Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance
Series: Ladies of the Manor, Book 2
Roseanna M. White has succeeded in delivering a thrilling novel. The Reluctant Duchess is inspiring, engaging, and fun. The cover is stunningly beautiful. I definitely want to find myself a matching necklace now! I mean, isn’t it just beautiful? If I wasn’t captured by the cover, I was definitely drawn in from the very first chapter.
We begin in Scotland and discover a girl who is timid and frightened. Lady Rowena Kinnaird is inspiring because she grows so much throughout the book. She is the heiress to a Highland earl, but she has never felt like she was enough. She never felt enough for her father, the man that she thought she’d marry, or even for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to spend the rest of her life as an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar.
Brice Myersteron, the Duke of Nottingham, finds himself in grave danger when it comes to a set of rare rubies that he had come into possession of. While he has never shied away from the manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of Lady Rowena. Brice disturbed when Rowena’s father tries to force him to marry her, but when he realizes the situation she’s really in, he finds himself making a choice he didn’t expect.
This book also has all of the feels! Through this beautiful story, we see heartbreak, redemption, healing, and a growing faith. Many women go through similar situations that Rowena had gone through. Roseanna captures it as how life can be. It can be messy, painful and even hopeless at times. She does not offer any quick fixes. Instead, the characters travel down long journeys that they must travel, despite how painful it is. While it wasn’t easy to read pieces of her story, Roseanna White, portrayed it very well and she ends up in a healthy place in the end. Although for her, it’s going to be the kind of healing that is going to take a lifetime. R0seanna also intertwines truth into her storytelling.
Warning: I may have developed a slight crush on Brice so I begin talking about him continuously, you’ve been warned! He’s charming, attractive, is absolutely sweet on Rowena, is a family guy, and loves the Lord and wants to follow in His ways. I know, I know. I just made him sound like the perfect man, but promise me he’s not. He shows us quite a bit of quirk throughout the novel.
I highly recommend this, but due to difficult situations, this isn’t suitable for everyone. I would probably recommend a minimum age of 16 and up. However, I think these topics can be awesome conversation starters as a family. Although I’ve never watched Downton Abbey, fans will gobble this series up.
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Roseanna M. White
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 http://www.RoseannaMWhite.com.