The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna White

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko


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.

My Review:

A historical marriage of convenience story never grows old. When it is set in this type of a setting, it is totally believable as well.

I loved this story. While the romance is sweet, it is also realistic with the issues that would face a couple in these circumstances. I thought Ms. White does an excellent job of entwining a mystery with the romance of a knight in shining armor.

I would recommend you read the previous book in the series before reading this one, as secrets would be given away if you had not read it. They would not really be considered stand alone books.

The topic of rape is touched on, as well as mild mention of physical abuse without too much detailed description. I mention this in case you are looking at it for teens.

This book was provided for review by Bethany House and NetGalley. The opinions expressed herein are my own.


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