A Lady Unrivaled (Ladies of the Manor Series #3)

A Lady Unrivaled (Ladies of the Manor Series #3)

by Roseanna M. White

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White Is Quickly Becoming the Top Name in Edwardian Romance

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441230539
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Series: Ladies of the Manor Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 78,451
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Roseanna M. White 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. Roseanna is the author of nine novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.roseannamwhite.com.
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, designing book covers, editing, 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. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

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A Lady Unrivaled 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this story and I cried at the end. Plus I love the way the author lovingly describe little Addy. Would definitely revommend
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
Each book in the “Ladies of the Manor” series builds so well on the last, creating an engaging overarching tale. Yet, a reader can pick up any of the titles to start with and completely understand and enjoy the story within. I appreciate writing, and series, that allow for this. Hope. The core of this work is how to hold to hope. Ella embodies this fully, and I love how the author completely captures how hope is not simply naivete, but indeed, requires deep strength and understanding. It is masterfully written. The reader also gets to walk with the characters through my personal favorite, their stories of redemption. Catherine and Cayton are not yet the reformed paragons with troubled pasts that many stories contain, but are actively struggling and learning how to choose better paths. We get to see the gritty and rough edges, and it makes these characters real. On top of all of that, we have a quick and twisting plot, full of back and forth subterfuge, counter-moves, and misdirects, until the final showdown. A fun read that will keep you turning the pages – this work is one I highly recommend! I received a review copy of this work from the publisher
Bookish-Bakes More than 1 year ago
I was sent this book in return for an honest review from Bethany House publishing. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this wonderful book in the Ladies of the Manor series. I had no idea that it was the last book in the series, when I first requested a copy to review. However, I was able to keep up nicely with the story line and the happenings of the past books. Considering how much I loved this book, I am tempted to go back and read the first two, The Lost Heiress and The Reluctant Duchess. The character list in the front of the book also helped with figuring out the storyline. I am always amazed at the lengths that people will go over jewels, gold, or money. The drama between the families and characters was very entertaining to say the least. The way she describes each characters inner struggles had me feeling deeply for them as if they were real. The chemistry between the two main characters Ella and Cayton left me practically begging for a happy ending for them. As an artist, I could relate to Cayton the most and adored his character from the start. While I did not always agree with them, I had to tell myself that this was a completely different time in the world. Speaking of which, her book made me fall in love with the early 1900s all over again. From the beautiful castles to the early electric fixtures like the chandeliers and lamps, I found myself picturing their home perfectly as if it were right in front of me. While they solve the mystery of the Fire Eyes diamonds, they also have to uphold the traditions and morals of their society. The book began to pick up pace a few chapters in and remained that way until the very last chapter. I really enjoyed seeing the story from different characters points of view. I found myself wanting to warn the other characters after seeing important scenes. It is always fun and frustrating, when reading a book, to find yourself wishing you could help people who are not even real. I would highly recommend this book to any Christian Fiction or Christian Historical fan. It holds a wonderful lesson about how a life of luxury does not always mean happiness or a life free of troubles.
