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An Unrivaled Conclusion

Hi everyone! Okay, so I’m a few weeks late. Sorry. Kinda got a new job at a library! Of course I’d be excited for a job involving books… lol. But, it’s been a little crazy over here getting into that. I may be a little sporadic the next few weeks then, but I hope you’ll bear with me. 🙂 I do have a new review today! The thrilling conclusion to Roseanna White’s Ladies of the Manor series: A Lady Unrivaled. (I also have reviews for books one and two.) But first, a little more about this story:

51zz12vpunl-_sx323_bo1204203200_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?

This is a stunning conclusion to an excellent series! Rosanna White’s Ladies of the Manor series has been an incredible adventure from the start, and this final book does not disappoint. The stakes are raised, dark pasts revealed, and those surrounding the Fire Eyes must band together or risk falling to the curse of the gems. This time, Ella is the one in the middle of the intrigue, even though everyone has tried hard to push her out. She’s bright and bubbly, but hates that most confuse her optimism with naivete. She’s in the middle of the gem’s mess, and she’s determined to be part of helping to end their hold on her family. Then there’s Cayton, who’s working on changing his life around, to no longer be the fun-loving bachelor who broke more than one heart. He knows he’s bad, and he never wants to break another woman’s heart, especially the one he refuses to acknowled that he’s falling for. The interactions between these two are priceless, both hilarious and sweet, even as they but heads. But when the danger gets closer, entraping more in its web, Ella and Cayton must push through the haze to discern the truth. Who is a friend, and who is a foe? And will they be able to escape the curse alive, or will it claim another victim? This book had me at the edge of my seat until the very end, and what a brilliant ending to such a wonderful series.

Interested? This wonderful book is available in paperback (my personal favorite) as well as Kindle and NOOK. You can also head over to the Roseanna White’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.

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Murder, Intrigue, and Romance

Hello! I am finally back, and I have a wonderful review of a recently released book! The amazingly talented Roseanna White has released the second book in her Ladies of the Manor series: The Reluctant Duchess. Curious as to what the book’s about?

A Riveting Edwardian Series Set among Britain’s High Society
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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?

It’s a spectacular second book by this amazing author! The mystery and suspense continues, this time to the Scottish Highlands. Brice is a good man, always wanting to help, and especially follow that little voice he hears every now and then. But, he never expected his desire to help, or God’s call, to lead him to marry a complete stranger. Rowena may be the daughter of an earl, but all she knows is to be a quiet Highland lass, and never believed herself to be worth anything more, especially after she is viciously attacked by the one person she thought loved her. She certainly never believed she’d be saved by an English Duke when he offers to marry her and whisk her away. Complete strangers, they are both forced to try to learn about the other, and in the process, discover themselves. The banter between them is wonderful, and the romance is sweet. I especially love the message woven in about each learning to respect the other. But, whilst they try to make their marriage work, they are thrown deep into the murderous intrigue surrounding the precious items Brice now possesses. Can they learn to listen to the other, and trust each other in order to survive? Or will the curse prove too powerful and destroy a love newel formed? With wonderful twists and turns, a stunning narrative, beautiful messages about listening and following God’s direction, and of course a love story to melt the heart, this is a novel I recommend to any who enjoys a good English historical.

(In full disclosure, I received a copy of this book for my honest review. The thoughts written above are mine.)

Intrigued? You can find this wonderful book in a bookstore near you (and of course online), or you can get
a e-copy for your Kindle or NOOK. And check out the author’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for all her latest news, including the release of the third book in the series. 😉

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An Heiress to Fortune and Danger

51HweGVPdzLHello everyone! I’m actually on time for once! lol. This week, I’ve got a special guest joining me. Roseanna M. White has graciously taken time out of her day to answer some fun questions to celebrate her newest release: The Lost Heiress. And let me tell you, this book was awesome! But, maybe I should save my thoughts ’til after I let you meet this wonderful author.

I love the character of Brook. She’s so headstrong and spunky but somehow manages to be graceful too. Was it difficult finding that right balance between the free-spirit and refined lady?

Brook is an old friend of mine—I first came up with this story when I was 12, and as I revised and rewrote innumerable times over the last 20 years, she grew and changed pretty organically. =) By the time I wrote her this final time, I didn’t have to put too much thought into her character. I knew her so well! I wanted someone who captured the elegance and refinement of those historical days, but who also would appeal to modern women—someone who led the way in being more than what society said was acceptable, yet did so in a way that made her beloved and not shunned.

