Thursday, January 15, 2015
Book Review: Lady of Milkweed Manor, by Julie Klassen
About the book:
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 man from her past, who now hides secrets of his own. Both are determined 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’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and kept seeing Julie Klassen pop up in lists of books in that genre, but hadn’t gotten around to reading her books until now. After reading Lady of Milkweed Manor, I’m sorry that it took me this long! I loved this book, with its rich historical detail about life for young ladies in Regency England who found themselves pregnant and unmarried. When Charlotte finds herself in this position after one unfortunate indiscretion, she is rejected by her father and sister, and sent to live in a home for unwed mothers. Unfortunately, medical care was poor for pregnant women in those days, and many of the women and/or their babies died. If they did survive, they had no way of supporting themselves and their children, and were often left destitute. Left to fend for herself, Charlotte makes a very difficult choice, which sets off a chain reaction of events in which many secrets are kept. This story kept me guessing Charlotte’s fate until the very end and had a highly satisfying conclusion. I can’t wait to read more of Julie Klassen’s books!
Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.