A Lady Unrivaled

Ladies of the Manor, 3

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won’t wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

The Ladies of the Manor Series

Discussion Questions
    1. Ella claims several times throughout the book that her optimism isn’t a sign of naivete but of faith. What do you think of her claim? Is she naïve at the beginning? At the end?
    2. Cayton has been through a traumatic experience and emerged a changed man. Do you think he’s overcompensating now for his past mistakes? Did his involvement with his daughter surprise you? How do you think his peers would have viewed it?
    3. Kira has willingly put herself in a position that she swore to her family she would never be in. Can you understand her decisions—to leave her home, to pursue a career that bordered on scandalous, to become a man’s mistress, and then spy for him?
    4. Who is your favorite character? Who is your least favorite?
    5. What did you think of the Rushworths at the beginning of the book, and how did your opinions of them change or not by the end?
    6. One of the central themes of the book is learning to trust—in God’s gifts to His children, and that one can recognize His voice in one’s instinctual responses sometimes. How does Ella struggle with this? How does Cayton?
    7. Do you think Brook was justified in her reaction when she learns what Ella and Cayton and Justin have been up to?
    8. Toward the end, the true history of the Fire Eyes diamonds comes to light. What did you think of the tale—was it what you expected? Did you like how the mystery resolved?
    9. Did Kira’s story resolve as you expected? As you wanted? What do you think the future holds for her?
    10. Were you surprised by the revelation about the villains at the end? Do you think such people are born or made through circumstances? Could our heroes have reacted differently to them?
    11. Ella and Cayton are very different in their outlooks and approaches to life. Do you think this will work for them or against them in the future?