Historical Romance Book Review: The Nature of a Lady

About the Book

Title: The Nature of a Lady 

Series: The Secrets of the Isles, Book 1 

Author: Roseanna M. White 

Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery 

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 

Release Date: May 4, 2021

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Publisher's Book Description


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 Review

The Nature of a Lady, by Roseanna M. White, is the first book in The Secrets of the Isles series. Set on the Isles of Scilly off the southwest coast of England at the beginning of the twentieth century, this novel is a stunning piece of historical fiction. With great skill, thorough research, and thoughtful insight, Ms. White successfully combines elements of history, mystery, suspense, danger, romance, and faith. Page after page, these elements meld together effortlessly creating an immensely satisfying story that is utterly enjoyable and thought-provoking.  

In this novel, Ms. White’s undeniable talent as a writer is fully revealed through a clever cast of characters and an utterly compelling plot. Mistaken identities, mysterious deliveries, and island legends envelope the characters in a complicated mystery that only they can solve. As they work together to uncover clues and make sense of puzzling events, the characters in this book are genuinely likable and inspiring. They are authentic and interesting as they wrestle with issues of faith, doubt, belonging, purpose, friendship, and forgiveness. Like ever-present waves upon a shore, the characters and their experiences are memorable and moving long after this book has ended.   


Ms. White is a gifted storyteller and her books always offer a very enjoyable and satisfying reading experience. Therefore, it is no surprise that The Nature of a Lady is a well-written story that is uplifting, unique, and wholly intriguing. It is certainly a special start to a new series, and I eagerly recommend it to all readers. 

*I was given a copy of this novel from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own. 

About the Author: Roseanna M. White

"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, editing, designing book covers, 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. --Biography from Roseanna M. White’s author page on Amazon.com. 

Click here to visit Roseanna M. White's website. 


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