Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

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Title: The Reluctant Duchess

Author: Roseanna M. White

Series: Ladies of the Manor #2

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough—not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar and the men who have jeopardized her life.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has suddenly found himself in possession of a rare treasure his enemies are prepared to kill for. While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of his neighbor, Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when the moody Earl of Lochabar tries to trap Brice into marrying Rowena, Brice finds he’s not as opposed to the idea as he expected to be.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she’s reluctant to resort to marrying a notorious flirt just to gain his English home. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she ’fears she’s about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.

**5 stars**

Oh my heart! I loved it! Book two of the LADIES OF THE MANOR series by Roseanna M. White, The Reluctant Duchess does not disappoint! It was heart-wrenching. Suspenseful and intriguing. Sweet and soul-felt. This authors writes with vivid characters and rich, heart tugging faith themes. Not to be missed!

Set in Scotland and England, early 1900s, this story follows The Lost Heiress and spotlights the life of Brice, the duke of Nottingham. And also Rowena, a young Scottish woman who has had something precious ripped from her and knows not who to turn to. And then there's the Fire Eyes ... still inspiring chaos and violence.
Brice and Rowena must decide who to truth, and learn how to love, in order to make it through the challenging trials and unexpected twists that await them.

If possible, I might have liked this book even better than The Lost Heiress. The story was so poignant. So touching. So meaningful. I was crying at one point, feeling the agony in my chest; sighing hopefully at another; and grinning foolishly at the end because it was just so precious. The healing. The love. The choice. The discoveries that these characters make about God, love, and themselves are truly thoughtful and heart-touching. Just so beautiful! The Reluctant Duchess isn't a light read, but I think it's so worth it because of that! It's a tale of tragedy and pain, trials and darkness, discovery and perseverance and ... love.

There were a couple scenes that got a little edgy, in my opinion. I would recommend to at least eighteen and up, due to that, and generally adult topics and content. (view spoiler)

Yes. I loved The Reluctant Duchess. Faith-filled historical romance with a dash of suspense! LADIES OF THE MANOR is not a series you want to miss! I simply can't wait to read A Lady Unrivaled!

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