ABOUT THE BOOK (448 pages): 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
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The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White is a historical romance novel and the first book in the Ladies of the Manor series. It is 1910 in Monaco and Elizabeth Brook Eden is waiting for her friend, Justin Wildon. Brook (as she prefers to be called) is hoping Justin has news for her about her real family. Brook found out that the woman who raised her, Collette Sabatini, was not her biological mother (she found her). Justin has found her family and he is taking her to them in Yorkshire, England. Justin and Brook met when he was twelve and she was five years old. Justin taught Brook to do many things like riding astride, shooting, climbing trees. Brook has a fiery, independent personality.
Brook is taken to England to meet her family. Her father is Lord Whitby and he recognizes her at once (she looks like her mother). There have been impersonators over the years, so not everyone is as welcoming. One person is Deirdre O’Malley. Deirdre is Irish and a maid in the household. She has a family to help support and has been feeding information to a nasty man named Lord Pratt (Lord Whitby has a sister and two nieces that also visit the house). Justin is forced to go away soon after delivering Brook to her new family (his father and grandfather pass away). Justin has fallen in love with Brook, but his estates need handling (money) before he can propose to Brook (he does not want Brook to think he wants her for her money).
Brook adjusts quickly to life with her family in England. Then one day she is attacked. Someone wants Fire Eyes! What are fire eyes and why do they think Brook has it? Brook is not safe until they solve this mystery. It turns out that this mystery could have something to do with the death of Brook’s mother. Can they figure out the mystery and solve it in time? Will Justin be able to win Brook’s heart?
I give The Lost Heiress 4 out of 5 stars. It is nicely written and very easy to read. The book is twice as long as normal novel, but you would never know it (it just flows so nicely and you get lost in the book). I easily read The Lost Heiress in a couple of hours. I have only given you a brief overview of the book. There is much more to it along with many more characters (sometimes it can be a little hard keeping everyone straight). I got a little tired of the lack of communication between Justin and Brook as well as her temper (she would get mad and walk away). Of course, Justin put up walls and would not share information with Brook. I found that very frustrating and distracting from the book. Otherwise, The Lost Heiress is a pleasure to read and I have a feeling that there will be another book soon (about Duke Worthing).
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The Lost Heiress***** book 1 Ladies of the Manor series
by Roseanna M. White
Brook Eden grew up with royalty in 1910 Monaco not knowing who her parents were and has longed to know who she really is. Searching for answers, she has found who she is not. She entrusts her search for her family with her life-long friend Justin Wildon. When Justin returns with news that he has indeed found her family, Brook's life is about to change. She learns she is the daughter of the infamous Ambrose Eden, Earl of Whitby in North Yorkshire, England—making her Baroness of Berkeley. Her father accepts her with open arms, but the rest of the family and servants of Whitby Park are not as quick to accept her. However, when Brook's life is threatened they draw close—can they save her from the same tragedy as her mother?
Justin Wildon, Lord Harlow heir to Duke of Stafford, has longed to share his heart with Brook. But his responsibilities take him far from Brooke at a time she most needs him. Will he return in time to declare his heart before one of her suitors wins her heart? Can he save her from those out to hurt her?
There are dark forces at work against Brooke that put her life in grave danger. Who can she trust and why are they threatening her life? There is a mystery surrounding her mother's death and Brooke is determined to learn the truth....but at what cost to her and those she loves? Brooke and her maid are kidnapped and their lives are in grave danger. Who can her father and Justin trust in their frantic search for Brooke and her maid? Will they find them in time?
Roseanna M. White has woven a captivating story that had me staying up far into the night to read one more chapter. The details of the time period of this story are fascinating. I am glad there is a character list in the front of the book detailing Brook's and Justin's families and other characters in the story or I would have been more confused figuring out how the characters are related. The differences between the classes—upstairs verses downstairs—is clearly shown. I became suspicious of some of the characters and their true intentions. Some of the situations Brooke found herself in had me on the edge of my seat, even holding my breath. There are unexpected surprises that add much to the story. I like the way strong faith and prayer is interwoven throughout the story showing God's unconditional love and grace. This story has much to offer the reader: mystery, history, danger, unexpected surprises with twists and turns in the story-line, faith and love. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
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Romance, mystery, and suspense in the Edwardian Era. What a delightful novel! This is the first book I’ve read from Roseanna White, so now I am looking forward to reading more. Ms. White develops a novel full of characters that are easy to love and cheer for as well as characters that we love to root against.
I enjoy that The Lost Heiress is found early in the book. The mystery becomes how did she get lost in the first place? The mystery is solved through the love of family and the fierce loyalty of friendship. Of course, there would not be much suspense without an act of betrayal, or acts of betrayal, which are laced throughout the story.
If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this novel. I highly recommend it and can hardly wait for the next book. I know I’m going to enjoy this entire series.
