Author: Roseanna M. White
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Bethany House’s website description of The Lost Heiress:
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.
Bethany House has been doing a superb job the last few months of producing high-quality, Great Britain-based, historical romances. I’ve read some of Roseanna White’s other books, but this one…this one exceeded expectations.
I loved the unique spin Roseanna put on the novel. After all, how many rags-to-riches/finding your way home stories can one read before they get to all be the same? The Lost Heiress starts in Monaco, which is pretty awesome, since I know next to nothing about that place or the Grimaldis. Then the transition is made to England, but we see it through the heroine’s eyes, which sustains the flavor of the exotic.
The mystery in this book was really well-done. I had to keep reading to figure out whodunit, and whydunit. 🙂 I knew for much of the time who the villain was, but how all the different threads tied together and what the villain’s motivation could be wasn’t easily seen until the very end.
Brook is a really fun, spunky, unconventional heiress, which made her oh-so-fun to read about. I loved how she didn’t fit into any mold, instead blazing her own path. She was also flawed in big ways that Roseanna didn’t try to downplay, which made the heroine seem less heroine-esque and more like me. Justin, of course, is a sigh-worthy hero. He’s extremely frustrating at times, but oh, how I hurt for him when family secrets of his own haunted him. I liked how Roseanna brought in Deidre’s story. And the villain…oooh, how I despised him.
To sum up, I loved The Lost Heiress. It’s a bit longer than some novels, but every word, every scene, was totally worth the time invested. The spiritual message in the book was subtle, but thought-provoking. If you enjoy the setting and feel of Downton Abbey, you’ll want to get a copy of this novel. Packed with mystery, romance, faith, and a setting that sweeps you off your feet, The Lost Heiress is not a book to be missed.
About the Author
Biography from Bethany House: Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of nine novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at http://www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
I was given a review copy of The Lost Heiress from the author in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.