Title: The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor #1)
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Romantic Mystery
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the book:
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 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.
An excellent Edwardian Era romance novel!
There are a number of incredible characters in this book. They are so well developed and with such a variety of personalities that I was intrigued by a lot of them. I loved both of the main characters, Brook and Justin, as well as their relationship with each other. I was caught up in the story of how they came to be friends and was pulling for them to sort things out and reach a happily-ever-after ending to their story.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the servants and the nobility interacted with each other. Each person had their own place and they stayed there. It was also nice to see the bit of hesitation that Brook had as she was trying to figure out how things were done in this new environment to her.
There was just enough suspense and intrigue going on behind the romance to help captivate my interest. It was a nice balance of danger and secrecy scattered throughout the book. There were a number of characters in the beginning that it was impossible to tell if they were going to be part of the good side or the evil side. I was left guessing until late in the story for some of them.