Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White The Secrets of the Isles #1

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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.

My Thoughts:

 The Nature of a Lady is a very intriguing romantic mystery set in 1906 in the Isles of Scilly off the English coast. Lady Elizabeth sets off for the islands for the summer with her lady's maid Mabena to stay in a little cottage near the shore. Her plan is to escape her elder  brother's plan to marry her off and also to investigate the wonders of nature around her. 

 Within a very short time of arriving, strange things begin to happen including being mistaken for another Elizabeth, being given strange things, and other odd encounters. In addition, Elizabeth's lady's maid begins acting strangely at times.

 Soon the plot begins to thicken like cornstarch in gravy. Like gravy, it's as hard to put down the book as it is to put down the spoon! Once the vast array of islanders are introduced and each plays their part, Lady Elizabeth finds herself entangled in the island's ways and in a mystery which she could never have fathomed.

 I adored the hero and heroine Oliver Treymane and Lady Elizabeth. They were both adorably geeky over nature and kind to each other. 

 I highly recommend this book for a summer read. There is nothing in it that is inappropriate for a lady, young or old, to read. It does, however, have a fair amount of intrigue and excitement. It builds skillfully, and you may find yourself staying up too late to finish it!

Five Stars!

Roseanna M. White's Website

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★★★★★   It was amazing

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