The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White | My Review

Fans of Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs won't want to put this novel down. While Brook, the heroine, is not your typical heiress like the cool Lady Mary Crawley, her authenticity and zest for life shines through the page. This is a story packed with beautiful descriptions of Monaco and Edwardian Great Britain, romance, intrigue, action and mystery--The Lost Heiress is one to remember.

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.


My Review:

I could not put this book down. From Chapter One, the characters drew me into their world. The two main characters, Brook and Justin, are best friends, not quite siblings and the love they share for each other is colored with transparent honesty and fierce protection and care for the other. Despite the fact that one's feelings have changed from brotherly to something much deeper. He is the one to take her back to her true home and real family in Yorkshire, England to not only claim her title but the rightful family she's never known.

The vibrant, unconventional heiress adapts eventually to the straight-laced expectations of her British family. One thing I love about Brook is that, while she grows accustomed to how things are done in her new home, she never loses her sense of self and what makes her her beautiful self. This heroine, while thrown into a situation not unlike Lady Mary Crawley's in Downton Abbey, loves cafe espresso, horses, automobiles, reading and it's deep within her nature to take risks and chances and she does not shrink back at danger, but fights.

In talking/fangirling over this story with my friend Rachelle who has not finished the book as yet, I've already given away spoilers. So I will leave it up to your imagination with the back cover blurb italicized above rather than risk spoiling the story. It's a fast-paced, beautiful and intriguing tale.

And if you're a Downton fan--you'll love it. But in closing, what shines to me brighter than the sparkle of elegant times past is the growth and faith the characters exhibit individually and eventually together. Roseanna's woven a wonderful, beautiful story. You won't want to miss out on reading it.

Meghan M. Gorecki
Meghan M. Gorecki

Words, history, and grace color my days here in The Burgh where I seek out the perfect coffee and red lipstick.