Title: The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor #1)
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
The time period for this story is 1910 and the place is Monaco to begin with and then moves to England. There is a lengthy cast of characters to follow, but the author provides a helpful list. The story takes place among the aristocracy of British society.
Justin Wildon, Lord Harlow is a young, handsome man in his mid-twenties with a future title of duke awaiting him. He is best friends with Brook Eden and has been since she was five years old and he was twelve. He has taught her how to shoot a gun, ride astride instead of sidesaddle, and many other activities most upper class English people would consider unladylike. He has spent much of his time in Monaco as that is where his father has lived since leaving England years ago. He has just returned from a trip home to England where he discovered Brook’s true identity. As a baby she was found as a survivor of a carriage accident and taken by an actress to live in Monaco. The woman who she thought was her real mother has died recently and Brook has discovered that her supposed mother wasn’t her biological mother. She finds a letter that gives a clue as to the possible identity of her family and Justin agrees to investigate for her. What follows is a story of secrets, intrigue, deception, love and faith.
I thought the first 75 pages or so were slow going, but after that the story picked up with more intrigue. So stick with it as the rest of the book will make the book definitely worth reading. There were also a lot of characters to try to keep track of who was related to whom. I really liked the Christian faith element lived out by Brook and Justin. I also liked the tone of their relationship to one another with one true to life aspect is their lack of or difficulty in communicating with each other. This is a good, clean and easy book to read. I look forward to the rest of the series!
My rating is 4 stars.
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