Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
About the book:
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?
This story builds on itself. It gives the impression of a happy, regency romance, but quickly has dark twists and turns throughout. I found the story line intriguing and since the focus was not romance, that seemed to add flavor to the story without overpowering it. The mystery that separated a baby from her father when they were young quickly comes to light, but you are mystified as to how it will all play out.
I enjoyed this book, as I have enjoyed others of Roseanna’s books. She does a wonderful job of spinning a tale with history, light romance, and faith all in one.