White, Roseanna M. The Reluctant Duchess. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0-7642-1351-9. Print List Price: $14.99.
I enjoyed this one, though it was not as good as the first one. Part of that may have been due to some of the religious aspects in the book. I have no problem with most of the Christian fiction I’ve read in the past, but as something of a skeptic, I found it odd that we have God actually speaking to Brice several times in this one. But it’s still a solid read.
I had high expectations of this book, as it had to not only deal with bringing together Brice and Rowena, and resolving the conflicts that she is dealing with in her family, but continue the story with the Fire Eyes.
There’s a new, ever-evolving plot for the diamonds, presenting enemies both old and new, proving that if you play with fire, you really do get burned.
I didn’t know how much I would like Rowena, as characters with shattered confidence are hard to write in a sympathetic way. But she was written well, and I understood why she was the way she was, though I did find her a little annoying when she would assume that Brice was still interested in Brook, or perhaps even having an affair with her. I also found it incredibly annoying when she tried to see herself in Lady Pratt, to make her more sympathetic, when the it’s obvious to everyone who has read the first book what Lady Pratt is really like. But after a while, I did realize it was misguided to hold those things against her, as she wasn’t there for the events of the first book.