29 September 2015

Noela reviews THE LOST HEIRESS by Roseanna M. White

The Lost Heiress

The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor, Book #1)
Bethany House Publishers (September 8, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

 A thrilling turn of the century tale of mystery and romance!

How have I not read anything by this author yet?!! I was utterly swept away by this entrancing Edwardian-period tale that unfurls into one of the most intriguing mysteries I’ve ever read! Merged with an enchanting albeit heart-wrenching love story, ‘The Lost Heiress’ enthralls from the beginning to the satisfying end!

The beautiful and carefree Brook Eden is stunned to learn through her long-standing friend Justin Wildon that she is a long-lost Baroness. And so we follow Brook’s journey from the bright and warm Mediterranean atmosphere where she was raised in the palace of Monaco, to the purple-sprigged countryside and dreary weather of England. How will this impulsive and spirited personality fit into her new role as the Earl of Whitby’s daughter and missing heiress? Will she be accepted by her father and his staff when so many before have tried to pass themselves off as the Earl’s long lost daughter? The anxious Brook leans on Justin, her anchor in this new land, and who has traveled to his home country along with Brook to be her mainstay. Numerous questions lay yet unanswered as to why Brook was separated from her family in the first place. When mysteries deepen and danger escalates, Brook needs answers but longs for peace.

Justin, a future Duke himself, has come to realize that his deep affection for Brook goes beyond friendship and longs to court her but cannot while she is only just discovering her true identity. But even so, Brook seemingly only thinks of him as an adored brother. As Brook struggles to adjust to her new life, Justin’s own pressing responsibilities grow. With too much time apart, trouble brewing, and intense emotions surfacing between them, Justin and Brook’s charming, easy-banter relationship becomes tempestuous and unpredictable, whilst simmering in unspoken feelings. This thrilling novel is rife with clandestine meetings, ominous threats, grave deception, and murder. Our two heroes will learn that God moves even in the darkness to accomplish His will.

The varied and vibrant characters all left their mark on me, as did the exquisite and irresistible romance, making this a story one longs to return to. Roseanna M. White has eloquently crafted a tantalizing and riveting novel, and it is my pleasure to highly recommend it to all!


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You can find this beautiful story at these places and others: Amazon, CBD, B&N, BAM

GIVEAWAY: Roseanna is generously donating a copy of The Lost Heiress to one blessed commenter! To be eligible, please leave your email address for contact purposes should you win. Using (at) and (dot) will protect you against spammers. 


61 comments:

  1. What an unusual, emotional, and exciting storyline this is, Noela - thank you for a beautiful, compelling review!! Such a beautiful cover, also. You've sold me - I'm anxious to find out the mystery behind Brook's identity, and revel in the reading of her tempestuous romance with Justin. Roseanna has written some beautiful stories - I'm definitely putting 'The Lost Heiress' on my TBR list.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! Yes, this book is all those things you mentioned and more. A terrific book you'll be able to totally immerse yourself in Bonnie! :)

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  2. Now there are so many questions I want to have the answers for! This is certainly going on my TBR pile.
    And the cover is beautiful, I love Brook's hairstyle.

    Lientjie
    lientjiehuman(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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    1. Haha Lientjie, I so hope you get to read this wonderful book soon then so you can get all those questions answered!! :) Ohh I so agree about the cover and her hairstyle... Just gorgeous!!

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  3. I love Roseanna's books. This is one book I would love to read! Great review, Noela!

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    1. Thanks Regina, you're in the draw for this wonderful book!! I need to find a way to create more hours in the day so I can catch up on Regina's books!! :)

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  4. I know this is a dream come true for Roseanna and it is thrilling to see it happen! Thanks, Noela, for the review!

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    1. I imagine it would be a dream come true, Carrie! I'm absolutely in awe of the fact that Roseanna first penned this story while so young!! YW Carrie!

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  5. Thanks so much for having me on OWG! As Carrie mentioned, this book is a dream come true--it's a rewrite of my very first novel, penned at ages 12-13! Brook and I have been through a 20 year journey together, and I'm so glad you enjoyed her story, Noela! Thank you for the awesome review!

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    1. How exciting Roseanna to see your book written so many years ago, come to fruition as a printed novel!!! I'm truly stunned you wrote such an incredible, intricate book so young! Even if it was re-written some! I'm privileged to share your 20 year old baby here with everyone! :) Thanks Roseanna!

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    2. Oh, it's been rewritten more than "some," LOL. ;-) It wasn't nearly so intricate at the start. But the character of Brook hasn't changed--I just got to know her better over the years!

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    3. I still remain in awe, lol. To have a story that you could turn into this is an amazing accomplishment!!

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    4. I just think this is the coolest thing ever, RO, that God would grant you this dream!!! It is so amazing!

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  6. I would SOOOOO love to read this book! Sounds great...awesome review, Noela!

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    1. I would LOVE you to be able to read it also B Hriv, but we will need your email to put you into the draw so I really hope you come back!

