Title: The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor #1) by Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Length: 439 pages
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Rating – 5/5 – It was amazing!
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.
Good morning everyone! I’m excited to share this with review with you today! I finished this book yesterday and couldn’t wait to write the review. I want to send a big thank you to Bethany House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book for an honest review!
The Lost Heiress is a historical fiction novel that follows the story of Brook. She grew up within the Grimaldi family and basically had the upbringing of a princess but with a tough, independent streak. Her best friend, Justin, is tasked with finding out the mystery of her parentage and happens upon her true home in England, where she happens to be a missing heiress. When she goes back home to meet her father and try to make herself a life in her true home she is met with some resistance and soon finds herself tangled in a mystery.
This book was wonderful. It has a little bit of everything in it – mystery, romance, intrigue, and humor. This is what a historical fiction novel should be. From the very first page of this book, I was hooked and there was no peeling it from out of my hands. The pacing is perfect, the amount of detail in the story and the characterization were perfect as well. I felt like I had a really good sense of all the characters and their particular behaviors. There were plot twists in this book that were fun to read and overall, it was riveting.
This book was a little over 400 pages which is a little larger than the books I normally read but I definitely did not feel it because it went by so fast because of how involved I was in the story. The writing was exceptional and it was easy for me to just get totally immersed in the story, in the world and in the characters. I think my favorite thing about historical fiction novels is the setting and I just felt like the setting of this book was written in really well with the characters and the dialogue. It was beautiful to read about the social mores during that time, to me that was one of the most interesting things about the story. It had a very Downtown Abbey/Anastasia type feel to me in some ways and I absolutely loved that. As far as the protagonist goes, I loved Brook. I thought she was a fantastic protagonist and I loved that she was strong, independent and not concerned about what society thinks about her but at the same time very virtuous and strong in her faith.
I am giving this book a highly deserved 5 star rating and I very highly recommend this book to Historical Fiction fans or anyone who would love to try the genre, as well as Romance and Mystery fans. There is really something in this book for everyone. It looks like this is going to be part of a series so yes, I am going to eagerly await the next one and check out some of the author’s previous works. I have already saved the next two books to my TBR list on Goodreads because YES! You don’t want to miss this book!!