The Reluctant Duchess

by Roseanna M. White

Another fabulous read from Roseanna M. White. In this book, she continues on with the characters from The Lost Heiress. The Duke of Nottingham is back and as brilliant as ever!! As he seeks God’s will at every turn, he is surprised by what God asks him to do next…

What a great book. It captures the good and the bad of the ton during the Edwardian era. It’s beautifully written and the characters have so much depth. God is so intertwined with this storyline that there wasn’t anywhere that had to stop to include Him. That’s so rare in a story and it’s VERY appreciated. No token prayer here and there in this one!

I love that Roseanna is not scared to talk about heavy issues either. Women were property that had the purpose of providing their spouse with money (by way of a dowry) and an heir. They were easily taken advantage of and ruined for life. Speaking out about rape and bullying is much needed even now.

If you have not read the first book, you will need to. The story will be confusing without. It’s definitely not a stand-alone novel. I do highly recommend! All of you coming off of 6 seasons of Downton, this is your chance to get an Edwardian fix!!! Just click on the links below to get your copy:

Thanks so much for this great book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion! Here’s to many more!!

Be sure to check out my exciting face-off with Roseanna!

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The Lost Heiress

by Roseanna M. White

This is the first book by Roseanna that I have read and WOW! It’s a doozy! This book is deep, thoroughly researched and well written.

Brooke, the long lost daughter of…nobody knows who, is living very happily in Monaco. When her best friend, the future duke, sets out to find her past, he stumbles upon something big. As you can guess, from the title, she is an heiress from England. She must navigate the new world of the prestigious English and overcome the obstacles thrown in her path.

A great story. The characters are full of depth and character. It is such a gripping novel. I highly recommend it!!

Thank you, Bethany, for this great read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Face-Off with Roseanna M. White!!


I am currently reading Roseanna’s new book and…let me tell you…It’s AMAZING! It will be released on September 8th. Reserve your copy now!!

Roseanna M. WhitejTaqjHs0z10wiDpnQDVJL4ukqpPLdOZ9sRDi80y9zSzXW-bhCpaWmw7c42H_bym8kGifZz9r0q5nh50kpENQYeWMC5HEuqjaRPg6jAbK9hJQvIeRAFsfaJBGIGJeAKz-7zywf-H9cx7UMbWrvNJlLMZ29Iysngoi-BJ5pI9CpYE0KVva_nWD0mrsIcEVZlyptTUvb1Uk0OnFGZwmjF749MaxDBfF2k2IC pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. The Lost Heiress is Roseanna’s tenth published book. Her novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She is also the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, and Colonial Christian Fiction Writers.

Impressive, huh?!?!

Let’s she how she holds up in this face-off!!


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The rules are simple. I ask Roseanna some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. What do you think was the worst part of being in high society in the 1800’s England?

Roseanna – I know everyone always expects the answer to be “corsets,” but those really weren’t as bad as people think for most of the century, and very few people tight-laced. =) I think what would be the worst, actually, would be the expectations to do and be exactly what you were supposed to do and be. The Victorian Age was very repressed, and it resulted in women especially having ideas about what they should and shouldn’t feel that didn’t exactly lead to healthy relationships much of the time. Glad I have no part of that.

Charity – I have to agree 100%. Men didn’t work because it was ungentlemanly, so they had to marry rich women to continue the lifestyle of the elite. Women had to marry someone with a title so that their fathers would hand over their money (From their dowry). Awful. Pretentious snobs. haha.

–Tie

Charity 1 / Roseanna 1

2. What’s your favorite kind of cereal?

Roseanna – I go through phases. At the moment, I’m digging the Chex family—Honey Nut, Vanilla, Chocolate…cereal has always been a mainstay for me. Except when I was pregnant with my second—I couldn’t eat cereal. I think I lived off chicken noodle soup for a few months, it was the only thing I could keep down.

topbar2aCharity – I should have never asked this question. waaahhh! I love cereal so much, but I am on an auto-immune diet (just recently), so I can’t have any. POOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

— You get that. I added a picture so I could live vicariously through you. weird?

Charity 1 / Roseanna 2

3. Go-To favorite recipe?

Roseanna – I have a macaroni and cheese recipe that I adore. I never quite outgrew all those kid foods…

Charity – ha! That’s awesome. ANOTHER FOOD I LOVE AND CAN’T EAT!

Ok, I have this amazing pizza that I make…

Ingredients:

Homemade Bread Dough (in the bread machine)
Ranch Dressing
Chicken (Cooked/Baked)
Mozzarella Cheese

Prep:

Roll Out the Bread Dough (Makes 2 pizza crusts)
Cover with Ranch Dressing (Leave room for crust)
Put cut up pieces of cooked chicken all over
Cover with Cheese
Bake

SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!! Best Pizza Ever.

