The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna White | My Review

Last summer I devoured The Lost Heiress. This spring I have the privilege to do the same with The Reluctant Duchess albeit a little more slowly to fully savor it. Because this powerful romance is not to be missed.
Rowena Kinnaird is a woman wounded in the worst way, from the inside, out. No thanks to a complicated, harsh father and a former potential-sweetheart that betrayed her trust in the most despicable way.
Brice Myerston--my top fictional crush of 2015--is now the Duke of Stafford, still healing from his father's untimely death and figuring out how to live his new life in such a way as to obey and honor the Lord. Complications arise though with being a duke--and being in possesion of seemingly cursed red diamonds that he only has to protect his newlywedded friends, the Staffords (from book one).
When the Staffords take a holiday to their Highland home, old romances and hurts from generations past rise up but are seemingly put behind everyone as Rowena's father and mother-figure take charge of her fate--putting her in the path of Brice. Both well-meaning and devious forces sweep up Brice and Rowena into a hasty marriage, a tug of war to trust and love--and those Fire Eyes diamonds and the curse of greed they inspire threaten their fledgling trust and happiness at every turn. Despite the intrigue, high-stakes and beautifully vivid setting, my favorite part of the novel on the whole was the romance. The not-perfect but grace-filled, gentle pursuit of Rowena's heart by Brice was beautiful, and the way they both purposed to make a very unconventional marriage work by choosing to love each other, in spite of everything was in a word--breathtaking. A romance and story not soon forgotten.

A Riveting Edwardian Series Set among Britain's High Society

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.

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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 has a slew of historical novels available, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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  1. I was up at 4 this morning because I couldn't sleep, but I didn't altogether mind because I got to read more of Rowena's story!! :)

  2. Oh my goodness, I've been wanting to read this book! Now your review and the description of the romance makes me want to read it more! I love a story where the hero is actually pursuing the lady, not just denying his feelings the whole time. Thank you so much for this review!


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