A Lady Unrivaled

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A Lady Unrivaled
Roseanna M. White
Bethany House Publishers

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better. 
Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

     Out of the three Ladies of the Manor books, I think this one was my favorite--but that just might be because Ella was my favorite of the heroines, and I enjoyed a lot of her banter with Cayton. I liked his character quite a bit!

     As for the plot, it's not something that's wildly original, but in a very self-aware, I-know-exactly-that-this-is-a-cliche-but-I-simply-don't-care way that's strangely endearing. These books take me back to late middle school where I was just starting to read Christian fiction, with that optimistic adventure and romance combination that's just fun, if a tad unrealistic. My only real complaint is that I feel like this book (and the other two in this series as well) went on just a bit too long and never got me well-invested in the climax. Also, the women's stubbornness tended to frustrate me. However, even so, I'm starting to come to the conclusion that Roseanna White's book are exactly what I need when I want a nostalgic, escapist read. Recommended to older teens on up.

Rating: 8

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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