“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 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.”
The Lost Heiress is the first novel in the Ladies of the Manor series. Brook, a teenager who had recently discovered that her parents where not her biological parents, is on a mission to discover who she is and where she comes from. As that discovery is made and she is reunited with her father and family, Brook realizes that it might take longer than she had originally thought to be accepted by others for who she really was, the Baroness. The trials that Brook faced were unfair and unnecessary. No one should have been treated the way that she had been. Especially by the staff that her father employed. Even though I believe that the treatment she received was uncalled for I do understand why the staff members were cold towards her. When many posers come through people begin to distrust others as well. To them Brook was just another person claiming to be the long lost daughter of their employer. I enjoyed reading about Brook and Justin’s relationship. Even though they were the best of friends their feelings towards each other ran deeper than that. It was interesting to watch them come to terms with those feelings and figure out what they were going to do. At first when I saw this novel I thought that it was too long and that there was no way that it would be that interesting. Let’s just say that by the time I finished this book I was wishing for it to continue. I am really looking forward to the second novel that is to come out next year. In the meantime I am just going to have to find other novels to keep reading. There was a great deal of mystery within this book and while a few aspects were obvious, some of it was unforeseeable. I highly recommend this novel and hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Don’t let the size of it scare you! Hope y’all enjoy it!!
I received a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.