Friday, October 13, 2023



Ella receives a box with a name written on it, and she believes that it is her grandmother’s name.  Inside is an old black and white photograph of a woman and a child and a piece of sheet music.  The photograph was taken in Greece on the beautiful island of Skopelos.  When Ella’s boyfriend, Gabriel convinces her to go to the Greek island to uncover the truth behind the photograph and tells her that he will wait for her to return. Ella finds out the heartbreaking story of Alexandra and how she and her father were forced to move to London.  But, the more time Ella spends in Greece the more she uncovers the horrible truth of what happened to her relatives so many years ago.  She also realizes how much she loves the island and wonders if she should return to London or if Greece is her new home.

The Royal Daughter written by author Soraya Lane is the third installment in The Lost Daughters Series. I absolutely love how this author can transport you from wherever you are to the beautiful Greek Isles.  The detailed description of the picturesque island of Skopelos makes me want to visit Greece.  I loved the dual timeline of this novel, it worked well and was never confusing.  I enjoyed all the characters of this novel and found myself feeling heartbroken for Ella.  I loved the unexpected ending. This is a wonderful addition to this amazing series that can be enjoyed as a standalone.  I loved everything about this book and I highly recommend it.  


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Soraya Lane
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 12, 2023 
Pages: 295 
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“My darling B, my heart, my soul. I only wish we’d had longer. Longer to search for the daughter that I should never have given up. The daughter that I should have been brave enough to keep, brave enough to tell you about, brave enough to tell the world about.”

London, present day.  AElla looks down at a faded black and white photograph of an unknown woman and child alongside a yellowing piece of sheet music, she wonders how the two things can possibly relate to her own family. The items were left for her family at Hope’s House, a home for unmarried mothers whose babies were adopted.

Soon Ella learns that the photograph was taken on the picturesque Greek island of Skopelos, nestled in the turquoise calming waters of the Aegean sea, and that the woman in the photo holds the key to her family’s heritage. As she opens up to her new flame 
, he tells her that she should go to the island to unravel the mystery and that he will wait for her.

Though Ella is torn she decides to go and once there, she discovers a heart-wrenching story of a royal family forced to leave their country for a new life in London, and of a girl with a unique talent for music who captured the heart of a young violinist but was forced to leave him and London behind for the sake of her family.

When Ella discovers the sacrifice made by the two young lovers and comes face to face with her forgotten Greek family, will their story give her the courage to follow her own heart back to London and Gabriel, or will the beauty of the island capture her heart and lead her to a new love altogether?


Soraya Lane graduated with a law degree before realising that law wasn't the career for her and that her future was in writing. She is the author of historical and contemporary women's fiction, including the #1 Kindle bestselling novels The Last Correspondent and The Secrets We Left Behind

Soraya lives on a small farm in her native New Zealand with her husband, their two young sons and a collection of four legged friends. When she's not writing, she loves to be outside playing make-believe with her children or snuggled up inside reading.

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