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.
Now this was an intriguing mystery! It took a couple chapters to get into but once it caught my attention, it didn’t let go.
The islands were easy to visualize, making for a cozy place to visit in the pages of a book. And I really look forward to visiting the islands and the characters again as the series continues.
My favorite aspect was the romance. There was a sweet, tender romance unfolding between the main characters, Libby and Oliver. Oliver was a real keeper. But there was another romance woven in, and I couldn’t get enough of this one. While Libby and Oliver were sweet and perfect for each other, these other two had more of an enemies to lovers thing going on and the tension between them was much stronger and more enjoyable to watch. My only real regret was that they weren’t more of a focal point.
I do want to point out that there was an odd mystical element to this one where one of the elderly characters seemed to know things that they shouldn’t have.
At the end of the day, White promises an island treasure hunt, and she delivers one!
Rating and Recommendations: I’m giving The Nature of Lady 4.5 stars. I recommend it to those looking for Christian historical romance, especially those wanting an island setting or a treasure hunt.
~ I received a copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.