As Charlotte drew closer to the looming grey edifice that was to become her temporary home, she could not help but notice the secretive shuttered windows. Then she noticed the milkweeds…
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.
I always find Julie Klassen’s writing to have a serious Jane Austen vibe. The time period and characters have a familiar feeling with more contemporary prose.
This was a unique story about a vicar’s daughter who finds herself pregnant and unmarried with no ‘acceptable’ arrangement readily available. I enjoyed that there wasn’t a straightforward problem at the beginning leading to an obvious solution. There were twists and surprise complications and varied characters lending colour to the story.
I think I enjoy historical fiction so much because it allows you to live for a moment in another time. Good stories, such as this one, let you experience a different society and its standards and I enjoy reflecting on how things have and sadly haven’t changed.
This book would be suitable for any historical fiction junkies with a soft spot for Jane Austen.