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Roseanna M. White’s The Reluctant Duchess

A Riveting Edwardian Series Set among Britain’s High Society

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.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she’s reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’s about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.


Roseanna M. White is one of my favorite authors. Here’s why:

What I liked:

Brice. I adored Brice from the first book, but in this one, you really get to know what he’s like.  He was flawed, and yet a wonderful hero at the same time. I particularly loved how when he made a mistake, he was very quick to fix it. His relationship with the Lord was something to be admired and it wasn’t just a mantle he put on when times got hard. My heart felt so much for Brice. The man made me cry (I tear up now thinking about it).Loved him!

Deceit. In some ways, this novel is based on deceit, but the main characters never allowed that into their relationship. I was so happy to see relationships based on honesty and trust and not deceit and lack of communication (okay, there was a bit of deceit in there, but it worked if that makes any sense). There was a real plot here!

The romance. I didn’t love Rowena as much as Brice. Although she had very good reasons to be the way she was, because Brice was so amazing, sometimes the way she treated Brice frustrated me. That said, when they worked together it was magic. I liked Brice and Rowena as a couple.

Suspense. I didn’t feel like this was a mystery novel so much as a suspense novel and the author did a wonderful job making me feel for the characters.

Spiritually, the novel was amazing. So many characters (Brice!) prayed and sought God and had a real relationship with God. The novel showed unconditional love in such a beautiful way.

What I didn’t like:

The only thing that gave me pause was Rowena. Sometimes when a hero is so perfect if the heroine doesn’t match it’s hard to like her. Overall, I liked her, but she had her moments.

Romance scale: 9

In conclusion, read it!

**I received a copy from Netgally. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**

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