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A Lady Unrivaled #3, in the Ladies of the Manor series, by Roseanna M. White
Lady Ella Myerston has always been an optomistic, glass half full smiling type. She has been protected from the realities of the world most of her life. She does however, know the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, causing her to make a trip to the Cotswolds. Lord Cayton is determined to live a better life than he had been living. His friends are trying to persuade him back into a life of crime. He does his best to remove Lady Ella from danger. How can he save her and her daughter from the dangerous people before they are all destroyed?
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Ladies of the Manor
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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?
Darlene L Turner5 Stars Out Of 5Suspenseful GemNovember 14, 2016Darlene L TurnerQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Lady Ella Myerston was in a quandary. Not only had she discovered the secret to the fire eyes diamonds right in her possession, but she found herself believing the ruse she tried hard to sell to others. Was she falling for the handsome Lord Cayton even after everyones warnings to stay away? It could prove dangerous to her well-being.
Lord James Cayton was determined to change his ways and show everyone he was a different man. He wouldnt let anything happen to his friends and especially the love of his lifehis daughter. So, when past rivalries threaten him and his family if he doesnt partake in a deceitful scheme to outwit Lady Ella of the most sought after jewels, he decides to do the only thing he could think of. Take her into his confidence and double cross his nemesis. However, he soon finds out that wouldnt be as easy as he expected.
Can Lady Ella and Lord Cayton stick to the plan even when they realize their feelings for each other have outgrown this so-called scheme? Or will they be found out and lives be lost because of it?
A Lady Unrivaled is book three and the conclusion of the Ladies of the Manor trilogy by Roseanna M. White. This is the first book Ive read by Ms. White and I must say Im impressed. I have to admit, I found myself a bit lost by not having read the first two books in the series, but I soon caught up and found myself immersed in the storyline. Loved it!
The author is a master storyteller and has interwoven a great tale full of plots and twists that kept me turning the pages. Each character had an important role to fill and they came alive. I loved the banter between Ella and James, especially when little Addie was with them. So sweet. The antagonist characters were well rounded. Some had a soft side to them while others clearly only had greed in mind.
The castle settings were well described, putting the reader right in the scene. You could picture the grand ball room to the gardens.
I will definitely go back and read the first two books in this series as I loved this book. It kept my attention. It has everything. Romance. Intrigue. Suspense. Humor. Perfection.
I give A Lady Unrivaled 4.5 red diamonds. This is one jewel heist youll want to be a part of!
**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Love Lady Ella and truly unrivaled!November 11, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0That first scene! Lady Ella is spunky, mischievous and downright a woman of her own mind. Did I also mention that she's quite "bookish" with her love of reading and of books? She's always been a scene-stealer in the Ladies of the Manor series by Roseanna M. White. Imagine having her own book here in A Lady Unrivaled! That girl, ahem, excuse me. That lady is spectacular in her address, her actions and in her heart. She is bold and fearless when it comes to those she love. As she find an unlikely friendship in Lord James Cayton, she doesn't step back when one of his often grumpy and confusing actions presents itself. She draws them closer and help him see who he is, and not who he was.
Lord Cayton and Lady Ella are such a great pair. One would not think two of such personalities will come together, but like magnets, these two attracts to one another. I adore the scenes of these two. Their humor or rather the humor that emits from their lovely banters is just perfect.
"I thought bothering me was your life's work."
"Work? Hardly." She gave him her brightest grin. "It's far too easy to call it that."
He chuckled. And even his eyes were smiling. "I really don't like you, Lady Ella."
But he did, or he wouldn't be trying so hard not to.
"I feel exactly the same way, Lord Cayton." (271)
Ahhh, and that first kiss. How often do I read a perfect kissing scene, and besides the usual melting you feel in your heart or the quick desire to grab a little handy fan, do you actually laugh? In A Lady Unrivaled, you will. You will laugh, and smile, and chuckle and melt. Mind as well add in swoon for the perfectly imperfect Lord Cayton, and cheer on the lovely Lady Ella, whom I can't help but feel like a kindred spirit. And you will too. Then the scene right after, how can it be so right?
Themes of greed, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption and trust are threaded thoughout. A Lady Unrivaled is truly unrivaled in terms of characters and in plot. What I love about this book is beyond the characters or even the author (love you lots, Roseanna White!), but the story as a whole. This is truly my favorite of Ladies of the Manor series, and I thought its impossible to top The Lost Heiress. Don't miss this feisty conclusion to a wonderful series about a lady that will do anything to protect her family.
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
MeganHope5 Stars Out Of 5A Thrilling Tale!November 6, 2016MeganHopeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Do you love a good Regency Romance? Do you like a thrilling suspense? Then A Lady Unrivaled is the book for you! The third, and final installment of, The Ladies of the Manor series, Roseanna White wraps up the mystery surrounding the Fire Eyes. Lady Ella Myerston, unknowingly has the Fire Eyes jewels in her possession. While visiting Brooke and Stafford, she meets up with Lord James Cayton. And later, Lord and Lady Rushworth! From page one your hooked on this thrilling tale, and won't be able to put it down!
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Intrique and redemptionNovember 3, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This concluding book of a wonderful, suspenseful trilogy left me wanting more. The author weaves a myriad of elements together to create an intense story filled with endearing as well as abhorrent characters, a compelling plot, splendid settings, and plenty of drama. The series should definitely be read in order as we follow the tale of the cursed tiger eyes diamonds and the people who have them and those who seek this treasure. Death continues to stalk, and love emerges from tragedy. I felt like I was really among the noble class during Edwardian days in England as I experienced the story unfolding. Before the end, tears blurred my eyes. I will miss these characters, who seem so real. I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Fantastic Conclusion!October 27, 2016eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have long enjoyed Roseanna M. Whites books, mostly because of their complex plots and fantastic romantic aspects. A Lady Unrivaled does not disappoint in any way, featuring a redeemed hero and fun romance, a beautiful setting filled with characters weve known from the previous books, and a satisfying wrap up to the mystery thread woven through the entire Ladies of the Manor series.
Lady Ella is a wonderful heroine and the perfect counterpart to Caytons brooding and reformed bad boy character. The romance between them sizzles, even though both try to convince themselves that getting involved with the other is a bad idea. There are several stand out scenes that I wont spoil, but romance fans will not want to miss the humor infused relationship this book contains.
For fans of mystery or suspense, there are enough potential villains and motivations to keep readers guessing a bit, even though we already know from previous novels who the main baddie is. Several of the characters have nuanced shadings from reform minded to completely creepy (not revealed until the climax), giving even secondary players a well-rounded, developed persona rather than a caricature of a thug.
As always in White's books, the spiritual thread is very strong and well integrated into the storyline. Themes of hope, trust, and forgiveness dominate, but there are also many examples of drawing closer to God through His Word and in fellowship with other believers. The many characters are in various places on their faith journeys and I enjoyed watching their struggles as well as their victories.
While this book could be read as a standalone with minimal confusion, I would suggest reading the series in order for maximum understanding and enjoyment. This novel is quite complex, both within its own cover and the continuing threads from the other books. It is expertly plotted and written with something to satisfy most every reader: suspense, mystery, atmosphere, and an enjoyable romance are all found within these pages, making for a riveting read. I highly recommend this novel to fans of the Edwardian Era and Downton Abbey, but any historical romance or mystery reader will enjoy it.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.