About the Book: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?
My Review: Ah what can I say about this final installment of the Ladies of the Manor series by Roseanna M. White? I actually initially started this series just from the beautiful covers (in my Edwardian period mode) and the innards don't disappoint.
Lady Ella Myerston was a side character in the previous two books and one to love. She has a sweet personality and you just knew she would grow to be someone special (she wasn't yet out in the previous stories).
Lord Cayton not so much. He seemed a money grubbing individual. And broke a lovable characters heart in book 1. Redeeming him took some work but Ms. White did a great job with that. I had a hard time remembering why I thought he was scum before.
At the heart of this series is the mystery of the Fire Eyes Diamonds and what happens to those who seek them. It has brought out the worst in some people and even though I'm sad to see such a good series end it was well written and I didn't feel as though things had been drug out or carried on too long.
This is a Christian work of fiction and the redeeming love of God is a big theme.
Normally I think most books in a series can be read and appreciated alone. Not so with A Lady Unrivaled or any books in the Ladies of the Manor series actually. To capture what is going on with each character and truly appreciate the mystery surrounding the Fire Eyes diamonds you're going to want to start at book 1 in the series.
If you love the grandeur of the Edwardian (end of Victorian, beginning of cars and such) era and a little drama and intrigue check out the whole Ladies of the Manor series.
Buy the Book: A Lady Unrivaled
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”