her as a main character so much. She pulled me in and made me root for her in a way that her sisters in books 1 and 2 failed to do. Her What a fitting finale to the Daughters of Aynsley trilogy! Carolyn Miller actually wrote Misleading Miss Verity long before the other two books (It was actually one of her first novels, written at the same time as The Elusive Miss Ellison). It is rich in wit and grace, bringing the Scottish lowlands to life with a heartwarming story. Verity... wow, I loved her as a main character so much. She pulled me in and made me root for her in a way that her sisters in books 1 and 2 failed to do. Her hoydenish ways are born out of a lifetime of cruelly misunderstanding parents and their lies telling her she is a mistake, and I loved her humor and spunk in spite of it all! She was indomitable and yet fragile and vulnerable all at the same time -- so real. Also, her journey in realizing how God regards all of His children as equal and precious was compelling. Anthony Jardine's story was unique, and his gentlemanliness made me smile again and again. Both characters had witty dialogue down to an art, and I chuckled out loud more than once. The way he comes to love Verity was a sweet example of Christ-like love, with his protectiveness and tender pursuit. (Though he was not without his dunderheaded mistakes!) As with several others of this author's books, the story had a bit of a slow start, and I wasn't fully in love with it until the halfway point. But if you love the Regency era and/or Scotland, or just want to enjoy an adorable love story, give Verity and Anthony a chance to win your heart. You'll be cheering out loud for them by the last chapter! Besides, can you go wrong with two hidden identities, a pure romance, adventures in an old castle, and a dose of spicy wit? I think not!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paty

    Verity Hatherleigh, the youngest of the three daughters of Lord Aynsley, is at a constant battle of wars with her mother. She’s not the proper lady her parents expect her to be, constantly breaking the rules of etiquette society demands with her outspoken and vibrant personality. She says what she thinks and never worries what others will think… But after a handful of scrapes, her parents send her off to Scotland with her grandmother, to rethink her headstrong ways and calm her constant impulses Verity Hatherleigh, the youngest of the three daughters of Lord Aynsley, is at a constant battle of wars with her mother. She’s not the proper lady her parents expect her to be, constantly breaking the rules of etiquette society demands with her outspoken and vibrant personality. She says what she thinks and never worries what others will think… But after a handful of scrapes, her parents send her off to Scotland with her grandmother, to rethink her headstrong ways and calm her constant impulses and outbursts. Verity battles against resentment for not being understood and accepted as she is by her family, but her positive personality doesn't leave much time to dwell on these negative thoughts. But when her grandmother learns that her parents are planning already her marriage to a dull man, she decides to help her granddaughter and sends her to her best friend Christina’s home, where she had already been invited but her mother had rejected the invitation. Anthony Jardine has to leave his role as a curate, when he inherits Dungally Castle and becomes the new laird. But when he finally arrives, he finds nothing but trouble and resentment in his estate and with his tenants. Things turn out more difficult to settle than he ever imagined, but he’s determined to win his people and to really help them improve their circumstances. But is he strong enough for the task that has landed on him? Then, sweet and spunky Verity appears trespassing his land, thinking it abandoned, as it has been for more than a year. And when she mistakes him for the gardener, he finds it appealing to follow her mistake, and just be the simple gardener she expects him to be. It’s a way to win others appreciation without being misjudged as the previous and careless previous laird, which he is finding hard to change with his tenants. But as he gets to know her, an easy friendship immediately forms, as he finds fascinating Verity’s sincerity and outspoken personality as well as her compassionate heart. But when feelings start to turn into love, will he be able to let her know who he truly is? Will the deception be to much for Verity to forgive? And yet another problem… Will Verity share his faith, because as of now, she sees God as a distant superior being who doesn’t bother with His creatures. How can he help her change her vision of God and her relationship with him? This is a sweet and romantic and totally “regency” romance that I loved. In the previous stories, we get to see bits of feisty and headstrong Verity, but there’s so much deepness to her personality that a girl who merely wants to do her own mind. She may seem superficial at first, but she is caring, compassionate and a justice passionate lover, with the strength to defend those in the direst need. And Anthony also grows his personality as the book develops. He may be overburdened at first but he takes action with his own hands to do what he thinks the Lord expects from him. To make things right in his estate and with his people… As of the feisty and adorable Verity, you’ll have to read the book to find out if they find their happily ever after, through many mishaps, adventure, well intended deception, and the search for the