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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 wh 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.


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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 wh 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.

30 review for The Nature of a Lady

  1. 5 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    The Nature of a Lady is the first book in The Secrets of the Isles series by Roseanna M. White, published by Bethany House Publishers. The setting is the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall 1906. Escaping her family’s marriage schemes, main character Lady Elizabeth, Libby, Sinclair puts together a plan to spend the summer on the Islands of Scilly enjoying all the flora and fauna she loves so much. She meets hansom local vicar Oliver Tremayne who searches for his missing sister Elisabeth, Beth. Mysterious The Nature of a Lady is the first book in The Secrets of the Isles series by Roseanna M. White, published by Bethany House Publishers. The setting is the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall 1906. Escaping her family’s marriage schemes, main character Lady Elizabeth, Libby, Sinclair puts together a plan to spend the summer on the Islands of Scilly enjoying all the flora and fauna she loves so much. She meets hansom local vicar Oliver Tremayne who searches for his missing sister Elisabeth, Beth. Mysterious clues come to light and danger increases. As Libby and Oliver work together to find what’s going on with Beth, they become very close friends. Libby’s family wants her to marry a titled gentleman, so if she wants to be with Oliver, she will have to give up her family’s financial and emotional support. Main character is earl’s sister and passionate naturalist Lady Elizabeth, Libby, Sinclair. She seems close to her family and doesn’t seem to have much of a rebel in her. As the story progressed, I enjoyed that she became a little more assertive. Supporting character is vicar Oliver Tremayne who does what locally is considered “elbow-magic” which inspires people to open up to him. This part adds a funny element to his character and the story, which I love, and he is my favorite. This reads like a historical romance with a mystery element. The story stands out from others I have read set in Cornwall. The setting on the islands off the coast added an interesting new twist to the plot. I particularly loved the expertly written dramatic scenes. I felt a bit of a Poldark vibe with the seaside setting and the local way of life at the time. Libby’s brother’s character I felt started out as a bit of an ass, to be perfectly honest, but he was probably the character who developed the most. My favorite part of the story was descriptions of the rowing competition and party on the beach, which added a feeling of Cornish culture. I appreciate all the thorough research that must have gone into writing this. Libby wants to believe in God, but struggles with what she has learned from her local vicar. I really enjoyed reading about how she arrives at a greater trust in God through her discussions with Oliver. As this is the exiting first start to the Secrets of the Isles series, I eagerly await book 2. Anyone who enjoys a great historical romance with a mystery twist will love this one. As will fans of Roseanna M. White’s other works. Similar authors to explore might be #Kristi Ann Hunter or #Erica Vetsch. Thank you to #Bethany House Publishers, #Roseanna M. White and #NetGalley for this opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. Conclusion: The Nature of a Lady is the captivating story about gentlewoman Libby who escapes her family’s marriage schemes to spend the summer on the Isles of Scilly. She meets hansom local vicar Oliver, who searches for his missing sister. They both get mixed up in her secret and dangerous activity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    The Nature Of A Lady is the first in the new Secrets of The Isles Book. Libby doesn't exactly fit the expected rules of society that are set in 1906. She is more than happy to escape to Isles of Scilly as her lady's maid Mabena suggests. There she can avoid her brother's attempts to marry her off and she can finally relax and be herself studying the flora and fauna with her microscopes. Full of mystery,intrigue,romance and danger. I am captivated by the descriptions of the island , the scents,the The Nature Of A Lady is the first in the new Secrets of The Isles Book. Libby doesn't exactly fit the expected rules of society that are set in 1906. She is more than happy to escape to Isles of Scilly as her lady's maid Mabena suggests. There she can avoid her brother's attempts to marry her off and she can finally relax and be herself studying the flora and fauna with her microscopes. Full of mystery,intrigue,romance and danger. I am captivated by the descriptions of the island , the scents,the sounds,the textures. The mystery comes alive at this author's hands. I am very much looking forward to the next story in this series! Pub Date 04 May 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grace Johnson

    *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. #3—additional warning reserved only for this review—I ended up writing 2,000 words of gushiness, so if you would rather read that instead of the shortened version below, please click here! #4—disclaimer—a complimentary copy of this book was provided by the *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. #3—additional warning reserved only for this review—I ended up writing 2,000 words of gushiness, so if you would rather read that instead of the shortened version below, please click here! #4—disclaimer—a complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own. Stars: 5+ Synopsis: Lady Elizabeth Sinclair had planned on running from a marriage arranged by her older brother—only, upon her arrival to the Scillies, she realizes that she may have run straight into the arms of danger...and maybe even the arms of love. Favorite Quote: All of them!!! But if I have to pick just one… “He knows your name. Not Libby, not Elizabeth Sinclair. Your true name, the one at the heart of you that has never been spoken. He knows you, and He calls you by it. You, in all your uniqueness. You, in all that makes you different from others. You, in all that you have in common with them. He knows you, and He calls you by name. He knows how you fit into this world.” I have read all but one of Roseanna M. White’s books. I’ve read her biblical fiction, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland (as in, before it became A Heart's Revolution), both the Culper Rings and Ladies of the Manor series twice, her two short stories, and for the last four years, I have been quite literally devouring every single new book she writes the moment I can get my hands on it. I know the streets of London like the back of my hand, the ins and outs of high society, the best way to remain hidden in shadows whilst spying on Redcoats. I keep Camden and Lukas and Samuel on my bed because they are hands-down three of the best ever heroes. I’ve done the whole off-again/on-again relationship with White’s novels for so long—loving some, disliking others, being wholly engrossed in everything she writes anyway. After On Wings of Devotion, I thought it couldn’t get any better. And for a while, it didn’t. A Portrait of Loyalty was good, but certainly not my favorite. Dreams of Savannah was amazing, and I loved the portrayal of the Civil War (and, more importantly, Southerners), but it was missing some little something that would have hoisted it to the #1 spot. Then The Nature of a Lady showed up, and boy howdy, it got better! I mean, Oliver isn’t Camden or Cayton. Libby isn’t Ara or Zip. It wasn’t as intriguing as the Culper Rings, as mysterious as The Codebreakers, as exciting as Shadows Over England. It wasn’t as romantic as On Wings of Devotion or A Lady Unrivaled. It wasn’t as raw as A Stray Drop of Blood or as powerful as A Soft Breath of Wind. It wasn’t as political or cultural as Dreams of Savannah. But, y’all. Y’all. Y’all. Y’ALL. y a l l . . . (I will devise a million different ways to write y’all.) this book was perfect there i said it (Now you may dis me for not using periods or proper capitalization.) IT WAS EVERYTHING. All of it, all at once. Raw emotion, Holy Ghost power, mystery and intrigue, PIRATES, sugary sweet, tender romance—times two! I mean, I honestly don’t know what to say. Want to finish this review? Click here!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Hall

