Book Review of A Hero For Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller


Can a proper noble lady find a future with a fossil-hunting man of faith?

As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society–and she’s always followed them precisely. But when she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. Questions she has never considered about the importance of friendship and faith suddenly confront her–and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance. What if God wants to be the center of her life, rather than merely a social obligation?

Gideon Kirby loves science, and hunting down proof of past lives is a joy he won’t willingly give up. But his scientific leanings are being challenged both by his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister’s illness becomes more desperate, her care growing more demanding. Adding a viscount’s daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected–especially since he must stay far away from this young woman he’s falling for in order to protect his beloved sister’s secret.

When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret will be exposed, no matter how Gideon fights. Then tragedy strikes in a smugglers’ cave. And the threat of scandal may lead to broken hearts and passionless propriety. Will the shaky bond these two have nurtured be strong enough to overcome their differences–or will the trust they’ve withheld from each other tear three lives apart?

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For a while now I’ve wanted to read Carolyn Miller’s books. I’m talking a good while.

And finally, I got two of her books from the library, A Hero For Miss Hatherleigh and the second in the series.

The book started off with a first strong page but I quickly grew annoyed, and for some reason, I had a hard time getting into the book, I think it was because of the bad attitudes. I’m not sure why it was so hard to get into from there since I love reading about the era, the blurb sounded wonderful, and I liked the science-y parts of the story, I liked Gideon and Emma’s brother/sister relationship. Throughout the novel I liked how Caroline changed from a character I didn’t like to a sweet likable character, I liked the descriptions, I liked a lot of the book.


Until I got to the part with Pratt, I understood that there had to be a confrontation, I understand really I do. But what I couldn’t stand was the feeling that the author let Emma be found by her husband sorely for the fact that she didn’t want to be the mother of her baby since he was the father. It was at this point (nearly the end of the book) that I figured out that the views of the baby were completely against my beliefs (pro-life, y’all, even if I’m reading a book where people never thought so.) Seriously, I don’t think I can like the book when Emma’s baby dies and they are glad, Gideon’s thoughts on the matter took my enjoyment from the whole book.

I had expected to like the book but if I knew about this at the onset I wouldn’t have read it.
Life is too precious no matter how that life started.

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