truth that fills our heart. They were both perfectly matched for each other, but there were two things that separate them: innocent deception and her lack of faith. Will their love be enough to conquer these obstacles? Will Verity discover her true self and worth, that depends only on God's eyes and not on others expectations? I though the plot was completely engaging and it never dragged. Between Verity’s and Anthony’s point of view, it was a delighful read, full of sweetness, real issues like the need of forgiveness and not misjudge on appearances, the need of faith to give life true direction and full meaning, etc. Between this all, the romance was clean and sweet, and there where scenes full of humor that made you laugh out loud! I truly enjoyed this story and think that it was the perfect conclusion to the Aynsley’s Daughter’s Series, with the story of the most complex, yet strongminded and outstanding character of the sisters. Verity deserved a good story, a good and honorable man, and that’s what she might get… If only she doesn’t let her pride fall in the way. I totally recommend this story to Regency Romance lovers. This is truly Regency, it felt similar to classic authors, like Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer. The descriptions of the place and customs is vivid in detail and makes you feel trasported to that unique era!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I have a difficult time saying goodbye. Whether it’s my favorite aunt leaving after a fun visit or the last twenty-five pages in the final novel of a series, I struggle to let go. Confession time — I’ve had a copy of Misleading Miss Verity sitting on my desk for a while now, but I just couldn’t face saying farewell to a series I have loved and enjoyed SO much. I finally did it though; I devoured the pages in a few sittings, and then took some days to digest all the amazingness that is Misleading I have a difficult time saying goodbye. Whether it’s my favorite aunt leaving after a fun visit or the last twenty-five pages in the final novel of a series, I struggle to let go. Confession time — I’ve had a copy of Misleading Miss Verity sitting on my desk for a while now, but I just couldn’t face saying farewell to a series I have loved and enjoyed SO much. I finally did it though; I devoured the pages in a few sittings, and then took some days to digest all the amazingness that is Misleading Miss Verity. What a fantastic story! Verity and Anthony are excellent characters. Their love story is my absolute favorite of all Ms. Miller’s stories. I was so engaged the entire read I could not put the book down. And the themes are so timely. Truly, Misleading Miss Verity is a superb Regency novel. Verity pulled at my heartstrings the entire story. I so badly wanted to reach into the pages of this novel and mom-hug her so hard. Like Verity, I have never felt like I belonged in my family. To call me the black sheep would be an understatement. On more occasions than not, I have left my family gatherings devastated. I know God doesn’t make mistakes, but it sometimes feels like I’m the mistake in my family. Verity has always felt like a mistake. If only she were born a boy, then maybe her mom and dad would love her. You see, Verity’s older sisters are perfect. They are exactly who their parents dreamed them to be. But Verity — Verity is wrong in every way. Kind of like me and my brothers. It is very clear that my brothers can do no wrong while I can do no right. But what I love so much about Verity is she doesn’t change who she is to please her family. She knows who she is and she accepts herself as God made her, impetuousness and all. Being OK with who we are is exactly what God wants because He does not make mistakes! If He wanted us to be the way our parents wanted, He would have made us that way. My mom is amazing. I love her so much, but her criticisms and disappointment in who I am have caused me a lot of emotional pain. I believe her heart has always been in the right place, she does want what best for me. I just wish who I am was good enough for her. Verity’s mom, however, is beyond rough. She is downright mean. The constant negative remarks about Verity wear Verity down. Reading Misleading Miss Verity made me think about how I am as a mom. When I think of my daughter, a smile as big as Texas forms on my face. I love my kid. I think she is amazing. She is so goofy, intelligent, witty, caring, and resilient. She loves so much. I genuinely admire her spunk, creativity, and people skills. I don’t want my daughter to ever feel like a mistake. I know what it is like to be a Verity. I know how crushing it feels to never meet parental expectations no matter how hard one tries. Because of this, I make it a daily concerted effort to remind my daughter that both God and I believe she was made to fulfill an amazing purpose — God’s purpose. My daughter is no mistake, and I always tell her and show her that I love her exactly as she is. Carolyn Miller is my favorite Regency-era novelist. Her writing style is superb, her characters are endearing and relatable, and her plots are some of the most engaging I’ve ever encountered. Misleading Miss Verity is Ms. Miller’s best novel to date, and I’m really going to miss my time with these fabulous characters. But, I do look forward to all Carolyn Miller has in store for us readers in the future. I’m positive it will be as exceptional as the Daughters of Aynsley series is. