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  • The Reluctant Duchess

    The Reluctant Duchess is the second book in Roseanna M. White’s Ladies of the Manor series, coming after The Lost Heiress. I have been a huge fan of Roseanna’s ever since I stumbled upon her Culper Ring series a couple of years ago, so I was extremely excited when she started this series. Clearly, I absolutely loved the first book, and I had been dying for this installment to release ever since I read the first one, which I finished just days after it came out. It was a long wait, and I had already fallen in love with Brice when I was introduced to him earlier which made me sure this one would be wonderful as well, so I actually screamed when this book arrived on my doorstep. Fortunately, I can say I wasn’t in the least bit disappointed. I felt for Rowena Kinnaird throughout the entirety of this novel. She faced so much at the hands of her father and the man she had always imagined she would marry, and that took an incredible toll on her, emotionally as well as physically. At the first, though, I knew she would be perfect for Brice, so I was rooting for them from the beginning. I knew he would be able to help her through her brokenness, and they just made for the perfect match in every way. I never thought I would like her as much as Brook (from the first novel); however, she definitely came very close. On the other hand, I knew I loved Brice Myerston. From the very beginning of his friendship with Justin and Brook, I knew he would be my favorite hero, so I was ecstatic when I found out Roseanna was going to tackle his story next. Yes, he has his flaws, but otherwise he is the absolute perfect gentleman, and I’m so sad that I’ve already finished his story! His kindness, his patience, his close relationship to the Lord all make him incredibly dreamy, so I have to wonder why Rowena was so reluctant to marry him at first. Well, because I know her side of the story too, I do understand to a certain degree, but still. I absolutely loved all of the twists and turns to this story! There were just the perfect number of unexpected events, just the perfect amount of suspense, and just the perfect amount of romance to make this a novel I’m already anticipating reading again. I loved how everything worked out in the end, even though I’m absolutely dying over the bit of a cliffhanger of an ending. And I cannot wait for the next novel, A Lady Unrivaled! I’m so glad that Roseanna is going to tell Brice’s sister Ella’s story, and I’m also extremely excited that it will also feature Lord Cayton! Even though he wasn’t portrayed in the best of lights in the first novel, I still loved him from the start, and I loved him even more after all that was revealed about him in this book. All in all, I loved, loved, loved this novel, and I am so glad I own a copy of it! I know I will be reading it over and over in the years to come, and I cannot imagine not giving it a permanent place on my all-time favorites list. Clearly, I’ve already given it all five bookshelves, and I can promise you it comes highly recommended because I just know everyone will love it. Or at least I think they should. How can you not?! This is by far one of my most favorite novels, but then, aren’t all of Roseanna’s books? I absolutely love her writing, and this book is no exception. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for only my honest review.

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  • •°o•:*:•. RIVETING .•:*:• o°•

    Really enjoyed this new-to-me author. In short, dangerous and faith filled, Edwardian romance, set in August 1912 Lochaber, Highlands, Scotland and further in Nottingham, England. I enjoyed the strong Scottish dialect of Lady Rowena Kinnaird and her clan. She is so broken by life and family torment in the beginning, and she is brutally attacked by the man who she has given her heart to. She becomes plagued by the nightmare of what happened to her, making it extremely difficult to move forward. Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham and most eligible bachelor in England, has his own share of troubles he is dealing with. The Fire Eyes are rare diamonds he has been entrusted to protect form devious foes, Lady Pratt and her brother, Lord Rushworth, and he desires no distractions. However, when he comes into contact with Lady Rowena and discovers he may be the only one who can protect her, he is faced with a moral dilemma. He is an interesting character in that he continually prays and “listens” for the voice of God, which he DOES hear. I love that he is so in tune with the Lord. This story has complex twists and turns, and various villains will make appearances, which kept me interested. I definitely want to read book #3. Scriptural Reference: P.244 “Ye’ve read your Bible, Mr. Abbott, I ken ye have. So tell me. What do ye make of the fact that Saul went to a medium and called Samuel up from the dead”? “Or perhaps ye’d prefer a New Testament example, since ye’re all about the modern and enlightened. So what of when the graves opened and the dead were seen walking about after our Lord’s death?” Or the way the disciples prayed over a handkerchief and sent it to the sick, and they were healed – proving power can be put on an object, aye?” And so curses could be too. Why were they willing to believe in the one but not the other?” **Now, I will say, this was the only scriptural reference I recall, save a brief reminder from the Lord (pg.294 “And Joseph was minded to put her away quietly…but an angel appeared to him in a dream-”} and the only mention of Jesus [our Lord’s death], which was well into the book and had me wondering up to that point. Brice prays regularly, but you don’t really see people reading The Word, or referencing scripture in general. The scriptures referenced above were meant to prove a point by Rowena who believes in ghosts and curses, fairies and spirits, common in her heritage and folklore. I tend to believe that the devil will use anything he can to distract us from God and lead us astray. I think it is important to acknowledge where things actually come from vs. believing in some mystical and mysterious folklore. Darkness is encouraged by satin and the light is directed by the hand of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I mention these things only for the Christian who looks for such detail in a review, and appreciates them like I do. Further, the Bible is clear we are not to dabble in things such as mediums, fortune telling, witchcraft, etc. I also enjoyed the references about missionary, George Mueller, a man of great faith. I do recommend the book. It is a good and interesting story and it is my privilege to be included in Roseanna M. White’s Influencer List and I received this copy for no compensation from BETHANY HOUSE PUBL. My opinion is my own. (5 stars) Read: 4/2&3/2016 SERIES: Ladies of the Manor The Lost HeiressBook – #1 – 2015 The Reluctant Duchess – Book #2 – 2016 A Lady Unrivaled – Book #3 – September 2016

