Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

Sweeping Romance And Mystery In The Edwardian Era

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 those who can save her still aren't sure whom to trust. 

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I have found a new favorite from Roseanna! This books has it all. Mystery, romance, intrigue, friendship, humor, danger...The Lost Heiress is a thick book but contains zero fluff. There was never a time where I wanted to skip over words to get to something more exciting. I enjoyed ever sentence. The story kept my attention from page one and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. 

I loved the relationship between Brook and Justin from the beginning. To watch it change wasn't always fun but at the same time, it was more real than some books. I don't like when the characters are unrealistic in how they react to things and just stop talking to each other after years of friendship. Even though things got crazy from time to time, they still cared about each other. They went the extra mile to tell the other person where they were wrong for their actions or behavior. There are people who say Christian fiction is full of the same story and it just seems unrealistic. I beg to differ with that opinion, especially with this author's books. It was interwoven with the character's faith. That didn't mean nothing bad ever happened because of their faith. That isn't real life. This story showed how despite hardships and everything not being sunshine and roses, you can still do the right thing and treat people the right way. 

Brook's strong character was a pleasure to watch as she dealt with so many different personality types. She understood that not everyone likes you but you don't have to be unkind to them for it. I felt so badly for Justin as he struggled with the responsibilities he had to deal with and the losses while trying to be there for her at the same time. The secondary characters were just as powerful. I loved her father and her friend Brice. I can't wait for his story in book two. 

There are some shockers in the story, too. I won't give them away, but just know they might surprise you just a bit. There are the "bad guys" and you can tell one of the biggest ones pretty early on. You just don't realize how bad one of them gets until later in the story. 

I really loved this book. I hated for it to end. I can't wait for books two and three in the series. I know they will be just as wonderful. I would give them 10 stars, but since the top is 5, it is for sure that. It is a great story for teens and up. It has some great topics of discussion that you could talk with your teen about, or any book club. Grab your copy today!!! 

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Roseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, the beauty of which inspired her to begin writing as soon as she learned to pair subjects with verbs. She spent her middle and high school days penning novels in class, and her love of books took her to a school renowned for them. 

After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the same mountains they equate with home.

Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, the historical romance, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, and the historical, romantic suspense Culper Ring Series (Ring of Secrets, Whispers from the Shadows, and Circle of Spies). She is also the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, and Colonial Christian Fiction Writers.

Her Website: http://www.RoseannaMWhite.com

Her Blog: http://roseannamwhite.blogspot.com/

Ladies of the Manor Series
The Lost Heiress
The Reluctant Duchess April 2016
The Waiting Lady (working title) Fall 2016

Culper Ring Series
Book 1: Ring of Secrets
Novella 1.5: Fairchild's Lady
Book 2: Whispers from the Shadows
Novella 2.5: A Hero's Promise
Book 3: Circle of Spies

Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland

Giver of Wonders: A Story of St. Nicholas
(A Visibullis story)
Coming November 2015

A Stray Drop of Blood
A Soft Breath of Wind

Jewel of Persia