Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review: The Reluctant Duchess

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

Roseanna M. White is a master at weaving a dangerous mystery and a swoon worthy romance!  This is an awesome second book in her Ladies of the Manor series. (There is a lot of back story in the first book so I would recommend you read that book first.)

The story of the Duke of Nottingham continues in this book.  I love his character!  He's a swoon worthy hero for sure!  :D  Although some of the character traits that have made him so well liked are now working against him.  He's so well liked in fact (especially with the ladies) that he has a hard time proving to his new wife that he's never been in love with any other girl.  I love the fact that even though he's a really good man and person, the author shows where there is still room for him to change and grow.

And then there is Rowena!  Oh my!  She will grab your heart!  Her circumstances are so dire that she agrees to marry this man that she doesn't know and leave the place she has grown up in.  The poor girl is so broken.  I love the progression of her healing and restoration in this story.  She has to learn how to trust and love again.  The process may be painful but the end result is beautiful!

The mystery and danger from the red diamonds continues in this book along with the schemes of Lady Catherine and her brother.  I like how the plot moves quickly and makes you question who you think the villains are.  There is plenty of adventure, romance, and mystery to keep you glued to the pages of this book!

*Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions stated are my own. *

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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 is the author of nine novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at