Review: To Treasure an Heiress, by Roseanna M White

OVERVIEW

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Beth Tremayne has always been drawn to adventure. During her childhood, she fed that desire by exploring every inch of the Isles of Scilly. Now, after stumbling across an old collection of letters and a map buried on her family’s property, she’s found more adventure than she ever anticipated in the hunt for pirate treasure. But in order to discover where the clues lead, she must search alongside Lord Sheridan, a man she finds insufferable.

Sheridan has spent years pursuing whatever archaeological interests pique his imagination. And when he discovers that Beth’s search connects with one of his far-removed pirate ancestors, he can’t help getting involved. Plus, he finds her irresistible, even though she insists he stole a prized possession of hers.

As they work together following different clues and drawing closer to danger, they start to piece together a story of tragic love and piratical adventure. But which treasure will bring the greatest surprise–the one they find in each other or the one just out of their reach?

My Review

Disclaimer: Although I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, the opinions below are my own.

Roseanna M White’s newest release takes readers back to an English paradise and sees an old foe become a friend while other enemies remain dangerous. To Treasure an Heiress starts approximately one week after the events of White’s previous novel. It isn’t totally necessary to have read The Nature of a Lady first – there’s an interesting recap of events early on – but it would certainly help as it explains the animosity between Beth and Sheridan.

The Secrets of the Isles series focuses on The Isles of Scilly, an archipelago located off the Cornish coast in England. In To Treasure an Heiress the action is centered around two islands: Tresco and St Agnes. Or, rather Tresco and Gugh, a spit of land accessible at low tide via a sandbar from St Agnes. As with the first title of the series, there’s a vast number of characters; many will be familiar to readers of that earlier book, but there is a good half dozen new people to meet, and I often wished I had access to a cast list. I liked the development of Beth and Sheridan’s relationship, which is a lesson in how you should get to know a person before you judge them. There’s a running joke between them, which I won’t mention as it could be construed as a spoiler, but I did find it fun. And, although they’re the featured pairing, there’s also an interconnected tale about her childhood friend and his valet. There’s a good mix of lightheartedness and suspense, which makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

My father visited the Isles of Scilly before I was born, and I have a vague recollection of seeing the photographs he took while there. Having now read two novels set on the islands, I’ve now added them to my bucket list of places I want to visit. And there’s still another book to come!

Book Information

Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)

Publication Date: 04 January 2022

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Excerpt

Roseanna M White

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Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award winning author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

The setting

Stone path leads to building in Tresco Anney Garden
Tresco Abbey Garden

The Secrets of the Isles series takes place on the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago approximately 28 miles east of southwest England. Beth’s family lives on the island of Tresco, home of the Tresco Abbey Garden. In To Treasure and Heiress, Beth’s treasure hunting will take her to Gugh, accessible via sand bar from the island of St Agnes at low tide. For more information about this English paradise, visit https://www.visitislesofscilly.com/

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