Ladies of the Manor series / by Roseanna M. White. 2.10.2017

The Lost Heiress / by Roseanna M. White. (Ladies of the Manor, 1)

Bethany House ISBN 9780764213502

The Reluctant Duchess / by Roseanna M. White. (Ladies of the Manor, 2)

Bethany House ISBN 9780764213519

A Lady Unrivaled / by Roseanna M. White. (Ladies of the Manor, 3)

Bethany House ISBN 9780764213526

Adult Rating: 5

Multi-talented author/editor/designer Roseanna White presents her Ladies of the Manor series, set in Edwardian England.

In The Lost Heiress, Brook Eden grew up in Monaco with the royal family, though not really a family member. Her friend Justin discovers Brook might be the long-lost heiress from Yorkshire. She travels to Whitby Park, the family estate where her father quickly accepts her. But the rest of the family does not. When Brook’s life is threatened and she is kidnapped because of rare diamonds in her possession, can Justin save her in time? And is there really a curse on the Fire Eyes diamonds?

In The Reluctant Duchess, a Highland clansman tries to force Lady Rowena Kinnaird into marriage by attacking her. Her family schemes to trap the visiting Brice Mysterston, Duke of Nottingham, into offering marriage to Rowena. Brice resists until he meets Rowena’s “betrothed” and decides to protect her. When Brice took the rare red diamonds from Brook and Justin to protect them, he was single. Now that he is married, will their curse extend to his wife? Can he protect her while trying to bring Brook’s kidnapper to justice?

In A Lady Unrivaled, Lady Ella Myerston decides she will take action to protect her friends from further danger of the Fire Eyes diamonds. Lord James Cayton broke two ladies’ hearts, and now he wants to mend his ways. But old acquaintances try to lure him into stealing the diamonds. Lady Ella intrigues him and he tries to protect her, but she won’t stay out of danger. What happens when they discover their true feelings for one another, in the midst of a desperate attempt to steal the jewels?

White’s exciting series is more than a group of novels about relationships between the main characters. Elements of mystery, faith, lore, and danger permeate the series. More character than plot development (although the plots are well-developed with a number of twists), each book is rich in historical detail, family history, as well as romance and adventure. The relationships are wholesome, making these books “clean reads.”

Highly recommended to public libraries and school libraries. Fans of the TV series, Downton Abbey will love this series with its interaction between the upper crust and downstairs staff. Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Carrie Turansky fans will also enjoy this series.

Carol R. Gehringer, worthy2read.wordpress.com