Saturday, June 26, 2021

Book Review: The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White

About the Book:


Lady Elizabeth "Libby" Sinclair, with her love of microscopes and nature, isn't favored in society. She flees to the beautiful Isles of Scilly for the summer and stumbles onto the dangerous secrets left behind by her holiday cottage's former occupant, also named Elizabeth, who mysteriously vanished.

Oliver Tremayne--gentleman and clergyman--is determined to discover what happened to his sister, with the help of the girl now living in what should have been Beth's summer cottage . . . especially when he realizes it's the curious young lady he met briefly two years ago, who shares his love of botany and biology. But the hunt for his sister involves far more than nature walks, and he can't quite believe all the secrets Beth had been keeping from him.

As Libby and Oliver work together, they uncover ancient legends, pirate wrecks, betrayal, and the most mysterious phenomenon of all: love.

My Thoughts:

It took me nearly a week to read The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White. This story of searching for pirate treasure, a missing person, and one’s place in society is meant to be savored. The author’s storytelling ability shines in both the complexity of the plot and the beautiful prose that reads like poetry. I happily returned night after night to this novel of mystery, suspense, and romance.

Although Libby Sinclair is billed as the leading lady in The Nature of a Lady, her maid/friend Mabena Moon shares the spotlight as both women experience substantial character development and blossoming romances. Oliver and Libby’s slow burn romance advances at a gradual pace that grows into a deep, beautiful connection. On the other hand, Mabena and Casek have a second-chance romance with instant tension and crackling chemistry. I enjoyed watching both relationships change and grow.

The Nature of a Lady stands as the first installment in Roseanna M. White’s The Secrets of the Isles series, and I am looking forward to book two. Readers who enjoy historical romance with spiritual themes and intriguing mystery will likely enjoy The Nature of a Lady.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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