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from the publisher, Kregel Publications. I also purchased an eBook copy from Amazon on November 26, 2019, to read and review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    Verity Hatherleigh is a hoyden who doesn’t believe in God. She was raised by unbelieving parents and thinks of the Bible as a fairy tale. While Verity is intelligent and helpful to others, she is always getting into trouble and not living up to her mother’s expectations. Anthony Jardine is a former curate who feels called to bring the gospel to those abroad. However, he is forced to return to Scotland and take on a new title after his cousin’s death. Anthony has a soft heart and he truly wants Verity Hatherleigh is a hoyden who doesn’t believe in God. She was raised by unbelieving parents and thinks of the Bible as a fairy tale. While Verity is intelligent and helpful to others, she is always getting into trouble and not living up to her mother’s expectations. Anthony Jardine is a former curate who feels called to bring the gospel to those abroad. However, he is forced to return to Scotland and take on a new title after his cousin’s death. Anthony has a soft heart and he truly wants to help others. “Despite his upbringing, despite the wretched condition of so many, he had come to renewed awareness that there truly was no difference between men, neither convict nor free, English nor native, that all men were considered equal in the sight of God, that all were loved by God.” Verity and Anthony share a similar sense of humor, and they both hide who they really are. They each want to be known for who they are instead of what they are. While I had some issues with Verity and Anthony’s “hopeful” truth, it shows they really are perfect for each other. “I have found that those without a sense of humor invariably fail to understand those fortunate enough to possess one.” Verity believes that she is a mistake because her parents wanted her to be a boy. While Verity always seems bold and outspoken, she becomes incredibly vulnerable when she thinks about not being lovable. “If God did see her heart, then He would see how cracked it was, fractured with disillusionment, disappointment, and rejection. She was a fool, a failure, a mistake, unloved by her parents, unloved by the only man she ever cared for. Ergo, Verity Hatherleigh was unlovable.” As Verity shows, there are all matter of ways that people are drawn to God and finally accept Him into their lives. Some find God in the eye opening experiences and others come to Him in the quiet moments. As humans, Verity and Anthony are both flawed. Anthony knows that God looks at the outside, but he has a number of shallow outward thoughts about people that he has to work on. Even after coming to God, Verity still struggles with honoring her parents while also obeying God. “She possessed fire and spunk that Grandmama might applaud but so many others openly deplored. God couldn’t want her, too. Could He?” The side characters were as well developed as the main characters and the story line was a unique one. Readers don’t often get to see a story that includes South Wales during this time period. I also liked reading more about Scotland during this time. Clearly Miller puts a lot of research into her books. The author’s note at the end is interesting and mentions the history that went into this book. Misleading Miss Verity was the perfect conclusion to the Daughters of Aynsley series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-bennett

    Misleading Miss Verity Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3 By Carolyn Miller Verity Hatherleigh is to have her first season - not that she cares for such attentions - but when her mother abruptly decides to send her away instead she is once again convinced of her parents' utter disappointment with her. And to be sent away to her grandmother's and not to the home of her dearest friend is yet another blow to her spirit. When her grandmother sends her secretly to Scotland in an attempt to prevent Misleading Miss Verity Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3 By Carolyn Miller Verity Hatherleigh is to have her first season - not that she cares for such attentions - but when her mother abruptly decides to send her away instead she is once again convinced of her parents' utter disappointment with her. And to be sent away to her grandmother's and not to the home of her dearest friend is yet another blow to her spirit. When her grandmother sends her secretly to Scotland in an attempt to prevent a most inappropriate match Verity is thrilled to be united with Helena in her family's home. Anthony Jardine has unfortunately inherited the estate of Dungally and been named laird following the death of his cousin. Anthony never sought such a role and was content in his role as curate in one of the British colonies when word came to him. Returning to Scotland would hopefully allow the young lady whose hand he had previously sought to be free to accept his offer. But first, he has a rundown estate to set to rights. Dungally is in even more dire needs than he had imagined - with funds tight and animosity generations-long towards his family it won't be easy to minister to the needs of his tenants. Thinking it best to not announce his position Anthony allows the visiting Verity Hatherleigh to assume that he is the gardener of Dungally and he mistakes her as the Chisholm's governess. With both assuming something that is not truth misunderstandings are soon to arise but not before hearts are touched in ways they never expected. As a man of faith Anthony knows that his growing feelings towards Verity are wrong