Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Secrets of the Isles #3
Release Date: September 13, 2022
After a summer of successful pirate-treasure hunting, Lady Emily Scofield and her friends must hide the unprecedented discoveries they've made, thanks to the betrayal of her own family. Horrified by her brother, who will stop at nothing to prove himself to their greedy father, Emily is forced to take a stand against her family--even if it means being cut off entirely.
Bram Sinclair, Earl of Telford, is fascinated with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table--an interest he's kept mostly hidden for the last decade. But when a diary is unearthed on the islands that could lead to a secret artifact, Bram is the only one able to piece the legends together.
As Bram and Emily seek out the whereabouts of the hidden artifact, they must dodge her family and a team of archaeologists. In a race against time, it is up to them to decide what makes a hero worthy of legend. Is it fighting valiantly to claim the treasure . . . or sacrificing everything in the name of selfless love?
Reviewer: Linda Klager
The author did a great job describing the area and the hunt for a treasure that someone had hidden for many years.
This was a new author to me. I had a hard time focusing on this story. I believe it was because this was book three in the series, and I had not books one and two.
The main character, Emily, was not loved by her father or brother. Despite this, Emily loved and gave mercy to both of them. Jesus did this when he died on the cross for our sins.
The legend of King Arthur was mentioned in the book. I do not know much about him, so I learned a bit more about his history. This book has a sweet love story, so thank you, Roseanna M White.
I received a review copy courtesy of Bethany House through Interviews & Reviews.
Reviewer: Erin Stevenson
I did it again, broke one of my cardinal rules to never read a book in a series without having read the earlier ones. Trust me, this is one time when it really made a difference. Don’t make the mistake I did!
Roseanna White’s Worthy of Legend is the third and final book in her Secrets of the Isles series. The prologue introduces Elizabeth Mucknell and—by way of her inner thoughts—her husband, John. In the opening pages, we meet Lady Emily Scofield and Bram Sinclair, Earl of Telford, the main characters. During the first twenty pages, a large supporting cast flows in—some come on the scene, others are merely mentioned. But it was entirely too many people to keep straight. A summary of the cast of characters at the beginning of the book would have helped.
It didn’t take long to realize that if I had read the first two books in the series, I would be much less confused. The lack of knowledge about what had transpired in the earlier books also plagued me for about the first third of this book. I finally decided to speed-read when I hit these sections. Once I did that, I was able to get immersed in the present story, which was intriguing and so beautifully done.
I’ve always enjoyed Roseanna White’s books, and this one was no exception. It is well researched and written, with deep spiritual truths woven throughout. A tragic twist at the end is redeemed by the love story on multiple levels and a fairytale ending complete with moonlight, stars, flowers, music, and chocolate. It doesn’t get any better!
I was provided a copy of this novel by Bethany House Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a positive review, and all views and opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Winnie Thomas
With plenty of suspense and adventure, Roseanna M. White concludes her Secrets of the Isles series with the story of Lady Emily and Bram, Earl of Telford. Filled with daring deeds and imagination and populated with colorful, engaging characters and a few villains, this story continues the tale set in the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall in 1906.
With White's wit and humor thrown in, this makes for a lively and entertaining story.
"And he had no need to worry about Lady Abbie and Lady Millicent. They were more Sheridan's mothers than sisters, and they could intimidate the lichen off a stone if they glared at it enough."
It was fun to have the stars of the series' previous books continue in this one. Although this could be read alone, I would strongly suggest the books in the series be read in order. I feel you need the backstory from the others to understand what is going on.
I always enjoy this author's inspirational messages, which are integrated seamlessly into the story. They add an additional layer and are uplifting to the reader.
"Choose mercy. Always choose mercy."
This book has something for everyone—suspense, action, adventure, inspiration, and a strong dose of romance and gallantry. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy historical romance.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Rebecca Maney
"Live the legacy . . . Walk worthy of His calling. Go forth boldly - and live."
At one time, the Earl of Teleford, "Bram Sinclair", might have politely scoffed at those words, but not anymore. He "wanted his legacy to be championing those who needed it, righting a few wrongs, charging boldly to slay whatever dragons awaited him". After all, he had become a secret admirer of King Arthur and his brave knights all those years ago . . . actually he still was, if the truth were known, which it wasn't yet . . .but soon would be.
