The third and presumably final novel in the Ladies of the Manor books, author Roseanna M. White provides an interesting and satisfying conclusion to this beautifully written Edwardian series. This installment focuses on Lady Ella Myerston, sister of the Duke and Duchess Nottingham (The Reluctant Duchess) and good friend of Duchess Brook Stafford (The Lost Heiress). Although her family and friends have long considered her to be unfailingly cheerful, she is certainly not shallow or unintelligent. Via her brother, she unwittingly takes the "Fire Eyes" with her on a trip to visit her friend Brook. While there she begins to spend time with Lord James Cayton, a former cad who has left a string of broken hearts, relationships, and trust behind him....but who has now had an enormous change of heart and longs to be honorable. Ballerina Kira Belova also joins the cast of characters - as a spy, posing as a ladies maid for Kitty.
To add to the suspense, brother and sister duo Kitty and Rush are back on the scene with (always) questionable motives. Who is the real villain here? Will the Fire Eyes cause even more death and destruction? Will they and their loved ones ever be truly safe?
If this is truly the last of the series, I'm sad. It is easy to recommend this book, as well as the entire series. Although A Lady Unrivaled can be read as a standalone novel, you will have a greater understanding and enjoyment if you read both The Lost Heiress and The Reluctant Duchess prior to this one.
With so many Edwardian novel choices out there, this author has found the perfect combination of this time period, romance, and mystery. One of the best - well done!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.