Saturday, June 20, 2015

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. As Heather digs, she finds a mysterious journal that belonged to a woman she never knew and it contains clues that lead to the truth about a mysterious drowning decades ago. 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 hard time putting this book down! It is such a interesting story of family secrets and hard choices. I love that the story spans 3 generations and is set against the backdrop of England. I don't want to say too much about the story, since I don't want to give anything away, but I can't imagine how it would of been to be in the mid 1900's and have your child's learning abilities blamed on how a mother parents or loves her child. It blew me away to read about that. 
This book is one of the best I have read all year. The story moved along seamlessly and the characters came alive. 5 stars!
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review


  1. Ah! She has another book out? I finished Chateau of Secrets in two days, that's it. I cannot wait to read this one!

    1. Chateau of Secrets was amazing! It was hard for me to wait for this story to come out, but it is well worth the wait.;)