Book Review: The Making of Mrs. Hale

Book Review: The Making of Mrs. Hale

About the Book:

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 the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they’ll forgive her. Especially now that she might be carrying a baby from her brief marriage.

My Thoughts:

Though Carolyn Miller’s stories are never exactly fluffy, The Making of Mrs. Hale, is perhaps the most gritty in its honesty.

The regency novel follows the lives of both Julia and Major Hale as they learn about choice, the consequences of their actions and what enduring and sacrificial love looks like.  Though their vows were made in haste, the working out of their marriage and the vows they had made were dealt with in a very real picture of seriousness and struggle.  Alongside the theme of marriage there is intrigue, mystery, family expectations and an overarching look at what forgiveness, commitment to the good of another and growth really look like.  I appreciate the author’s willingness to tackle this subject with grace and hope.


I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.