Title: A Lady Unrivaled (Ladies of the Manor #3)
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 5 stars.
With this last book in the series, the focus turns to Lady Ella Myerston and Lord Cayton. In the prior two books in the series, Lord Cayton is portrayed as a rogue. Suddenly his engagement is announced to one woman while he has been paying court to another. Shortly after their marriage, his wife becomes pregnant and then later dies soon after childbirth. Lord Cayton is distraught owing to his guilt at not having loved his wife as she loved him. He is now the father to a baby daughter and has come to realize his need for a Savior. He meets every morning with his neighbor and cousin, the Duke of Stafford, to study the Bible. However, Lord Cayton has decided that he will not wed again as the consequences and his former reputation will make for an unsuccessful marriage.
Lady Ella has invited herself to visit her friend, the Duchess of Stafford, to gain information about the infamous Fire Eyes diamonds. Her brother was in possession of them, but if Ella has her way she will find them and save her family from the villains and the curse that follow the diamonds. While visiting, she learns that Lord Rushworth and his sister, Lady Pratt, are due any day at Lord Cayton’s home. He had not stopped them in the past from plotting to gain the diamonds and they hope to force him to help them once again. However, Lord Cayton has other plans. He will not be a party to thievery; he is a changed man now. Lord Rushworth is crazy and will stop at nothing to get the diamonds. Ella and Cayton spend time together and romance blooms, but Cayton tries to discourage Ella. As a plan forms to keep the diamonds out of the hands of Lord Rushworth, the danger increases and lives are at risk.
I really liked the fact that Lord Cayton studied Scripture daily, seeking to live a more godly life and become a better man. Lady Ella’s cheerful and optimistic personality was a joy to read and the banter she shared with Cayton was entertaining. The tension at the end was great and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how the story ended. Lord Rushworth and Dorsey were truly evil, making the ultimate bad guys. I look forward to the next series by this author as they are filled with historical details of how life was lived during a particular time period, have drama and entertaining plots.