20 September 2016

Noela reviews A LADY UNRIVALED by Roseanna M. White

A Lady Unrivaled

A Lady Unrivaled (Ladies of the Manor, Book #3)
Bethany House Publishers (September 13, 2016)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****


Ushering the charming and picturesque Cotswolds of England into the mind’s eye, Roseanna M. White pens yet another exquisite masterpiece of Edwardian romance and suspense with the backdrop of England’s beautiful countryside. Rivalling the allure of the scenic landscapes are characters so enchanting and genuine, you can’t help but wish you knew them personally.

Tenacious and kind-hearted, Lady Ella Myerston determines to liberate her loved ones from the supposed curse of the Fire Eyes—the priceless red diamonds that have brought nothing but trauma and tragedy into their lives in the past. But even as she schemes to seize the diamonds to draw the danger away from her family and the Duke and Duchess of Stafford with whom she’s visiting, plans are set in motion by evil in the form of a wealthy Russian to seize the jewels.

Stafford’s cousin, the widowed Lord Cayton, has no choice but to go along with a ploy to acquire the Fire Eyes when his precious infant daughter and the beautiful, carefree Lady Ella are threatened. Unfortunately for him, this plan involves him courting Ella as a means to get the diamonds. Cayton is captivated with Ella but believes he’d only bring her heartache, so he must guard his heart. However, while this relationship is meant to keep everyone safe, they each wonder which amorous moments shared are genuine and which are purely for the sake of performance. And when Ella becomes a target of the enemy’s affection along with the diamonds, can Cayton possibly save both?

A Lady Unrivaled is a sublime, gratifying conclusion to an extraordinary series! Silent spies, ominous threats, and hair-raising suspense rival a romance that rips with sparks, chemistry, and brilliant wit showcased in dialogue that leaves you greedy for more. Opposites in personality, Ella and Cayton regularly bounce off each other with entertaining banter—like the recurring argument about the true color of her hair. I adored the fun, impetuous, and optimistic Ella, who frequently tries to goad Cayton to be more cheerful. Even with the laughs that this tale inspires, there’s also a poignant thread on grief that’s beautifully encouraging. This is a favorite of mine this year!

 *Although this can be read as a stand-alone book, I would recommend reading the first two highly-acclaimed books 'The Lost Heiress' and 'The Reluctant Duchess' for a greater understanding and appreciation of all the wonderful characters in this series.*


'A Lady Unrivaled' can be found at these places and others for purchase: AMAZON; CBD; B&N

GIVEAWAY: We're giving away a copy of Roseanna's new release this week. Leave a comment to enter!! Be sure to add your email for contact purposes should you win. (US only)



65 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds so good!!

    alander87(at)allcom(dot)net

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    1. It sure is, Abby! One of those incredibly hard-to-put-down books. :) And ohh, did I mention the amazing characters enough in the review?? lol

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  2. NOELA, what a beautifully written review as always! Thank you! I just love the cover on this one! It's absolutely stunning - just like the book sounds!

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    1. Thank you, Diana! :) Yes, a stunning book for sure! Do you recall the covers of the other two books in the series? All absolutely gorgeous covers!

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    2. Yes, I do indeed! I'm not sure which one is the stunningest. Lol

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    3. I couldn't pick either, I think they're all the stunningest. Good word lol, it's been too long since we've added a new word to the English language. ;)

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  3. I enjoyed the first two books in the series, so I've been waiting for this one! Thanks for your review! Such beautiful covers and wonderful stories set in my favorite era. carrie (at) turansky (dot) com.

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    1. An era that I hear you also write beautiful stories in, Carrie! I often wish for more time to catch up with reading, and that includes all your books! Thanks so much for your comment, here's hoping you get to enjoy book #3 soon! :)

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  4. NOELA, your review is EXQUISITE! I am looking forward to reading this series.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Aww thanks, Caryl, you're so sweet! You will SO enjoy this series, Caryl!! Hopefully we can start you off with a win for A Lady Unrivaled! :)

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  5. This review makes me want to read this book even more! I have the first two of the series, I would love to make it complete.

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    1. Oh thank you, Andrea. I hope we can help make the set complete for you! :)

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  6. This book sounds so good! I just have to read book 2 first.

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    1. It's not absolutely necessary, Beverly. Reading the first two will however enhance your reading pleasure! :) Thanks for your comment, Beverly. We will need your email though if you stop back!

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  7. Beautiful review, Noela - thank you so much!! Sounds like lots of fun, romance, and adventure in this unusual storyline - adding it to my TBR list now. I love the way Roseanna does covers - always beautiful!!

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    1. You said it, Bonnie! Fun, romance, and adventure wrapped up in an intriguing story! :)

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  8. How exciting. I read the first two books in this series and they were amazing!! Can't wait to read this one.
    amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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    1. You'll love it just as much, Aimee! All the best!

