The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White
About this book: (from the publisher) 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.
Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has 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 Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when Rowena’s father tries to trap Brice into marrying his daughter, Brice makes a surprising decision.
Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she’s reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in 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.
About the author: Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna has a slew of historical novels available, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com
Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction/Historical Romance
If this book were a movie, I would rate it: PG
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Reflection: I was intrigued by both the time and location of this latest installment in the Ladies of the Manor series: the Scottish Highlands in the Edwardian era. As the story begins, the stakes are high, and they only get higher. Almost immediately, we are introduced to two of what became my favorite characters (beyond the main one and her love interest): precocious Annie, whose sweetness belies a shrewdness beyond her years; and Lilias, whose character is equal parts bold and wise and kind.
I appreciated White’s deft hand at dialect — neither too heavy nor bland — achieving a delicate balance that less experienced writers sometimes miss. Her multi-dimensional characters are similarly well-drawn — several of whom are capable of throwing a twist or two into the proceedings. One of the best parts of this story was seeing key characters change and grow into people greater than who they were before.
Of course, I always consider it a plus when a mystery is woven into the story. And fans of inspirational fiction will appreciate the strong themes of God’s faithful provision and care for His own.
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Celebrate Lit for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
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