Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Book Review: The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

1906
Lady Elizabeth "Libby" Sinclair, with her love of microscopes and nature, isn't favored in society. She flees to the beautiful Isles of Scilly for the summer and stumbles into the dangerous secrets left behind by her holiday cottage's former occupant, also named Elizabeth, who mysteriously vanished.

Oliver Tremayne--gentleman and clergyman--is determined to discover what happened to his sister, and he's happy to accept the help of the girl now living in what should have been Beth's summer cottage . . . especially when he realizes it's the curious young lady he met briefly two years ago, who shares his love of botany and biology. But the hunt for his sister involves far more than nature walks, and he can't quite believe all the secrets Beth had been keeping from him.

As Libby and Oliver work together, they find ancient legends, pirate wrecks, betrayal, and the most mysterious phenomenon of all: love.

This book may be purchased here.

My Review


From its beautiful cover to its satisfying ending, with all the poetic prose in between, The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White is a wonderful book that I highly recommend.

I was transported to a place I had never heard of before, the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall, England.  There is much history there to support The Secrets of the Isles series.  In this Book One, Libby is spending the summer there to get away from her brother's insistence that she marry his titled friend.  Knowing that would not be a good match, she relishes this time away, where she can study the flora and fauna of the islands.

More than a young lady trying to find her place in this world, there is an element of mystery that heightens as the story progresses.  Along with that increasingly dangerous mystery that must be solved, there is a gentle, sweet romance that develops.  Actually, more than one.  Many sub-plots and themes make this a solid, thorough story for readers to enjoy.  You may want to book passage to the islands so you can explore them yourself!

Readers of historical romance and Christian fiction will certainly enjoy Libby's story.

I received a copy of this story from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

Being educated at St. John’s College (the Great Books School) taught Roseanna to ask questions, to value conversation, and to never accept the simple answer without exploring it for herself. She and her family make their home in the mountains of West Virginia where she and her husband both grew up. Roseanna is a member of ACFW, a frequent speaker at writers events and small groups of readers, and an unabashed email addict.


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