Lady Rowena Kinnaird's future once seemed bright. Before her mother's death, before assault by her fiance, before her family's attempt to trap an English Duke into marrying her. Unbeknownst to her, divine intervention in the form of Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, is working for her good. Just as Brice and Rowena are getting to know more of each other, Rowena discovers Brice has a very dangerous secret, one that many deem worth killing for. She's fled one dangerous situation only to find herself in another. Will the secrets Rowena and Brice hide drive them apart or can love be born amid danger, wealth and secrets?
The Reluctant Duchess is the second novel in Roseanna M. White's Ladies of the Manor series. I have not read the first novel, The Lost Heiress, but I certainly plan to now that I've read The Reluctant Duchess. Enough information was given that I was not confused in spite of not having the read the first. That being said, these books are clearly part of a continuing series and I suspect this novel resolved some loose ends from the first. Likewise, there were plenty of loose ends in this novel to be resolved in the next installment of the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White. From the beginning, Rowena's character captured my attention. Although at times her behavior seemed off-kilter, eventually the author flushed out the reasons behind Rowena's actions and reactions. The relationship between Rowena and Brice was also a point of interest for me, not simply for the romance, but also for the character growth that they brought out of each other. Other elements such as the cursed Fire Eyes diamonds, the mysterious criminal activity, and the threat of danger contributed the the story and made for a lovely read.
I recommend The Reluctant Duchess to readers looking for a potent combination of mystery, suspense, romance and Divine intervention. Enjoy!
Read an excerpt from The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. Wite on the publisher's website.