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The Lost Heiress was a good book. I like that it is part of a series and the first one. I will read the others too. I liked the romance and historical parts.
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Roseanna White is an author I thoroughly enjoy, enough that I have every book she has written on my keeper shelf:) My favorites so far have been her Culper Ring Series but once I got about 15 pages in this one, I knew it would be a close tie. It is a different series but very much the same style, minus the intrigue and undercover suspense of the other one, though this one does have some mystery in it.
Brook is a young woman who has been surrounded by mystery her whole life. Never sure of who her parents really were, she is sure of only two things. Her best friend Justin, and her "grandfather". When Justin uncovers who she really is, a lost heiress who was taken away from her father at a young age by her mother, she goes to find out if it really is home. And while Justin wants her to fit in, he doesn't want her taken away from him either, since he has quickly fallen in love with this fiery independent young woman.
The book is well written, plenty of pages to read and lots of good parts. I laughed, cried and even wanted to hit someone at one point:) Okay, maybe a couple times. There is a mystery in the plot about the "Fire Eyes" but I seriously just enjoyed reading this one for itself. And you know it is good when that happens. I am hoping the next book might deal with a friend Brook makes, Duke Worthing. Another excellent page turner from Roseanna White!
Roseanna White writes a beautiful historical romance novel in The Lost Heiress as part of the first book in the Ladies of the Manor Series. Romance, suspense and history will have you turning the pages as you meet Elizabeth Eden (Brook) and Justin Wildon.
Brook an independent spirit, is in search of her family with the help of Justin. She goes to England and meets Lord Whitby, who is her father. However, upon arriving in England, Justin has to return home as relatives pass away and he must handle the estate. He , loves Elizabeth and wants to marry her, but must handle his families home first before he can return to England. While Justin is home, Brook is enjoying her time in England when suddenly the story takes on a mystery. Iwill not spoil the fun as this book is full of history, mystery and love.
You'll love the depth of the characters in the book! Roseanna does a fantastic job at building the plot, while giving great details and having this book turn the pages without you realizing the time is passing by!
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Romance, mystery, history, wealth and jewelry! What a wonderful book to read!
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.
But, as Brook adjusts to living in cold England, she discovers there are mysteries aplenty in the manor and who can she trust? Fortunately for the reader the author changes viewpoint frequently so we know more about the duplicity of some of those Brook trusts. But even then not all is known and the reader is left wondering how the whole story will end. And, even at the end, questions still remain – so I look forward to reading, hopefully, the sequel!
I enjoyed this book and how the characters, even in the difficult times, continued to trust God and pray for each other. At one difficult time Brook recalls the words from the Bible,
"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day.”
Men made their own choices. And as some of them chose life, others chose death, chose evil. God could stop all the evil, all the violence, but if He did, He’d be rendering their choices for Him meaningless. But God did have a hand in this world. He was the one who had brought Brook home. Back to Papa.”
I loved reading this book and highly recommend it! I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
It's not often that a historical novel can pull me in so completely and unyielding. Between layers and layers of storytelling Roseanna M. White has achieved a praiseworthy and wonderfully intricate novel.
Brook Eden lives in Morocco. She knows that her adopted mother got her from a dying woman in England, but she does not know who her family is. After sending her best friend Justin on a fact finding trip while he is in England, Justin finds she is perhaps the daughter of a duke. Justin accompanies her back to England. While Brook’s father accepts her immediately, the rest of the family and staff are not so quick to do so. They fear that she is yet another imposter who will break the Duke’s heart. In the meantime, Justin’s grandfather dies, making him a duke with vast landholding to supervise. As Brook and her father get better acquainted, their mutual affection grows. Just when it seems that things are beginning to go well, an attempt is made on Brook’s life. Someone is looking for something that they presume Brook has and won’t stop at murder to secure it.
This novel has all the trappings of a Regency Novel plus lots more. It has the castles, coming out parties in society, handsome nobility, beautiful gowns and murder mystery. Unlike others, its time period was a little different. The hero and heroine were driving early automobiles. Having read most of Roseanna White’s books, I really looked forward to reading this. It did not disappoint. The story was a real page turner with a mystery which was not very predictable. While it does reach a satisfactory conclusion, it also leaves the reader breathlessly waiting for the next installment of this tale. ( I looked up to find that it is the first of April. I am placing my copy on pre order!)
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The Lost Heiress, by Roseanna M. White, is book 1 in the Ladies of the Manor series. This British Historical is the first I’ve read by this author. I like her writing style, rich with colorful descriptions and an authentic feel.
I was able to sink into the early 1900s and the intriguing life of young Brook Eden and the mystery that surrounded her.
The relationship between nonconformist Brook and her more subdued childhood friend, Justin Wildon is interesting and kept my interest. With that said, the story seemed a little long and I set it down too many times.