Freddikb More than 1 year ago
Lady Ella Myerston knows how dangerous the Fire Eyes diamonds are, and is determined to take action to protect her family from them. Lord James Cayton is determined to save Ella from any harm while on her mission, at the same time taking acre of his daughter. Can Ella solve the mystery of the diamonds and bring rest to her family? Will James get a second chance at a happy life? I have not read the first book in this series, The Lost Heiress, but I read the second one, The Reluctant Duchess. I liked The Reluctant Duchess and was looking forward to reading A Lady Unrivaled. However, as much as I tried getting into it I could not. The story was not grabbing my attention. I could not connect with the characters. The story was lacking interest to me. I did not finish it. *I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Favorite book in the series.... A Lady Unrivaled Ladies of the Manor #3 By Roseanna M. White Lady Ella Myerston is not to be denied and unfortunately for her family she's determined to protect them from the cursed Fire Eyes that have been sought for years. But unraveling the rumors and whispers she's heard from the truth about the cursed Fire Eyes is more difficult than she realized it would be. First up in her plan a visit to Brook and Justin and their library at the Cotwolds to gain as much information as she possibly can. Unfortunately Ella has placed herself in the greatest danger possible by unknowingly bringing the highly sought after gems with her. But when Lord Crispin Rushworth returns from France with his sister Lady Catherine Pratt the web of intrigue and danger draws tighter. And Lord Cayton is approached by Rushworth to aid him in his quest to claim the Fire Eyes. But Cayton is not the man he was before, the loss of his wife changed him. His young daughter is now his life and he'll do anything to keep her safe and to be the father she deserves. And he is determined to keep Lady Ella safe in spite of her efforts to put herself in the direct path of danger. When Cayton and Ella determine to work together to stop Rushworth they come up with a plan to hide the truth about their time spent together. Unfortunately their plan could bring Brook's wrath down on them and get Ella sent home to her brother. Could the deception of courtship become truth? The mystery surrounding the Fire Eyes comes to a climax with A Lady Unrivaled the third and final novel in the Ladies of the Manor series. Mystery and romance are to be expected but there is an added dose of foreign intrigue with a Russian interest in the gems, Everything is coming to an exciting conclusion with the lives of all those involved in danger. Greed is an imposing master and those who fall to its power must decide to leave it behind or risk losing everything. This book is perhaps the best in the series in my opinion but that could be because I so enjoyed Ella and her independence and kindness. If you've read the previous books you'll understand when I say Kitty is a pitiable character who plays a role throughout and is still in mourning over her husband and son. Kitty is a character one is never exactly sure of and this book finally answers some questions about her. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a review positive or otherwise - all opinions expressed are my own.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Guys, I can’t believe this series has come to an end. I LOVE this series and I absolutely LOVED Ella’s story. When we first meet Lord Cayton in the previous books, he is not a very likeable character. He played a role in Brook’s kidnapping. However, the Lord has a way of changing people for the better. The death of his wife and the birth of his daughter open his eyes to becoming a completely different man than he once was. Repentance, redemption, grace, and a new opportunity to become a Godly man and protect his family play a huge part in this story. Then there is beautiful Lady Ella Myerston. Cayton is immediately attracted her but can he be the man she deserves or will he end up hurting her just like every other woman who has crossed his path? Can he trust himself to be around her? Lady Ella is one of the most refreshing characters I have read. She is witty, smart, cheerful with the right amount of mischievousness. She is also flawed. She knows when to be serious when she needs to be and has her moments of when things don’t seem to look good. However, she is the kind of person who chooses to be content with where she’s at. She knows far more about the danger of the Fire Eyes that have been following her friends and family than they realize. She is determined to do her part in ending this once she realizes that she is possession of the gems. Meanwhile she is hopelessly falling in love with the man that no one believes deserves her and becoming the woman who sees through Him. She encourages Cayton to fully accept the love and grace of the Savior, Jesus Christ. The romance between Cayton and Ella is beautiful and swoon-worthy as the sparks fly. It was so fun to read. I may have even developed a crush on Cayton! *sigh* They have the best first kiss I have ever read! Their romance is super sweet, yet humorous at the same time. I loved it! We also get to learn more about Lady Catherine Pratt. My heart went out to her throughout the book and she became a new favorite. Just like Cayton, she isn’t the woman she once was. She is broken, grieving, and suffering the consequences of her mistakes that you’ll find yourself feeling sorry for her. Will she see the error of her ways and have a shot at redemption as well? We are also introduced to a brand new character, Kira Belova, who is posing as Sophie Lauraeu as Lady Pratt’s lady’s maid. She also happens to be a good friend of Brook’s, but you’ll have to read the book to find out her story. I hope we get to see Kira get her own story one day. Then there’s Lord Rushworth. He is despicable. He unleashes the monster within and it isn’t pretty. It gets downright ugly that it makes your skin crawl. This is a highly recommended read for anyone who loves an epic Edwardian series. For fans of Downton Abbey, you’ll get to experience scenes divided by the upper class and the downstairs staff and the interplay between these two worlds. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning conclusion to an excellent series! Rosanna White's Ladies of the Manor series has been an incredible adventure from the start, and this final book does not disappoint. The stakes are raised, dark pasts revealed, and those surrounding the Fire Eyes must band together or risk falling to the curse of the gems. This time, Ella is the one in the middle of the intrigue, even though everyone has tried hard to push her out. She's bright and bubbly, but hates that most confuse her optimism with naivete. She's in the middle of the gem's mess, and she's determined to be part of helping to end their hold on her family. Then there's Cayton, who's working on changing his life around, to no longer be the fun-loving bachelor who broke more than one heart. He knows he's bad, and he never wants to break another woman's heart, especially the one he refuses to acknowled that he's falling for. The interactions between these two are priceless, both hilarious and sweet, even as they but heads. But when the danger gets closer, entraping more in its web, Ella and Cayton must push through the haze to discern the truth. Who is a friend, and who is a foe? And will they be able to escape the curse alive, or will it claim another victim? This book had me at the edge of my seat until the very end, and what a brilliant ending to such a wonderful series.
