The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor Series #1)

The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor Series #1)

by Roseanna M. White

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Roseanna White Debuts Sparkling British Historical Romance

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441228819
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Ladies of the Manor Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 9,871
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of nine novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at
Roseanna M. White ( is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, designing book covers, editing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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The Lost Heiress 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Couldn’t put it down and I LOVED that it was a clean book that anyone could read and enjoy ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. Great characters, an engrossing mystery, accurate period detail, love without graphic sex and a faith-based story. The ending read like a Part I so I'm very much hoping to meet these folks again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took me best part of three days due to interesting subject matter and length of story. Seriously contemplating reading rest of series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good, clean mystery romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all the characters in this story especially Whitby!
hollydollyWA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much! It does have a Downton Abbey flavor which I'm a huge fan! I just discovered Rosanna M White this past year and am really enjoying her books!
AndreaBy 5 months ago
Brook has been among “family” in Monaco for years. Her good friend Justin comes back with news of who she really is and embarks on the journey to introduce her to her real family. Many names to get to know in this one, though they are listed in the front of the book. We have one person who destined to not be liked and another one of two that are iffy just by association. Justin is called away shortly after their arrival to Whitby, and the story continues building the initial characters then takes off in page turning adventures. The plot keeps moving and shifting, daring us to put all the pieces together about how the threat was going to play out. Love the duel languages Justin and Brook speak and the supporting characters that abound in this story. Looking forward to what’s ahead in this series.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. An historical Christian novel. An easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this period in history. Interesting characters and plot line. Will look for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice characters and good story set at the turn of the century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a good book. I enjoyed the story and the way ir was written. Very good job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the whole story with it's twist and turns.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I really did myself a disservice by reading the Ladies of the Manor series out of order! I started with the second book, the Reluctant Duchess (my favorite of them all), then read the third, A Lady Unrivaled, and only now got the first one read. Because there is a continuing plot thread between them all, I knew for the most part what would happen in The Lost Heiress and found myself skimming through much of the introduction of the various family members and cousins and their drama. I was mostly interested in the relationship between Brook and Justin, and how they went from best friends to in love. I was a bit disappointed with their transition since there were so many other distractions keeping them apart, but once they give in to their feelings and trust each other their romance is pretty amazing. Partway through the book the rare red diamonds known as the Fire Eyes come into play, which amps up the suspense and tension as villains stop at nothing to discover them. I especially enjoyed the closeness between Brook and her father after their reunion and was glad that she had someone steady to rely on. (Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book; this is my honest review)
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Brook Eden has no problem with bucking tradition and trivial social niceties but she is determined to discover the truth of her heritage. I admire her courage and drive! This lady has spunk! Long-time friend Justin Wildon accompanies Brook to Yorkshire to meet her presumed family. The romance and mystery kept my heart pounding and had me hanging on every word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lost Heiress by author Rosanna M. White is Book One in her Ladies of the Manor series. It is a 448 page paperback novel published by Bethany House Publishers. This Christian historical romance has a beautiful cover featuring a lovely woman in an ecru dress with pearls. It is set in the Edwardian period of 1910 and is a great book for Downton Abbey fans as well as English romance lovers. This was the story of Brook Eden and is filled with intrigue, mystery, romance, glamour, history, and inspiration by trusting in God. Brook's mother died in an accident when Brook was young, and Brook never went to live with her father but never knew why. At eighteen year old Brook learns she is the