    Oh, Roseanna White ... why do you do this to me? Foreword here: I was the hugest fan of White's. I absolutely loved her books, especially A Name Unknown and A Song Unheard (more on those later.) I still love her writing. But this book was not what I wanted to see from her. I'm going to start with the positives, because there were many of those. First off, the writing. White has a wonderful writing style - easy to read, but also poetic and beautiful when it's needed. (Though for some reason, this Oh, Roseanna White ... why do you do this to me? Foreword here: I was the hugest fan of White's. I absolutely loved her books, especially A Name Unknown and A Song Unheard (more on those later.) I still love her writing. But this book was not what I wanted to see from her. I'm going to start with the positives, because there were many of those. First off, the writing. White has a wonderful writing style - easy to read, but also poetic and beautiful when it's needed. (Though for some reason, this book didn't seem as ... poetic, I guess, as the other ones. Maybe it was just my mood when I read it, I don't know.) Anyway. Her writing is amazing. I wish I could write as well as she does. Second, the characters. I appreciated that Libby was not the Christian fiction woman who has to be sassy and strong and all of that. She was kind of shy, terrified of conflict, and just wanted to be outside doing her thing with plants. Cool. And Oliver ... I was expecting him to melt my heart and make me love him. But he didn't measure up to the ultimate Roseanna White nice-guy character, Peter Holstein. Oliver just fell a little bit ... flat, I suppose? I can't put my finger on what it was. But I did enjoy the fact that he had some flaws (did Peter have a single flaw, that angel?) Oliver's rivalry with Casek was nice. And speaking of Casek, and Mabena, too ... side characters for the win! The rest of the characters were interesting - Mamm-wynn was sweet once I got past the weirdness of her name. Libby's brother was ok, basic older brother. (Now I'm getting Barclay vibes...) And that Sheridan dude? I don't know what to think. He was a funny side character, but I don't know if I can read an entire book with his speech patterns. What will his thought patterns be like?? Finally, I have to mention the setting. The Scillies sound like somewhere I want to go on vacation. They're beautiful, and I don't think I've ever read a book set there. The whole thing with the pirate treasure was a little strange - the plot was a little far-fetched. It just seemed a little shallow, I suppose, but then again, I'm comparing everything to her earlier books where there was a war going on and the stakes were much higher overall. Ok, now to the rant. Much of the moral was this question of "science" and God. Libby thought "science" disagreed with the Bible, and she was caught in the middle. Her two main issues were that people understand science much more now than they did back when the Bible was written, and she also believed in evolution. First off, I was a little confused about this whole "people know so much about science." She basically said people could understand everything about the natural world. And, true, new things are discovered all of the time, and we certainly know more about science than they did two thousand years ago. However, we are faaaar from understanding everything about the world the Lord has made. Scientists know a lot, but their knowledge is like a grain of sand on the shore. There are so many, many mysteries out there in science that scientists have not solved. (Also, Libby made this comment about how Jesus said we can't know how a seed grows or something like that, and she found this as a contradiction. I'm assuming she was referring to Mark 4:26-27: "And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how." Jesus didn't say no one can ever know how a seed grows. He was simply speaking in a parable about a dude who planted seeds and didn't know how they grew. He wasn't saying no one could ever understand.) Then there's the whole part about evolution. *sigh* Ok, can we please stop calling evolution "science"? Evolution - the whole 18 million years, everything slowly evolving from literally nothing to the ordered, magnificent world we see today - is not science. Science is observable, repeatable, testable. I'm sorry, but not one scientist was there watching slime turn into more slime and get married and having slime babies. That's not observable, repeatable, or testable. And no, I'm not talking about microevolution. I'm talking about slime turning into a human over supposed millions of years. That's speculation. That's a theory. If you want to believe that, go ahead. I'm not the thought police. But don't call that science. There are zero instances of non-life turning to life - and that's the whole premise of evolution, plus a bunch of time to make it so mind-boggling no one can understand it. So please, don't call that science. Ok. Back to the book. Libby believed in evolution. And did she read the Bible and see how God said He created the world? Nope. She just accepted that evolution must have happened - because science - and she could also believe in God. No actual looking at what He said He did in His Word. Not realizing evolution presents many problems for a Biblical worldview. (Were Adam and Eve apes? What about death before sin? etc.) Libby just decided to metaphorically have her cake and eat it too. Now, is that what should be in Christian fiction? I don't think so. Nothing should come above the authority of the Word of God. Evolution is man's attempt to get God out of the picture. If we can subtract the Creator, we have no need for Him. If White had wanted to include this struggle between evolutionary theory and what the Bible said, she at least should have presented what the Bible said about Creation. She should have talked about the fact that evolution is a theory - not proven fact. The way she wrote it acted as if evolution was proven to be true, no questions asked. That's definitely not true. Sticking evolution into Genesis simply undermines the authority of the Bible in a person's mind. It questions God's Word. And that is a very dangerous thing. So, to sum this up ... this book could have been very enjoyable. And I did enjoy parts of it. White is a talented author. But I would prefer her keeping out strange, un-Christian teachings from her books. (Also, why does she jump on every social bandwagon that rolls down the street? A Portrait of Loyalty literally had face masks, and as far as I know, this written before corona happened. Maybe she added the whole mask thing in during the corona days; please correct me if someone knows what's going on there. But that was the last thing I wanted to read about in a book. Then she writes Dreams of Savannah just in time for all of the racial tensions. And now this whole science thing - pitting supposed "science" against anything and everything, and if you don't accept what scientists say, you're wrong.) Can I please read a book that's encouraging, that's edifying, that's God-honoring, that's not pushing a bunch of social issues I have to deal with every day in real life? Thank you. It would be much appreciated.