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  9. This sounds like a fabulous read! Thank you for the enticing review. cmcfaithingod(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Christine! :) I hope you get to read this fabulous book soon!

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  10. Wonderful review NOELA of what sounds like a charming and intriguing book! Roseanna is definitely a very talented author.

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    1. That she is, Teresa! Thanks sissy, and I hope you're able to enjoy this amazing story in soon, too!

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  11. This sounds like an ah-may-zing book!! :D Would love to win, thanks for the chance! Email is Ninjaspy13(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Amazing is right, Megan, and with your emphasis, too! :) I'd love you to win also, so all the very best!

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  12. Wonderful review, Noela. I have not read any of this series, and it sounds like I certainly am missing something! Thanks for the giveaway - should I win, I expect I will have to get the other two books...lol.
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I hate to say it, Betti, but you ARE missing out, lol!! Truly, an exceptional series! Here's hoping you win too! :)

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  13. Sounds amazing!!!!! Love the cover!!!

    Lonewolfgirl 7 @ gmail.com

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    1. I know you'll love this book of Roseanna's, Halita!! All the best!

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  14. It sounds like a wonderful book to read. Thank you for the giveaway. mommystuck1(at)optonline(dot)net

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    1. It's a rare treasure indeed, Tammy! Thanks for your comment, and all the best in the giveaway!

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  15. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series. I won a copy of book two somewhere, so I ordered book one and read them in quick succession. I can't wait to read the conclusion!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Books like these ones are wonderful to read but isn't it awful when they come to the end, Patty? Hopefully you'll get hold of this one soon to read it also! :)

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  16. What an interesting read.
    MarilynDKC[at]AOL[]dot]com

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    1. Glad you thought so, Maryilyn! It's an exceptional story! :)

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  17. I would love to read this book.
    JoanEC128[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. Here's hoping you get a chance to do that soon, Joan! God bless!

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  18. Thanks for this giveaway for this interesting book.
    MarionMPC[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. Our pleasure, Marion! We love to share and inform people about these wonderful books!

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  19. Thank you so much for the glowing review, Noela!! And for all the interest here, everyone! Ella and Cayton and Kira are all so dear to me, along with the other characters in this series. It's hard to say goodbye to them!

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    1. I can surely imagine it would be difficult saying goodbye to those amazing characters, Roseanna! I'm sad to leave them also, and I haven't spent near as much time with them as you have. ;) Thank you so much for introducing us all to some of the most fun and realistic characters I've had the pleasure to read. Good to hear you enjoyed the review, too!

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  20. Would love to read this. Thank you for the review and chance, Noela.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're so welcome, Lucy! Wishing you all the best with your entry!!

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  21. I've read the first in the series and love reading novels from this time period. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    Staci
    showmetex(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Ah I have such fond memories of The Lost Heiress! :) You'll get to catch up with those wonderful characters in this final book of the series, Staci. We're happy to give you the opportunity to win this fabulous book!

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  22. I can't wait to read this book! jeanna_massman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Then I hope you get to read it ASAP, Jeanna! :) I fully understand your excitement too btw, I was the same before I read it, lol.

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  23. Oh I love the aspect of the banter. That is one of my favorite things in a romance is a witty dialogue between hero and heroine. Thanks for the review and giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Loraine, that's one of my favorite things too!! :) All the best with your entry!

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  24. I've read the first two books in this series, and I just know this one will not disappoint!! Can't wait to read it!
    dguz55 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    1. You're spot on about that, dguz! :) I really hope you get to read it soon!!

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  25. Thanks Noela for this review! Sounds like a wonderful book! Haven't read this series yet, looks like I should. Thanks also to Roseanna White for this latest story(love her writing) and this giveaway lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Oh you definitely should, Lynne! I know you will love it!!

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway and that's a beautiful cover! Tyner(dot)amy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I would love to have this book. I have the other 2. Thanks for the opportunity!
    grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Our pleasure, it's a wonderful read Brenda!

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    1. That's because it is, Patricia, lol! I hope you get to read it!

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  29. Fascinating review and what a beautiful cover! Sounds and looks to be a page-turner! Cathy. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! I loved this story and I hope you get to enjoy it soon!! :)

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  30. This sounds like an amazing book. Love the cover and can't wait to read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It surely is, Dianne, and I know you'll LOVE it when you get to read it! :)

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  31. This sounds like an amazing book. Love the cover and can't wait to read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. This book sounds AWESOME!!!....suspense, romance, danger, stolen jewels...I'm sooo excited to read this!! Thank you for this fantastic review. I was spellbound :) And thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!!! ~ Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Alison, thanks heaps for your awesome comment! :) You made me smile! About to do the drawing now so we'll see if you can be smiling soon, too. At any rate, I really hope you get to read this fabulous book in the near future!

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