Book Review + Giveaway: The Reluctant Duchess


The Reluctant Duchess
Written by: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Month, Year: April, 2016

A brief summary from Roseanna M. White:

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 and the men who have jeopardized her life.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has suddenly 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 his neighbor, Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when the moody Earl of Lochabar tries to trap Brice into marrying Rowena, Brice finds he’s not as opposed to the idea as he expected to be.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she’s reluctant to resort to marrying a notorious flirt just to gain his English home. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of 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.

My Thoughts:

Rowena. Rowena. Rowena.

I’m quite certain I’ve fallen in love with that name! 🙂 I’ve never heard or read it before, but it sounds quite lovely.  Rowena means “fame, joy, bliss,” which is both ironic and well-suited for our heroine in The Reluctant Duchess.

We first meet Rowena broken-hearted, distraught, depressed, and in hiding from her father and future betrothed, Malcom; both who have abused her physically and emotionally. It’s not a pretty sight. In fact, The Reluctant Duchess touches on dark, serious subjects that are uncomfortable, but significant, especially to the lives of those who, unfortunately, experience these types of abuses in their every day lives.  Yet, this story isn’t about letting these deeply hurting actions rule your life, but its about overcoming the anger and hurt, and triumphing in life fully. More importantly, this book is about allowing God to heal one fully, overflowing in true comfort, restoration, and love. Rowena’s grace under misfortune speaks of high character, one worthy of falling into the role of a duchess, no matter how reluctant the circumstances.

Jam-packed with suspense, intrigue, and long-lost jewels, The Reluctant Duchess is fast-paced and an exciting read. Also, it takes place in the Scottish Highlands AND Roseanna M. White weaves the Scottish dialects throughout the entire story!! I actually found myself reading this with a Scottish accent! A terrible version of a Scottish accent, but an accent nonetheless!

The Reluctant Duchess is an amazing follow-up novel to The Lost Heiress, book 1 in the Ladies of the Manor series. I can’t wait to read Roseanna M. White’s final book whenever she deems it time to end this trilogy.

Annie, a super lovely blogger over at Just Commonly, is holding a giveaway for a copy of The Reluctant Duchess! Head over to her blog to win a copy for yourself!

Click here: Just Commonly’s Giveaway

I was graciously provided a free hard-copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers and an e-book of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 


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