  5. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "He knows your name. Your true name, the one at the heart of you that has never been spoken. He knows you, and He calls you by it. You, in all your uniqueness...He knows how you fit into this world." What a delightful start to the Secrets of the Isles series! Roseanna White is a master storyteller who weaves a fascinating tale with intriguing plot infused with mystery and suspense, witty dialogue among the 1900 English nobility and commonfolk, lovable characters who are diverse in background and "He knows your name. Your true name, the one at the heart of you that has never been spoken. He knows you, and He calls you by it. You, in all your uniqueness...He knows how you fit into this world." What a delightful start to the Secrets of the Isles series! Roseanna White is a master storyteller who weaves a fascinating tale with intriguing plot infused with mystery and suspense, witty dialogue among the 1900 English nobility and commonfolk, lovable characters who are diverse in background and interests, and deeply profound spiritual truths. The central theme of 'to know and be known' is beautifully laid out in the plot and in the characters' lives. This book has more mystery and shroud of intrigue surrounding the plot than her previous books and the plot has some nicely placed twists. If you enjoy historical fiction with a side of pirates and treasure-hunting, you will absolutely adore this book. Libby is an unusual earl's sister - a naturalist with a keen scientific mind and a refreshing innocence, sweetness, and tenderness. She feels lost in her world until she comes to the Isles of Scilly. Oliver is a vicar on the islands who is truly lovely - so compassionate, caring, and loving. They're brought together when Oliver's sister goes missing and Libby becomes embroiled in the mystery and danger surrounding her disappearance. Mabena, Libby's maid, and Casek, Oliver's life-long nemesis, are fun and their relationship adds a different dimension to the plot. I can't wait for the next books in the series to get to know the other characters better. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    This book is a pleasant and enjoyable read. It is a sweet, Christian HR, which is not something I typically choose to read. I was lured by the promise of a Sicilian setting, which turned out was an Isles of Scilly (off the coast of Cornwall) setting, during the early 1900’s. Though it wasn’t Sicily, as I anticipated, it was a fun and interesting setting. There was a bit of mystery and intrigue to this story, and the romance was smoothly integrated. I liked both the leads, Elizabeth and Oliver. I This book is a pleasant and enjoyable read. It is a sweet, Christian HR, which is not something I typically choose to read. I was lured by the promise of a Sicilian setting, which turned out was an Isles of Scilly (off the coast of Cornwall) setting, during the early 1900’s. Though it wasn’t Sicily, as I anticipated, it was a fun and interesting setting. There was a bit of mystery and intrigue to this story, and the romance was smoothly integrated. I liked both the leads, Elizabeth and Oliver. I thought they were fairly well drawn, with human flaws rather than too-good-to-be-true, boring leads. Elizabeth is a lady with an interest in Botany. Her brother is pressuring her to marry, so she convinces her family to let her take a holiday on the Isles of Scillies, where her maid is from, before deciding. Oliver is the Vicar on one of the bigger islands and cousin to Elizabeth’s maid. There was a good cast of secondary characters. The mystery involved a case of mistaken identity, missing persons, possibility of a ghost and the possibility of buried pirate treasure. It was an engaging story, and the narrative was strong. I would read more in this series or by this author. I recommend if looking for a kisses-only HR with some intrigue in the plot. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read and review this book. Views are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    This book was as historically rich and wonderfully complex as every Roseanna M. White novel. (The funny thing is, almost every single time she releases a new book, I finish it and immediately want to go back and reread her other books...which I did once again this time.) She has this fantastic way of creating out-of-the-box heroes and heroines who aren't only unique, but also layered and relatable and flawed in the best of ways. I enjoyed the mystery in this one, the abundance of side characters This book was as historically rich and wonderfully complex as every Roseanna M. White novel. (The funny thing is, almost every single time she releases a new book, I finish it and immediately want to go back and reread her other books...which I did once again this time.) She has this fantastic way of creating out-of-the-box heroes and heroines who aren't only unique, but also layered and relatable and flawed in the best of ways. I enjoyed the mystery in this one, the abundance of side characters with journeys of their own, and, of course (as always!) the romance. Another five-star read from one of my faves!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Lady Elizabeth Sinclair and her maid, Mabena Moon, are off to the Isles of Scilly near the coast of England to escape Elizabeth's brother, Bram, who is determined to marry her off to "stick-in-the-mud," Lord Sinclair. Elizabeth has never fit the mold of the cultured society of which her family is a part. "Libby" as she is called loves all things of nature, how they grow and function, and especially drawing them. But little does she know that her trip will lead her into mystery, suspense, and an Lady Elizabeth Sinclair and her maid, Mabena Moon, are off to the Isles of Scilly near the coast of England to escape Elizabeth's brother, Bram, who is determined to marry her off to "stick-in-the-mud," Lord Sinclair. Elizabeth has never fit the mold of the cultured society of which her family is a part. "Libby" as she is called loves all things of nature, how they grow and function, and especially drawing them. But little does she know that her trip will lead her into mystery, suspense, and an interesting gentleman. This book first caught my attention because of the absolutely incredible cover. It is definitely an eyecatcher. And, of course, any historical fiction by Roseanna White is a must read for me; and White definitely does not disappoint with the first book in her new series. The three main characters, Libby, Mabena, and Oliver were so well done with their varying personalities and problems; yet they worked together as a wonderful team to unearth the mystery taking place on the Isles of Scilly. I especially enjoyed that the romances took place as part of the background. Highly recommend and can't wait for the next book in the series. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mariana

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy for a review. I loved The Lost Heiress, 5 stars, so I was quite excited to read another by the author. I actually finished this a few days ago but had to let the story percolate through my mind before writing a review. This wasn't as much of a slam dunk for me as the first I read by Roseanna M. White, so I have decided not to leave a rating. Both the main characters - Lady Elizabeth "Libby" and Oliver, a local vicar, Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy for a review. I loved The Lost Heiress, 5 stars, so I was quite excited to read another by the author. I actually finished this a few days ago but had to let the story percolate through my mind before writing a review. This wasn't as much of a slam dunk for me as the first I read by Roseanna M. White, so I have decided not to leave a rating. Both the main characters - Lady Elizabeth "Libby" and Oliver, a local vicar, were very likable characters with bright minds and good character. There were fun secondary characters, episodes of mistaken identity, searches for lost pirate treasure, plenty of mystery, and a unique setting on the Isles of Scilly. What's not to love? I read both secular and Christian fiction, but I unfairly do not judge them the same. This contained a positive message to be yourself. God created you to be unique. I loved that, and I enjoyed the creativity of the story. The writing is beautiful. If I had not been asked not to copy any of the text, I would share some quotes. Not only was it beautifully written, it was relatable; and I cared. I even cried at a couple moments. My only complaint is what I felt was the second message. Darwin's evolution became widely accepted in the 1870s. This took place in 1906, and Libby seems to have rejected God because of her love for science. Oliver helped her to understand that she could have faith in God while studying nature and embracing science. While I agree that a person may love and learn about God's creation, I have a difficult time encouraging closely embracing and working with natural scientists who have to explain everything without a God in the equation. I am one of those old-fashioned people who take the first 6 chapters of Genesis literally even though I was taught otherwise at college. I guess I just expect the Christian authors I read to do the same even though I have no such requirement for the many secular authors I support. The story is clean and positive. Although the rhythm was slow, it was engaging and entertaining. If advocating agnostic science would not bother you, you will likely enjoy this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    This book had such a nice balance of mystery, faith, romance, folklore, nature, gentry, and intrigue. As far as books by Roseanne White goes, I found this one to be a little lighter than her last few books, which suited this particular story and setting well. The ending wasn’t as suspenseful as some of hers, but again, I think it would have put the book out of balance. All that to say, I appreciated it for what it is and thoroughly enjoyed the full story. It was exactly what I needed for recover This book had such a nice balance of mystery, faith, romance, folklore, nature, gentry, and intrigue. As far as books by Roseanne White goes, I found this one to be a little lighter than her last few books, which suited this particular story and setting well. The ending wasn’t as suspenseful as some of hers, but again, I think it would have put the book out of balance. All that to say, I appreciated it for what it is and thoroughly enjoyed the full story. It was exactly what I needed for recovering from a year of school. ;) There was a slow and steady, sweet romance as well as an enemies-to-lovers romance. Both seemed natural to me. There were a few kisses but no untoward conversation that I recall. It is probably more suitable for older teens. The faith element flowed in and out of the story. Evolution was mentioned but was not debated in depth. It was more accepted that God created the world with all its mysteries, though one character did question such. I appreciated the differentiation between the God of the Bible and the God often taught in “polite society.” The only rather strange thing was the grandmother’s ability to know things (from a distance) before they happened. It was explained, but still a little weird. *I received this book from the publisher and happily provided my honest thoughts*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deborah O'Carroll

    Set in the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall, this book was a gorgeous treat to read! The 1906 setting was interesting, and the islands themselves were drop-dead stunning and made me want to visit them! They sprang to life so well, considering I'd never read about this particular setting before, and were probably my favorite thing about the book! So unique and delightful, and I do love a good "island story." I loved how it also felt somewhat Cornish but with its own twist, and the village Set in the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall, this book was a gorgeous treat to read! The 1906 setting was interesting, and the islands themselves were drop-dead stunning and made me want to visit them! They sprang to life so well, considering I'd never read about this particular setting before, and were probably my favorite thing about the book! So unique and delightful, and I do love a good "island story." I loved how it also felt somewhat Cornish but with its own twist, and the villagers, cottages, boats, flowers, sea, rocks, etc. were all wonderful! I loved the writing! The story itself was super engaging and kept me intrigued throughout, and I loved seeing the intertwining threads of characters' lives and secrets unfold, along with an exciting mystery/treasure hunt with lots of clues, and some super-cute romances thrown in there. Some of the twists surprised me in a good way (particularly a certain rivalry). The characters all came to life and many of them were fabulous. I particularly loved mysterious lady's-maid-turned-untameable-island-girl Mabenna Moon--she was marvelous!-- and of course Oliver Tremayne, vicar and overall amazing fellow. And Mamm-wynn! Delightful mysterious, pixie-ish grandmother. There were a couple things that weren't my favorite: I sometimes felt the heroine had a sort of scientific arrogance; a few things rubbed me the wrong way; and I wished for more time for a certain side romance, so it would seem less sudden. But these are personal preferences! On the whole, I very much enjoyed reading it and being swept off to these enchanting islands on an adventure. There are a couple of unresolved threads and I hope to return to the Isles of Scilly with these lovely characters for more tales in future books! Do check this one out! I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review and all opinions are my own. Review originally posted on my blog: https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (The_CozyBookworm)

