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Posted February 7, 2014
Cute story, a very light read. Manor of Secrets is about two gi
Cute story, a very light read. Manor of Secrets is about two girls who live in the same big house, but a very different life.
There is Lady Charlotte Edmonds, the only girl in the Edmonds household and isn't the favorite of Lady Diane her mother. Charlotte is beautiful, rich and very sheltered to the point where she feels almost stifled. She is only about 16-years-old and already her mother is pressuring her to marry and to marry well.
Janie is the cooks daughter, she is daring, hardworking and smart. She lives her life working as the kitchen maid in the basement downstairs and isn't allowed upstairs until her life somehow crosses with Charlotte's.
A story about friendship and two girl's who just want something different in their life, who just want to find themselves. It isn't spectacular, and the writing is very simplistic and almost feels like it's for younger audiance. But I thought it was a sweet story.There wasn't an over abundance of romance, but there is romance and mistakes as the girls just fumble their way through life as they tackle the challenges and question their positions that both of them had been born into.
I did enjoy Janie a lot more then Charlotte, I found her a bit more mature
If you are looking for a light read and enjoy historical fiction with a little bit of mystery thrown into it, this simple yet sweet story could probably for-fill that need.
**Thank you Point for providing me a physical copy in exchange of an honest review.
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Posted September 13, 2014
This is a good, clean historical book that teens will enjoy. Lad
This is a good, clean historical book that teens will enjoy. Lady Charlotte is an imaginative and slightly rebellious teenager living in a time and place that tolerates neither imagination nor rebellion—especially in women. She feels trapped by her mother's expectations, society's expectations, and the Manor she calls home. And then she meets Janie, the kitchen maid who wants nothing more than to stay and work at The Manor for the rest of forever. She doesn't want anything to change.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There is a fun upstairs/downstairs dynamic in the book that's become popular recently. But unlike other books, this one didn't overdo the number of characters. They were developed well enough that I didn't have trouble remembering who was who. It was also a clean read. I can't tell you how much I appreciate seeing a clean young adult book. They are far too uncommon.
Some of the ideas and themes could have been developed more. I didn't get a great sense of the change that was supposedly coming. It would have been nice to have the mysteries behind Aunt Beatrice developed more. As it was, she popped up a few times, but didn't have much to do with anything until the very end. The ending was very dramatic and didn't fit with the rest of the book very well. It was over the top whereas the rest of the book hadn't been. I didn't like the way a couple characters took the blame for everything that happened when Charlotte was just as much at fault (if not more so).
That being said, I still liked the book a lot. It's a good book and will appeal to teen girls that enjoy Downton Abbey, historical fiction, and romance.
Content: Clean, but there is some kissing.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 11, 2014
For the most part I like my historical fiction to be accurate a
For the most part I like my historical fiction to be accurate and true to details. But, occasionally I like one that may be a little bit more modern. I want the intrigue and setting, but I want it to be fun. That's what this was.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I always love it when a Victoria young lady wants to buck the normal. I think it's because I imagine that I would do the same. So Lady Charlotte really struck a cord with me. She doesn't want to be sold away to the highest bidder in a lackluster marriage. She wants to see the world and embrace all it has to offer. It's not wonder that she latches on to her wayward aunt (one who seems to be wrapped in some sort of scandal), when she suddenly comes to visit. She also seems to not care about position and rank, something I imagine is very hard to overcome.
I wasn't as fond of Janie, but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I just didn't connect with her as much. I found it interesting that I found her more cynical and condescending than Charlotte. I'm sure her circumstances have lead to her attitude, but I think her eyes were really opened when Charlotte decided to enlist her help.
As for the manor secrets...really they're pretty obvious. I don't think the author was really trying to hide them. If you've read this type of story at all, you probably have idea of what's coming. I found the way the author presented the events to fit the story.
I enjoy Katherine Longshore's work so far. I need to catch up on her other series!
Posted April 12, 2014
When I first started reading this book, it struck me as being ve
When I first started reading this book, it struck me as being very "Downton Abbey"; so much so that it lacked the magic of the series. I wasn't even sure that I would finish it. Then came Chapter 3 and I was compelled to keep reading. Bits of the story seemed very rushed which lead me to wonder if this is a self-contained story or if it is intended to be part of a serial.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Please note that I based my star rating on my Goodreads review: 2 stars equals "it was okay".
Thank you to the publisher; I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for my honest review.
Posted March 22, 2014