Baroness of Berkeley and decides to travel to England to meet her father. She has questions she wants answered. Her father is very loving and certain that she is his lost daughter, but some family members and even servants do not believe it. They have been scammed by others pretending to be the lost heiress. Brook is accompanied to England by childhood friend, Justin Wildon. He is a nobleman, the Duke of Stafford. The relationship he has with Brook is a rocky one at times. The author has a nice writing style. Her characters are well defined. There are so many characters she has listed them and their relationships to aid readers. Her descriptions are on point. I could imagine the scenery, people, and everything quite well. This was an elegant mystery with inspirational messages of faith, trust, priorities, love, and greed. The author had a well thought plot, nice dialogue that flowed smoothly, and enough suspense and mystery to keep readers guessing. I enjoyed this book very much and would definitely recommend it. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
The Lost Heiress Ladies of the Manor #1 By Roseanna M. White Brook Eden has only ever wanted to belong. And when a recently discovered letter hints at where to start looking her dearest friend Justin Wildon undertakes the mission for her. Uncovering the truth of who Brook is the perfect gift Justin can give her. But good news is mixed with tragedy for both Brook and Justin as they leave Monaco behind for Yorkshire. A mysterious tragedy tore Brook from the arms of her family and now her return is looked upon with suspicion. As Brook settles into this new and unknown life Justin must settle into his new role as he deals with a long hidden family secret. Will these new roles drive these two close friends apart or lead them to something more than friendship? As the Baroness of Berkeley, Brook has suddenly become the most sought after lady of the season, but what does she want? All too soon dances and dresses are the last thing on Brook's mind when the mystery surrounding her mother's death comes for her. Will the long lost heiress soon be another tragedy? Or will those closest to her thwart the evil that seeks her? Historical fiction with a generous dash of mystery and romance will appeal to many readers. And at times you'll feel like giving both Brook and Justin a good hard shake. I was provided a copy of this book through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because I had heard really good things about it and the next book in the series had come out and I was hearing great things about that one as well. Now I can see what all the fuss is about. I loved this book. I couldn't help but put some Downton Abbey voices to the characters in this book. Brook often times reminded me of Lady Mary from the Downton. She is very stubborn and not willing to conform to what people think she should be. Justin was a wonderful hero, kind and strong, trying to do the right thing and loving Brook the whole time. The rest of the characters where wonderfully developed,as well, which made this book even more rich and interesting to read, never a dull moment. I have definitely found a new historical romance author that I will continue to be reading. And if you are having Downton Abbey withdrawal this can help feed that need :)
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that Roseanna M. White is DEFINITELY going to be added to my list of ALL TIME FAVORITE authors. I literally could not put this book down. This book had it all: humor, romance, intrigue, and an engaging plot with a whole lot of layers. I really enjoyed the emotional roller coaster this story took me on. From the moment Brook is "found," the suspense begins. I fell in love with Justin and Brook immediately. Their playful banter, their spark that both ignored for the wrong reasons, their arguments that had me wanting to shake them both had me hooked from the start. Elizabeth Brook Eden is such a complex character. Her independent, fiery spirit contrasts with her sense of being lost and her fear of loving and losing. She has many facets to her personality because of her past and she is able to carry herself in almost any situation. It also amused me greatly when she would get so mad she lapsed into a different language! Justin, oh Justin. I loved his fierce loyalty to his family and Brook. His protective and cautious nature are at times endearing and frustrating. My favorite "layer" of the story was watching Brook find out who she truly was and embracing it, then watching Justin and Brook figure out how to navigate their feelings for each other in Brook's new reality. Just mesmerizing and beautiful! The battle of good vs. evil, greed vs. generosity was evident throughout the story. It amazed me that certain characters actions represented well these facets of the human nature. Watching Brook and Justin grow in their faith because of the trials they endured was beautiful and encouraging. One of my favorite characters was Lord Worthing. Besides the fact that he was charming and good humored by nature, his insight because of his faith was uncanny. He represented, to me, what a true Christian should look like. Overall, I can't say enough great things about this beautiful story. Go out and get your copy today! Trust me, you won't regret it.