    The Nature of A Lady was one that admittedly took its sweet time snagging my attention, but once it did I was hooked. I enjoyed our hero and heroine, Oliver and Libby overall, and appreciated specifically Oliver's dedication to his brother, Morgan and his Maam-wynn (what a kind man!), but it was Mabena "Moon" and Casek that stole the show for me. I loved the slow unfurling of who Mabena was and her history there with Casek. Well, them and Maam-wynn - such an endearing soul! Oh and Libby's love f The Nature of A Lady was one that admittedly took its sweet time snagging my attention, but once it did I was hooked. I enjoyed our hero and heroine, Oliver and Libby overall, and appreciated specifically Oliver's dedication to his brother, Morgan and his Maam-wynn (what a kind man!), but it was Mabena "Moon" and Casek that stole the show for me. I loved the slow unfurling of who Mabena was and her history there with Casek. Well, them and Maam-wynn - such an endearing soul! Oh and Libby's love for Darling was just adorable - cats rule! Overall, a well crafted tale in a setting I can't wait to return to.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    An enchanting story from Roseanna M. White! The Nature of a Lady is inspirational, soul-stirring, and wonderfully romantic. I absolutely loved the charming, intriguing setting, and I can’t wait to continue reading about these characters! I’ll admit, it took a little while for the story to grab me, but once it did I was completely hooked. There were times I didn’t feel like I knew Libby and Oliver as well as I could have, but I grew to love their inspiring personalities and eccentricities. White h An enchanting story from Roseanna M. White! The Nature of a Lady is inspirational, soul-stirring, and wonderfully romantic. I absolutely loved the charming, intriguing setting, and I can’t wait to continue reading about these characters! I’ll admit, it took a little while for the story to grab me, but once it did I was completely hooked. There were times I didn’t feel like I knew Libby and Oliver as well as I could have, but I grew to love their inspiring personalities and eccentricities. White has an incredible knack for creating intensely relatable characters; I adored the side stories and am so eager to learn more about these people I feel like I know in real life. The Nature of a Lady is not to be missed. Readers will be captured by White’s exquisite prose and impeccable talent for crafting a riveting tale. This is a wonderful beginning to a series I cannot wait to continue. 4.5/5 stars I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars " I always say that there are some born here. Some who visit. Some who leave. Others who stay. . . . . When we stay, it's because the islands know our names . . . " Did these islands possibly know her name? Lady Elizabeth Sinclair wondered if anyone in her life had truly known her name, the hopes and dreams it represented . . . certainly not her brother, or he would have never insisted that she marry a man whom she hardly knew, much less loved. Surely sneaking away on a summer holiday wo 4.5 stars " I always say that there are some born here. Some who visit. Some who leave. Others who stay. . . . . When we stay, it's because the islands know our names . . . " Did these islands possibly know her name? Lady Elizabeth Sinclair wondered if anyone in her life had truly known her name, the hopes and dreams it represented . . . certainly not her brother, or he would have never insisted that she marry a man whom she hardly knew, much less loved. Surely sneaking away on a summer holiday would only postpone the inevitable, nevertheless, the Isles of Scilly would provide her with hours of uninterrupted enjoyment, for she was a lady who loved exploring nature far more that tittering away her time mingling with polite society. But never in her wildest imagination could Elizabeth have anticipated getting mixed up with the perplexing, albeit dangerous secrets of Isles. Or its handsome vicar. "I'm just not a man of science, my lady. I'm also a man of faith. The sort who says God created an orderly universe, set rules in motion, . . . but who also believes that a God who made such rules can also break them on rare, very special occasions. . .. . . He can raise the dead." Oliver Tremayne was a puzzle, to be sure. So knowledgeable about creation, and yet willing to have faith in a God whom he couldn't see. So kind, so genuine, so manly . . . . Elizabeth had never entertained the thought that she might take delight in studying a specimen of the male species. Birds, bugs, and flowering plants usually held her attention; but this man . . . and his friends, and his family (one of whom was missing, the other being missed already), and his faith. And they would need ever bit of all three to find the kind of treasure that others had been willing to kill for. Enticing, entertaining, and enchanting all describe this considerable volume of pure reading pleasure, with its myriad of interesting characters who serve to evoke a lush, imaginative mirage of an island paradise where everyone knows your name. "Libby . . . . listened to the night insects as they made their debut. And could swear that when the wind blew again, she could hear the islands whisper, 'Elizabeth'. " I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    E.F.B.

