Title: The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor #2)
Author: Roseanna M. White
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the book:
Will fleeing the Scottish Highlands only leave her in more danger?
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 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.
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.
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