Will Fleeing the Scottish Highlands Only Leave Her in More Danger?
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.
Brice Myerston is not looking for a wife. He’s known as a flirt, but he is a man of honor. When his sister’s friend needs both her life and her honor saving, he has no hesitation in asking her to marry him and removing her to slightly safer surroundings. Rowena, his new bride, is different from other society ladies who look down on her. She’s lived most of her life hidden away in the Highlands and has never been out of Scotland. She speaks differently and her clothing isn’t of the latest fashion. None of that is important to Brice, but Rowena feels insecure and isolated. She’s not even sure of her husband’s growing affection for her.
I’m always a little leery of novels set in Britain that are written by American authors. Does the book’s setting seem like is my home country? Is the language authentic? I’m happy to say the answer to both questions is yes, to the best of my knowledge. White has captured the remoteness of northern Scotland as well as its beauty, and I could picture Rowena’s ancestral home. I also think she did a great job in writing the dialect. There were allusions to the Scotland-England rivalries that still persist to this day with Rowena’s father unhappy that she married an Englishman.
The Reluctant Duchess is the second in White’s Ladies of the Manor series. Although Rowena is a new character, Brice was presented to readers in the first book. One overriding plot spans the series, about priceless jewels from India and the people who covert them. Readers need to approach the books in the series in order. Book one, The Lost Heiress, introduces the majority of the characters, their backstories, and how Brice ended up with the stones. Events in that novel are also referenced in book two. I’ll withhold comment on the overall plot until I’ve read book three, which currently has an October release date. I will say, however, that I enjoyed reading The Reluctant Duchess and watching Brice and Rowena slowly fall in love.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of The Reluctant Duchess, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 05 April 2016
Page Count: 400