It is No Dirty Dishes Day! Wouldn't that be wonderful if we never had to do the dishes? The only way it can be achieved is if everything you utilize it disposable or you eat out for every meal (until they invent something that will take the dishes, load them up, and then wash them without us doing a thing). I see dirty dishes in my future for many years to come (including today). I was expecting a book from UPS today. Unfortunately, my mother noticed the delivery man out front and got to door before me (she was closer). I saw Doozy (my dog) edge up behind her so I yelled for her to stop (my mother). She opened up the front door and then threw the screen door open wide, and out Doozy went! She claims not to have noticed Doozy (he is very hard to miss). I ended up having to take out the car to get him (he likes car rides thankfully). Doozy had not done this trick in quite a while (and hopefully not again)!
The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White is the second book in the Ladies of the Manor series. It is 1912 in the Highlands in Scotland. Lady Rowena Kinnaird is her father’s heir (the estate is not entailed). Rowena has a low self-esteem (does not believe she is good enough thanks to her father and stepmother). Malcolm Kinnaird wishes to marry Rowena and will do anything (I mean anything if you get my drift) to make it happen (Rowena does not like him). Rowena does not wish to marry Malcolm (cruel, mean man), and, after she is attacked, she is afraid her father will force the match. Brice Myerston is arriving with his family and friends at Gaoth Lodge (it is his second house). Brice and his family are not invited to Douglas Kinnaird’s (Earl of Lochaber) home. They tried to be friendly, but Douglas Kinnaird wants nothing to do with them (do have a feeling it has something to do with a woman). That is why they are surprised when they receive an invitation to dine at the Kinnaird home (I have a feeling the Earl is up to something). Brice has enough on his plate. Lady Catherine Pratt is relentless in her hunt for the Fire Eyes. Brice cannot let them fall into her hands. What will Brice do when he finds himself in a comprising position with Rowena (with witnesses)?
The Reluctant Duchess may be the second book in the Ladies of the Manor series, but you can read The Reluctant Duchess as a stand-alone novel. The first book will provide more of the backstory and make it easier to understand everything going on in this book (it is also a good book to read). I had some trouble with reading the Scottish dialect (some areas are written with their accent and it is hard to figure out). Overall, The Reluctant Duchess is an interesting story (I enjoyed the mystery around Fire Eyes). I found it well-written, engaging, and rich in historical details (though a wee bit predictable). We get to catch up with some people we met in The Lost Heiress (the first book in the series) as well. There are some difficult topics in the book that are not appropriate for younger readers (domestic violence being one of them). I give The Reluctant Duchess 4 out of 5 stars (which means I liked it). I look forward to reading the next book in the Ladies of the Manor series.
You can follow Roseanna M. White on Amazon to get notices on her latest novels. I received a complimentary copy of The Reluctant Duchess from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.
I hope all of you had interesting days! I am currently reading A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard (it is good so far). I am going to go finish cooking dinner (and then do the dishes). Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader