The Reluctant Duchess is a novel which opens with an intriguing young woman forced into an unthinkable situation. Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1900's Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be an heir to her family estates and title, but she is feels anything but worthy or able. Unloved by her father and betrayed by the man she thought loved her, she must find a way to escape the path her father has planned for her. Her stepmother's pregnancy and possible male heir means her future is unsure as she is also facing a pregnancy resulting from the abuse of the man who has asked her hand in marriage.
With little hope for what to do or where to go she is forced into a marriage by her father to a man she knows little about. She must find her way as a new bride, fearful of all men, and longing to be loved.
I really enjoyed this novel. Although it was a light read, it was a pleasurable distraction that transported me to a different place. I very much enjoyed the dialect writing of the author. Scottish brogue instantly allowed me to hear Rowena as she spoke. The dialect felt natural and what I would expect. The time period is one I don't read much about so I enjoyed the various historical and cultural aspects included such as the beginning acceptance of automobiles.
Roseanne M. White is a new author for me. That is one of the really fun things about reviewing books. Many times I would never know about the authors I come across. This is an author I will thoroughly enjoy reading from now on.
Disclaimer: I received this title from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way. I was not required to write a positive review.