05 April 2016

Noela reviews THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS by Roseanna White

The Reluctant Duchess
The Reluctant Duchess
Bethany House Publishers (April 5, 2016)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

Exquisitely enthralling and enchanting 

Och, what a tale! In 'The Reluctant Duchess', I was whisked away to the rugged Scottish Highlands to dip my toes in the chilling Loch and in the heartbreaking and frightening plight of a dispirited young woman. Mercifully though, a visiting English Duke comes to the terrified lassie’s rescue by marrying her. However, she feels anything but safe—either from this hero with a flirtatious reputation, her tragic past, or her uncertain future.

Lady Rowena Kinnaird, daughter of the barbaric chief of the clan Kinnaird, suddenly finds herself married into England’s high society after having no choice but to marry the Duke of Nottingham for freedom from a fate worse than death. As much as she desperately needed to escape Loch Morar and the wretched man who attacked her in the worst way, the scarred and fragile Rowena will tug at your heart as her fears cause her to feel frightened of her husband—a tender-hearted man who spends hours on his knees for his new wife. Wounded in heart and body, I ached for Rowena’s feelings of despair and worthlessness. The author writes so beautifully poignant, you cannae help the tears!

When God impressed upon Brice Myerston, The Duke of Nottingham, to protect Rowena by wedding her, he could do no less. But back in England and with his wife being so stressed already, Brice keeps hidden the fact he plans to try and flush out the treacherous villains seeking the rare jewels that are now in his possession. Is he about to place his traumatized wife in further danger? Will Brice be able to protect both the jewels and Rowena from treachery all around? And will his broken wife ever trust again?

Author Roseanna White has breathed so much depth and heart into the personalities of ‘The Reluctant Duchess’, although the Duke was a standout for me. He's a hero in every sense of the word; rescuing the lady in more than one way. Brice is utterly charming, powerfully gentle, and possessing extraordinary patience and insight! Did I mention he also had a sense of humor—that surfaces in even the most trying of times? Roseanna White’s writing was as usual, perfectly exquisite. The history, accents, and suspenseful unpredictability are enthralling. I could read this again and again! Aye, this book comes highly recommended! 

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Loch Morar

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review.

This novel may be purchased through AMAZON, CBD, BAM, B&N and your local bookstore.

GIVEAWAY: Roseanna White is generously giving away a paperback copy of 'The Reluctant Duchess' to one blessed commenter! (Outside of US, e-book only) 
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64 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series and look forward to reading this one too. These covers ( back and front) are just gorgeous!

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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    1. SYLVIA, I do so know what you mean... After reading Roseanna's first in this series, I could barely wait for The Reluctant Duchess to be released! I love when you can trust an author to deliver. Roseanna does that for me. Thanks so much for coming by, Sylvia. All the best!

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  2. Beautiful cover! The plot sounds intriguing, and I really enjoy marriage of convenience stories.

    lientjiehuman(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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    1. Me too LIENTJIE, and I love that this one is so gritty and refreshing! All the best Lientje!

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  3. I have not yet been able to read any Roseanna White's books. I would love to read this one because I do know how well she does covers so if she puts as much love into it as she does her covers. I know it will be Wonderful. By the way I adore this cover.

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    1. In this case, JUSTINA, you cannot go wrong by judging a book by its cover! :) The story just as amazing as its beautiful cover!! Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Justina, you will love Roseanna's books!
      Blessings,Tina

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  4. Great review Noela! The book cover is beautiful.

    Congratulations on your book Roseanna White!

    I just got The Reluctant Duchess and can't wait to read it...so am not entering the contest.

    blessings,Tina

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    1. TINA, thank you so much for coming by and for your support of Roseanna's gorgeous book! Put your feet up and get comfy, and enjoy The Reluctant Duchess, Tina ! I'm a tad jealous because I'd so love to have this beautiful book in my library too!! :)

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  5. Ok, missy! What did you say to me about writing those I-HAVE-to-read-right-now reviews? lol Because I HAVE to read this now! Och, what a perfectly splendid review, NOELA! If NG has archived it, I think I'll cry. The cover is breathtaking and the storyline sounds enthralling! Thank you!

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    1. Haha, revenge can indeed be sweet sometimes! ;) I hope you get a chance to read it DIANA, I KNOW you will adore it!

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    2. After I finish another book for review, take a wild guess what I will be reading? haha

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    3. The Life and Times of... Oh wait! You mean The Reluctant Duchess? ;) Great choice!! lol

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  6. NOELA, what an intriguing review! I have to confess I just went to NG and grabbed it! :) I know ROSEANNA is an absolutely marvelous author and I can't wait to read this one!

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    1. She certainly is TERESA, and this one yet again is such a treat! Enjoy my friend, and thanks so much for popping in!!

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  7. Love anything set in Scotland!! jnellciesielski(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It begins in Scotland and ends in England, J'NELL. So you get the best of both really! :-) All the best!

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  8. NOELA, I love your exquisite review! This one is at the top of my wish list.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much sweet CARYL, this book is fully worthy of being up the top of your wish list! :) All the best with your entry!

