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?
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 & DISCUSSION
General thoughts – If you are a fan of the show Downton Abbey then you’re going to love this book. There’s a little bit of mystery, romance and humor. It really does have it all. I’ve already reserved the next book in the series from my local library.
Favorite thing – I absolutely loved Brooke. She was exactly what a strong female lead should be. While there were times that she was stubborn, I feel like that is the case for everyone so I thought it was perfect. Honestly, I think Justin was even more stubborn than Brooke. While some of his reasoning might have made sense it was hard to watch the two of them push against each other.
Least favorite thing – There were a few times that I had trouble keeping up with all the names. It seems like every character had at least two different ways they were referenced. There is a character list in the front of the book which was helpful, but it got a little annoying having to flip back and forth. That being said, I know that this was common with the time so it’s not something I would change.