Julie Klassen is simply fabulous! Each of her novels are entertaining, intriguing, exciting, lovely and make you lose sleep. After reading The Girl in the Gatehouse a couple years back, I immediately wanted to get all her novels and read them all in a row, but I managed to pace myself, so I read a previously published novel in between her new releases. Well, the time has come when I’ve read all of her published works, so now I must wait until July for her next release. Sigh….
Lady of Milkweed Manor is Klassen’s first published novel and after reading all of her other works, it’s rather fun to read the first one last.
Even a proper vicar’s daughter can make a mistake—and now Charlotte Lamb must pay a high price for her fall. To avoid the prying eyes of all who know her, she hides herself away in London’s forbidding “Milkweed Manor,” a place of mystery and lore, of old secrets and new birth.
But once there, she comes face to face with a suitor from her past—a man who now hides secrets of his own. Both are determined, with God’s help, to protect those they love. But neither can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.
Sprinkled with fascinating details about the lives of women in Regency England, Lady of Milkweed Manor is a moving romantic drama about the redemption of past failings and the beauty of sacrificial love.
If I had to pick one word to describe this book, I would go with honest. What happened to Charlotte (including how she found herself there), the aftermath and how society dealt with women? All honest and real. Of course it doesn’t make it right, but it was the reality for women back then. Plus the reaction of family and friends? Another honest portrayal. It’s hard to believe that’s how things were done, but I can say it makes for an interesting and captivating story!
I have to also add I really like how this story spanned over several years. When life happens, whether from a mistake or from something done wrong to you, it doesn’t often get fixed in a few months or a year. And often, God works the most beautiful stories that way.
Are you a Julie Klassen or Regency fan? What are some of your favorite stories?