Book Review, Historical

Series Spotlight – Ladies of the Manor

Recently, I took the time to sit down and read this delightful series by Roseanna White. Rather than do a post on each one individually, I thought I’d combine the series.

The Lost Heiress

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close–but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of
the very rare treasure in her possession–and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

My Thoughts –

What a story! I knew I had to stay up and finish it….
Just because this is a debut novel, doesn’t mean it’s not up to Roseanna White’s normal caliber of books. Quite the opposite- this is an absolute stunner!
I loved reading Brook’s story. Cinderella like, in some ways. Also friends to more…
I was kept guessing until the very end.
I love the way the mystery is woven into these pages. I can’t wait to read the sequel.


The Reluctant Duchess

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 Thoughts –

Another amazing story!
As I keep reading this series (yes, I’m fortunate to be able to read them all, one right after the other!!), each one I read is my new favorite, and this one is no exception!
Rowena is so sweet. And she needed much rescuing….and what a hero Brice turned out to be.
This might be a slightly-familiar trope, but it is written oh-so-sweetly!!
And those ever present Fire Eyes. I love the mystery line that keeps running through these books…Roseanna White has a way of keeping you guessing.


The Lady Unrivaled

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won’t wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

My Thoughts –

And…an amazing finale to his beautiful series.
Although I am sad to see it end!
This is the story of the lovely, unrivaled, if you will, Lady Ella.
I wasn’t sure what I’d thought of her, prior to reading this story. She’s very much a character in the earlier books, but I didn’t get to know who she really was until reading this one.
There’s definitely more to her than meets the eye!
And she’s determined to not fall in love with Lord Cayton.
She is equally determined to protect all her friends and loved ones from the danger of the Fire Eyes.
I loved seeing the ending to all of this, but like I’ve already mentioned, it was rather sad to reach the final pages….this series is SO good!

All in all, this series by Roseanna White is simply stunning! The first book, The Lost Heiress was her debut novel. I’ve known about Ms. White’s novels for some time, and have actually read all her most recent stories, but I’d yet to read this first series of hers. I am so glad I took the time to read them, they were incredible!

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