Amid the Unforgettable Cotswolds, the Final Grasp for the Fire Eyes Diamonds Could Threaten Them All
Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well how the dangerous Fire Eyes diamonds have haunted her brother and their friends, and she won’t wait for peril to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.
Lord James Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life . . . but that proves complicated when old acquaintances pull Cayton into their desperate attempt to seize the jewels. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those intent on destroying them all?
This is the final book in White’s Ladies of the Manor series. I’m hoping for a resolution to the mystery of the Fire Eyes jewelry plot. Since it’s set in 1913, I wonder if there will be any mention of tension in Europe. Looking at the cast of characters, it appears part of the storyline might be set in Paris.
The final book of Roseanna M. White’s Ladies of the Manor series sees the Fire Eyes rubies changing hands again, former enemies becoming friends, and a path to redemption for a woman who thought she was beyond saving. There’s also murder, theft, and blackmail. Familiar characters reappear, and Cayton and Ella will also be familiar to readers of the previous books. There are new characters, including Kira who’s sent to spy on one of the supposed owners of the rubies. A Lady Unrivaled becomes as much Kira’s story as Ella’s and I think I preferred her tale.
There’s a lot packed into this book. I read an electronic copy and was surprised when I realized I was only halfway through it since there’d already been so much going on. The second half seemed to go quicker as the tension ratcheted up. There aren’t many plot twists, but there was one I definitely hadn’t seen coming. There is a happy ending for most of the characters, although one of them did meet the only end possible after all was said and done. And yes, the Fire Eyes plot is suitably resolved. I will say, however, that even though A Lady Unrivaled can be read as a standalone novel I wouldn’t recommend it.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary electronic review copy of A Lady Unrivaled.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 13 September 2016
Page Count: 416