The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor Series #2)Roseanna M. White, Roseanna M. White, Roseanna M. White
The Reluctant Duchess is the second book in Roseanna M. White's Ladies of the Manor Series.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 ... Read More
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.
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Mar 1, 2016
- UPC: 9780764213519
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 400
- Publish Date: Apr 5, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764213512
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- Second book in Ladies of the Manor series! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 5/18/2016
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.
- Compelling story from a favorite author by Mocha with Linda on 5/5/2016
Roseanna M. White has quickly become a new favorite author of mine, and I can't wait to catch up on her previous novels. The first book in this series, The Lost Heiress, caught my eye last fall and I devoured it. I jumped at the opportunity to review this book and was just as enthralled. I'm amazed that White initially came up with the premise and wrote these books in middle school, although they have undergone numerous rewrites. A compelling story, a cast of intriguing personalities, and a sweeping setting--not to mention a dark and mysterious thread--blend together seamlessly to make The Reluctant Duchess a powerful and irresistible read. Rowena's desperate situation portrays the limited options available to women in that time period and their complete dependence on a favorable marriage to ensure their safety and well-being. While the mystery of the Fire Eyes adds suspense and drama, the beauty of this novel rests in the personal growth that Rowena and Bryce experience as they face the challenges and dangers surrounding them. Of course, the romance is pretty sigh-worthy, as well! While this book can be read as a stand-alone, the continual thread of the Fire Eyes mystery and common characters will have a deeper meaning for those who have read The Lost Heiress. Add The Reluctant Duchess and this series to your Spring Reading List.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Rowena M. White and Baker/Bethany House Publishers for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- Absolutely amazing! Even better than the first book! by Abbi on 4/22/2016
This book had so much going for it before I even started the first page! First of all I love this author's books in general and the first book in this series was absolutely amazing. Secondly I loved Brice's character in The Lost Heiress and couldn't wait to see his story play out. And the last reason was the fact that this is a marriage of convenience story, and anyone who knows anything about my reading habits knows that that is one of my absolute favorite story lines. So with all of those reasons getting me giddy excited I dove in, and lost myself in the amazingness that was The Reluctant Duchess. As I already mentioned I was already a huge fan of Brice's before I began this book and each page only served to make me like him more and more. I loved his selfless nature, his desire to do anything to protect and care for those close to him, his close relationship with God, and the way he was so clearly tuned into, and willing to follow, the Spirit's leading. Rowena was a wonderful heroine as well, and my heart broke for all the pain she'd endured. But I admired the way that she never let it fully break her. Life beat her down time and again but she found a way to keep living. I also loved the fact that she was so authentic and didn't hide who she was. She had such a caring and loving heart and it shone through her actions. Rowena and Brice really were a well matched couple and I loved seeing their relationship and watching their love for each other slowly grow. There were so many moments that completely made me melt, but I won't spoil them! It was also great fun to catch up with the characters from the previous book and see how their lives had played out since we last saw them.
The Fire Eyes were once again the center of the action and mystery and there was enough intrigue to keep me hooked throughout the book. There were even some twists that I didn't even see coming!
So basically this book was one hundred percent awesome and I highly recommend this series! Can't wait for Ella's story!
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- A Great Read!! by Leah on 4/15/2016
I loved this book so much. It was not your usual romance as in the romance comes first and then everything else. It was very different and I throughly enjoyed it and could not put it down.
Rowena was such an interesting character and I LOVED the way the author captured her Scottish backroad, heritage, and lingo.
Brice was the biggest sweetheart ever and I thought that they were the perfect match. His faith and dependance on God was unbelievable and inspiring. The story had so many story plots threading and interweaving all over the place that it was such a fast paced, fresh book to read.
This is a beautiful story of pain, sorrow, hardship, and then help, mercy, forgiveness, and love. I loved watching Rowena morph into the woman that was always somewhere hidden inside of her just hidden beneath layers of pain and sadness, but watching it all peel away was amazing and made the characters seem all the more alive to me.
I would recommend this book to all christian romance lovers and am proud to have it on my shelf.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
- good character development by Vera on 4/12/2016
I usually enjoy Roseanna M. White's books but I have somewhat mixed feelings about this one.
It has good character development with sweet ladies and mean ladies. It has a wonderful Duke who is described as handsome (of course), has a strong faith, and a wonderful character. It has a couple of really mean men - the father of Rowena and her erstwhile fiance, Malcome.
