Friday, January 22, 2016
The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White
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.
The Lost Heiress is the first in Roseanna White's Lady of the Manor series, and it follows Brook as she leaves all she has known in Monaco to a family she has never met in England. I really enjoyed this novel. The plot was quick paced and well written, and it was filled with danger, romance, suspense, and tragedy. The characters were well developed, and I enjoyed watching Brooke get to know and to interact with her family as well as the servants. The villain was appropriately evil, though I did wonder how they did not figure out beforehand how much of a problem he was. The reader got an inside look into his character and intentions that the characters did not have. Brooke and Justin were an interesting couple; having been friends since childhood, they had to work out how to be more than that while at the same time both dealing with different, difficult circumstances. I also liked Brooke's cousins and one of the other Duke who will have a main role in the second novel of this series. Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel, and I look forward to The Reluctant Duchess when it comes out soon!
I received this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.