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.
A book this thick promises to be good and I was NOT disappointed!
Rating: Hands down, The Lost Heiress gets a five-star rating from me. There was so much to enjoy from this book.
What I loved: When Brook Eden finds her family, she stumbles into a long-held family mystery. With a maid selling personal secrets, a cruel neighbor seeking to marry her to his advantage, her best friend, Justin, who she may or may not love, pushing her away, an entire household staff that thinks she’s a fraud, new friends that may not be trustworthy, and a mysterious message in a journal that disappears before she can read it, you’ll find yourself swallowed up in Brook’s suspenseful life. This one is bound to keep your attention well into the night. I’m already anxious to get my hands on book 2!!
What I didn’t love: The only problem I had was with trying to keep up with the large number of secondary characters. The author did well to include a basic list of characters and how they related to the family, but I still struggled here a bit. With so many characters being referred to as their title, first name, and last name it was hard to keep them straight. But this minor issue wasn’t enough to ruin the story.
Who I’d recommend it to: The Lost Heiress is perfect for those that simply love a great, clean, historical romance. Or anyone that enjoys Edwardian or English settings. Or those that love a slow boiling suspense.
~ I received a free copy from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.