An engaging story of a once-proper lady who finds herself in a most unexpected situation. Popular with book clubs. But once there, she comes face to face with a suitor from her past—a man who now hides secrets of his own. But neither can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.
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Monday, July 24, From the very start you know that something went horribly wrong, and Charlotte Lamb, the twenty-year-old protagonist, is about to pay the dire consequences. As Charlotte arrived at Milkweed Manor, nothing looked good, not even the house in itself. Honestly, I first thought she was going to enter a brothel, as the implications seemed to suggest. But when Mrs. That was serious indeed. Something I loved about her is how we can read the birth and growing of her strength both as a woman and human being.
She paid for her mistakes, but became selfless, and found more love with the other women in the Manor and her son, than with her own family. She got beaten down, but still managed to get up and keep fighting, making the ultimate sacrifice as she gave her son to his father, Harris, in replacement of his own stillborn baby, to save her cousin Katherine from madness.
It broke her heart and mine , but she understood that she was doing what was best for her son. And from that decision on, she grew and became stronger, as she decided to help in the Manor the best she could, instead of sinking in her pain and she would have had a good excuse for it. On the other hand, we have Daniel Taylor, the hero in this story.
He had met Charlotte in the past, as Dr. But years passed, he married another woman, and later on, we find out she was also hospitalized in the Manor, and was also pregnant. I guess his part in the story could be read as a way to say that, even without Charlotte, her father and sister continued with their lives as if nothing had happened, although more bitterly.
Their attitude made me so angry! One would think that a vicar would know about forgiveness and righting wrongdoings, but he died without wanting to ever see her again.
He chose his reputation and his name over his own daughter! Same as Beatrice, who decided her sister was dead to her, but even after parting ways, she managed to keep vying with her over Harris! In fact, the only one willing to help Charlotte, that went beyond rules and gossip, was her cousin Katherine, married to Harris, and foster mother to Edmund without knowing it. She never suspected or knew her real son had died at birth, and she died giving birth to her second child, who died along with her.
But it was incredibly tragic, and not at all what I was expecting. I confess I almost cry when I thought Lizette, in her madness, had drowned her baby with her, but then I let out a sigh of relief when I read Charlotte had her. It makes these characters a lot more human and relatable. But Daniel saw beyond that. He saw her healing powers, her many virtues, merits and talents, that were always there, but nobody cared about, choosing to discard her, to treat her like the disposable weed they considered she was, when in fact, there was so much more in Charlotte Lamb that what met the eyes.
She learned from her mistakes and became a better, stronger, person, ready to face the world once more and make her life count, even with all her disadvantages.
The only flaw in their story is their first kiss! I hate when it is left for the very last page. They literally kiss at the last paragraph before the epilogue, and such a thing is always disappointing. He deserved to know, and, if she decided to do so, that would be an excellent scene I would read biting my nails.
As I said before, these character feel so like real people, that you just know their lives will continue long before the book has ended! I knew nothing about the world of wet nurses and foundlings, and I found it utterly fascinating.
This story is filled with historically accurate details that make it even more of a gem. Julie Klassen is an amazing, passionate author, and everything she writes is worth reading, as she creates deep, layered characters and stories that will keep you at the edge of your sit.
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Lady of Milkweed Manor
More Options. 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.
Post a Comment. Friday, January 25, Lady of Milkweed Manor. The Lady of Milkweed Manor tells the story of four people whose lives and families are forever entwined. The novel opens with twenty year old Charlotte Lamb on her way to a lying-in home in London.