And his "damsel in distress"? None other that the lovely ginger topped Lady Emily Scofield, whose own legacy of kindness was being trampled by her vile brother; Nigel's thirst for treasure-hunting had turned into a deadly obsession. When Bram and Emily charade a romantic bond in order to protect Emily from her powerful father's schemes, their feelings unexpectedly entwine, for who knew that the crabby day-time Bram could actually transform into a companion most tender, as evidenced by these words of worth; "You, Lady Emily Scofield, are an absolute delight, and no one in his or her right mind could possibly do anything other than crave your company".
Readers will love being privy to this amazing circle of Scilly Isles friendships, divinely connected and more precious than silver or gold. Keeping in mind . . . . there are real treasures that require quite the daring adventures . . . the kind that legends are made of.
I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Reviewer: Paula Shreckhise
I cannot say enough good things about this story. In this last of the series, the friends continue on their quest for pirate treasure.
Ms. White delves deep into the lives of the people she portrays, whether to show their stellar qualities or reveal the scoundrel within. I love the way she crafts her characters, giving them layers and a spiritual journey. Bram is kind, gracious, and insightful:
“Mercy is not for those who deserve it-it is for those who don’t.”
“How did mercy and justice meet? With pain and sacrifice. And beauty beyond anything he had ever seen.”
“if I am unwilling to extend mercy, then... perhaps I blind my own eyes to seeing where God extends it to me too.”
Emily is cowed by her brother and father but manages to learn how to stand up for herself. And she sees God providing for her. Danger is ever present as the group of friends uncovers a fascinating twist in their endeavor to find Mucknell’s pirate stash. Another legend of epic proportions makes its way known.
Ms. White has put together a grand tale that ticks all the boxes. If you are looking for a history lesson or a great romance or two, enjoy following Bram, Emily, and their friends as they search for answers to a haunting legend or two and find themselves and their purpose in the process. I am sorry to say goodbye to this series. It makes me want to visit the Scilly Islands and search for treasure!
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Mindy Houng
"Live the legacy, my friend. Walk worthy of His calling. Go forth boldly - and live."
Roseanna M White's historical fiction just gets better and better with each series. I loved every book I have read written by the author; I am amazed, each and every time I read a new release, at how fresh, delightful, and captivating her books are.
This series that infuses pirate lore with treasure hunting gets a fun plot twist with the introduction of King Arthur's legends and associated relics. I don't know much about King Arthur and his knights but it was such a great adventure to learn about those tales as Bram, Emily, and the rest of the crew pieced together the puzzle to capture what they deem the 'greatest treasure of all time' for an Englishman. Yet the greatest treasure they find is not necessarily that object itself but finding and choosing mercy that comes from selfless love. Bram and Emily's faith struggles are real, as they learn to trust, forgive, and always choose mercy.
I loved Bram's rambling third person narrative; it made me feel like I was right there beside him to experience his kindness, thoughtfulness, tenderness, scholarly wonderings, and reconciliation of justice and mercy. Emily was a lovely woman with a heart of gold and I really enjoyed the subplot of her maid Thomasina finding her own peace and helping others like herself. Bram and Emily's banter is absolutely delicious and their romance is sweet and enchanting. Oliver and Libby, Sheridan and Beth, Casek and Mabena all get their happily-ever-afters here as well, which should completely satisfy fans of the series.
This beautifully crafted tale of "a kind-hearted lady and a noble-hearted lord" will indeed sweep you off your feet to early 1900s Isles of Scilly to enthrall you.
I received the book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Elisha Varela
Worthy of Legend is a beautiful novel. It was not confusing, and it was a lovely read. I loved the characters. They each had their own persona, which added to the story.
I liked how Emily still wanted to love her father and her brother Nigel even after everything they had done. I liked the parallelism between Emily and Elizabeth. Both families could suffer the same fate if the treasure was found. Bram’s obsession with puppies was so cute because he was such a “cold” person, and seeing him love puppies just warms you up to him. It was really cute. It added to his persona.
I also loved Emily and Bram’s connection. They were really cute together. Even though there was a hindrance, in the beginning, it was nice to see their relationship blossom. The image displayed by friendship was very beautiful.
This novel talked a lot about God and was a clean read.
I received a review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions are my own.
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