The Nature of a Lady
Series: The Secrets of the Isles #1
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date May 4, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: England Edwardian Era - UK - 1901 - 1910
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
What a engaging, mysterious, and wonderfully romantic story!
Roseanna M. White has again created a heroine who is intelligent, delightfully socially awkward, and completely relatable in her insecurities and vulnerability. Libby’s love of the natural world had her crawling in the dirt observing, bringing her microscope on her summer trip, and speaking of worms and such at dinner. Society, needless to say, frowned on such activities!
Libby’s struggle to reconcile the God portrayed by much of the clergy with what she observed in nature and read in the scientific tomes of her time caused her to question matters of faith. The author dealt with this beautifully and logically. My favorite faith lesson she learned was that of realizing the very personal way God loved her and called her by name.
Oliver was the kind of vicar who truly embraced the concept of a good shepherd – and lived it! His love and care for the flock entrusted to him were so evident to all on the islands. Their trust in him was amazing. It was fun that Mabena credited his ability to draw people’s innermost thoughts out to his “elbow magic”. Yet despite his tender heart, the enmity between him and Casek was intense…
So many wonderful characters populated the islands! I adored Mamm-wynn with her sprite-like ways and Tas-gwynn with his penchant for exaggeration. Mabena, Casek, Beth. I could go on and on…
The mystery surrounding Beth’s disappearance added quite a bit of excitement and suspense. I was very surprised when events played out and secrets were revealed!
If you enjoy historical fiction with mystery, romance, and faith, you will want to read The Nature of a Lady. And check back for new releases in The Secrets of the Isles series to learn more about the other wonderful characters introduced in this story. Based on the timing of her previous releases, my guess is that the next book will release in another six months or so. So stay tuned, and I’ll be sure to let you know…