by Sandy HusebyNovember, 1998
You, go, girlCarla Kelly is a Regency author who can always be counted on to deliver something extra in her stories, and she comes through in Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind (Signet, $4.99, 0451195450). Miss Mitten, as her young cousin Andrew calls her, learns to speak her mind with the encouragement of mill owner Scipio Butterworth. The poor relation in an aristocratic household, Miss Mitten discovers that warmth and heart transcend class structure as do family secrets.
Kelly seamlessly weaves into her story social issues of the day, such as child labor and fair labor practices. Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind speaks to the heart about the worthiness of love and regard for family and workers alike.