The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor) by Roseanna M. White {Book Review}

Ladies of the Manor, Book 1
Historical Fiction


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 Thoughts

If you enjoy Edwardian era stories (think Downton Abbey) like I do then I think you will really enjoy The Lost Heiress. It is full of mystery and intrigue yet it still has a complicated love story that will keep you reading well past your bedtime.

The story is full of Lords and Ladies, Earls and Countesses, and even a Duke or two. The lives of the aristocracy is so fascinating. In this tale we begin in Monaco where Brook is living with whom she supposes is her grandfather. For her entire life there has been this great mystery of who she really is. Her childhood friend Justin Wildon has been helping her to unravel the mystery. When the story opens Justin has come to Monte Carlo to tell Brook what he's found out and it is a giant surprise that will change the course of Brook's life.

As the story of Brook's parentage unfolds so does the danger. Brook finds herself living at Whitby Park in North Yorkshire, England at the home of her long lost father, The Earl of Whitby. There she learns even more about the death of her mother and her own disappearance as a baby. But with those answers only more questions develop and as Brook continues the investigation into the accident the danger to herself and others increases.

The end of the story is complex with answers to the ongoing tragedies and also the full disclosure of what happened to Brook as an infant. I found the entire story fascinating and was pleased that it continued to build in intensity rather than lag in the middle. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a bit of mystery mixed with romance.

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