Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Review: The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M White

Book Details:
Title: The Lost Heiress
Author: Roseanna M White
2015, Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0764213502
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Book Summary:
Sweeping Romance and Mystery in the Edwardian Era

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. When her friend Justin uncovers the fact that she is possibly a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea and 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 will their loyalty 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 their 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 those who can save her still aren't sure whom to trust.

My Review:
This was the first book I’ve read by this author and I really enjoyed it. It was a really nice combination of historical fiction with a little bit of mystery. It was set in 1910 England and was told from the POV of Brook and Justin.

Brook grows up in Monaco but doesn’t really know who she is or where she belongs. After her mother dies, she finds some old letters with a seal on it that she gives to her friend Justin to research when he’s back in England. He discovers she might be a long-lost heiress to Whitby Park.

Justin has had more than just friendly feelings for Brook for a while now. But he is in line to become the next Duke of Stafford and can’t really marry a nobody – although he might like too. The fact that Brook might be an heiress might change things, but he doesn’t want to lose her friendship – what will become of their relationship?

I really enjoyed the story of this book. I really draws the reader in and keeps you guessing. There is just enough intrigue to make it interesting without losing the rest of the story.

There are a couple “villains” who you might not guess were going to turn out that way at the beginning. I liked that the relationship between Justin and Brook took its time even though they had known each other since they were children. It had a nice natural journey to it.

I would definitely read some more books by this author. I did think the book was kind of long, but not in a bad way. It just seemed longer than some of the similar books I’ve read by Bethany House Publishers, but I don’t want anyone to think that made this book boring to read. It was interesting the whole way through.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this by book from the publisher for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own and no other compensation was received.

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