Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Fiction / Romance / Historical Fiction
Series: Ladies of the Manor, Book 3
Be sure to check out my review of the previous book, The Reluctant Duchess.
Guys, I can’t believe this series has come to an end. I LOVE this series and I absolutely LOVED Ella’s story.
When we first meet Lord Cayton in the previous books, he is not a very likable character. He played a role in Brook’s kidnapping. However, the Lord has a way of changing people for the better. The death of his wife and the birth of his daughter open his eyes to becoming a completely different man than he once was. Repentance, redemption, grace, and a new opportunity to become a Godly man and protect his family plays a huge part in this story. Then there is beautiful Lady Ella Myerston. Cayton has immediately attracted her but can he be the man she deserves or will he end up hurting her just like every other woman who has crossed his path? Can he trust himself to be around her?
Lady Ella is one of the most refreshing characters I have read. She is witty, smart, cheerful with the right amount of mischievousness. She is also flawed. She knows when to be serious when she needs to be and has her moments of when things don’t seem to look good. However, she is the kind of person who chooses to be content with where she’s at. She knows far more about the danger of the Fire Eyes that have been following her friends and family than they realize. She is determined to do her part in ending this once she realizes that she is possession of the gems. Meanwhile, she is hopelessly falling in love with the man that no one believes deserves her and becoming the woman who sees through Him. She encourages Cayton to fully accept the love and grace of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
The romance between Cayton and Ella is beautiful and swoon-worthy as the sparks fly. It was so fun to read. I may have even developed a crush on Cayton! *sigh* They have the best first kiss I have ever read! Their romance is super sweet, yet humorous at the same time. I loved it!
We also get to learn more about Lady Catherine Pratt. My heart went out to her throughout the book and she became a new favorite. Just like Cayton, she isn’t the woman she once was. She is broken, grieving, and suffering the consequences of her mistakes that you’ll find yourself feeling sorry for her. Will she see the error of her ways and have a shot at redemption as well?
We are also introduced to a brand new character, Kira Belova, who is posing as Sophie Lauraeu as Lady Pratt’s lady’s maid. She also happens to be a good friend of Brook’s, but you’ll have to read the book to find out her story. I hope we get to see Kira get her own story one day.
Then there’s Lord Rushworth. He is despicable. He unleashes the monster within and it isn’t pretty. It gets downright ugly that it makes your skin crawl.
This is a highly recommended read for anyone who loves an epic Edwardian series. For fans of Downton Abbey, you’ll get to experience scenes divided by the upper class and the downstairs staff and the interplay between these two worlds.
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.