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Roseanna M. White’s The Lost Heiress

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.

Review

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.**

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What I’m Looking Forward To

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dunham is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.

Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it’s as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all: a gift that’s not supposed to exist.

Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.

This book comes out November 5, 2015….seems so far away!

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Monday Musings…Feelings

Do you write your reviews based upon how you feel after you read a book? Initially, I kept my feelings mostly out of it. If the author wrote the correct formula: good heroine, loads of romance, page turning plot, than I gave a good review and 5 stars (amazon).

And if the plot was ridiculous, and the heroine annoying, and the romance silly, then you could tell how I felt by my review.

But I recently read a discussion post from a blogger and she said sometimes she will read a book and the plot is predictable and the romance is lame, and the heroine is annoying, but when she finished the book she was smiling and thinking about it all day long. And so she gave the book 5 stars, because it did it’s job. It entertained her.

I love this advice. Because really, at the end of the day, it’s not about the formula, its about whether the past few hours you spent were enjoyable. It’s about whether youre still thinking about that book the next day or whether you’ve forgotten the main character’s name already. And so lately, even if a book has followed the right formula, if I was bored reading it, I rate it lower; in contrast if the book has the wrong formula, but I can’t put it down, I rate it higher. I have made the way I feel at the end of the book a major part of my review.

How about you? Do you take into consideration how you feel after reading a book to write your review?