Multi-talented author/editor/designer Roseanna M. White concludes her Ladies of the Manor series, set in Edwardian England.
In A Lady Unrivaled, gently-bred 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, 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 concludes her exciting series that is more than a novel about relationships between the main characters. Elements of mystery, lore, danger, adventure, and romance permeate the series. The faith element is present but has a light touch. For example, Cayton is a new Christian and meets regularly with another lord to study the Bible as he tries to live differently.
With more character than plot development — although the plot is well-developed and has a number of twists — A Lady Unrivaled can be read without reading the earlier novels, as enough back story is included. However, to truly appreciate it, one should consider reading The Lost Heiress and The Reluctant Duchess. 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 especially love this series with its interaction between the upper crust and downstairs staff.
Carol R. Gehringer
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