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  7. I'm reading this story now and it just so happens to be one of those just one more chapter, just one more chapter books! lol I had a hard time putting it down last night to go to bed. There is one character I would clearly LOVE to smack and I'm not a violent person... at all! Love your amazing review, NOELA!! Very descriptive and beautifully written and THANK YOU for no spoilers! haha

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    1. Nope, no spoilers with me!! Lol I think I know which character you mean haha! It's a terrific story isn't it!! The thing with those "just one more chapter" books, they're also the ones I DON'T want to come to an end! ;) Thank you for your kind words, Diana!

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  8. Beautiful cover! Intriguing plot. Wonderful review. This is a new to me author. Sounds like I would like this book. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings
    eppersonkatrina(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh Katrina, I think you'll be like me and after reading this book you'll be wanting to read even more from Roseanna! Thank you, and God bless!!

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  9. She won't be lost for long if I get a copy...

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    1. Haha that gave me a laugh! There's one thing that is lost though, and that's your email 'SmithMom'! I need to be able to know I can contact you if you're the winner of this fabulous book! :)

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  10. I haven't read anything yet by Roseanna White, though I do have one of her books and plan to read her Culper Ring series as soon as I get the other two books. The Lost Heiress sounds like an intriguing story. Thanks for the great review!
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It certainly is intriguing, Kay! I need to get a hold of those other books by Roseanna also! Bless you and thanks, Kay!

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  11. Sounds like a fantastic book! I am going to check out this author on Kindle. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book. Battles2001(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It sure is Melissa! You're welcome, and I'm so glad to have helped introduce you to this author. All the best with your entry!!

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  12. NOELA, Beautiful review! I've recently won a copy on another blog.

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    1. Oh thank you Caryl! I'm so thrilled you won a copy already!! What a blessing, enjoy!!

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  13. I loved her Culper Ring books, and I can't wait to get a hold of a copy of this one! Lovely review!

    rdalquis(at)css(dot)edu

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    1. Thanks Rachael, I hope you get to read this one soon!! I really need to get myself Roseanna's other books sometime! :)

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  14. I've only seen and heard the best of things about this book. Would love a copy!

    Diane
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. You're in the draw Diane, so here's hoping you can soon find out why everyone is loving this book! :)

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  15. I would love to win a copy. Tried everywhere. Thanks. Justcommonly (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I can understand that, it'd be a great book to have! I hope you get to read it sometime whether you win or not, 'Just Commonly', it's a terrific book! :)

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  16. What a wonderful review! I like how when I read a book, that I cant turn the pages fast enough to see whats going to happen next! I believe that is how it will be with The Lost Heiress! Congrats Roseanna White! Blessings!

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    1. My email is graceyost@hotmail.com

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    2. The Lost Heiress definitely keeps you turning those pages, Grace!! :) Thanks and God bless!!

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  17. OH OH OH I'VE BEEN DYING TO READ THIS ONE!!!!!!! Everyone I've seen reviews from has LOVED it and it makes me want to read and review it even more!!!!!!! :D

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! :)

    Hugs, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Sounds like you had better read this Amada!! ;) I so wish you all the best and pray you get the opportunity to read this amazing book soon!!

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  18. WOW! This looks like an AMAZING book . . . . love this time period too!!! Can I win please??

    mochiato@gmail.com

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    1. Mochino, I would love you to win! :) Actually I wish everybody could! I sure hope you get to read this amazing book soon! All the best!

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  19. Noela, another amazing review ! I've seen mixed reviews from my friends on goodreads on this one. Personally I think it sounds amazing. Inreallybwould love to have the opportunity to read it.
    Book1lovingmomma at gmail dot com

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    1. I think you should listen to yourself, and me hehe, I am sure you'll love this story, Deanne!! :) All the best with your entry!

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  20. This sounds like a terrific book. I reallly want to read it! Thanks for the great review!

    lgm52 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you 'Igm', I sincerely hope you get to read this amazing book soon!! Here's hoping!

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  21. This sounds like a fantastic book. New Author to me but I would love to read this book. What a wonderful review. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. spotts06 at comcast dot net.

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    1. Thanks so much Stella! I would so love you to read this book too, and get to know this new author to you also!! All the best!

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  22. This one sounds like a winner!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It definitely is, Melanie! :) Hope you can find that out for yourself soon! Blessings!

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  23. I've been reading lots of good reviews for The Lost Heiress. It sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot[com}

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    1. I'm sure you will too, Pam! :) You're welcome and all the best with your entry!

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  24. A wonderful review thank you.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. NOELA, another wonderful review of what sounds like an intriguing book. ROSEANNA is an amazing writer and I hope I get to read this one soon! :-)

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    1. Thanks Teresa, and yes it is very intriguing! You'll enjoy it!! :)

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  26. This does sound like such a good story and I love the cover! Thanks for the wonderful review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. The cover is so gorgeous isn't it, Loraine? As is the story! Thanks Loraine and all the best!! :)

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  27. Book sounds like an intriguing read. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Blessings,
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at) yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I think the word 'intriguing' describes this book perfectly, Carol!! Blessing on you and your entry too!

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  28. I have been hearing rave reviews on this book. Would love to win and try this author out. Book Club Network reviewers were telling everyone at our last meeting how wonderful this book is. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance since last week to look for the book. The best bookstores are on the other side of town (25-30 miles).

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  29. I haven't read any of Roseanna's books, but am really looking forward to this one, Beautiful cover!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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