The Reluctant Duchess
(Bethany House 2016)
Roseanna M. White first brought readers into the world of The Ladies of the Manor with her book The Lost Heiress. I found myself captivated by this book and did not think another would pull me into a story as deeply as that one did.
Boy, was I wrong. The Reluctant Duchess was by far even better than the first book of the series. Maybe it was my penchant for all things Scottish, since my own ancestors had escaped the clearances and came to America. Maybe it was my love for a heroine who defied the odds and had more spunk to her than many others. Maybe it was for a hero that reminded me in many ways of Georgette Heyer's Sylvester. What ever it may have been, The Reluctant Duchess caught me in its grasp and held on until I finished the last word, and confirmed my suspicions about who would next receive the Fire Eyes.
This is an era that isn't readily available in most historical novels and Roseanna M. White brings it to life in such an effortlessly way it would seem. The many characters' point of views layered the story with mystery and nuances. The faith element was so natural that the reader could see how it was an integral part of their lives.
Each page brought either frustration at the characters, joy with their joy, the heartache of loss or fear, and above all the hope and love that ultimately overcomes all. I enjoyed immersing myself into this world and seeing the growth of the characters as they came together.
If I enjoyed the first book of the series and absolutely adored this second book, I cannot wait to see how I respond to the third! Roseanna M. White has written an exceptional story line that far exceeds anything I could ever expect.
***I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and complete review***