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
Lady 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 everyone’s 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 wouldn’t let anything happen to his friends and especially the love of his life—his daughter. So, when past rivalries threaten him and his family if he doesn’t 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 wouldn’t 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 I’ve read by Ms. White and I must say I’m 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 you’ll 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.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
That 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.
MeganHope More than 1 year ago
Do 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!
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
I love when I read a book and find myself totally transported to another time and place. When the book is so good that I can't put it down and stay up later that I should simply so I can read a little more and try to 'help' the characters uncover the truth before they find themselves or their loved ones in danger. A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna White was just that type of book. Her story was so engaging that I simply wanted to keep reading. As with the The Lost Heiress, this third book in the Ladies of the Manor series had the perfect balance of romance, adventure, mystery, intrigue, deception and faith. Even though this was the third book in the series, it very much so can be read on it's own. I have read the first book in the series and somehow missed reading the second, but would like to go back and read it (even out of sequence). Her character development and scene setting was terrific, so much so, that I was pulled into the story, I felt almost like I was living the story along with the characters. I loved seeing glimpses into the ongoing stories of the characters that we met in the earlier books and of course, further development of some of the characters that we simply met in the earlier stories. I loved Ella's determination and Cayton's softer, creative side. Seeing them each interact with Cayton's daughter was endearing. If you are a fan of historical fiction, I would recommend checking out this book (and the rest of the series, for that matter). I received a complimentary review copy, but all opinions are my own.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Some believe the Fire Eyes are cursed, while others think it nothing more than a fable, but they’re still causing a world of trouble. Lady Ella Myerston is used to everyone talking over and around her, as if she cannot comprehend when a dangerous situation arises. But she’s vowed to take action and plants herself at Ralin Castle, home to her friend, Brook, who is the Duchess of Stafford. Lord James Cayton, widower cousin of the Duke of Stafford, hasn’t led a life he’s proud of, though he is proud of his infant daughter, Addie. And while the Fire Eyes remain hidden, their absence agonizes one of James’ old acquaintances. When Rush arrives at his home unannounced, James is awash with worry about keeping safe Addie and Ella. Yes, he is intrigued by the stubborn Ella with the fiery hair. However, it does not stop a bad feeling. Trouble is brewing, for sure and for certain. In this ultimate novel in the Ladies of the Manor trilogy, I was not disappointed. I was again swept back to an upper-class past where the characters are well-rounded and down-to-earth despite their caste. It remains evident that the author did her research and, in turn, has created a literary landscape that is rich, detailed and interestingly historical. All the various titles and nicknames continue to throw me off at times, but I very much enjoyed this book and the entire series. I think fans of Downton Abbey would enjoy this series, if they’re looking for an intriguing set of books. I can’t wait to see what Roseanna M. White writes next! -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
A Fantastic Conclusion! I have long enjoyed Roseanna M. White’s 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 we’ve 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 Cayton’s 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 won’t 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.
