The Reluctant Duchess
by Roseanna M. White
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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.
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. The Reluctant Duchess is Roseanna’s eleventh published book. Her novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com
Guest Post from Roseanna White
Though I’ve written nearly thirty books, thirteen of which will be out by the end of 2016, there’s something very special about the Ladies of the Manor Series. The first book, The Lost Heiress, is a rewrite of the first novel I ever wrote—at the age of 12-13. Once I finished that first novel, I made it my goal to keep adding more manuscripts to my “finished” file. I started in immediately on the sequel . . . and soon ran into a problem. You see, I knew who I wanted these characters to be. Brice Myerston, a duke, whom readers would have met in the first book. And a young lady from Scotland who had suffered abuse.
That’s it. That’s all I knew. And it stymied 13-year-old me, who hadn’t a clue what it felt like to suffer such things, and whose imagination, while rich, just lacked a certain basis in the realities of human nature. Probably a good thing that I gave up on the story back then, and didn’t dust it off again until my mid-20s, when I was reworking the series. And better still that Rowena had many more drafts to go through before she finally took to the printed page in The Reluctant Duchess.
I narrowed my setting down, during those years, to the Highlands, and I chose Loch Morar because of how perfectly the region of Lochaber suited the story I wanted to tell. Isolated. Stark. Rugged. Beautiful. Sometimes cruel. This was a land utterly perfect for my heroine’s family, for her back story. Then came the challenge of picking a clan for her to belong to—because lemme just tell you, one could quite easily offend with such choices, if not portrayed properly, LOL. And because I wanted her father to be chief of her clan, I ran the risk of people mistaking him for the actual chief, if I chose an actual clan.
A writing friend came to rescue and offered her last name for my heroine: Kinnaird (pronounced “kin-AIRD”), which is a sept (branch) of another clan in reality, so had no chief of its own, but was still a well-established Scottish name. Perfect!
So Rowena Kinnaird was born after many years of her character floating in and around my head and computer screen. And I got to pair this backward, sometimes shy, sometimes stubborn Scottish lass with the charming, suave, polished English duke I’d had planned out since I was 13.
I went to great pains in The Lost Heiress to make Brice Myerston a favorite character, so that readers HAD to read his story. Mwa ha ha ha. 😉 So far, so good on that score! Brice is a hero who has his faults, but he also has character. He has faith. He has a good heart, he’s considerate, he’s understanding. And he’s also so accustomed to charming everything female that he doesn’t quite know what to do when Rowena doesn’t seem inclined to be charmed.
There are clashes. There is tension. There’s much healing on Rowena’s part. Many trials for them both. But I hope that through this story of The Reluctant Duchess readers see what it means to triumph over past hurts. And how brightly God shines against the darkness.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Loch Morar may be Lady Rowena Kinnaird’s home, but it the last place she wants to be. Her father’s abuse and her stepmother’s disapproval of her was enough to make her want to leave, but when a surprise and shocking attack happen to her, Rowena had no other choice.
Duke of Nottingham Brice Myerston is still mourning the death of his father, he is trying to hide a set of rare diamonds that others are trying their best to get their hands on. And he sure doesn’t need to distract himself with trying to help out Lay Rowena, even though that seems to be what God has in mind for him. But the circumstances bringing them together was a bit suspicious.
The Reluctant Duchess is the second book in this series, and I love, love it! Rowena captured my heart in the beginning, and in no way did she deserve the treatment she was getting from her father. My heart went out to her when the attack happened, because she thought that was it for her, all was lost, and her life was doomed forever. But God had other plans for her life! And Duke Brice Myerston was the main person in that plan. A quick marriage made their life a rocky start, and difficult decisions had to be made, but they were both determined to make it work. But then there are those who are after the diamonds plotting ways to make Brice hand them over, someone is watching the couple’s every move, and one of the staff must be leaking information to make life miserable for the new couple.
This is such a good read! I love the setting, the Scottish Highlands in the Edwardian era has always been one of my favorite settings for stories. Roseanna White does a fantastic job weaving together so many emotions, difficult situations, and deception, ending in a story of love, forgiveness, and peace, with characters that are true to trusting the Lord with their lives, and following him! I loved reading Rowena and Brice’s story. Brice was a sweetheart and his faith in following what God wanted of him was so touching, you had to fall in love with him! If you enjoy historical fiction, this is one you need to check out. And also check out the first book in The Ladies of the Manor series, The Lost Heiress.
I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours to read and review. 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 55.
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