Title: The Lost Heiress
Series: Ladies of the Manor #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Published Date: September 8th 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
Page Count: 439
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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
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.
"You are the image of your mother, my dear. But it seems your disposition you inherited from me, stubbornness and all. My apologies."
This story does have quite a lot of characters/titles for same
characters, can be confusing at first you soon learn who everyone is
and how they all know each other.
Brook Eden- The Heiress and long lost child of Earl of Whitby.
Justin Wildon- Brook's childhood friend and confidant. Duke of Stafford.
Lord Whitby- Brook's father and also know as Early of Whitby.
Deirdre O'Malley- Lady's maid to Brook.
Viscount Pratt- Brook's neighbor and distant cousin.
Earl Thate- Justin's best friend.
While that is not even close to half the characters those are the ones that I found most important throughout the story.
When Brook Eden finally finds out who she is due to Justin
helping her. She is taken from Monaco where she was raised to England
where her father and the rest of the family is. With having many
imposters try to be her in the past the family and staff are slightly
standoffish at first. But after seeing her the family knows that she
really is the lost daughter of Lord Whitby.
From their she is thrown into a whirlwind of figuring out who she is,
who her mother was, and how to form a relationship with her father.
Along with this though she also realizes her real feelings for Justin
who keeps pushing her away at every turn
due to turmoil going on in his own life and learning to become a Duke.
With the many ups and downs of their relationship you do get rather
annoyed with both of them at times for not just sitting down and
While her and
Justin struggle with what they are or what they both want to be. There
is a huge mystery going on that involves not only Brook and her parents
but also Deidre and Pratt. The "Fire Eyes" as there known due to being
the rarest ruby in the world cause more problems than any jewel ever
should. While I'm not going to say anything more about this because I
don't want to ruin the story.
"I don't want to see another imposter hurt the family. Strange as it seems to feel sorry for the masters, such wealth comes with to much deception."
If you like Dowton Abbey then I think you will really enjoy this story.
did an amazing job with this story, it had me hooked from beginning to
end and I never wanted to put it down. What I found really interesting
though was that the Lost Heiress as a story that she had written at a
very young age, but had never published until now due to many changes
it underwent to become the story, it is now. I can't wait to see what
happens in the following books in this series and I have found a new
favorite author as well.
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.