SHADOWS OF LADENBROOKE MANOR
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.
This book is a thoughtful, heartbreaking and heart wrenching novel. Told from various points of view, it is a family drama of several generations of women and the men in their lives. Heather, 45 years old, after the death of her father has to go back to the England family home to get it ready to sell. She has secrets bearing down on her as she and Ella, her daughter start going through the contents of the house. You can't help but like Heather as you start to learn her story of secrets, lies, family sin, forbidden love, sickness and above all, murder. Heather realizes through all of this that her secrets are too costly to keep hidden. The author told the story in the past and the present, keeping the reader on the edge of their chair needing to know how each story will end. The author wrote a very interesting, unique and adventurous story. Everything you could want in a story is in this one. Pick up a copy and find out the secrets that are being held.
I was given a complimentary copy of SHADOWS OF LADENBROOKE MANOR from the author, Melanie Dobson and Litfuse Blog Network for my view of the book.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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