Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lady of Milkweed Manor

Author: Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House
January 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0479-1
Genre: Inspirational/historical/regency

Charlotte Lamb is no longer the privileged daughter of a vicar, but instead a fallen woman, a woman who has sunk beyond disgrace, and has been kicked out of her home. With no where to go, Charlotte heads for Milkweed Manor, a home for unwed mothers. There, she’s forced to share a bed with two other pregnant women and work for her keep.

Charlotte is mortified to discover that the physician on duty at the manor is none other than Dr. Taylor. A man who was her suitor years earlier, until her father deemed him unsuitable. But now, both are harboring deep secrets. Will they be able to protect those they love?

LADY OF MILKWEED MANOR is the debut novel by Julie Klassen. Written in the style of Jane Austin and Lawana Blackwell, this author is sure to develop a loyal following.

I felt sorry for Charlotte, being forced out of her home, and was a bit frustrated with the author for being too vague about things that came out anyway. Written with a very descriptive voice, the reader definitely gets a handle on the setting, almost seeing and smelling the gardens, the damp rooms, and the crowded conditions at the home for unwed mothers.

Don’t miss this stunning first novel by Julie Klassen. You will be sure to have a new favorite author on your shelves. $13.99. 308 pages.

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