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The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor) Paperback – April 5, 2016
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From the Back Cover
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 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
About the Author
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 www.roseannamwhite.com.
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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!
Roseanna M. White did a very good job in making us feel what the characters felt and making us grow alongside them.
There are many things that a human being does that are difficult to comprehend, and, especially when these abuses come from a dear one, it can be very difficult to overcome the fears and insecurities these situations create.
I cannot praise White's writing enough in how simple and true she drew the seasons each character went through, making us readers weep and laugh with these characters and just want to hug them sometimes.
White does a wonderful job depicting likable characters that still need to grow.
I was a bit uncomfortable with her lady's maid pretty much getting away with what she did, almost as if her manipulation was justified because everything turned out alright. If I were a Duke and found out my wife's lady's maid had purposefully injured her and manipulated her into a marriage (while possibly pregnant), I would never have allowed her to continue caring for her. She practically decided she knew better than Rowena what was best for her. I would have liked to see her have less control and influence over Rowena. It sometimes made Rowena look childish and weak.