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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Series: Ladies of the Manor
Genre: historical, Christian, romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Number of pages: 389
Content Rating: PG, some violence and abuse, nothing graphic
Book Rating: 5 stars
Other books in the series:
1-The Lost Heiress
3-A Lady Unrivaled (coming September 2016)
A review copy of this book was provided by CelebrateLit and the Ladies of the Manor Launch Team.
Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, finds himself being pushed by Rowena's father to marry her. He shocks himself with his decision.
This book covers abuse topics, among other things. I really advice reading the first book in this series before this one. It adds a great deal more and I would have been lost with out that.
Broken, betrayed and devastated Rowena finds herself married to Brice. They got married so fast, she really doesn't know him at all. What if she is with child from her rapist? What will her new husband do to her? Will he throw her away, lock her up, abandon her? What if the baby was actually Brice's child? What if it was his baby, but he wouldn't believe that and she is forced to give up her baby? Is she just flat out cursed? After all her life has not gone well at all.
The adventure, the romance, the growth of the characters in this book, the way God is included make it an amazing read. I well may read both books again, because together they are even stronger than standing alone.
My copy came from Net Galley and Bethany House. I left this review because I wanted to, my thoughts and opinions are my own. I chose to post this.
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