    I have been waiting for this book since 2019 when I was one of the many Elizabeths who pre-ordered "The Number of Love" and ended up inspiring this story. I was the teensiest bit nervous after waiting that long that maybe The Nature of a Lady would be a total disappointment, but I haven't hated anything by Mrs. White yet, so I held on to hope, and I got it, and read it, and loved it! I'm so glad this released when it did because it is a perfect book for summer. I looooved the island setting, and I have been waiting for this book since 2019 when I was one of the many Elizabeths who pre-ordered "The Number of Love" and ended up inspiring this story. I was the teensiest bit nervous after waiting that long that maybe The Nature of a Lady would be a total disappointment, but I haven't hated anything by Mrs. White yet, so I held on to hope, and I got it, and read it, and loved it! I'm so glad this released when it did because it is a perfect book for summer. I looooved the island setting, and PIRATE TREASURE! I did not know there would be pirate treasure, but there was, and I was a happy reader on a treasure hunt with the characters. Not a treasure hunt without danger, of course, because White is so good at adding conflict, but it was so much fun to wonder what was going on and learn how everything worked out. Speaking of characters, they were so well done, but that's no surprise coming from Roseanna White. Most of her books that I've read tend to have a perspective from the heroine, the hero, and sometimes the villain. This one had the heroine, the hero... and the maid... which I wasn't expecting at all, LOL, but I liked getting to know Mabena, Libby's maid, from inside her head because she was a really interesting character who had so much more to her than you first realize! There was a lot to all of the characters, really. I'm so glad there's another book coming because I'd like to get to know several of them better than this book had room for! But for the ones I was able to get to know well, like Libby, Oliver, Mabena, and even Casek, I liked them a lot! I say "even Casek" because I didn't think I liked him at first since we initially meet him while learning about his and Oliver's issues with each other, but he turned out not to be such a bad guy, just competitive. I really like it when an author plays with first impressions like that by making you think a character is unlikable and then changing your mind. White did that with Sheridan as well. It's easy to think he's a villain at first because he's the one Libby's brother wants to force her to marry. White could have taken the easy road and made him a jerk so the reader would be totally on Libby's side, but he wasn't a jerk, he just wasn't very good at standing up to his friend. And he made some unwise decisions that spiraled out of his control, but it was nice to see him try to make up for it. I actually liked his personality, but even then I could see how he and Libby wouldn't be a good match. It seems I was right when I whiffed some chemistry between him an another character, though, given the synopsis for the second book. :D As for the two Elizabeths, Libby and Beth, I enjoyed how White played with their similarities and differences. They looked enough alike that people who didn't know Beth well mistook Libby for her, but their personalities were totally different. It was exciting to watch Libby try to figure out where Beth had disappeared to, and I'm excited to get to know Beth better in the second book. Another thing I liked was that Oliver, despite being a vicar and generally nice person, wasn't perfect. His rivalry with Casek was unexpected, but I think it helped him feel more real and I liked seeing them both grow and start to understand each other better. And Mamm-Wynn was such a sweet lady, but feisty! I loved her dynamic with the other characters. So, basically, I really enjoyed this! I'm honestly trying to think of anything I didn't like, but anything I wasn't sure about got satisfactorily resolved by the end, so I don't feel a particular need to bring them up. 5 stars! Content Advisory: Sexual: Various characters are attracted to each other, but the attraction isn't obsessed upon. The mystery of the story is just as important as the romance. Four kisses throughout the entire story. One is barely described at all. The other three are described a little bit longer, but more in emotional terms than physical. Spiritual: At the start, Libby believes in God but sees Him as a distant creator rather than someone who loves her and wants a personal relationship with her. But of course, she learns differently. Mamm-wynn, though a little bit senile at times, sometimes knows things she couldn't possibly know via natural means. Like how she knew where certain people were without being told, or sometimes seems to have a little knowledge of future events. It befuddles Oliver, Libby, and Beth how this is possible. Mamm-wynn says something vague about "the veil slipping" but this is never explained in detail. I got the impression that she was implying that as she nears death, the veil between this world and heaven might be slipping for her a bit and perhaps God is allowing her to know some things others can't. Violence: A teenage boy is said to have been found dead in a cave and there are suspicions that it wasn't an accident. However, the body is not described. Two people get knocked over the head, and one almost drowns. Pain described. Multiple people are threatened by a gun and threatened in general. Someone is almost shot but is only grazed by the bullet. Brief mentions of pain and blood.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    The cover of this novel is what captured my attention first. It is so beautiful and the colors are even more brilliant on the print copy than it is on the computer screen! The story inside the cover is also beautiful and I enjoyed the mystery and romance of it all. So many wonderful characters were introduced in this novel and the setting was descried so vividly, it makes me eager to return and read the next book that will come out in the series. I especially liked the way things developed betwee The cover of this novel is what captured my attention first. It is so beautiful and the colors are even more brilliant on the print copy than it is on the computer screen! The story inside the cover is also beautiful and I enjoyed the mystery and romance of it all. So many wonderful characters were introduced in this novel and the setting was descried so vividly, it makes me eager to return and read the next book that will come out in the series. I especially liked the way things developed between Oliver and Libby and the romantic tension between Mabena and Casek. The mystery of pirates and treasure surrounding these islands, and danger seeming to lurk around every corner kept me guessing as to how everything would resolve. I enjoyed this story that slowly built from a mysterious beginning to a satisfying conclusion. I will say that, for some reason, I struggled with the print size of this book. It really strained my eyes after only reading the first few chapters, so I ended up pulling this book up on Hoopla to read with a larger font size and read the rest of the book on my tablet. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    This was everything I've come to expect from Roseanna M White. A cast full of lovable characters with intriguing personalities and interests, a mystery plot which kept me reading to find out what is going on, danger and fear for lovable characters, and not just one, but two sweet love stories for characters I was rooting for. He has created a universe of order and rules - but He himself is so much bigger. So full of mystery. There was so many characters to love, Libby with her love of science and This was everything I've come to expect from Roseanna M White. A cast full of lovable characters with intriguing personalities and interests, a mystery plot which kept me reading to find out what is going on, danger and fear for lovable characters, and not just one, but two sweet love stories for characters I was rooting for. He has created a universe of order and rules - but He himself is so much bigger. So full of mystery. There was so many characters to love, Libby with her love of science and journey to see how this and God's love for us/her would both fit into her life. Moon with her past hurts and love of the Scillies calling her back, and Oliver with his steadfast faith in God and support for others, but I think Mamm-wynn with her craziness and vision was my favourite. "Mamm-wynn! What are you doing out of bed? And here, of all places?" Their grandmother laughed. "Saving the day, of course. I had to. All my favorites were here." The mystery plot in this story was concluded, however, the danger and threats about this mystery has not fully come to an end and I'm expecting a lot more adventures in the future books in this series, as well as a lot of characters introduced which I'm hoping for a HEA for each of them as well. Love really was like a bird. You didn't know where it might settle, or when. You couldn't tame it, couldn't force it. Couldn't predict it. Wishing the next book's release was around the corner, because the Islands and its people has found a place in my heart. Fans of Roseanna M White will not be disappointed with this one. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. I have loved the majority of Mrs. White’s books. I fully expected to love this one. Sadly, I did not. The premise was wonderful. I was in the mood for a good mystery, and I thought this one sounded like it would fit the bill. The mystery started with a bang, so I thought I was going to be in for a jam-packed novel, filled to the brim with clues and red herrings and all sorts of mischief for me to sort through FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts. I have loved the majority of Mrs. White’s books. I fully expected to love this one. Sadly, I did not. The premise was wonderful. I was in the mood for a good mystery, and I thought this one sounded like it would fit the bill. The mystery started with a bang, so I thought I was going to be in for a jam-packed novel, filled to the brim with clues and red herrings and all sorts of mischief for me to sort through in order to find out what truly happened to the missing character. I was ready for the adventure. However, it promptly fizzled out for me when the brother set aside his concern for his missing sister and instead focused on his everyday business of continuing his long-held rivalry with the town headmaster, racing said headmaster in a weekly rowing competition, and romancing the leading lady, who he just met. What happened to his urgent concern for his sister’s well-being??? The tension leading up to Mabena’s return to her home island was superb. I thought for sure I was in for a good showdown once she finally made it back home, because the tension was a palpable promise of such a thing. However, there was no follow-through on that understood promise. In Mabena’s big return home, there was not an on-page reunion with her parents, so there was no showdown or blowup or anything else worthy of all the built-up angst. The mystical, fantasy-type vibes I got in the first forty percent of this book were creepy. There was some “magic elbow” thing that I didn’t really understand, and I wasn’t sure if Mamm-wynn was supposed to be a prophetess, a mystic, or just some senile old lady who imagined relationships and weddings and honeymoons where there were none. These and a couple of other little threads give me the willies. The pro-evolution, pro-Charles Darwin leanings in the leading lady were so disturbing to me. I was completely shocked to see this content strung throughout a Christian novel. It was even worse when the “sage” Mamm-wynn “confirmed” Libby’s connection between evolution and God’s name choices for a few people in the Bible. This was a huge disappointment to me, as I have long been a big fan of Mrs. White’s work, and it seemed to come from left field, because there had been nothing of the sort in any of Mrs. White’s other books (of the ones I have read to this point; I have not read them all, but I have read many of them). Later on, the story took an awkward turn when Libby suddenly discovered the “sport of man watching” and spent a while ogling men’s physiques as they prepared for a boat race. This was completely out of character for her and gave me the willies all over again, but for a different reason. Soon after that, the story took another turn, this time introducing the very modern ideal of a person’s not being “less.” This ideal only became popular and trendy in the twenty-first century, so I’m not sure why it’s featured in a historical novel set just a few years into the twentieth century. The modernity slipping into a historical book was the last straw, and I stopped reading the book at 40%, which was around page 154. I was really bummed out today when I decided to stop reading it, because what was supposed to be a fun, enjoyable mystery had not lived up to my expectations. I really adored the little kitten, but it hardly had enough page time. I wanted much, much more of it. The early beach-combing scene was pretty enjoyable, and I greatly enjoyed the setting of the Scilly Islands. I hope I can find another series of books set on those beautiful isles.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Whenever I see a new historical novel from Roseanna M. White, it pretty much automatically goes on my "want to read" list, and this was no exception. I expected to love it and was not disappointed. I felt like the story started a bit slow; but, as I continued reading, it picked up and towards the end I didn't want to put it down. I loved the characters and the treasure aspect. It was such an intriguing story and one that sticks with you. All in all, I loved this story and definitely recommend it. Whenever I see a new historical novel from Roseanna M. White, it pretty much automatically goes on my "want to read" list, and this was no exception. I expected to love it and was not disappointed. I felt like the story started a bit slow; but, as I continued reading, it picked up and towards the end I didn't want to put it down. I loved the characters and the treasure aspect. It was such an intriguing story and one that sticks with you. All in all, I loved this story and definitely recommend it. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series when it releases. Side note: the cover is absolutely gorgeous - especially in person. <3 *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    A thrilling setting and heart-squeezing romance meet White's consistently dazzling research. What a unique and wholly absorbing historical. Just enough mystery to off-set the growing and believable friends-to-lovers romance between Libby and Oliver. White is a must-read for me and The Nature of a Lady proves again why. Oliver is my jam A thrilling setting and heart-squeezing romance meet White's consistently dazzling research. What a unique and wholly absorbing historical. Just enough mystery to off-set the growing and believable friends-to-lovers romance between Libby and Oliver. White is a must-read for me and The Nature of a Lady proves again why. Oliver is my jam

