The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor #1)
by Roseanna M. White
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
The Lost Heiress was one of those books that had it all -romance, mystery, lies, drama, villains, etc… During the first few chapters, I was a little confused and had to keep referring to the character guide in the beginning of the book (thank goodness it was there with the explanations of all the different names and relationships) but soon enough I got acquainted with all the characters and the story began to flow smoothly for me.
Usually my favorite aspect of any book turns out to be the romance, but this time it was the mystery that captured my undivided attention. I kept devouring pages in order to find out the whole story behind Brook’s mom’s death and who was implicated. The author did a fabulous job with all the details behind that, so for me, this was a completely plot driven book. This is not to say I didn’t like the characters -Brook and Justin were both wonderful but their romance took so long to unfold that it sort of took a back seat for me.
My favorite character from the whole book was actually Lord Worthing. I sincerely hope there is a book in the works where he is the main character. He was simply hilarious and I loved his charm and witty remarks. I was satisfied with the conclusion because all the secrets were ultimately revealed but I felt there were a few loose ends when it came to some of the secondary characters -like Lord Worthing or Lady Melissa, for example. Perhaps they will be addressed in future books of this series. Overall, a really interesting read!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
4 out of 5 stars