— I totally get that one!!!!

Charity 2 / Roseanna 2

4. Have you ever done re-enacting?

Roseanna –zERWpIA0UYt5CP0PxBpl4XWUIcXV_ol8YAB0CH91-URyb5bbDpt2mHzeMIPBZKaq0XULAf9d30Zmuxl7i6Uo51nd8vOrd2qn4Xp9nhDGU7anhP_UM5DVus-PRSQm7pDyr08VWHj3WnJvDYHQwCIV-YPsqCAk8HSs0o69BqC0VSj34Y9Tzhtys0IgoPDRXMwZd3ekSdOsXY_aQaMYifJ4eQIvmFQ6X7Mh5 Does dressing up to go to book signings count??If so, then absolutely. Here’s my Edwardian garb. However, actual re-enacting…no. =)

Roseanna is Pretty in Pink —>

Charity – Totally counts! I have done some Regency, Civil War and Revolutionary War Re-Enacting. *MAJOR NERD ALERT*

10262166_10154093021965018_4480745629217086230_n <— Regency with my youngest son and Momma!

1779116_10153760761715018_628434483_n <— Civil War Ball (20 years ago!!!)1947550_10153760826375018_1904039361_n <— Yorktown Fife and Drum Corp (I am the snare drummer). This was about 25 years ago 😮

— Tie!! We both have epic pics!

Charity 3 / Roseanna 3

5. Most interesting car you ever owned?

Roseanna – A 1994 Jeep Cherokee—and before you call it uninteresting, let me specify that it has 400,000 miles on it and is still going strong on the original motor! It’s the most dependable car we own, and we trust it for long trips much more readily than our newer vehicles, LOL.

Charity – WHAT?!?!?!?! You have to be kidding me! What in the world? You hit the JACKPOT, girl! Wow. I didn’t think you could even touch my car, but…you did good. You did real good *said in a hick voice*

Ok, picture this:

Teenager.
Skater Chick.
Big Mercury Zephyr.
SPRAY painted it Glow-In-The-Dark, Fluorescent Lime Green
White Paint Inside
Black Lights
“Skateboarding Is Not A Crime” Grip Tape Sticker on the back windshield.
Majorly Pimpin’

Mercury_Zephyr_Z7 Not my car, but a picture of a Mercury Zephyr. BAM!

— I thought I had this one FOR SURE!! But, who can fight against a 400,000+ vehicle that you TAKE ON TRIPS?!?!?!?!

Charity 3 / Roseanna 3

6. What is your favorite tv show?

Roseanna – I have a hard time narrowing it down to one, but my top few are The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, and Sherlock. And I’m really sorry that White Collar is finished—I watched it on Netflix every week when I fold laundry, and I was seriously attached.

tumblr_myv64bfw181reyt3bo5_250 *fanning myself*

Charity – Ok, I had to add that. Best tv show kiss of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!!

I love Blacklist, Jimmy Fallon, Once Upon a Time, The Killing, Pretty Little Liars (Don’t hate me!! hahahaha! I fast-forward the ewwie parts!!)

tumblr_naasxe0ouM1qhub34o2_400-1  <— Jimmy Fallon doing his “Ew” skit!

— Another TIE!!

Charity 4 / Roseanna 4

7. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Roseanna – I think it’s a very simple (to say, not necessarily to do, LOL) matter of doing what He calls me to do. Right now, that means writing, running a small publishing company with my husband, home schooling our kids, and a host of the small things related to our church. And, through it all, remembering who I am in Him and being a mirror to reflect His light.

Charity – Love it! I homeschool my kiddos too! woot woot! Mom in Jumpers UNITE! And, I completely agree with you!

— God Wins!

Charity 4 / Roseanna 4

8. Did you like the New Kids on the Block (in the 80’s)?

Roseanna – Oh my—YES! They were my favorite. My friends and I would play make-believe games that revolved around meeting them. My “play” name was Robin, and I always fell for Jordan. My best friend claimed Joey. But we were only 8, so it was cute. 😉

Charity – haha! I was in love with Jordan too! The thing is, you were young and cute. I was a teenager…so…there’s that.

It should be illegal for a man to have a voice that high.

Final:

Charity 5 / Roseanna 5

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So much fun, Roseanna!!!!!! Thanks, girl! (especially for giving me a reason to post the Sherlock kiss!!) Custom-Balloon-design-tool

I am SUPER EXCITED to make this announcement. GET THIS:

Roseanna is giving away THE FIRST SIGNED COPY OF THE LOST HEIRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my word!! This book is so good and IT’S THE FIRST SIGNED COPY!!!

Just head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway
and start entering!! This is an awesome giveaway!!!!

*U.S. Rez only
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The Lost Heiress:

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close—but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession—and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.