The Lost Heiress is a historical fiction novel by Roseanna M. White. The story opens in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 1910. Brook Eden is admiring her British friend Justin’s new Rolls-Royce. Even though he reluctantly agrees to teach her to drive, the news he brings her is much more important. Brook was raised by a woman named Collette who had connections to the Grimaldi family and when she died, Brook went to live in their palace. Before Collette died she admitted to Brook that when she was in York she had rescued Brook, an infant, after a carriage accident. Brook’s mother died in the accident. Eighteen years later she knew nothing of her real parents. Now, Justin has returned from England with news that she might be the missing heiress from Yorkshire and that her father is alive. She and Justin travel to Yorkshire and their lives change forever. Even with her identity established, Brook’s life is not picture perfect. What were the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death and why was her dying request to Collette that she take Brook far away? Why did she not mention taking her baby to Brook’s father? Then Brook’s life is threatened, but why? More questions exist than answers. As if all this isn’t enough, there is the matter of her relationship with Justin. She had accepted the fact that they were friends and she treasured his friendship. As Brook tries to adjust to her new life, it becomes obvious Justin wants to be more than a friend. Suddenly life is very complicated.
This is a story about a search for identity which includes intrigue, danger and romance. The fictional world of the large cast of characters seems real. The pace builds slowly in this engrossing novel and the reader is captivated until the end. The author has crafted a beautifully told story. Highly recommended.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers and I give this review of my own free will.