Kishona More than 1 year ago
In "A Lady Unrivaled," Roseanna White deftly weaves together the conclusion of all the intrigue, drama, and romance we’ve followed through "The Lost Heiress" and "The Reluctant Duchess." Adorable and optimistic Lady Ella Myerston and the infamous former rogue, Lord James Cayton, find themselves in a rather unique situation: Trying really hard NOT to fall for each other as they PRETEND TO BE falling for each other as part of a ruse to help them solve the mystery of the Fire Eyes diamonds and rid their families of the threat those supposedly-cursed jewels have brought to everyone around them. I’ve been waiting for Lady Ella’s story since the very first book in the series, and it does not disappoint. I love how her sunshiny personality and her determination to find the happiness in life aren’t just fluff and silliness, but are based in her belief that there is always hope, especially when you are trusting God. She’s an intelligent girl, who listens to God’s leading, and is not as naïve as some may think, despite her optimistic views on life. She definitely sees hope for cranky Lord Cayton, and her mischievous flirting and teasing to both annoy him and make him smile (when he’s stubbornly refusing to) are quite fun to read. Cayton himself struggles with the reputation of who he once was, even as he’s trying to live in the reality of who he is now, thanks to God’s transforming power in his life. He’s constantly being reminded of his past, most often by those wanting to use his former ways to get to the diamonds or those who don’t quite trust the “new” him. Teaming up with Ella means having a constant cheerleader by his side and makes hiding behind his gruff and super-serious manner a little harder than before. Following his character’s journey has been one of my favorite parts of the whole series. We also get to discover a little of the backstory of creepy Lord Rushworth and his never-very-nice sister, Lady Catherine Pratt, thanks to the addition of a new lady’s maid, Kira, whose own story is tangled up with the Fire Eyes as well. Expect a few surprising twists from these three – that’s all I’ll say. :) With "A Lady Unrivaled," Roseanna has once again brings together a story with humor, heart, mystery, and a strong spiritual theme that will encourage you in your own walk with God. It’s a series that I’m sad to see end, but one that I know I’ll be rereading often. Thank you so much, Roseanna White and Bethany House Publishing, for allowing me the chance to be an advance reader yet again. :) Note: While I did receive this book in exchange for my honest opinion, my endorsement of it is based solely on how much I thoroughly enjoyed it.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
KR3 More than 1 year ago
I love this author, and I say that without liking all of her books. She has two modes: really nice clean love story (like her Culper ring series) and somewhat explicit love story (like "Stray Drop of Blood"). I don't like the more explicit ones...I'm a clean, simple girl who likes the words and the kisses, not the bedroom scenes (which to be fair, her bedroom scenes are cleaner than most too). This series has a little of both. Book one "The Lost Heiress" was my kind of story and the first book I read of hers, which I absolutely loved. Book two "The Reluctant Duchess" was a little spicier because of what Rowena had to deal with in the aftermath of her assault. Book three "A Lady Unrivaled" was back to my favorite type of story. A Lady Unrivaled is definitely worth the read! How could you not love Ella and Cayton? In fact, Cayton is one of my favorite characters, which is amazing since he was somewhat unlikable in book one. My favorite part was how he treated the people around him; he was swoon-worthy at times! All in all, this was a great read and I recommend for everyone who likes Downton Abbey or clean romances with a bit of mystery and suspense thrown in. Rating: PG. Kissing, some violence, no explicit sex scenes, no obscene language. Enjoyable and likeable. Authors with similar writing styles and ratings: Kristi Ann Hunter (Regency), Karen Witemeyer (American late 1800's), Sarah Eden (Regency)
MarisaD More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of all time, A Lady Unrivaled surpasses just about every level of skill an author can weave into a novel. A compelling story blended with strong writing, complex plotlines, and characters deeply challenged by their place in this world, A Lady Unrivaled brings White's Edwardian trilogy to satisfying completion.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
Every time I read one of Roseanna White's books, I have such mixed emotions at the end: (1) No! I don't want it to end. Keep writing (doubly wanting this when it's the last in a series)! and (2) Wow! Another great one! Lady Ella Myerston has been the unaware keeper of the Fire Eyes: rare and beautiful red diamonds. She thought they were merely a lovely pair of ruby earrings, and she "borrowed" and wore them in front of the dangerous Lord Rushworth, a man who would do anything legal, illegal, or matrimonial to get them. Anything. Rushworth's sister Lady Pratt doesn't want anything to do with the Fire Eyes or the curse that goes with them. She blames them for the deaths of her husband and her baby. She knows Rushworth's unholy desire to possess them, and nothing she can say will deter him. Lord Cayton is a recent widower with a less-than-spotless past, but his recent conversion to Christianity has him trying to overcome that ladies' man past. Lady Ella isn't helping any. He's attracted to her despite his best intentions, and it's not making him popular with