Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.
The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close–but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.
As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?
And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of
the very rare treasure in her possession–and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.
**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Romance, intrigue, and fascinating characters in a historically rich setting is always a recipe for a wonderful novel. The Lost Heiress is no exception…
My experience of reading this book was a bit interesting. When I first started it, I read about 40 pages, set it down and didn’t pick it back up for over a week. There were a lot of characters to keep track of and I was a bit flustered with remember who was who. Finally, I picked it back up, and read the rest of its 400 pages over the next two days. I could not put it down. So, if you pick this book up, be prepared to stick with those first few chapters. It will be worth it!
As for the rest of the story… I loved Brook. She was feisty, interesting, compassionate, and found herself in such an interesting situation. I want to know her in real life! The people around her also made up a fantastic cast. There was such a variety of characters and they all had some depth to them.
But the real star of this book is the plot. The Lost Heiress is a tapestry of romance and mystery. The two are so intertwined that the romance is constantly impacted by the mystery. Both storylines had me turning each page a bit faster than the previous. I always needed to know what happens next.
Unfortunately, the very end of the book gives some subtle hints as to what may be coming in it’s sequel. Unfortunate because I now have to wait for it. But then again, being that anxious for something is a sign of it being a truly good book. This is one that I think many readers will enjoy and a novel that I highly reccommend.
“There are boundaries–there always are. But you can find your place within them. Learn how to live within a fence but let your spirit soar.”
-Brook Eden, The Lost Heiress
About the Author:
Roseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, the beauty of which inspired her to begin writing as soon as she learned to pair subjects with verbs. She spent her middle and high school days penning novels in class, and her love of books took her to a school renowned for them.
After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the same mountains they equate with home.
Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, the historical romance, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, and the historical, romantic suspense Culper Ring Series (Ring of Secrets, Whispers from the Shadows, and Circle of Spies). She is also the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, and Colonial Christian Fiction Writers.
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