Sunday, May 15, 2016

Book Review - The Reluctant Duchess


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.


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. Roseanna is the author of nine novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at


This book was so good! I loved the setting of the Scottish highlands, the time period and how the author brought all of it together and gave it life! Although this is the second book in the series, and there were references to the first book, I was never really lost. However, I have to say after reading this book, the first book is definitely on my "to read" list!

Rowena is a young woman who is in a very difficult, if not horrible, situation at home. Her father is a tyrant and his hurtful words destroy those he aims them at. Despite this, Rowena rises above this with determination and grit and I just love her for it!

There are some dark topics in this book and there is a lot going on in the plot, but honestly, this just made it a more exciting read, in my opinion. Also, it wasn't so much that I ever felt overwhelmed. I did wonder how everything was going to work out at one point by the end of the book.

I absolutely adored Brice, the hero of the book. His amazing faith was so inspiring and I loved that he relied on God over every aspect of his life. His protection of Rowena is so heart touching - a true white knight!  I also loved seeing the growth in both Rowena and Brice - it was so exciting and inspiring to see them move beyond the hurts in their lives.

I highly recommend this book. It was just so good and I had a hard time putting it down. I kept reading on to see what would happen next. It's amazing and you'll love it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House

Blessings - Julie

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