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  • Second book in Ladies of the Manor series!

    The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White is the second book in the Ladies of the Manor series. It is 1912 in the Highlands in Scotland. Lady Rowena Kinnaird is her father’s heir (the estate is not entailed). Rowena has a low self-esteem (does not believe she is good enough thanks to her father and stepmother). Malcolm Kinnaird wishes to marry Rowena and will do anything (I mean anything if you get my drift) to make it happen (Rowena does not like him). Rowena does not wish to marry Malcolm (cruel, mean man), and, after she is attacked, she is afraid her father will force the match. Brice Myerston is arriving with his family and friends at Gaoth Lodge (it is his second house). Brice and his family are not invited to Douglas Kinnaird’s (Earl of Lochaber) home. They tried to be friendly, but Douglas Kinnaird wants nothing to do with them (do have a feeling it has something to do with a woman). That is why they are surprised when they receive an invitation to dine at the Kinnaird home (I have a feeling the Earl is up to something). Brice has enough on his plate. Lady Catherine Pratt is relentless in her hunt for the Fire Eyes. Brice cannot let them fall into her hands. What will Brice do when he finds himself in a comprising position with Rowena (with witnesses)? The Reluctant Duchess may be the second book in the Ladies of the Manor series, but you can read The Reluctant Duchess as a stand-alone novel. The first book will provide more of the backstory and make it easier to understand everything going on in this book (it is also a good book to read). I had some trouble with reading the Scottish dialect (some areas are written with their accent and it is hard to figure out). Overall, The Reluctant Duchess is an interesting story (I enjoyed the mystery around Fire Eyes). I found it well-written, engaging, and rich in historical details (though a wee bit predictable). We get to catch up with some people we met in The Lost Heiress (the first book in the series) as well. There are some difficult topics in the book that are not appropriate for younger readers (domestic violence being one of them). I give The Reluctant Duchess 4 out of 5 stars (which means I liked it). I look forward to reading the next book in the Ladies of the Manor series. I received a complimentary copy of The Reluctant Duchess from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.

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  • An absolutely incredible historical romance!

    This book is part of a “true” series. To follow the story you need to have read the previous book in the series before this one. The main characters are delightful. Rowena Kinnaird is so well developed that I connected with her right away. I just wanted to wrap my arms around her and let her cry for all the pain she has endured at the hands of men before the start of the book. I remembered Brice Myerston from the first book in the series. It was wonderful to see where his life had taken him in the intervening year. His relationship with God is fantastic. He hears from God and does his best to follow the instructions he is given. Being human he does make mistakes and I enjoy watching him work through those times and figure out where he went wrong. The continuing story of the Fire Eyes gems from the first book is nicely interwoven into the romance between Rowena and Brice. I was captivated to see what would happen next in this plot line. The descriptions of the different regions of Great Britain were great. It was very interesting to me to read about the dislike between the highlanders in Scotland and the English in the lowlands. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Wonderful Christian Romance!

    I loved this story! It is the second book in the Ladies of the Manor series by Roseanna M. White. Lady Rowena Kinnaired may be an heiress, but she has never felt good enough, not to anyone not even her family. After a brutal attack by someone that she thought she could trust she married the Duke not because she loved him, but to escape those that were threatening her life. Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham felt drawn to Rowena the first time that he saw her, but he didn't need a distraction to keep him from his very important goal of protecting those that he loves from those that will do anything in order to steal a very rare jewel that he has in his possession. Taking Rowena under his care seemed simple considering that he felt that he was doing it because the Lord was calling him to. The most difficult part of it all was to get his wife to see that he wasn't like the man that harmed her. That if he was given time he could show her what love was all about. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusion are mine and mine alone.

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