Sweeping Romance and Mystery in the Edwardian Era
Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. When her friend Justin uncovers the fact that she is possibly a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea and 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 will their loyalty 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 their 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 those who can save her still aren’t sure whom to trust.
I have mixed feelings about this story. From a general point of view, I think the story was well written and represented the era in which it took place well (early 1900s in Western Europe). However, what was challenging with this story is I struggled to connect with the main characters, Brook and Justin. In fact, I connected with their side characters, such as Deirdre, Brook’s maid, more.
This story focused a lot on Brook’s and Justin’s growing friendship, often reflecting on their childhood, and following their growth and development as time passed and challenges came up. I liked seeing their friendship grow and it felt genuine. Also, seeing Brook unite with her biological father and reclaim her birthright was nice. It was nice to see things come together for her when it was very realistic for it to not to.
The thing that threw me off with this story and it could very well be different for others, was Brook’s personality and behavior. In some cases, she seemed joyful and careless, not really paying much attention to what was going on around her. But in other cases, she seemed stern and brave, challenging anyone who crossed her path. I think that is what made it difficult for me to connect with Brook—I didn’t really know who she was. The conflict between her and Justin also seemed to be all over the place. I feel like they struggled to get their points across and thus their problem was made into a bigger deal than it needed to.
This story had a lot of suspense and a little bit of mystery, which I generally like, but I felt it was predictable to me. I sort of knew who was behind all of the problems that popped up throughout the story. In the end, although I can definitely see a sequel to this story, I felt things came full circle and ended well.
Despite some things I said, I would still recommend this story because I believe it was well written and depicted the era well. Also with my thoughts on connecting with characters and predictability, that may be different for others. If I take away those 2 things, I will say that the story was pretty good.
3 out of 5 stars. The story was interesting and written well. It had enough suspense to keep me wanted to know how things turned out in the end.
***This book was given to me by Bethany House for an honest review.***