his associates. A Russian ballerina is masquerading as a lady's maid at the demand of her benefactor, and if she doesn't come up with information on the jewels, he's threatening to take everything she cherishes away from her, including her life. Oh, such a tangled web of deceit, danger, and dreams! You will be so engrossed with this book you might not sleep until it's finished, so take a good long nap before you start reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roseanna M. White has written a compelling Edwardian romance in her new book A Lady Unrivaled. As the third novel in the Ladies of Manor series, A Lady Unrivaled follows the trail of the fire eyes. Rich in details and full of strong, fascinating characters, White’s novels introduces us to unconventional Lady Ella, the younger sister of the Duke of Nottingham. Readers will enjoy an entertaining story full of intrigue, love, insecurity, and danger. I really enjoyed the story and I have read the first novel in the Ladies of Manor series. I did find the occasional references to details introduced in the first two novels of the series sometimes too detailed and confusing. I like that even though A Lady Unrivaled is part of a series it has the feel of a stand-alone novel. The pace of the plot was slower than I anticipated but I still enjoyed reading it. With the unexpected plot twists and the variety of well-developed characters, White has written an intriguing story of obsession and betrayal. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White for my candid review.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
The problem with the Fire Eyes (red diamonds) has not gone away, and Lady Ella is determined to work with Duke Justin, Duchess Brook, and their cousin Lord Cayton to thwart Lady Pratt and her brother Lord Rushworth once and for all. But what happens when Ella discovers that she has unknowingly had the diamonds all along, creepy Lord Rushworth decides to court her, and Lord Cayton is working as a double agent and fake-courting her also? A Lady Unrivaled was a beautiful end to the Ladies of the Manor trilogy by Roseanna M. White. Both of the main characters had made appearances in the previous novels, and it was sweet to watch them fall in love, if rather unwillingly at first. Lady Ella had already been one of my favorites and, perhaps, the character most like me in the series. Lord Cayton was not a character I particularly cared for in the previous books, since he broke the heart of one of Brook’s cousins and married for money, but the growth that began in him in The Reluctant Duchess continued, making him a wonderful main character. Both he and Ella struggled with some insecurity issues due to some of their previous mistakes, and it was wonderful to see them change and mature in the light of God’s and each other’s love. The situation with the Fire Eyes was the other major conflict A Lady Unrivaled. Lord Rushworth was as determined as ever to get the diamonds, though he claimed the only reason was to save his sister from the “Russian mobster” who already gave them a down payment. He was dark and creepy as usual, but seeing him with a shard of humanity through his attraction to Ella somehow made him even worse. He is not an enemy I would want—much less a suitor! The conclusion of this tale was immensely satisfying and tied up a few loose ends with the other characters, including Lady Pratt’s grief over her lost son and what to do with the Fire Eyes for good. I enjoyed this novel and this trilogy very much and would recommend it to those who like sweet historical romances. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I have read the first book in this series and I definitely want to read the second but I have skipped it and read this one. The good news it you can read this book without reading any of the other ones and still not feel lost. But I can tell you after reading this you will quickly be adding the rest of the books to your list. Roseanna is such a wonderful author. She has created an amazing novel full of complex characters that you will adore. Lord Cayton is a hard one but you know deep down he is an honorable man and God is working his life. Ella is simply enchanting with her sweet spirit. She is someone I would want to be friends with. Then we have the mystery in this book, surrounding the Fire Eyes, that will make you keep reading as well and the people that are after them. I kept wondering, and worrying about when everything would collide and create this storm that I could sense coming. Historical romance lovers will adore this book. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review, all thoughts are my own.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
First off, I adore this cover. Even prettier when it is in my hands! Ms. White knows how to weave a fantastic tale of danger, suspense, humor and best of all swoon-worthy romance. I adored the way Lady Ella teased Lord Cayton. Their witty banter was one of the best reasons in reading this book! I also adored the way Lord Cayton tried not to let her bother him and pretend to not notice her. It was all so romantic. (insert dreamy sigh) Yup, Ms. White knows how to write romance books! She is one of my automatic buys and life long shelf keepers. The detail and depth of the story of the fire-eyes made it a page turner and held the suspense! Wonderful secondary characters who make the story sing and feel like a movie. Many lessons to be learned and such depth in the characters and their flaws. A grand ending to the fire-eyes saga and some meaningful resolutions to relationships. I highly recommend this and the first two in the series!
