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.

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