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White is a wonderful, enchanting story set in Monaco and the moors of the North Sea in the 1900’s. The well-crafted plot embraces romance and mystery. The characters are complex and intriguing from royalty to commoners. Justin and Brook, long-time childhood friends in Monaco, are extremely devoted to each other. Brook has long desired to know her true background and to whom she really belongs. Raised by an opera performer and Prince Louis, Brook often felt that they were not her true family. Her relationship with the grandfather was most loving and warm, but she needed to know where she belonged. The deathbed confession of the woman who had raised her, spurred her to find out the truth. She asked her friend, Justin, who was traveling to England to investigate information in letters that she had found and the seal on the envelope. His mission was successful. He knew when he looked upon a woman’s portrait that she was the mother of Brook. He had found her real family and discovered her to be a baroness—Elizabeth Brook Eden or Baroness of Berkely. Although several imposters in the past had presented themselves to the Earl of Whitby, he immediately knew that Brook was his long-missing daughter and easily accepted her into his life. Other relatives and the household staff were not as easily won over or convinced. Her appearance was a threat to some, and her possession of a hidden treasure was a temptation to others. A second time, the heiress of Whitby Park, is stolen from her family and rightful place. This is a thoroughly entertaining novel that I highly recommend. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth (Brook) Eden has never been sure who were parents are until with the help of her friend Justin Wildon, she discovers that her father is actually a nobleman, Lord Whitby. She and Justin travel to England to meet him but Justin is called back home to take care of unexpected family business issues. Brook is readily accepted by her father and soon becomes involved in a life of wealth and affluence. She soon discovers that all is not what it seems and she realizes that she can't trust some of the people around her. They apparently doubt that Brook is really Lord Whitby's daughter! Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres and 'The Lost Heiress' certainly didn't disappoint. I am eager to read the second book in The Ladies of the Manor series by author Roseanna M. White. I received a copy of this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
ReadingwithErin More than 1 year ago
"You are the image of your mother, my dear. But it seems your disposition you inherited from me, stubbornness and all. My apologies." This story does have quite a lot of characters/titles for same characters, can be confusing at first you soon learn who everyone is and how they all know each other. Brook Eden- The Heiress and long lost child of Earl of Whitby. Justin Wildon- Brook's childhood friend and confidant. Duke of Stafford. Lord Whitby- Brook's father and also know as Early of Whitby. Deirdre O'Malley- Lady's maid to Brook. Viscount Pratt- Brook's neighbor and distant cousin. Earl Thate- Justin's best friend. While that is not even close to half the characters those are the ones that I found most important throughout the story. When Brook Eden finally finds out who she is due to Justin helping her. She is taken from Monaco where she was raised to England where her father and the rest of the family is. With having many imposters try to be her in the past the family and staff are slightly standoffish at first. But after seeing her the family knows that she really is the lost daughter of Lord Whitby. From their she is thrown into a whirlwind of figuring out who she is, who her mother was, and how to form a relationship with her father. Along with this though she also realizes her real feelings for Justin who keeps pushing her away at every turn due to turmoil going on in his own life and learning to become a Duke. With the many ups and downs of their relationship you do get rather annoyed with both of them at times for not just sitting down and talking. While her and Justin struggle with what they are or what they both want to be. There is a huge mystery going on that involves not only Brook and her parents but also Deidre and Pratt. The "Fire Eyes" as there known due to being the rarest ruby in the world cause more problems than any jewel ever should. While I'm not going to say anything more about this because I don't want to ruin the story. "I don't want to see another imposter hurt the family. Strange as it seems to feel sorry for the masters, such wealth comes with to much deception." I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
The Lost Heiress is the first book in the Ladies of the Manor Series. It is an interesting historical romance.I found the setting to be interesting. The story line was easy to follow. The characters have personality. The story is full of history, family, loss, and romance. I look forward to reading the next one in the series. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
KR3 More than 1 year ago
This was truly a great read. I've been putting off reading this one because the back blurb didn't sound all that interesting--I enjoy Regency England versus England in the 1900's. However, this book very much surprised me. Within two pages, I was already heartily in love with Justin--then fell in love with Lord Worthing in one page! Throw in the uniqueness of Brook and you have a book full of deep characters. The plot was good too! :) I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series, and I think I'll check out her other books now as well! Very clean--no sex, drugs, or language. Some violence. Rated PG. Great romance.