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 picked this book up because I was intrigued by the front cover. I have to admit that whomever designed it did a wonderful job. But I personally think that the book did not live up to its very pretty cover.
The story’s plot and the idea of a lost heiress was captivating at the beginning, but as I read further into the book, it lost its excitement. Then its climax slowly slid down to no climax at all, in my opinion. I personally thought that some of the other aspects of the book were good, such as the mysterious red diamonds and their secrets. I also liked that Brook wanted to learn how to drive and that she had many other talents. But as for the rest of the book, it was rather dry. I highly disliked Justin; in my opinion, I thought he was bossy and just did not sit right with me. As for the other characters, I think they were just average, normal background characters.
I could recommend this book to others who like historical fiction, but I know that I will not re-read this book.
The one reason why this book did impress me was that Roseanna White left the story off by having the main characters give the red diamonds to a different character, leaving me wanting to know what will happen to that character. So I will skim through the next book in this series.
This book is the first book in the series Ladies of the Manor by Roseanna White.
Title: The Lost Heiress
Author: Roseanna White
Author’s Website: http://roseannawhite.com/wordpress/
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.