Monday, November 20, 2023

Inheritance - Romantic Suspense Review

Goodreads:  Inheritance (The Lost Brides Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

Rating: Loved It! (5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  1806: Astrid Poole sits in her bridal clothes, overwhelmed with happiness. But before her marriage can be consummated, she is murdered, and the circle of gold torn from her finger. Her last words are a promise to Collin never to leave him…

Graphic designer Sonya MacTavish is stunned to learn that her late father had a twin he never knew about―and that her newly discovered uncle, Collin Poole, has left her almost everything he owned, including a majestic Victorian house on the Maine coast, which the will stipulates she must live in it for at least three years. Her engagement recently broken, she sets off to find out why the boys were separated at birth―and why it was all kept secret until a genealogy website brought it to light.

Trey, the young lawyer who greets her at the sprawling clifftop manor, notes Sonya’s unease―and acknowledges that yes, the place is haunted…but just a little. Sure enough, Sonya finds objects moved and music playing out of nowhere. She sees a painting by her father inexplicably hanging in her deceased uncle’s office, and a portrait of a woman named Astrid, whom the lawyer refers to as “the first lost bride.” It’s becoming clear that Sonya has inherited far more than a house. She has inherited a centuries-old curse, and a puzzle to be solved if there is any hope of breaking it…

Genre: Romance - Suspense    

Why I Picked This Book:  I can never resist a Nora Roberts trilogy and the blurb was just too fantastic sounding to pass up.

My Impression:  I've been reading Nora Roberts' books for just over 20 years and it's so considerate of her to write a book just for me!  I mean I assume that's what happened because this has all of my favorite things in one book - a likable main character figuring out what she wants in life, good friendships, an amazing house that just happens to be haunted AND full of gorgeous family heirlooms and antiques, family secrets, and dogs.  Really the only thing I didn't love about this book is that I have to wait a bit for the next book in the trilogy when I want to go back to Lost Brides Manor right now.  

I loved getting to know Sonya, Cleo, Trey and the rest of the Doyle family.  I loved getting to know the lost brides and the rest of the Poole family.  Sonya trying to figure out just what is going on in her new house all while trying to hold on to her skepticism was entertaining.  I loved the variety of haunted-ness the Lost Brides Manor has and some would be quite welcome but overall I'm glad I don't live in a haunted house.

This was a fun story with a bit of a slower romance but lots of friendship and spookiness to make up for it.  I want more of these characters and I can't wait to discover more about the mysteries, the brides, and the family.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Yes!  I am counting days until the 2nd book comes out.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Yes!  If you enjoy romance, suspense, ghosts or any combination of all 3 I think you would enjoy this book.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I have read and loved Nora Roberts' trilogies for years and years. I've been looking forward to this one and am glad to hear what you thought about it, Katherine. Yes, I'll be reading it, but I may wait a bit until closer to #2. Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. Robin reviewed this today on Books of My Heart. I enjoy Nora Roberts and may end up reading this one.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  3. When I saw this in my feed I thought Oh good, now I will know how good it is. Then I see Loved it and your review says why. Awesome. Now to decide whether I read or listen to it!

  4. Everyone seems to be loving this book! I am definitely going to have to get my hands on a copy soon.