Lady of Milkweed Manor

Lady of Milkweed Manor

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by Julie Klassen
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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Well-written, emotionally charged, unexpected plot twists, and an amazing balance of foreshadowing with backstory all lend to a remarkable debut novel.... Klassen has captured the best of Austen and Brontë.... Overall this is a fantastic narrative that will draw you into the era and wreak havoc with your emotions.
—Michelle Griep
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This is truly one of the most emotionally gripping novels I've ever read and it is sure to make my best of 2008 list. My heart pounded with anticipation so many times I lost count. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next, something different took place. The author did an amazing job pulling the reader into Charlotte's life. I longed for her happiness. And there were so many powerful subplots that my head is still swimming with amazement, and my heart is still gripped by this strangely sad, yet hopeful and deeply romantic tale of love and loss, of sacrifice and reward. Bottom line...This story is so full of passion that it will make your heart sing.
—Michelle Sutton
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This was an excellent first novel and one of the best historical novels I've read this year. I am looking forward to Julie Klassen's next book. HIGHLY recommended.
—Deborah Khuanghlawn
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Lady of Milkweed Manor will warm the heart of any mother - experienced or to-be. Women of all ages will find in it not only a beautiful tale but a fascinating study of women's roles in a time not so terribly distant. I'd say bravo on a fine debut and here's hoping for another finely crafted historical from Klassen soon.
—Violet Nesdoly
Publishers Weekly

In this inspirational historical romance debut novel set in 19th-century England, a young pregnant woman is forced to make difficult choices. Twenty-year-old Charlotte Lamb is the daughter of a heartless English vicar, as we discover when she becomes pregnant and he throws her out of her childhood home. Vulnerable and unprotected, she is forced to a lodging place for unwed mothers. Soon, Lamb must make decisions involving true love and sacrifice, providing many powerful turning points throughout the story. Although Klassen occasionally lapses into back-to-back dialogue, her prose is generally smooth, and Charlotte has the reader's sympathy from the earliest pages. The amount of information about wet nurses, lactation and breastfeeding can become weighty, although often intriguing (such as the practice of using goats to directly feed foundling infants to avoid the spread of syphilis). Faith themes are subtly woven throughout. The reader will need to suspend disbelief to enjoy some of the plot twists, especially the happily-ever-after ending, which provides the redemptive conclusion common to Christian fiction. A bonus is the milkweed poetry, lore and symbolism knitted into the narrative. Both readers of faith fiction and general readers of historical romance should enjoy this lovely first offering from Klassen. (Jan.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764204791
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
185,333
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.julieklassen.com

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Lady of Milkweed Manor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
Orla More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in only five days because I could not put it down. This story was so captivating that once it got a hold of me, it was hard to let go. When I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about reading it. I will definitely be reading this again and I look forward to reading THE SILENT GOVERNESS by JULIE KLASSEN. I hope that she will continue to come out with more wonderful and wholesome books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book eight times and it still makes me cry and laugh and want to punch someone for the injustice of this world. This book is perfect. Worth fifty dollars put it on your wishlist its amazing. The perfect balance of love,betrayal,sacrifice,honor,deception and everything. Honestly read this book it will change your life. Then read it again.
teencierose More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy period novels, this is for you... Julie's ability to transport you through time with situations common nowadays is unlike no other I've read. The Lady of Milkweed Manor was exactly one of these stories. I won't give away too much insight, but the reality of this family disgrace and how it was handled so long ago was somewhat saddening, and yet the end became inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this was a very touching story along the lines of wuthering heights. The author made the characters come to life with all of their short comings laid bare. I would like to see this book become required reading in high schools as a cautionary tale. It has the workings of a modern day classic.
HippolytaTS More than 1 year ago
I adore this book and I adore this author. This book was a page-turner that kept me up far too late a night reading. Klassen skillfully avoids the trap of formula Regency romance and provides a wealth of historic detail that fully immerses one in the era. I found myself constantly thinking that were possibly some of the experiences of Colonel Brandon's ward outside the pages of Sense and Sensibility. Klassen also successful avoids the too obvious outcome, in part because she successfully avoids making characters so one-dimensional that they are easily spotted as "obstacles" and easily dismissed. Did I mention I adore this book?
Ladywolf71 More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't buy the book due to a young woman in Regency England getting pregnant, but I'm glad I did. This story took me in a direction that I didn't know existed. You see the other side of what happens to a young unwed pregnant woman. It's sad to see one wrong night of passion can turn a womans life upside down and who has to bare the consequences. If you apply the moral of the story today, it should be a good lesson for young ones and even adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a true love story Very good read.
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I likrd the part where Charlotte was planting the tree to be pu next to her mother's grave.
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I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more of her work.
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Terrible book.
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I loved this book and have recommended to many friends. I read all this authors books. Keep up the good work.
Fiddlesticks-the-Cat More than 1 year ago
Have a box of tissues ready. The Lady of Milkweed Manor made me sit back and think. I am not a mother yet but this book made me ask "Would I take that big of a sacrifice for my child?" Hard as it would be, I would have to say yes, but I doubt I would be a strong as Charlotte. Julie Klassen mixed two romances and saved a little intrigue to sprinkle on the top that made me want to keep reading. This book show how far a parent's love will reach for a child.
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This was one of those books where I didn't want it to end, yet I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Lilly and really liked most all the characters. Well, not Dr. Foster! Will read more by this author and others like her. I also learned the meaning of several words while reading this book.
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I'd have given this book more star's if they'd been available. This book is gritty, sad, strong and tender. What this woman goes through is amazing, and more amazing is the way she handles it all. This book should make any woman living in a country such as ours, grateful for the times we live in.