Sunday, August 09, 2015

Review: The Lost Heiress

The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White is the first book in The Ladies of the Manor series and was much better than I anticipated. Mystery, suspense, romance, complex characters - what more could you ask for?! 

Brook Eden knows she's not the biological daughter of the Prince of Monaco, but the king accepted her as his granddaughter anyway. Growing up in the ornate palace, Brook just wanted to know who she really was and why her mother sent her away before she died. Then when her adopted mother died, she left Brook her diary describing the night she was given charge of Brook. Brook decides not to read the journal yet; instead she sends her closest friend, Justin, to England with a clue she found of her parentage.

When Justin returns, he reveals that he is pretty sure he found her father. She may not be the Princess of Monaco, but she is the Baroness of Berkeley her title by right passed down from her mother and her mother before her. Plus, her father is an earl and he's alive. Filled with trepidation and excitement, Brook and Justin travel to England to meet her father. Will her father believe she is his daughter? 

I could not stop reading this book! The characters were amazing! I felt like I knew all of them. You could tell they were fleshed out well in the author's mind because they felt so real in the story. Brook and Justin's journey was well done; they had troubling times but were brought closer to God because of it. The relationship between Justin and Brook left you on the edge of your seat wondering when or if they would finally resolve their differences, and the mystery surrounding some jewelry of Brook's mother keeps you up late to see if your suspicions are correct or not. Plus, the relationship of Brook with her father and all the servants was very realistically done. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

This author is especially skillful at weaving intricate plots, compelling characters, and challenging circumstances into a fascinating, can't-stop-reading story. If you haven't read any of her books before, please do! And if you love her writing as much as I do check out her Culper Ring series; it's a very similar style to this book. 

I was given this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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