|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!
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.
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