“I know you have been praying about this as much as I have been. This is the answer to those prayers, mon amie. This is where the Lord wants you. And I will be with you every step of the way.”
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Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
First Line: Temptation sat before her, compelling as the sea.
About this book:
“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.”
Series: Book #1 in the “Ladies of the Manor” series.
Spiritual Content- Many Prayers; Bible reading & talks about Bible reading; Talks about curses & the Lord; Talks about God, forgiveness, & trust; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many, many Scriptures are mentioned & remembered; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of Church going; Mentions of Prayers & the Lord; Mentions of Bible reading;
*Note: a ‘godforsaken’, a ‘how the devil’, two ‘why the devil’s; Mentions of the devil (a man and a horse are called one); Many mentions and stories of curses & angry gods.
Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘buck up’, a ‘dumb’, two ‘by thunder’, two ‘deuces’s, two forms of ‘drat’, two ‘what/who in blazes’; three ‘shut up’s, six ‘idiot’s, eight forms of ‘blast’, 18 ‘stupid’s; Mentions of curses said but not written; A bit of sarcasm; Pain, Blood, Guns & Slapping (semi-detailed); Reading & Nightmares from Dracula; Justin’s father loves to gamble; A mention of slitting someone’s throat; Mentions of wine; Mentions of casinos, drinking & gambling; Mentions of drunks & pubs; Mentions of blood & violence; Many mentions of killing & murder.
Sexual Content- Hand kisses, two head kisses, ten barely-above-not-detailed kisses, four semi-detailed kisses, four forced semi-detailed kisses, a boarder-line semi-detailed //detailed kiss, and a detailed kiss; Brotherly & Welcoming kisses; Remembering a kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to kiss; Touches & grabs (up to semi-detailed); Noticing (x2); Flirting; Pratt gazes & leers at women; Brook thinks/thought she was an illegitimate daughter; A jerk wants to sleep with Deirde, but she doesn’t want to (and they don’t); A jerk forces himself on Deirde & plants a hard kiss on her (semi-detailed); *Spoiler* [Pratt wants Deirde’s obedience and her threats her family if she doesn’t do what he says, whether or not that includes sleeping with him is hinted at (hide spoiler)]*End of Spoiler*; A mention of a man in a woman’s bed; A mention of dismissing a servant who was caught alone with a village boy; Mentions of having a mistresses (Justin says he will not have one); Mentions of women as playthings; Mentions of affairs & rumored affairs; Mentions of illegitimate children; Mentions of men getting women with children; *Spoiler* [Justin’s Uncle raped Justin’s mother, which resulted in Justin. (hide spoiler)] *End of Spoiler*; A mentions of a honeymoon; Love, falling in love & the emotions;
*Note: A mention of a girl’s figure; Mentions of breeding horses.
-Brook Eden, age 18
-Justin Wildon, age 25
P.O.V. switches between them, & Deirde
Set in 1910-1911
Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- One Star
Early High School Teens- Two Stars (and a half)-ish
Older High School Teens- Four Stars-ish
My personal Rating- Four Stars-ish
Oh. I really should give “The Lost Heiress” a 3.5 star rating…but oh. I so enjoyed it. I really like Lost Princess stories (the Barbie movie was my favorite when I was little), so I had high hopes for this one. The outward appearance of the novel is quite beautiful, especially the spine and back cover. At first, I was overwhelmed with the Character List at the beginning, but by 50 pages in, I had who’s who. Some parts reminded me of “Echoes of Mercy” by Kim Vogel Sawyer , a favorite 4-star of mine. This one didn’t have the villian’s POV, though, which was nice. I really ought to give a bit of a lower rating due to the kisses & Pratt, but since it’s been so long since I really truly enjoyed a historical novel! And ohmygoodness, Brook has to be one of the best heroines I’ve read all year. “The Lost Heiress” was very well written, with humor (I laughed many times), drama, love & Faith.
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This is the first book I have read by Roseanna White and I am glad to have found another new author.I plan to read more of her novels. The book has over 400 pages but well worth the read. I loved it. This historical fiction story is set in the Edwardian era. A book that brings you into the story with romance, mystery, intrigue, history and faith. Very well written and well developed characters. Loved Brook and Justin, their story and how their feelings went beyond being just friends.
Brook Eden has always wondered about where she belongs and wants to find her true identity. Her best and long time friend Justin Wildon an heir to a dukedom agrees to help Brook find her family when he travels to England. Justin believes he has found her family. She is a Baroness and her father the Earl of Whitby is still alive. She travels to England to meet her father, the rest of her family and the servants of Whitby Park. Her father knows she is his daughter but the others are not so sure. Brook is kind and generous and Justin is always there when she needs him. There is so much more to this book but do not want to reveal too much. A must read.
I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
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