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    What is not to like about this fascinating, delightful book? It has treasure maps, pirates, gold, ghosts, and a beautiful island filled with lovely cascading gardens. I enjoyed learning about Libby’s Passion for flowers and all the secrets they hold. I was mesmerized by what she saw, the plants she drew and how she categorized them. This is a charming story that grabbed my imagination with deep characterization, a solid setting, and the exploration of the island with Lady Elizabeth. The characte What is not to like about this fascinating, delightful book? It has treasure maps, pirates, gold, ghosts, and a beautiful island filled with lovely cascading gardens. I enjoyed learning about Libby’s Passion for flowers and all the secrets they hold. I was mesmerized by what she saw, the plants she drew and how she categorized them. This is a charming story that grabbed my imagination with deep characterization, a solid setting, and the exploration of the island with Lady Elizabeth. The characters were engaging and unique and I adored the setting. I was drawn deeper into the story by the mysterious disappearance of Beth Tremayne and was then pleasantly surprised at how Lady Elizabeth was drawn into this multifaceted story line as outsiders searched for John Mucknell’s treasure. I delighted in the fairy tale within the story that helped give the characters clues to the whereabouts of the buried treasure. Likewise, I enjoyed the story line with Mabena and the growth of her and the other characters along the way such as Oliver Tremayne and Lady Elizabeth walk in circumstances that force them to gather the courage to walk out their faith and obtain the desires of their hearts. The spiritual thread was interesting as Lady Elizabeth struggles with the conflict between evolution and creation theories. As she learns, she is open to a deeper understanding of faith and science. I liked the natural spiritual thread and the challenges of faith all of them had, even though one of the characters was a pastor there were no preachy sermons, I appreciated how the author allowed readers to see the clergyman struggle with walking out what he believed the bible said. He had a blind spot he wanted to correct. It was harder than he thought. I liked how all the characters changed with time. I enjoyed how the author took readers on a tour of the island with the help of a friend who lived on The Scillis Islands. She said, “It’s historically a popular place for “Pirates and smugglers to congregate…Pirate lore – “Muchknell most notorious of the Scilles ‘pirate residents.” “Is Muchnell’s treasure still buried somewhere? Or did he really turn it over to the crown?” The author continues, “I wanted a hero who had been forever affected by loving a brother with a debilitating illness – and a brother who had loved him so much that he’d selflessly preserved as much of the family legacy with leaving something after.” I appreciated how she went about doing this. I like to have fun reading a story., but it is a double bonus when I learn a thing or two about history and a new place along the way. The author says she wanted her book to be set somewhere fun and different. She achieved her goal. It is an enchanting get a way to an exotic island, with characters I instantly liked and some I didn’t. This is a wonderful staycation for you in your comfy reading chair. It is one that would be great book club too. Oh, there is so much to discuss. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. 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” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    ***4.5 stars*** This book is beautiful inside and out, just like the main character Libby. She is a young woman who is struggling to find herself. To escape an unwanted engagement, she travels to the Scillies Islands with her maid. I have never heard of the Islands before, but they sound absolutely beautiful and are now on my wish list to visit someday. Libby is fascinated with nature. In the early 20th Century, it is not something that is considered fashionable. It makes her an outcast from membe ***4.5 stars*** This book is beautiful inside and out, just like the main character Libby. She is a young woman who is struggling to find herself. To escape an unwanted engagement, she travels to the Scillies Islands with her maid. I have never heard of the Islands before, but they sound absolutely beautiful and are now on my wish list to visit someday. Libby is fascinated with nature. In the early 20th Century, it is not something that is considered fashionable. It makes her an outcast from members of society. She is happy to dig in the dirt and draw flowers. Her trip takes an unexpected turn when she is caught up in the mystery of the woman who lived in her cottage who has disappeared. Her adventure leads her to find God and the Vicar Oliver Tremayne. I loved the descriptions and the love that the people had for their islands. The sense of community and acceptance was wonderful. They took a woman who needed a community and helped her feel at home. The book contains excitement, danger, and intrigue that leads to a search for pirate treasure. The Nature of a Lady is a story that left me feeling good and edified. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Trixi

    Perhaps you weren't perfectly adapted to the environs into which you were born, Libby. But that doesn't mean He made a mistake in where He put you. It means only that He set you on a journey, like any other migratory creature who needs different settings for different seasons. He led you here. ~pg. 221 He wanted more for her. Wanted her to love the Creator with the same boundless fascination with which she loved His creation. Wanted her to trust Him as she had so quickly come to trust Oliver.~ Perhaps you weren't perfectly adapted to the environs into which you were born, Libby. But that doesn't mean He made a mistake in where He put you. It means only that He set you on a journey, like any other migratory creature who needs different settings for different seasons. He led you here. ~pg. 221 He wanted more for her. Wanted her to love the Creator with the same boundless fascination with which she loved His creation. Wanted her to trust Him as she had so quickly come to trust Oliver.~ pg. 250 I've only read Rosanna's Ladies of the Manor series when it came out in 2015 and I absolutely fell in love with her writing style, her story settings, and the way she draws you completely into the pages of the book. I knew The Nature of a Lady would be a little different of a style for her, but still contain the things I came to expect; a great blend of romance and historical details. I was really intrigued with the setting of this story, the Isles of Scilly. I'd never heard of this place before so it was with fascination that I explored it along with Libby—aka Lady Elizabeth Sinclair. Having escaped her overbearing brother's plan to marry her off to Lord Sheridan, at least for the summer anyway, she finds herself quickly drawn into the culture of the island and its people. Having a keen eye for nature & a sharp scientific mind, there's much fodder for exploration on this beautiful but mysterious land. There's also rumor of possible pirate treasure, that's where this story takes an unexpected twist! Our hero Oliver Temayne was the local vicar and beloved by all. Watching him work his “elbow magic” on Libby (you'll find out more about that) and his gentle nature will endear you to him. His quest to find his missing sister, also named Elizabeth, was part of the mystery in the story. So if you're up for some adventure, a little bit of a mystery to solve, finding a hidden pirate treasure, a beautiful island to explore, an unusual hero & heroine to get to know along with a whole cast of characters, faith, and of course a gentle love story, then I know you'd enjoy this as much as I did. Fans of Roseanna White’s other books will find this just as delightful, with a little twist! *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions expressed here are my own. *

