Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White - a book review

This is one of those books that requires dedicated concentration to read.  The story line is very interesting but the list of numerous characters, each with three or four names or titles, gets in the way.  At least it did for me.  It was very confusing to keep them straight.  Fortunately, the author includes a list in the front of the book.  While it is historically accurate for the aristocracy in the early 20th century to have several titles, for those of us in this century who are not accustomed to it, it was confusing. 

It is also a very long book, the paperback version that I read was over 400 pages.  It took me much longer to read than most books and I really didn’t fully enjoy it until I was about three quarters of the way through.  I’m not sure of the writing changed or if I just got used to it but the last quarter finally got my attention and I looked forward to reading it.

The author does a great job with the historical aspects of the time.  The landscape, building styles, fashion, and cultural differences are very clear and you can imagine yourself there. 

It is the third book of the Ladies of the Manor series.  It would benefit the reader to have read the previous books in order to fully enjoy the plot.

The story is mainly a mystery, full of intrigue, suspense and danger but also plenty of romance, humor and Christian faith.

This is from the publisher’s website:

Amid the Unforgettable Cotswolds, the Final Grasp for the Fire Eyes Diamonds Could Threaten Them All
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 how the dangerous Fire Eyes diamonds have haunted her brother and their friends, and she won't wait for peril 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 James 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 acquaintances pull Cayton into their desperate attempt to seize the jewels. 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 intent on destroying them all?”

If you’re like me and like easy reading, this might not be the book for you. However, if you like a book that requires dedicated concentration, then give this one a try. You can read an excerpt HERE.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and Baker
Publishing Group
through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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