Book Review: The Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen

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.

The story of Charlotte Lamb is a story that will pull at your heart strings. We come upon Charlotte when her Father and Sister have turned their back on her. Because she made the unfortunate mistake of getting pregnant. At the time of course that was the fastest way to ruin yourself, and so they shunned her and tossed her out to a lying in hospital. While Charlotte has to learn how to deal with things in a much different way, and constantly reminds herself of her sin, she does in the end make some friends.

The Lady of Milkweed Manor takes us through so many twists and turns in the story. We have beautiful highs and heart wrenching lows. From when Charlotte gives birth to her little babe, to finding that she needs to take the humiliating job of wet nurse, and excelling at it. This poor woman finds herself constantly sacrificing and constantly giving up her own chances, for the sake of others. She rarely asks why, and tends not to dwell on the negative, always pushing forward.

More than half way through I found myself wondering if Charlotte would ever have a happy ending. She is given the choice of one at one moment, but she doesn’t take it. You can not help but feel pulled to her and find yourself urging her to take something for her own benefit. The Lady of Milkweed Manor is written beautifully. Julie Klassen does a wonderful job, and you will find yourself reading the book from cover to cover without looking up to see how much time has passed. And while it may take a while to come to happen, this story does make you believe happy endings do happen.

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