and cannot be the will of God but his heart refuses to listen to reason. For the first time in her life Verity feels as if she isn't a random accident, a disappointment, thanks to her growing friendship with this country gardener. She knows her parents would be horrified at the potential scandal she is tiptoeing around but there is just something about Mr. Jardine that has captured her attention. Misleading Miss Verity is a delightful conclusion to this series and I believe it to be my favorite in the Daughters of Aynsley trilogy (and all three were excellent). I really connected with Verity she is more studious than her her older sisters which at this time is a serious flaw. She speaks her mind and is often chastised for it. But the conclusion is something else and I really feel for these sisters especially with the mother that they have (and I REALLY feel for any future grandchildren). The main characters are well developed and are ones that I for one would love to spend an afternoon or even a weekend with. If you want clean reading fiction with a touch of romance that won't make you blush Carolyn Miller is the author you want to add to your favorites list. It is best to read all the books in the series but you can read this book as a standalone if you so desire. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book via the publisher Kregel with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Let me start by saying, this is probably the first of Carolyn Miller’s Regency novels in which she got to set scenes in her home region of New South Wales, Australia. Early scenes in her latest work are set in old Sydney Town, an area full of convicts, released convicts, and other miscreants, and very different to the cosmopolitan city it is now. I got to spend a week in the city some thirty years ago, and my father has just announced he will be returning next year. While trying to follow the Let me start by saying, this is probably the first of Carolyn Miller’s Regency novels in which she got to set scenes in her home region of New South Wales, Australia. Early scenes in her latest work are set in old Sydney Town, an area full of convicts, released convicts, and other miscreants, and very different to the cosmopolitan city it is now. I got to spend a week in the city some thirty years ago, and my father has just announced he will be returning next year. While trying to follow the steps of our fictional hero, Anthony, on a map I got hopelessly sidetracked, looking to see where I once was and wondering which places my father might decide to visit. But enough about me! What about the book? Well, I’m going to have to throw in more about me because I understood Verity in a number of ways. Okay, the opening scenes don’t put her in a good light at all, but I’d come across her previously in other books so I wasn’t immediately put off. But the truth is that Miss Verity is a very insecure girl. She wrestles with thoughts of low self-esteem, partly due to the way others have behaved towards her. We’re often told that God doesn’t make mistakes, that we are made as He intended, but it’s sometimes difficult to believe. And, if you’re told something often enough, you will believe it. Verity also struggles with her identity. Yes, she’s the daughter of a Viscount but is that all? Ask yourself: how are you identified? Is it about your status in society, your gender, your family, your actions and behavior, or is it about who you are in God? These are all things I could identify with while I read Verity’s story. Misleading Miss Verity is the third, and final, title in Miller’s Daughters of Aynsley trilogy, and I do suggest reading the others first. This series has been great at looking at some of the social issues during the Regency era. Here we have the plight of crofters in southwestern Scotland when they were at the mercy of their landlords. There’s also a bit of a bit of the old Scottish-English rivalry (sometimes verging on animosity) that still goes on today. Just as I was in the 1990s, Verity is an English girl, with an English accent, living in Scotland. That’s not always a good thing! But, on a wider note, it’s always sad to come to the end of a series and say goodbye to characters you’ve come to love. I would love to see more of Verity’s Scottish host family, but I realize that’s unlikely to happen. Sadly, it appears this might be the last time Miller visits this Regency era I’ve come to love through her writing. Disclaimer: Although I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the words and opinions above are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole House

    Misleading Miss Verity, the final installment in the Regency Brides Daughters of Aynsley series by Carolyn Miller, was a delight to read. Verity Hatherleigh is the youngest daughter of a viscount, and she’s a spunky girl. She manages to get into one scrape after another until she gets sent away to mend her ways. She feels like she was a mistake, and that she isn’t loved for herself. She really longs for that love and acceptance. While visiting her school friend Helena in Scotland, Verity meets Misleading Miss Verity, the final installment in the Regency Brides Daughters of Aynsley series by Carolyn Miller, was a delight to read. Verity Hatherleigh is the youngest daughter of a viscount, and she’s a spunky girl. She manages to get into one scrape after another until she gets sent away to mend her ways. She feels like she was a mistake, and that she isn’t loved for herself. She really longs for that love and acceptance. While visiting her school friend Helena in Scotland, Verity meets Anthony Jardine. Anthony has just moved into the estate next door, but he doesn’t immediately reveal that he is the new laird of Dungally. He was a curate in New South Wales when he received the news that his cousin had passed away, leaving Anthony the title. Anthony finds his new estate in financial trouble and his tenants in desperate straits. Anthony and Verity immediately feel mutual attraction, but it doesn’t seem as though anything can come of it. Verity believes Anthony to be a gardener and she is promised to another. Anthony believes that Verity is too young and she doesn’t share his faith. Verity also hates liars, and Anthony has neglected to correct her assumption that he was merely the gardener. