The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor #2)

Title:  The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor #2)
Author:  Roseanna M. White
Pages:  400
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Bethany House
My rating is 4 stars.
The Duke of Nottingham or Brice to his friends has always gotten by on his charm.  He does have a strong relationship with the Lord and seeks His counsel often.  However, now God has asked him to marry a stranger to protect her.  Brice wants to ignore God, but God is persistently telling him to marry her.  Brice goes through with the marriage to this Scottish woman, Rowena Kinnaird and finds a woman terrified of most everything.  His friends and relatives question his hasty marriage, but he tells them what God wanted him to do.  In addition to a new marriage to basically a stranger, Brice is still in possession of the Fire Eyes diamonds.  These diamonds and their story take place in book one in the series, The Lost Heiress.  Brice is sure Lady Pratt and her brother are still after the jewels and will do anything to get them, but there is another threat that Brice is completely unaware of on the horizon.
Rowena Kinnaird has survived a brutal assault of a man she thought loved her just two weeks before her unexpected marriage to an English duke.  She didn’t want to marry, but was given no choice by her abusive father.  She now has left Scotland and everything she has known her whole life.  She lives in fear and has nightmares.  She doesn’t trust her new husband and sees the dark side of most things instead of God’s light.  She believes in God; she just hasn’t talked to Him in a long time.  Over the course of the next few months, her life will change drastically.
Brice’s character was just great!  He had a sense of humor, wasn’t afraid to poke fun at himself, admitted his faults and sought out God at every turn.  He obeyed God even when he didn’t want to or it didn’t make sense to him.  I could feel the fear that saturated Rowena and her sense of unworthiness.  She had lived as a victim of abuse, which colored everything she experienced.  Her character seemed realistic to me.  I really liked the theme of faith woven into several of the characters as they lived their faith be deed and word.

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