I think the most surprising character for me was Brice. How did you manage to make him so lovable, have him fit so well with Brook, but yet manage to not necessarily make him a rival?

I wanted Brice to be a character we loved so well that we just have to read his story next. 😉 I did that first of all, I think, by making him a genuinely good guy. Someone with spiritual depths that surprise us, with charm and wit . . . but someone who has no interest in being involved in a love triangle, LOL. He knows from the moment he meets Brook that there’s something between her and Justin, so I also made him fight for them as a couple—even when they’re not fighting for themselves. Definitely something rivals don’t often do, LOL.

You’ve mentioned that this story was first written when you were really young. How does it feel having these old friends finally printed on page?

Oh my gracious, words can’t explain it! Twenty years is a loooooong time to have a story close to your heart—and while I’ve simply put aside many other stories with no intentions of revisiting them, Brook and Justin always drew me back. Sending them out into the world now is just amazing (and maybe a little scary, LOL).RoseannaWhite2014

What changed the most from the first drafts to now? Did anything remain constant through all the revisions?

Biggest change—Whitby, Brook’s father. In every version up until the final one I submitted to Bethany House, both her parents had been killed when she was a baby. I decided that just didn’t work right with the inheritance and title I wanted her to have, so I thought, “Okay, she needs a father who’s alive.” Which completely changed the course of the story, in a way I adore. Whitby is one of my favorite characters! I really don’t know how I ever wrote it without him, LOL.

As for constants. Brook has always been Brook, and Justin has always been Justin Wildon, whose home was Ralin. Brook has always had two female cousins, and one was always named Melissa (after one of my middle school friends). She always started out associated with a royal family and then came to England. There has always been a secret treasure tied to an old possession. That’s pretty much it for staying the same. 😉

And my last question, one of my favorites to ask authors, is do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there?

Absolutely! The most important thing you can do is to respect your dream—that means that you work for it, you fight for it. You put in the time it takes to learn your craft, you don’t sell yourself, your story, or your goals short by taking the quick and easy path. And you realize that if this is something God wants you to do, He has a path already laid out for you—you and only you. Your journey will be unique, unlike any other author’s. And many times, it’s a journey that’s not about how your writing will change the world—it’s about how your writing will change you. I’ve grown so much closer to the Lord because of the stories He’s given me, and even those books I’ll never publish (of which there are MANY) were worth writing, worth working on. Because they’re stories that showed me a truth about Him. Publication isn’t always God’s goal for us when He lays something on our hearts. And even when it is, that doesn’t mean it’ll all come easily. Like all good things, it requires a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (hopefully most of those are metaphorical…).

Now, for my thoughts on this wonderful novel:

The beginning of a new series, Roseanna M. White thrills with promises of a great saga. Following the path of Brook Eden, a young woman who’s lived in a family she knows she doesn’t truly belong to. She’s adventurous, strong, with a kind heart who only wants to finally feel wanted. When Justin, her best friend, locates her family she is shocked to be thrust into English nobility, and even more so to be fully welcomed by the father she never knew. Now thrust into society as equals, Brook and Justin begin to realize just how much they mean to each other, even while fighting the growing love between them. But while her return feels like a fairytale, it also thrusts her into danger and trouble. The mystery surrounding her mother’s death seems to still haunt her, and no one is certain who is friend or foe. This is a beautiful story, set in both Monaco and the English Moors. The characters warm their way into your hearts, even while being a bit idiotic at times. I have to say, as much as I loved the romance, I think the real relationship that stood out was Brook with her dad. The true camaraderie and love her father has for her is beautiful to read. The mystery is so well written, teasing hints throughout the entirety of the story, ending with a promise that the story is far from over. A beautiful Edwardian-era novel, it is one I would recommend for anyone who wants to get lost in a good book. And I must thank this wonderful author for providing me with a copy of this novel for an honest review.

So… did I peak your interest? I hope so! lol. You can find this wonderful novel on Kindle and NOOK (not to mention the good old-fashioned paperback) and feel free to check out this author’s website, along with her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. I hope you enjoy as much as I did, and I’ll see you all next week! 🙂

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