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Last book in the series... Sigh... I really loved this series and am sad to see it end, but on the up side, this book was an incredible ending! Roseanna remains one of my favorite authors. If you haven't read this series, my recommendation would be start with book one and read them all the way through. But each book can be - in and of itself - a stand alone. The whole series revolves around the red diamonds called the "Fire Eyes" and the curse they seem to carry with them. It begins with Brook who, unknown to her, actually owns them. The mystery escalates in each book as those seeking the diamonds get more desperate, daring and dangerous with the passing of time. As the diamonds exchange hands so does the curse that follows them and the tragic impact on those who hold them. I enjoyed this book from page one to the very last. It kept me captivated and eager to keep reading. I love what Roseanna did with the characters and how she wrapped up the tale. The villains were a bit unnerving at times, and give you that "chill-bump" feeling. She loads the books with unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing just a bit, while some of the story is of course predictable. I think my favorite part of the Roseanna's writings is the way she incorporates the spiritual into her books. She does it subtly and it fits right into the story, not as an added preachy style. The characters, their faith, how they live that out in their daily lives all encourages and uplifts my heart. I loved Ella's character. She was always optimistic and cheerful, bringing out the best in the people around her. I also liked the character of Felicity the maid. She was content with her status in life and willing to be an encouragement and bring a little happiness to the lives of the people she served, even to the point of self-sacrifice. I was blessed with a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany Blogging Program in exchange for my honest opinion.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Oh, how I have loved the Ladies of the Manor series! While each of the three stories shares a stand-alone romance, continuing themes carry through this captivating series. Capturing the essence of the Edwardian era, Roseanna White breathes life into her characters and settings. Lady Ella Myerston and Lord James Cayton are delightfully charming, and I loved their chemistry and the compelling journey they shared. As their story unfolded, I was thrilled to revisit beloved characters from Books 1 and 2 and enjoyed the parts they played in helping piece together the mystery surrounding the Fire Eyes diamonds. Brimming with intrigue and romance, A Lady Unrivaled is a wonderful culmination of a wonderful series! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Lady Ella Myerston is on a quest to discover why there are so many people interested in the “fire eyes”, a pair of rare red diamonds. She only knows that they are dangerous, cursed and have been haunting her brother and his friends. So she travels to the Cotswolds to visit her friend, Brook, in search of information and to eliminate any future threat to her family. In the process, she meets Lord James Cayton, who jilted a Brook’s cousin and therefore earned Brook’s distain. But Cayton is determined to live a better life and move beyond his past mistakes. When old acquaintances appear and pull Cayton into the plot to find the jewels, he tries to protect Ella from the dangers surrounding the “fire eyes.” But Ella is too stubborn to be distracted from her mission. I loved the interaction of the characters in this book and their personalities. The heroine, Lady Ella was known for her sunny disposition but the author didn’t make her overly positive in an unrealistic way. The women in the book are unconventional and have gumption, even to the point of adding comedy. The plot was absorbing and the story moved along at a good pace. And I enjoyed the relationship between Cayton and Ella, with their good-natured raillery. The only bothersome part for me was that I did not read the previous books in this series and felt lost with the some of the story’s details. There were people that had histories alluded to in the narrative that I found confusing. Nor did I fully understand the story and history behind the “fire eyes”, which was a main theme of the novel. I did, however, appreciate the character list by family at the beginning of the book describing each person. I thought the book was very well written and I would highly recommend reading it with the suggestion you begin with the first book in the series. But I have to say; I liked the story and characters so much that I decided to go back and read the first and second book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.