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The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor Book #2) Kindle Edition
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.
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About the Author
Roseanna M. White writes novels that range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to a British historical series. She pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she is homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
From the Back Cover
Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she's 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 those threatening her life.
Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, yet the last thing he needs is the distraction of the newly introduced Lady Rowena. He has enough on his plate having recently come into possession of a rare treasure for which many would kill, yet those around him seem intent on pairing him with this desperate but beguiling girl.
Rowena is reluctant to marry this notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she'll end up in more danger than she fled.
Praise for the Ladies of the Manor series
"White's latest is a complex series of twists, turns and excitement. . . . Readers who are fans of Downton Abbey will love the scenes divided between the upper crust and the downstairs staff and the interplay between those two very different worlds."--RT Book Reviews
"Enchanting characters and romantic intensity create the perfect mood for this fresh twist on the Cinderella story. The Edwardian period depicted is certain to draw in Downton Abbey fans."--Library Journal
"Fans of White's novels will find this compelling story full of unexpected twists."--CBA Retailers+Resources
"The second volume in White's Edwardian series (after The Lost Heiress) is a solid pick for Downton Abbey fans." --Library Journal
"With the momentum and drama of a modern thriller and the charm and intrigue of an Edwardian upper-class romance, White's latest balances hearty helpings of names, ranks, and family history with highly entertaining situations and plenty of humor."--Booklist starred review
"The spiritual themes are integral to the characters and plot developments, making this a well-rounded, intriguing, and satisfying story." --Publishers Weekly
"An intricately detailed and complex story, you will be immersed in the time period and everything that entails. The contrast between the Scottish lass and the English gentleman makes for some interesting scenes. Although some of the themes are a bit difficult to read about, overall this is a redeeming and heartfelt tale."--RT Book Reviews
"Set in 1912 Scottish Highlands and Britain, White's latest in the Ladies of the Manor series will appeal to Edwardian romance novel fans. Besides love, mystery, intrigue, villains, and a cliffhanger ending, White gives insight into emotional pain abuse victims suffer."--CBA Retailers + Resources --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B012H10GB2
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (April 5, 2016)
- Publication date : April 5, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 5341 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #279,441 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Note to the author (if author's even read amazon reviews...):
These few minor things kept going through my head so I thought I'd share, but all said in great respect with a heart to help. I will keep this as coded as possible to not spoil anything for readers ;)
Near the end of the book, I was under a misunderstanding of what exactly the plan of "character #1" was hoping to carry through when #1 made their mind up to go into #2's room. I found out a few chapters later that the plan I thought had been carried through had not been the case. As a reader, the intents and details were misinterpreted, but enjoyed how it fell into place a few chapters later (made me smile).
Second, if I read it correctly, at the time near the end when Antagonist #1 planned Antagonist #2 to come and create a distraction, #1 wouldn't have known that they would possess the details they needed at the time of the distraction. The details came into hand of #1 only a few hours before the distraction took place. Does that make sense? Maybe it is a misunderstanding that is answered in the next book, but thought I'd mention it here while it was on my mind.
Lastly, also near the end of the story, as much as I love the "perfect" character, I feel that especially as a man faced with struggle, to wrestle with the emotions and anger he must have had, and all His questions with God, that to make him more real-life, that he would choose a more physically active approach than the sitting and contemplating that he did. Maybe a long, brisk walk outside in the gardens or woods? Pacing? Some kind of physical display of his desperation during a moment when he must have felt exactly that: desperate, wrestling with emotions, and in need of God. Just to be able in his private time to show some weakness , or rather honesty, with the turmoil he must have felt.
Just some thoughts on some minor things, and all meant to be a help, not tear down. I have so much respect for you as an author and look forward to reading more of your books!
It was a perfect blend of truth, romance, mystery and suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and got lost within its pages. The characters were all well written, and have me eager for Book 3, yearning to meet up with them again.
There is a beautiful thread of truth woven throughout this tale. One that was perfectly timed for me by God. In my private devotional time and study of the Word, as well as in circumstances in my life, God has been speaking to me and teaching me about these truths. This book was just reinforcing those truths in a beautiful and heartfelt way. The truth that God is sovereign and God is good; that He is with us even in the times that seem dark, and He is working things together for our good. Also, our God is BIG and He can do anything, don't put Him in a box. Trust God and be open to the opportunities He has for you, the moments He wants you to look for Him and invite Him to step in and do more than you can imagine.
So to sum it all up... This was an absolutely wonderful novel! I cannot wait for Book 3 to be out! Mrs. White has found a fan in me!
It’s taken me a while to get to this book. I read the first one and then the third one and have finally gotten to this one (it’s the second).
The good news is you can read them all independently of each other and still enjoy each book.
Rowena is a somewhat meek character but yet she isn’t. She does stand up for herself and tries to fight back. But she doesn’t’ think very highly of herself. I think many of us can relate to her. She believes she will never be good enough for anyone.
Brice was a favorite of mine in the first book so I was happy to be able to spend some more time with him in this book. I love his relationship with the Lord and how he hears God’s voice and is sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s nudges. We could all learn a thing or two from him.
The relationship doesn’t start off ideal at all but I couldn’t wait to see how these two very different people would fall in love.
The mystery of the Fire Eyes continues in this book as well, which will keep you turning pages.
I highly recommend this one.
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But it grew on me, as did the hero and heroine. Although I prefer the heroine. I thought the hero was.... too perfect in some ways although his conflicting emotions were fleshed out half way through the story, which made him more human.
I really enjoyed this blending of faith and superstition which is unusual for a regency romance.
It's romantic and heart-warming and showcases true love (with pleasant Christian undertones) that requires sacrifice.
I do wish that the ending had been handled differently. There was not enough closure and the mystery of the diamonds fizzled out - but I wasn't irked or too bothered.
I'd recommend it.