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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Litfuse Review-Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson

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When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.

Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.

Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history.

Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways. 

Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.


                     *My Thoughts*

I had a really tough time with this one. I wanted to love it. I did. It's a historical novel after all, and I've heard great things about this author. I even heard great things about the book. It was just hard for me to get into.

I loved the characters. It's a beautiful story with more twists and turns then a race track. Unfortunately, for me, it was hard to keep up with. There were so many characters from different time periods that it's hard to focus. Fortunately, it was really well written but it's not for someone with attention issues. 

The Christian focus on the story was impeccable! I loved the focus of forgiveness throughout the many wrong choices made. I have no doubt that this book would be perfect in our Church library where many others can enjoy it. Would highly recommend it.

Definitely not a beach read for relaxation but a sweet historical just the same! Just make sure you're wide awake before reading it!

            *My overall thoughts*

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson  is a historical novel with more twists then a suspense! Through every page, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat!

               *My Rating*

I give Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson...


4 stars!! 


 *Where to get it*

*I received this book from the Litfuse, publisher, and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

Happy Reading,

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