The story is an ongoing saga replete with sad sensationalism. A shocking physical and brutal attack on Rowena by her fiance is described. This is referred to frequently as Rowena continues to be plagued by its aftermath. There is a lot of family drama, friends who are deceitful, and more than one attempted murder.
The story was clean but a bit more dramatic than I normally like to read. It is probably a faithful rendering of situations that could have and probably did happen more often than one likes to believe. So I can't and won't doubt its veracity.
I truly love the faith that the Duke has and how he is willing to have God lead and direct his every step. He listens to God. He obeys God. And his life is filled with outward evidences of a Godly life toward his wife, his employees, and his friends and neighbors.
Do I recommend it? Not for younger than high school graduates. Is it a clean read? Yes, in that it does not crudely describe bad situations. How do I rank it? I would give it a 3.5 out of 5.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and I was not compensated.
- •°o•:*:•. RIVETING .•:*:• o°• by BLUE JEANS AND TEACUPS on 4/7/2016
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.
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 handerkerchief 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 Saviors 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. My opinion is my own.
SERIES: Ladies of the Manor
The Lost Heiress – Book #1 – 2015
The Reluctant Duchess – Book #2 – 2016
A Lady Unrivaled – Book #3 – September 2016
BETHANY HOUSE PUBL.
- Even Better Than The Lost Heiress! by Ellie Faye on 4/4/2016
While Lady Rowena Kinnaird is first in line to inherit her father's earldom, she has never led the privileged life of her peers. Tucked away in her overbearing father's Highland home with a scheming step-mother, Rowena has never felt worthy or equal to her title. When her physical safety and inheritance are both threatened, how far will she go to escape the only life she has ever known? Will she ever learn to trust her savior-- the dashing Brice Myerston, Duke of Nottingham-- who is not only a notorious flirt, but also has a few dangerous secrets of his own?
In The Reluctant Duchess, Roseanna M. White tells a compelling story of redemption and love. Infinitely more relatable than Brooke Eden of White's previous novel in the series-- The Lost Heiress-- Rowena's story captivates and inspires. The central love story is suspenseful but not frustrating, exciting but believable, and beautifully concluded.
On a deeper level, White expertly delves into the nature of God's work in our individual lives, and prods readers to explore their faith in things unseen. Set against the fascinating Scottish Highlands and the glittering ballrooms of Edwardian England's social elite, White takes her readers on a non-stop, page-turing adventure.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
- The Reluctant Heiress by kp on 4/4/2016
As I began reading the opening pages of The Reluctant Duchess, the latest novel by Roseanna M.White, I knew this tale would be just as riveting as The Lost Heiress was to read. You will see some of the same characters in this next installment to the Ladies of the Manor series. You know you will need to hang on for a wild ride!
At the beginning of this tale, you meet Lady Rowena Kinnaird, the current heiress to a Highland earldom. Rowena is mistreated by many in her own family. First, she has felt the lashes dealt by her father, Douglas Kinniard after her American-born mother dies; but then, she is harshly raped by none other than her third-cousin, Malcolm Kinnaird, the next in-line to become Earl! Before you know it, Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, arrives on the scene. When Brice and Rowena find themselves in a compromising situation, they suddenly find themselves heading down the aisle!
Wait and see if Rowena will discover a brand new and safe world when Bryce whisks her off to his home in England or if the darkness that has surrounded her world will follow her there!
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review.
- 7 Reasons to Love The Reluctant Duchess by Suzie on 3/30/2016
7. The gorgeous cover
6. A glimpse into both Scottish and English Cultures in 1912 gives readers just a taste of fan-favorite televisions series Downtown Abbey and Outlander.
5. Relationship born. Relationships mended. Relationships strengthened, torn apart, and ended. Just like in life, everyone one of these is effortlessly woven throughout the pages of The Reluctant Duchess.
4. The Return of the Fire Eyes diamonds (and all that goes with them: deception, greed, and intrigue). Readers of The Lost Heiress will also enjoy catch up with Brook and Justin Stafford.
3. The Duke of Nottingham. Because who doesn’t love a hero? Who doesn’t long for a champion to rescue them when all hope seems lost? His Grace’s strong faith and desire to do whatever God asks of him makes him even more irresistible.
2. Author Rosanna M. White’s magnificent ability to weave complicated and life-altering circumstances into a story of hope, redemption, and love.
1. Rowena Kinnaird’s journey from a broken shell of a woman to the one God intended her to become.
****Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.