STORY: 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.
REVIEW: Brook Eden is just 18 when she finds she is actually the Baroness of Berkeley. She has always thought her mother was a singer who had ties to the Prince of Monaco. The Prince and Brook were very close as she grew up. When Brook learns this good news, she journeys to England to meet with the father she has never known. Brook and her mother had been in a carriage accident that took her mother’s life and Brook was taken away and not seen again. Her father has tried for years to find her. Several young women have tried to claim that they are the true daughter only to be turned away after a time.
Justin Wildon has been a friend to Brook for many years. His father is the heir to the Duke of Stafford in England. However, his father does not care for the weather of England and prefers living in Monte Carlo where he can gamble and live his life drinking and partying. But when Justin’s father dies in a car crash and soon after his grandfather dies, Justin returns to his family home in North Yorkshire, England to become the next Duke of Stafford.
When Brook arrives in England and meets her father, he is very loving and sure that she is his lost daughter. However, not every one of the extended family members, and some of the servants are not convinced that Brook is the lost daughter. They have been fooled before by other pretenders and can’t help but be skeptical of Brook.
Justin and Brook continue to be friends and support one another. Soon, that friendship begins to turn an attraction much deeper than friendship. But danger lurks because someone is in search of an extremely valuable possession in the family. When attacks on Brook begin, fear increases and events from the past are about to explode.
This is the first novel I have read by the author and I was very eager to do so. I look forward to reading more from her. I had some difficulty in keeping up with the vast number of characters and the length of the book came somewhat wearying. To help with the number of characters, the author wisely included a listing of each of them and how they related to one other in the family. A very good idea! I know the author put a lot of work into this saga and the praise for the book is well deserved.
Connie for b2b
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