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The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna White Guest Post & #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance

Defying the Empty Places

She could have been more than she was. Rowena dug her toes into the cold sand, wrapped her wool-clad arms around her tweed-clad knees, and stared out into the clear, fathomless waters of Loch Morar.

Rowena Kinnaird, heroine of The Reluctant Duchess, never set out to be strong. She didn’t set out to defy her father. She never expected to challenge anyone or anything. Rowena Kinnaird, daughter and heir of a Highland chief who also bore the title of Earl of Lochaber, thought she’d live a quiet life—marry a distant cousin poised to inherit the chiefdom and just try to blend in and avoid her father’s wrath.

But Rowena, after a decade of abuse that she is sure has stripped her of any worth in the eyes of God, just as she has lost all worth in the eyes of her father, reaches a breaking point in the opening pages of the book. After being attacked by the man she thought she’d marry, she has a decision to make: she can go quietly along as she has always done and watch herself shatter and crumble and turn into the broken creature her mother had been, eventually taking her own life…or she can do the unthinkable and challenge her father’s word.

Rowena chooses the unthinkable.

It was a difficult balance to strike as a writer. Here I had a character by all accounts broken, who had been so systematically stripped of her own self-worth that she is sure she is underserving of any happiness that may find her. But no reader wants a book about someone pathetic. Rowena had to have a backbone, even if she was unaware of it. She had to have hidden strength. And she had to find ways of defying her own opinion of herself too.

To look at her, no one would think she was anything but quiet, even a little backward socially. She doesn’t have the gusto and undaunted personality of Brook, heroine in the first novel in the series. She doesn’t have the bright optimism and romance-seeking bend of her friend Ella, who will take the stage in the final book. But what Rowena has, aside from veins full of stubborn Scottish blood (I’m allowed to say that, having some of it myself!), is the steely determination to be something other than what her father and her former beau had made her. To discover who she is apart from them. To learn if it’s perhaps true that God still hears her, that He has moved to save her, even when she thought all hope was lost.

One of the themes of the book is the lesson that ultimately delivers Rowena to a place of peace, even as she fights for her right to live free and whole. That the empty plates on our table, the empty spaces in our lives aren’t a lack—they’re an opportunity for God to fill them, fill us, in ways we could never imagine.roseanna white

About the Author

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of eleven novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at http://www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

the reluctant duchess

A Riveting Edwardian Series Set among Britain’s High Society

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.

The Giveaway

The giveaway is open internationally. The Reluctant Duchess releases April 5 2016, and I’m giving away a copy of either it or the first book in the series, The Lost Heiress, to U.S. addresses. International entrees are also accepted for a digital copy (winner’s choice of format) of any of my biblical novels: A Stray Drop of Blood, Jewel or Persia, A Soft Breath of Wind, or you can receive one of the first digital copies of my biblical Christmas story releasing next fall, Giver of Wonders. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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Posted on April 1, 2016, in Book Giveaway, Guest Post and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.

  1. Lientjie Human

    The Reluctant Duchess sounds like a great read, and I love the dress she is wearing!

    I am international though so if I win I would go for A Stray Drop of Blood.

  2. Well, it’s always best to start at the beginning, so I’d say The Lost Heiress. I’ve already read and loved the Culper Ring books!

  3. I would start with The Lost Heiress so as not to miss anything.

  4. Debbie Clatterbuck

    The book of Roseanna’s I would most like to read is Ring of Secrets. I love romance and intrigue. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  5. Love anything with Scotland!

  6. Just finished THE LOST HEIRESS and absolutely love it!! Can’t wait to read THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS.

  7. I’ve started reading The Lost Heiress and it would be fun to continue the story. However, biblical fiction is my thang! I’d read and review both A Stray Drop of Blood & A Soft Breath of Wind. 🙂

    @AmandaGeaney
    #biblicalfictionfriday

  8. The Reluctant Heiress.

  9. Shelley Beachy

    The Lost Heiress and Circle of Spies are on my reading list. The Reluctant Duchess is on it now too! I need to do some book shopping!

  10. Shelley Beachy

    I’ve got The Lost Heiress and Circle of Spies on my reading list. Adding The Reluctant Duchess now. I need to do some book shopping!

  11. I would love to read the Reluctant Heiress, but I still need Circle of Spies, so I might chose it instead.

  12. I would love to read The Reluctant Duchess, but also Love Finds You in Annapolis, MD!

  13. I have already read The Lost Heiress and really enjoyed that one, so I guess The Reluctant Duchess is the one I am looking forward to reading next.

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

  14. I would like to read The Reluctant Duchess, and the Hesitant Heiress. Thanks for the giveaway. Have a great weekend.

  15. I would love to read Jewel of Persia. I already own the Culper Ring series and recently finished reviewing The Reluctant Duchess myself (and it was a super read!)

    And thank you for making this available to non-US readers!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. The Reluctant Duchess! so want to continue the series… thanks for hosting!!

  17. Since I’ve already read The Lost Heiress (and loved it!), I’d like to read The Reluctant Duchess next. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I’d love to read Ring of Secrets. I’m conpletely fascinated with Revolutionary War history, and who doesn’t love a little romance thrown in for good measure?

  19. Tough decision. I wt with Ring of Secrets.

  20. I read Ring of Secrets and loved it. I’m in a crazy bus in Nicaragua and it’s hard to read the selections. Going with The Heiress!

  21. I’d love to read ring of secrets! The cover is gorgeous!

  22. I have read Roseanna’s The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor, #1); Ring of Secrets (The Culper Ring, #1); Whispers from the Shadows, #2; and A Hero’s Promise, #2.5. I would be happy to win either Ladies of the Manor, #2 ~ or A Soft Breath of Wind (A Stray Drop of Blood, #2). I live in the Missouri Ozarks 😀 Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  23. Looks like a great book

  24. The Reluctant Duchess has me intrigued

  25. jenny stratton

    I would like to read all of them but I would probably read A Soft Breath of Wind first.

  26. I’m definitely most interested in reading The Reluctant Duchess. All of the books look like I would enjoy them though!

  27. I think I’m most interested to read A Soft Breath of Wind!

  28. A Soft Breath of Wind.

  29. ladymagnolia99

    I would start with the Lost Heiress. This is a new author to me and they all look very good.

    Judy Cox

  30. I would begin with The Lost Heiress.

  31. So many wonderful choices…..I would start with The Lost Heiress. My daughter read it and absolutely LOVED it! ~Alison Boss

  32. I would definitely start with the Ladies of the Manor series!

  33. I think The Reluctant Duchess and The Lost Heiress sound interesting 😊

  34. Michelle Gunnell

    I recently finished and loved the Lost Heiress so I am most excited to read The Reluctant Duchess. 🙂

  35. Just finished the Lost Heiress so I would love to read the Reluctant Duchess!

  36. Thanks for the info. The book looks wonderful! 🙂

  37. The Lost Heiress!

  38. Circle of Spies looks fascinating; I’d like to read it first.

  39. Don’t know if this giveaway is still going on, I think so. I really liked ‘The Lost Heiress’, so I would like the Reluctant Duchess.

    I’m an international commenter.

  40. The Lost Heiress

  41. The Lost Heiress which I have read and loved.

  42. …maybe “A Soft Breath of Wind.”

  43. I would love to read The Lost Heiress. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  44. Beverly Gordon

    they both sound awesome so either The lost Heiress or the reluctant dutchess either one would be awesome!

    if i had to chose then I pick The Reluctant Duchess

  45. The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor Book #1). The books description has me very intrigued. Thank you for the giveaway.

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