THE LOST HEIRESS
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.
Loved loved loved loved LOVED this book!!!! It's long -- over 400 pages but I didn't want it to end. White pulled me into this Downton Abbeyesque world and I wanted to stay there forever. A seamless blend of suspense and romance in a historical setting makes this the perfect read.
Brook is an exquisite heroine -- a unique blend of daring and demure. And Justin -- be still my heart -- a divine hero, Brook's best friend who wants to be more but he can be a little dense when it comes to the romance department (an unfortunate trait of many toe-curling heroes.) Loved the give and take in their friendship -- they can finish each other's sentences in some cases while being complete communication dunderheads in others. And oh la la, when they argue! Sublime.
Intrigue casts a dark shadow over Brook's homecoming where layers of betrayal place her in danger. But while the suspense is gripping, White manages to punctuate the darker parts of the story with some light-hearted comedic moments. Makes for a startling contrast and a truly enjoyable read.
An overlapping theme of trusting God in the midst of fear brings an added dimension to the story. And not just the fear of danger but more simple, everyday fears like not being accepted, the fear of change, of trusting your heart to someone else's keeping. Realistic struggles brought into perspective by a strong faith element.
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