The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White

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Fiona is devastated to learn that the British Navy has captured her brother. Seeking solace along the beach, she is surprised to discover a half-drowned British sailor washed ashore on the beach of Navy Cove, even more shocked when she finds out that it is none other than Charlie Kincaid, an old acquaintance from before the War. Charlie has no memory of his past life but thinks he is politically opposed to most of Fiona’s family. Fiona is unsure of Charlie’s situation and suspects that he may be omitting certain truths. As the War begins to cumulate, Fiona and Charlie must determine if they should remain loyal to their country or become loyal to their hearts.

Beth White once again writes a novel with fantastic historical depth. She manages to research lesser known portions of historical events and intertwine these interesting facts among noteworthy characters. The plot moves a little slower but allows the reader to better understand the history of that time period. There are many characters and many points of view, which can get a little confusing at times. Reading the first two books is this series provides more background on the characters but is not completely necessary to appreciate this book. Overall, the story is enjoyable and I recommend this to lovers of historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

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Lady Rowena Kinnaird is the heiress to a Scottish earldom but her life has never been easy. Growing up with a tremulous bond with her father, she seeks comfort in other relationships. When she is suddenly presented with a desperate situation, she is forced to accept a change in her station, thrusting her into a new world. Brice Myerston is still adjusting to his new role as the Duke of Nottingham after his father’s death. He enjoys flirting with manor-born ladies but something about the quiet, shy Lady Rowena draws him to her. However, he is also distracted by his recent possession of a rare treasure that brings threat and strife to his household. Both Rowena and Brice must trust each other to overcome their peculiar circumstances even as danger lurks in the background.

This novel is full of emotional circumstances, deep characters, and an interesting plot with twists and turns that create a story that is hard to put down. The writing is full of passion and develops the characters and the setting at a pace that allows the reader to truly understand and connect with the characters. I loved Rowena from page one; she posses a quiet strength despite rejections from old acquaintances and family members, emotions which are relatable. There is a fantastic development of healing and restoration of relationships and people. I did not have the pleasure of reading the first book in this series and did not have problems following this novel but I definitely think that reading the first one would enhance the reading experience. I highly recommend this book and this series!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

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Amelia Bentley fell in love with Maple Valley as soon as she set foot in the quiet, close-knit town. The people and the community helped her heal from a broken heart and a rocky past. However, the newspaper that she works for is suddenly in danger of closing down, so she attempts to write one more big story in an effort to save the paper. Widower Logan Walker has created a successful business in California as a campaign speechwriter. But when he unexpectedly inherits the newspaper in Maple Valley, he flies to his hometown to quickly sell the paper before staring a big political campaign out east. Both Amelia and Logan have past hurts and present struggles but their wounds may be what brings them together.

As is the case with all of Melissa Tagg’s books, I loved the characters in this novel. Amelia is cute and passionate and grapples with genuine hurts and realistic struggles that are relatable. She is easy to connect with and I found myself wishing that I could call her up and have coffee with her. Logan too is a humble, gentle man who does everything he can for his small family. The writing flows easily and moves the story along at a pleasant pace. Romance and humor intertwined with deep conversations and spiritual truths create a novel that is truly enjoyable to read. I highly recommend this book!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.