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles in their path? The story kept me interested as Verity and Anthony found themselves in one adventure or mishap after another. I wanted them to discover the truth about each other as well as acknowledge their true feelings. The other characters were entertaining as well, and I had fun picturing them in my mind. The characters are very realistic, and the author has taken the time to thoroughly research the time period and location. I loved how the characters, especially Verity, grew during the story. Verity has a hard time accepting herself she believes she’s a mistake and unlovable. It was easy for me to identify with her because I have fought those same feelings at times. She finally came to the moment when she realized that God did love her, in spite of her mistakes and sin, that she could accept that and trust God with her future and her heart. This was a sweet, inspirational romance that I would recommend to anyone who loves the Regency Period. I love the way that Carolyn Miller wove her Christian faith throughout the book, and I would have no problem letting my daughters and nieces read it. I had a hard time saying goodbye to this series because I've enjoyed it so much. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, but I was not required to leave a positive review and the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    In February, 2017, I read my first book by Carolyn Miller and in my review of The Elusive Miss Ellison, I said "Fans of the Regency era now have a new author to enjoy and new books to look forward to because this is the first book in a new Regency series by Carolyn Miller." Now, two and one-half years later, I have just finished the ninth book by this author and I enjoyed it even more than the first! Misleading Miss Verity is the third title in the Daughters of Aynsley series and Verity In February, 2017, I read my first book by Carolyn Miller and in my review of The Elusive Miss Ellison, I said "Fans of the Regency era now have a new author to enjoy and new books to look forward to because this is the first book in a new Regency series by Carolyn Miller." Now, two and one-half years later, I have just finished the ninth book by this author and I enjoyed it even more than the first! Misleading Miss Verity is the third title in the Daughters of Aynsley series and Verity Hatherleigh is the heroine this time. She is impulsive and often unladylike and her father thinks that she needs guidance and direction so off she goes to Scotland. It is there that she thinks she has found a special friend in the gardener at Dungally but as the title suggests, Miss Verity is being misled! Anthony Jardine is actully the owner of this large Scottish estate but he prefers to be anonymous. It is as their friendship deepens that the complications begin. I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the estate, the surrounding village, and the references to Regency society, but it was the interaction between Verity and Anthony that I especially loved. Verity feels inferior to her sisters in her appearance and Anthony remarks that "Sometimes one can only truly appreciate beauty when in the right setting." (p. 169). He is concerned that Verity doesn't share his Christian beliefs and he also struggles with revealing his true identity. 'He had no desire to be married for his inheritance. But neither did he wish to forgo what had become one of the most enjoyable friendships of his life.' (p. 167). And then there is the small matter of Verity being betrothed to another man; yes, it had been arranged by her family but she felt obligated to carry out their wishes. She knew that she must not lead Anthony on but she couldn't lose 'Someone who was her friend, who seemed to understand her in a way so few people did, someone with whom she felt such ease, even if he wasn't from her station in life.' (p. 138) There are many wonderful characters and lots of drama but the romance and the faith-filled message are the key points that I loved. Misleading Miss Verity is a wonderful way to wrap up the Regency Brides series and I do believe it is Miller's best book yet! Fans of Regency romance and Christian fiction will definitely want to read this book. I received a copy of this book from the author and Kregal Publications but I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts. These are my own opinions.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Narita

