I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review as a blogger for the Bethany House Review Program.
From the back of the book:
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.
What I thought of The Reluctant Duchess:
I am finding that as I get older, I do not care for historical fiction as much as maybe I once did unless someone reads it out loud to me. I think its just my head gets boggled with so much of the facts. I am glad that the authors do their research but I am just wondering if maybe they tried to put too many story lines into one book.
With that being said, I am a part time author and I used to do the same thing until a meeting with my sister who is my editor was like, you can tell everyone's story, just break it into several books that way its not all jammed together. I do want to say that I love the story though. I came to hate Malcolm and he made my skin CRAWL so props on creating a despicable character.
I am glad to see that Rowena is getting stronger as a character and not just sitting back to play the victim. She had a horrible thing done to her but I am only half way through the story and I pray that she really does let Brice in. He is one of my favorite characters. As soon as I was introduced to him, I immediately thought of Prince Harry to play Brice Myerston, Duke of Nottingham.
Thumbs up to Roseanna M. White for writing such a telling story that grips your heartstrings. Its amazing how much history and celtic knowledge she must have had to research. Kudos to you.
My thoughts on Roseanna M. White:
She is a new author to me. Her writing style is intense and so full of such history. I can see where this series is kind of related to Downton Abbey. A show that was loved by many many millions of fans. I caught an episode or two with my mom. Never was really able to keep up with all the characters. Its more my problem than anything. I gotta say keep on writing Roseanna. You have a talent for telling a story. I would highly recommend this book to my friends who love Historical Fiction. I am just not a fan unless its read out loud.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 STARS.
Where to buy:http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Duchess-Ladies-Manor/dp/0764213512/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1460986533&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Reluctant+Duchess
Until Next Time-
The Traveling Gypsy