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    This was my least favorite Roseanna White I've ever read. While the setting was cool, I hated sevral key parts: Yet another White book that the two main characters are mistress and maid. It's getting old after so many of her books having that setup. The main guy is a minister, but he's perfectly fine kissing the main girl even when she says she isn't so sure about her faith. He is just assured that she'll come around. Why? I don't know. He didn't have any reason to be so sure. My problem isn't s This was my least favorite Roseanna White I've ever read. While the setting was cool, I hated sevral key parts: Yet another White book that the two main characters are mistress and maid. It's getting old after so many of her books having that setup. The main guy is a minister, but he's perfectly fine kissing the main girl even when she says she isn't so sure about her faith. He is just assured that she'll come around. Why? I don't know. He didn't have any reason to be so sure. My problem isn't so much with the kiss as the romance in general. Shouldn't a pastor (or any Christian for the matter) look for someone who builds up their faith in Christ? Someone who challenges them in their faith, and spurs them towards God? Not just someone who makes you feel good? I could not root for these characters for most of the book because all they were worried about was how the other person made them feel. It was really shallow. This book had a bit of a dark undertone. The mysterious death, supposed ghosts, people jumping out of the dark to attack them. I did not enjoy it. There really wasn't a lot about this book I did enjoy. It was the weakest book by Roseanna White I've read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    Everyone probably knows that I am obsessed with pretty much everything that Roseanna writes at this point. She is one of my all time favorite authors. This one is a new series completely and a bit different than her usual, London spy situation, (which I have to say might still be my favorite) but it was a delightful burst of fresh air. The characters were absolutely charming and I adored every single one of them. The mystery was intense, the drama real, and the protagonist’s dreams so real. Libb Everyone probably knows that I am obsessed with pretty much everything that Roseanna writes at this point. She is one of my all time favorite authors. This one is a new series completely and a bit different than her usual, London spy situation, (which I have to say might still be my favorite) but it was a delightful burst of fresh air. The characters were absolutely charming and I adored every single one of them. The mystery was intense, the drama real, and the protagonist’s dreams so real. Libby’s struggle to understand a God who knows her name, her innermost thoughts and cares deeply about her was so well done. And Mam-wynn was my absolute favorite. I love when Roseanna puts prophetic characters into her books and this is the second one that I can remember noticing it so strongly. I grew up reading and loving books by a certain author who wrote in the early 1900’s and was not only an author, but a naturalist. Her work in nature carried over so beautifully into her books and I adored and read every single one. This book reminded me of them and transported me back to when I had read the antique books that I still own. I loved all of the nature details and Libby’s fascination with creation. Oliver. Aside from the fact that he has one of my all time favorite names, is a lovely character and I loved how the author portrayed his own struggles and weaknesses. I enjoyed getting to see his immaturity as well as his faith and the way that they all mixed into his character to make him who he was. I also enjoyed the bit of rivalry between him and Casek. This book gave me more than one romance and I was entirely here for it! Aside from all this, I related with Libby very much in the matter of her social situation. I’ll never forget this part of the story and how it touched me so deeply. I know that feeling. I’ve been there and it’s been something I have been feeling more of late. “I grow so weary of being alone.” The whisper, pitiful, even to her own ears, scalded the night like the tears did her eyes. HIs hand left her elbow, and for one eternal second she felt so incredibly bereft that she thought she might splinter, fracture, fall to pieces. But then, then his warm hand was cupping her cheek, and those fissures closed. “My sweet Libby, You’re not alone. You’re never alone. Even if your family were gone, even if we here who would be proud to be counted as your true friends were never to see you again- even then, you wouldn’t be alone. — He knows you, and he calls you by name. You, in all your uniqueness. You, in everything that differentiates you from others. You, in all you have in common with them. He knows you, and He calls you by name. He knows how you fit into this world.” This book was just what I needed and I devoured it in a few days. If you love historical romances, biblical messages and mystery wrapped up with nature, you will love this book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hanne