    I have read the other two books in Ms. Miller’s Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series, and enjoyed them immensely, but I have to say this is my favorite thus far! I appreciate in all of the author’s books the strong spiritual thread that runs through the stories. The setting is 1820 in Scotland. This is an era where the wealthy adhere to a very shallow, pretentious societal code of conduct, especially where young women are concerned. Verity is from just such family and much to her mother’s I have read the other two books in Ms. Miller’s Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series, and enjoyed them immensely, but I have to say this is my favorite thus far! I appreciate in all of the author’s books the strong spiritual thread that runs through the stories. The setting is 1820 in Scotland. This is an era where the wealthy adhere to a very shallow, pretentious societal code of conduct, especially where young women are concerned. Verity is from just such family and much to her mother’s dismay could care less about the dos and don’ts. Sadly her mother was more concerned outward appearances and material possessions that one’s eternal soul. In fact not only was Verity and unbeliever, but she saw the Bible as fairy tale. Constantly in trouble either by her conduct or speaking her mind, her mother decides to send her to her grandmother’s in Scotland to consider her ways. Ahh but Grandmamma is a kindred spirit! When she hears of her mother’s plans to marry her off to a disgusting older man, she secretly sends her to Scotland to stay with her school friend Helena and her family. Her father is a minister. There she meets Anthony Jardine, new laird of an estate that has been neglected by previous relatives in that capacity. Pulled away from his duties as a minister, he wants to make a difference. He has little money, disgruntled and mistreated tenants, and a mansion that has . . . well, seen better days. Here he meets Verity. Helena’s family home adjoins his property. A romantic spark is lit between the two. So many things to like about this book! Verity’s capers kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved her quick wit! The humor between her and Anthony kept me smiling and laughing. She delighted me that she was herself and nothing else, no matter what the expectations of others might be. In spite of the fact she was a viscount’s daughter she held no airs. The fact that Helena’s family was somewhat poor, Verity did not compare, but was always gracious and sharing. God works in people’s lives in the most unexpected ways to bring them to Him. Would Verity’s “escape” from a disastrous marriage lead her to true freedom? As always with the author, the descriptiveness of the setting, the characters plus their inward thoughts and emotions drew me right into the story. Another delightful book by Carolyn Miller! I promise you, you will want to read all her books! I received this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Searfoss

    Miss Verity's story is the last book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series and is best read in order, but can also be enjoyed as a standalone. Miss Verity Hatherleigh is known for her reputation of getting into scrapes and for her straightforward manner. When her parents have had enough of her behavior that they deem unacceptable, she is sent to her grandmother's house to think about her behavior and prepare herself for marriage. When Verity's parents choose a repugnant man for her Miss Verity's story is the last book in the Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series and is best read in order, but can also be enjoyed as a standalone. Miss Verity Hatherleigh is known for her reputation of getting into scrapes and for her straightforward manner. When her parents have had enough of her behavior that they deem unacceptable, she is sent to her grandmother's house to think about her behavior and prepare herself for marriage. When Verity's parents choose a repugnant man for her to marry because of his rank and title in society, her grandmother sends her away to spend time in Scotland with her friend Helena Chisholm. While Verity is there, she meets a kind and charming man named Anthony Jardine, who has just recently returned home from Australia, where he was a minister. Unbeknownst to Verity, Anthony is the laird of Dungally Castle. They soon form a close friendship that quickly becomes more, but will there be too many obstacles in the way of their happiness? Just like all of Carolyn Miller's books, I enjoyed Verity's story very much. As always, Carolyn Miller's writing was realistic and engaging to the point where I felt like I was there in the story. Her unapologetic adherence to biblical truth once again was an encouragement and a conviction. Verity was one of my favorite characters in her books so far. Verity's bright and adventurous personality coupled with her brave and indomitable spirit made her a joy to read about. Her intelligence and wits had a tendency to get her in trouble, but also to get her out of it. Personally, I hope that I could be as brave and quick thinking as Verity in difficult situations. I sympathized very much with her sense of justice and her desire to make things right. Anthony was a very sweet man, if a little too hesitant, and I only wish there were more real men like him. I was thrilled with Verity's unabashed insistence that men and women are equal in the sight of God and that even though we have different roles, one is not more valuable than the other. Unfortunately, there are still people today who believe one gender is inferior to the other (it could go both ways). God's love and mercy extend to all people, no matter what. Overall, I highly recommend this book and Carolyn Miller's other books as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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