Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

I am reviewing an amazing book today.  I just got back from a long trip (three hours round trip) to the doctor.  I am glad that I just have to go every two months.  If I could just find a way to read and drive, the trip would be much more pleasurable!  I tried audio books, but I discovered my mind tends to wander (not a good thing when driving). 

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson is a wonderful novel!  It all started with a lie.  Margaret “Maggie” Emerson is pregnant with Elliot’s (Baron Bonheur) child.  Her aunt told her not to get involved with the men who came in on their yachts, but Maggie let herself be seduced by Elliot.  Just as Maggie was about to throw herself into the ocean (and drown), she is saved by Walter Doyle.  Walter is in love with Maggie and has proposed once before to her.  This time Maggie accepts Walter’s proposal, but she does not tell him about the baby (their lives would have been much happier if she had told him).

Heather Toulson lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a restoration artist.  She is heading home to England to clear out her family’s home.  Her father, Walter recently passed away and she is taking a couple of weeks to clear out the cottage and put it up for sale.  Heather’s daughter, Ella is going with her for the first week.  Heather ends up finding a lot more than family pictures when she cleans out their home.  Decades of secrets are about to be released.  It is amazing how one lie can lead to another and then another and so on.

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor take us from the 1950’s through the present day as Heather discovers family secrets and an old love.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor.  It was the type of novel that grabs you, pulls you in, and keeps a hold of you until the very end.  The ending was so lovely and sweet.   I give Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor 5 out of 5 stars. 

I received a complimentary copy of Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

Thank you for checking out my review.  I am currently reading Behind the Walls by Elaine Orr.   There are some good shows on television tonight:  Pretty Little Liars (love this show), Stitchers (great show), Royal Pains, and the new show Proof (on TNT).  Have a good evening, stay away from the mosquitoes, and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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