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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0764213504
ISBN-13: 9780764213502
Series: Ladies of the Manor

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  1. Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed it, but...{Content Review}
    September 12, 2017
    Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    **This is a Books for Christian Girls content review for girls ages 9-19. The Spiritual, Negative, & Sexual Content from this book are honestly listed below. Keep in mind, when reading a BFCG review, ignore the things that don't bother you, but take notice of the things that do.**

    About this book:

    Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, shes British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brooks 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 mothers 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 Brooks life is threatened do they draw closebut 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 possessionand this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

    Series: Book #1 in the Ladies of the Manor series.

    Spiritual Content- Many Prayers; Bible reading & talks about Bible reading; Talks about curses & the Lord; Talks about God, forgiveness, & trust; Hs are capital when referring to God; Many, many Scriptures are mentioned & remembered; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of Church going; Mentions of Prayers & the Lord; Mentions of Bible reading;

    *Note: a godforsaken, a how the devil, two why the devils; Mentions of the devil (a man and a horse are called one); Many mentions and stories of curses & angry gods.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a buck up, a dumb, two by thunder, two deucess, two forms of drat, two what/who in blazes; three shut ups, six idiots, eight forms of blast, 18 stupids; Mentions of curses said but not written; A bit of sarcasm; Pain, Blood, Guns & Slapping (semi-detailed); Reading & Nightmares from Dracula; Justins father loves to gamble; A mention of slitting someones throat; Mentions of wine; Mentions of casinos, drinking & gambling; Mentions of drunks & pubs; Mentions of blood & violence; Many mentions of killing & murder.

    Sexual Content- Hand kisses, two head kisses, ten barely-above-not-detailed kisses, four semi-detailed kisses, four forced semi-detailed kisses, a boarder-line semi-detailed //detailed kiss, and a detailed kiss; Brotherly & Welcoming kisses; Remembering a kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to kiss; Touches & grabs (up to semi-detailed); Noticing (x2); Flirting; Pratt gazes & leers at women; Brook thinks/thought she was an illegitimate daughter; A jerk wants to sleep with Deirde, but she doesnt want to (and they dont); A jerk forces himself on Deirde & plants a hard kiss on her (semi-detailed); *Spoiler* [Pratt wants Deirdes obedience and her threats her family if she doesnt do what he says, whether or not that includes sleeping with him is hinted at (hide spoiler)]*End of Spoiler*; A mention of a man in a womans bed; A mention of dismissing a servant who was caught alone with a village boy; Mentions of having a mistresses (Justin says he will not have one); Mentions of women as playthings; Mentions of affairs & rumored affairs; Mentions of illegitimate children; Mentions of men getting women with children; *Spoiler* [Justins Uncle raped Justins mother, which resulted in Justin. (hide spoiler)] *End of Spoiler*; A mentions of a honeymoon; Love, falling in love & the emotions;

    *Note: A mention of a girls figure; Mentions of breeding horses.

    -Brook Eden, age 18

    -Justin Wildon, age 25

    P.O.V. switches between them, & Deirde

    Set in 1910-1911

    439 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- Two Stars (and a half)-ish

    Older High School Teens- Four Stars-ish

    My personal Rating- Four Stars-ish

    Oh. I really should give The Lost Heiress a 3.5 star ratingbut oh. I so enjoyed it. I really like Lost Princess stories (the Barbie movie was my favorite when I was little), so I had high hopes for this one. The outward appearance of the novel is quite beautiful, especially the spine and back cover. At first, I was overwhelmed with the Character List at the beginning, but by 50 pages in, I had whos who. Some parts reminded me of Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer , a favorite 4-star of mine. This one didnt have the villians POV, though, which was nice. I really ought to give a bit of a lower rating due to the kisses & Pratt, but since its been so long since I really truly enjoyed a historical novel! And ohmygoodness, Brook has to be one of the best heroines Ive read all year. The Lost Heiress was very well written, with humor (I laughed many times), drama, love & Faith.

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House Publishers) for this review.
  2. nkwbookreviewer
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Downton Abbey fans will love this Christian romantic mystery
    September 2, 2016
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.
  3. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delight to read
    July 26, 2016
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. Cris
    OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling Reading
    June 4, 2016
    Cris
    OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started the book. But, within a very short time, it grabbed me and compelled me to keep reading "just one more chapter." I liked the fact that it was more than a love story or an historic period peace. It has mystery, suspense, love, hate and all the good and bad characters that make a book interesting. I'm looking forward to reading another one of Roseanna White's books.
  5. Nica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mystery Like Nancy Drew
    June 3, 2016
    Nica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This book reminded me of a Nancy Drew mystery. I absolutely loved it. I had never read a book by Roseanna White but the book was enthralling immediately. Short summary without giving away too many details...Elizabeth discovers that her real dad is a nobleman and her life drastically changes. She has to overcome doubts from people in society, changes in her friendship to Justin, and newfound love for her father. Mystery and danger cloud the situation as they work out the details surrounding why she was separated from her family to begin with. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

    I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Roseanna M. White
Located in: Keyser, WV
Submitted: January 30, 2015

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a homeschooling mom, historical author, editor at WhiteFire Publishing, cover designer, and blatant neglector of housekeeping.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  When I was 12, I decided I was going to write a book. I sat down with a story of a girl who thought she was a princess, but who then learned she was actually English...and that the secrets of her parents' death was hidden in something she'd had with her all these years. I finished the story when I was 13 and promptly sent it out to my dream publisher, Bethany House. Who shockingly turned it down. Fast-forward 20 years, and I've rewritten, retitled, and re-set this story about a gazillion times...but the heart has remained the same. And on my third pitch to Bethany House, they bought it. The Lost Heiress is my tenth published novel but my first ever book, and I am beyond thrilled that it's finally out--and from the first publisher I ever submitted it to!

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Family is the key to this story, and what it really means to find yourself in a world that would have you follow a certain code. I hope that through this story, readers realize along with the characters that it isn't about your station in life--it's about what's in your heart.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  The growth of this story in many ways follows my growth as a person and a writer. I love the fact that I started it in my most awkward time of life, and that now the final version is written when I'm established in the life I always dreamed of. My heroine started out as the ideal of what I wanted to be...and now she's a combination of old dreams and newer realizations.

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