    I have been reading and enjoying Roseanna M. White’s books for several years now, and I was really excited to see her releasing a new historical fiction series! This series is set in the Edwardian era, and this book in particular follows the story of scientifically-inclined Elizabeth Sinclair, which I thought was so fun! I love books about women in STEM, and I was so excited to read this. I really enjoyed this story! I didn’t really know much about it going in, but the cast of characters and the I have been reading and enjoying Roseanna M. White’s books for several years now, and I was really excited to see her releasing a new historical fiction series! This series is set in the Edwardian era, and this book in particular follows the story of scientifically-inclined Elizabeth Sinclair, which I thought was so fun! I love books about women in STEM, and I was so excited to read this. I really enjoyed this story! I didn’t really know much about it going in, but the cast of characters and the setting of the book was so unique and made it really fun to follow. Elizabeth (Libby) is on holiday with her maid Mabena Moon to the Isles of Scilly, which I had never heard of before. It was a bit ✨colonizer energy✨, especially in the section where she interacts with some rich girl’s family that she meets, but that aside, it was really fun reading about her experience there. The tightknit community on the islands made all the characters and the setting really dynamic, and reading all the interactions between Libby and the people who live there was just so much fun. The basis of this book is a mistaken identity of people named Elizabeth, which I found so novel and interesting! There was a mystery element to it as well, which I enjoyed so much. Libby moves into a cottage rented out by another Elizabeth, who has gone missing without anyone’s knowledge, and people start dropping off packages for “Elizabeth,” but not for her. As the story progresses, she works with Mabena Moon, who is from the area, and the rest of the people from the Isles, to figure out what is going on with the missing Elizabeth. I felt the storytelling in this book was a bit slow: there were some sections where several days were skipped in 2 sentences, and others where 15 minutes took place over several pages. The pacing felt a little disjointed and took some calibrating to read. Some sections of it felt quite slow, whereas others felt too fast, and overall I feel like this book was a little too long: it is a bit under 400 pages, and the middle third of the book especially felt slow. The main love interest was SO GOOD: I really loved the story told from Oliver’s perspective, and the role he played in the story: it really made the book for me and I loved his interactions with not just Libby, but also everyone else on the the Isles. He is the pastor for the region, and his personality and gentleness really made him such a good character. The romance between him and Libby was also sweet and I loved the way he introduced Libby to Christ. He was one of my favorite parts of this book. Libby herself was not my favorite: she was honestly pretty boring and did not have much of a character except “liking science.” However, I did like her development throughout the story and her romance with Oliver was top tier. I also liked Mabena Moon’s story, and her journey of growth. It is pretty unusual for books like this to show a character growth arc for someone who is not the protagonist, but this one did and I loved it. While obviously she played a more minor role in this book, I enjoyed the story told from her perspective and her growth journey. There were so many fun parts to this book that I loved–Mabena Moon’s parents, Mamm-wynn and Tas-gwyn, the little kitten named Darling, the pirate treasure, the boat races, the gardens, Oliver’s brother Morgan who had mitochondria disease–there was so much to love! The story itself needed a bit of suspension of disbelief for me, but I enjoyed it a lot. The writing style was captivating: while I think the writing itself was a bit slow, it was really engaging and kept me reading. Overall, I really liked this story! While the main character herself wasn’t my personal favorite, all the other aspects of this book made it really fun to read! The character cast, the setting, and the adventure/mystery aspect of this book made it really enjoyable and I am excited for book 2! My Rating- 4/5 I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on: https://losingthebusyness.wordpress.c...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    Roseanna M. White writes characters that leave the page and breathe right in front of the reader, which is why I am always eager to pick up a new book by her. This latest series opener does not disappoint; instead, it transports us to another time and place with people who rapidly become like old friends. Life is different on the islands, both for those of us reading, and the characters in the story. Libby only wants a place to fit in, but she cannot find it in London. Pressured to marry a man of Roseanna M. White writes characters that leave the page and breathe right in front of the reader, which is why I am always eager to pick up a new book by her. This latest series opener does not disappoint; instead, it transports us to another time and place with people who rapidly become like old friends. Life is different on the islands, both for those of us reading, and the characters in the story. Libby only wants a place to fit in, but she cannot find it in London. Pressured to marry a man of her brother’s choosing, she instead takes a summer trip, hoping to enjoy herself and give distance to the problem. Fitting in is a dominant theme. Expectations of others, societal rules, and family dynamics all play heavily into the struggle to find a place where she feels like she belongs. When Libby finally feels like she has found home, the problem is that those who are in charge of her life will never accept her solutions; does she have the strength to fight for her place? Oliver has a home and belonging, but his life is not free of problems. One by one, he has lost many he loves, with others possibly leaving his life, too. His responsibilities are great but he is a man who accepts them with grace and takes his position seriously. The author fleshes out both the primary and secondary characters, who provide integral parts of the mystery without ever feeling like their only reason for existence is to provide a clue. I loved that this novel of belonging provided that for all of its characters. This is an excellent novel about finding one’s place in the world, about seeking God’s will over man’s, about discovering who one is created to be. I give it my highest recommendation for teens and up, and those who enjoy historical novels set in England will especially relish the incredible setting the author gives her unforgettable characters. I received a review copy of this novel from the author and publisher, but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I enjoyed this historical novel introducing me to a collection of islands off the southwest coast of England I did not even know existed. White uses a bit of pirate lore to set up a story taking place in 1906. The Isles of Scilly were a popular places for pirates and smugglers. White supposes a fictional search for some loot the pirate Mucknell, an actual historical pirate, may have left on one of the Scillies. I found Lady Elizabeth very engaging. She's a woman before her time, loving nature an I enjoyed this historical novel introducing me to a collection of islands off the southwest coast of England I did not even know existed. White uses a bit of pirate lore to set up a story taking place in 1906. The Isles of Scilly were a popular places for pirates and smugglers. White supposes a fictional search for some loot the pirate Mucknell, an actual historical pirate, may have left on one of the Scillies. I found Lady Elizabeth very engaging. She's a woman before her time, loving nature and capturing it in drawings. She not the typical society woman, ready to marry a titled gentleman. I admired her escape to the Scillies and cheered her on her desire to live a life she would enjoy. I liked the other characters too, except the ones thwarting Lady Elizabeth's happiness. All were well developed and were good in supporting the plot movement. I like it when historical novels address issues of the day and White included several in this novel. One was the relationships between women of different classes. Lady Elizabeth and her maid were friends, or were they? Class distinction reared its ugly head in their relationship. Another was the place of unmarried women in the family. Lady Elizabeth's brother was determined to arrange a marriage for her, much to her dismay. We hope true love will win out. There are good Christian themes included, such as God knowing each of us by name. We also see an older woman having insight and knowledge only God could give. This is a good novel for readers who would enjoy one about a woman who feels out of place in society and finds her way in romance and in faith. You'll get a little pirate mystery and suspense and you will be introduced to the beautiful Isles of Scilly. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Having read Roseanna's books I was excited to start a new series with her. This was SO different than I'm used to with her writing. I say this in a good way. It's not at all what I was expecting. I'm so used to her stories being set in a city and the parameters that come with those kinds of stories, no matter the time period. With The Nature of a Lady, it was similar, but being on a set of small islands, gave her writing such a different spin. There are also several different POVs which I thoroug Having read Roseanna's books I was excited to start a new series with her. This was SO different than I'm used to with her writing. I say this in a good way. It's not at all what I was expecting. I'm so used to her stories being set in a city and the parameters that come with those kinds of stories, no matter the time period. With The Nature of a Lady, it was similar, but being on a set of small islands, gave her writing such a different spin. There are also several different POVs which I thoroughly enjoyed. First we meet Libby. She's headed to the Scillies for the summer with her lady's maid to escape her brother pushing her into a betrothal with a man she has no desire to marry. The mysteries begin almost right away. They're staying in a home that still has the previous renter's items there. Very curious. Then we begin to meet more and more characters of the story and the islands start to come to life. Mabena Moon is Libby's maid, but she also harbors some secrets. Being on the Scillies doesn't leave much room for secrets though! I enjoyed her storyline and all that she wrestles with. And then there's Oliver. I just love the male characters the author creates. They're always so easy to be drawn to, which makes sense when Libby feels a connection to him. The way Oliver connects with people seems to be handed down from his grandma Mamm-wynn. She is absolutely one of my favorite characters in this story!! I want to be a granny like her! The storyline was rather intriguing. I love a good pirate tale and this one did not disappoint. There's certainly mystery and intrigue that surround the pirate story of this book. Oliver's sister, Beth, is missing and no one is sure what's going on. But strange things begin to happen with Libby and being mistaken for Beth, and then the mystery begins to unfold! There's a strong faith element in the story and the gospel message is given in a way that makes sense with the story and the characters. It doesn't feel forced, but I love how it's explained. Watching Libby try to understand how God and science can blend together is wonderful, especially with me being a fan of flora and fauna. This story, and specifically Libby's storyline, really resonated with me. You don't have to have a love of plants and wildlife to enjoy the story, but if you do, then you'll enjoy it even more! I already can't wait for book 2!! *I received the book from the author for review. This is my personal opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White is set in the Isles of Scilly and centers around both the islanders and those of a higher class seeking rest on the islands. A mystery factors into the plot as well, and the prologue was intriguing and set an interesting tone for the story. But I didn’t enjoy this one as I did previous works by the author. For one, the heroine was very unlikable at times, going from being meek and submissive with her disrespectful maid to insulting her brother’s friend an The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White is set in the Isles of Scilly and centers around both the islanders and those of a higher class seeking rest on the islands. A mystery factors into the plot as well, and the prologue was intriguing and set an interesting tone for the story. But I didn’t enjoy this one as I did previous works by the author. For one, the heroine was very unlikable at times, going from being meek and submissive with her disrespectful maid to insulting her brother’s friend and wanting to kick him in the shins. It seemed to me that she was supposed to be thought of as sweet, while her actions did not reflect that. The relationship between her and the maid confused me. There was a lot of deceit and bitterness involved in what Mabena did, and it seems as though she knew what she could get away with and abused what power she held. At times it seemed like Mabena was more suited to the role of mistress than the heroine was, since the heroine often had to capitulate to her wants and moods, even to the point of honestly asking if the maid was ashamed to be seen with her. Mabena’s complaining and use of devil as a curse word tainted the story. The relationship also felt rushed, with both characters taking steps that seemed out of character, especially with the more responsible individual. At more than one point, his desires took precedence over his code of conduct as a vicar and retained that precedence. That’s not to say that this book did not have moments that resonated with me. I’ve found that this author’s books usually make me stop and ponder. The theme of loss, weariness, and sharing the burden, when Oliver finally opened his lost brother’s room, touched me with its sincerity. I loved how selfless Morgan was, how he was not bitter but made the most of what time he had. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. A positive review was not required.

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