Sweeping Romance and Mystery in the Edwardian Era
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 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 will their loyalty 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 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 who to trust.
Roseanna M. White is always a treat to read. I know when I pick up one of her books I can expect romance and drama. Here’s my thoughts:
What I liked:
The mystery. You know almost right away who Brook is, but what you don’t know is how or why she ended up where she did. And I was totally invested in her story and why things happened the way they did.
Regency. I love a good regency with class issues and manners and the ability to say much with very little. It’s all here.
Brook. It has been such a long time since I read a heroine that I just loved. I loved Brook. If she had problems she didn’t hide them. She was confrontational and nobody could fall back on the excuse of miscommunication. She managed to be fiercely independent and yet still play within the rules of her society. She was a heroine I could trust to narrate the story and one I could trust to interact with others.
The romance. It kind of reminded me of this old movie called Gigi (very very loosely reminded). The romance was something you could believe in because it had a solid foundation of friendship and even if Brook and her guy argued, you never got the sense that they were over. Surprisingly enough, this book was probably one of the most drama free romance novels Ms. White has written.
Spiritually, the novel deals with the power of prayer and how curses and things of that nature can be real, particularly if directed towards unbelievers. I loved it.
What I didn’t like:
It’s really not a big deal, but I would say the suspense/mystery part was a bit underwhelming-but only in the sense that I kept expecting the plot to be a bit more intricate. I mean, the suspense had me on my toes!
Romantic Scale: 8
Overall, very good and such a fun novel to read. Recommended!
** I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**