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  9. I love this review and I know I can't pass on this book. It sounds great! I'm definitely putting it on my want-to-read list.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. KAY, for sure, this is a can't pass up kinda book!! :-) I truly hope you get to read The Reluctant Duchess soon! Here's hoping for a win!

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  10. Great review, Noella! Sounds like a must read! Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Definitely a must-read, MELANIE!! :-) Thank you kindly Melanie and all the very best!

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  11. Such a beautiful cover and I love the story blurb! Thanks for the giveaway, ladies!
    betherin02 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. We are excited to tell you all about this beautiful book by Roseanna M White, and to give you this wonderful opportunity to win, BETH!! All the best!

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  12. I just love books from this era. Can't wait to get a hold of it!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Don't blame you, MELODY! Great time period and setting and and an amazing book to capture it all! :-) Here's hoping!

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  13. Thank you, Noela for your wonderful review. Your review as well as the cover of the novel and the title really entices me and I'd so love to win a paperback copy of this book. I have never had the pleasure of reading any of Roseanna's books and would love to begin here! Thanks for this contest! flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh it would be wonderful for you to win this book then, MARY LOU!! I love it when books are won by new-to-you authors! But whether you win or not, I do hope you get a chance to read this one Mary Lou because I know you would love it!

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  14. Sounds absolutely fascinating! I'd love a chance to win a copy.

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    1. You just got your chance SUSAN, lol! All the best to you!!

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  15. Putting my name in the hat for a win! Thank you for your review. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. You're welcome KATHLEEEN, and thanks! Your name is in the hat!! :-)

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  16. Noela you did a fabulous job on the review of The Reluctant Duchess! Sold me right away. Rosanne White has written another spell binding novel and I would love to have the chance to read it. Jenny

    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

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    1. JENNY, thank you so much, those are words I love to hear!! :) Roseanna is a fabulous writer, and I just hope one day I can find the time to read her earlier books!

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway! debradawn777@gmail.com Have a great week!

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    3. Thanks DEBRA, and we hope you have an blessed week also! All the best with your entry!!

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  18. A wonderful review thank you.

    Love the cover.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I agree, the cover is absolutely gorgeous, MARY! Thanks Mary, and all the best!!

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  19. Thanks Noela for the wonderful and entertaining review! By the way,loved the Scottish burr. ;) You have me really looking forward to reading this story! Thanks also to Roseanna White for writing it and to you both for the giveaway! lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Haha thanks LYNNE! :-) Don't you just love that Scottish accent?!! Had to have a bit of fun with it, lol. I'm so glad to hear you're excited to read Roseanna's wonderful story. I wish you all the best with your entry!

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  20. Looking forward to the book. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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    1. It's a wonderful book, KIM, and I truly hope you get to read and enjoy it soon!

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  21. This one sounds so good. I loved your sprinkling of Scottish accent throughout the review Noela. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks LORAINE, it was fun to do! :-) It's a beautifully written story and really is as great as it sounds. All the best, Loraine!

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  22. Thank you for the chance, as I would love to read this. I know how it feels to feel worthless and broken in the past, so I can identify with this character. Have a blessed day.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. LUCY, thank you so much for coming by. I truly hope you get a chance to read this touching story. Sounds like you would really resonate with the character Lady Rowena. Roseanna does a stellar job of writing this character. Be blessed, Lucy, and all the best with your entry!

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  23. Oh this sounds like a fantastic book. I love Scottish Highlands novels. Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy. spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. I truly is a wonderful story, STELLA, but while it begins in the Highlands, the story travels onto England. It is no less enchanting however! I do so love those magnificent Scottish settings too, Stella. :-) All the best!

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  24. I want to read or listen to this book! Sounds great!

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    1. I hope you get to do that, CARRIE, it's a wonderful story! Maybe while you're resting up? I'm praying for you Carrie! Big hugs!

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  26. Sounds wonderful, and what a beautiful cover!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It is such a gorgeous cover, isn't it PATTY! And an equally beautiful story. One which I hope you will get to read soon!! :-)

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  27. Love it! Great review as always! I love Roseanna's covers!

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    1. Thanks, REGINA! :-) Roseanna really does have some of the BEST covers ever. Makes me wish I had them to grace my library shelves!

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  28. Such a beautiful review, Noela - thank you!! Leading ladies that evoke reader's tears-love them, and love the cover of 'The Reluctant Duchess' also. Roseanna has some beautiful covers, as well as stories - doesn't she?? Such a wonderful storyline, putting it on my TBR list!!

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    1. Thank you Bonnie!! Yes, a fabulous story and cover!! Win, win with this one! :)

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  29. When I read here about this "amazing book" and being "whisked away" that is all it took for me to know I want to read this book!Then there is the beautiful book cover to admire, too!
    Janice
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    1. You make a good argument for getting ahold of this book, JANICE, lol! I hope we can help you get it all the sooner to read!! :-)

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  30. A wonderful review, Nolela, making me want to read this book! I haven't read the first book, but certainly would love to win this one. Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

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    1. Great to hear, BETTI!! I wish you all the best in winning this fantastic book, too!! If you can, do pick up the first one also... It will enrich your reading of The Reluctant Duchess!

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