Monday, May 2, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

Will Fleeing The Scottish Highlands Only Leave Her In More Danger?

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.

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The Ladies of the Manor series quickly became one of my favorites starting with book one. Book two did NOT disappoint. I love books that travel to the Highlands. Rowena was a special character in the fact that she had a strong, adventurous spirit but it was buried under the brutality that she grew up with in her teen and young adult years. It was great watching her come out of that shell after she leaves with Brice. I love the faith that Brice has and I also appreciated the fact when he realized he needed to change his approach. He isn't perfect and has room to grow spiritually.

The mystery and danger that was in book one continues in book two. Human nature is to fall prey to doing whatever they have to in order to get what they want. There were multiple angles of that throughout the book and you never really knew who was going to do what. We do learn that loving someone is a choice and what an amazing thing it can be when you are loved and feel that love. We also see how things turn out when someone doesn't feel that love from the person they should the most.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, suspense, and romance that is surrounded by faith and love. I would give this book a higher number than 5 but since that is all it goes up to a 5 will have to do. 

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Roseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, the beauty of which inspired her to begin writing as soon as she learned to pair subjects with verbs. She spent her middle and high school days penning novels in class, and her love of books took her to a school renowned for them. 

After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the same mountains they equate with home.

Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, the historical romance, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, and the historical, romantic suspense Culper Ring Series (Ring of Secrets, Whispers from the Shadows, and Circle of Spies). She is also the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, and Colonial Christian Fiction Writers.

Her Website: http://www.RoseannaMWhite.com

Her Blog: http://roseannamwhite.blogspot.com/

Ladies of the Manor Series
The Lost Heiress
The Reluctant Duchess
A Lady Unrivaled, Fall 2016

Culper Ring Series
Book 1: Ring of Secrets
Novella 1.5: Fairchild's Lady
Book 2: Whispers from the Shadows
Novella 2.5: A Hero's Promise
Book 3: Circle of Spies

Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland

Giver of Wonders: A Story of St. Nicholas
(A Visibullis story)
Coming November 2015

A Stray Drop of Blood
A Soft Breath of Wind

Jewel of Persia

In compliance with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission,  as part of every Web or Amazon review that I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.