The Lost Heiress: Ladies of the Manor book #1)
By Rosanna M White
Christian historical romance
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 could have sworn I posted this book review last year but it’s no where to be found on my site.
Anyhow… love this book – one of my top favorite reads of 2018. You can check out the rest of my top 10 of 2018 here.
By the way, this is one of my favorite covers!!
The first scene drew me in instantly. I am a huge sucker for unrequited love stories. It wasn’t that Justin’s affections for Brook weren’t necessarily ‘not returned’ it was the very complicated circumstances surrounding their relationship that made a relationship together seemingly impossible. Also, her innocence and naivety. loved the beautiful friendship between the two of them that develops into something more throughout, but what struck me as amazing was the fact that this long-standing friendship was so easily and effortlessly conveyed within the first scene. That right there, is talent.
Also I love the name Brook. What an adorable name.
Lastly – I have a propensity toward falling for side characters as hard as I fall for the main characters, and I really adored Brice for the same reasons Brook did, even though she belonged with Justin. But I am SO happy Brice has his own story. Already purchased and waiting in my kindle 🙂
The unfolding discovery of her heritage, and the complications of Justin’s station as future Duke create many obstacles for this couple, and I enjoyed the plot, the twists, the mystery, the intrigue. I loved it all.
Absolutely. This was a fantastic historical romance with more romance and the perfect amount of historical details. It was beautifully written.