The Thief of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E. Ladd: Book Review
About the Book
Book: The Thief of Lanwyn Manor
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Genre: Regency Romance
Release Date: January 7, 2020
In this sweet Regency romance, Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?
Cornwall, England 1818—Julia Twethewey needs a diversion to mend her broken heart, so when her cousin invites her to Lanwyn Manor, Julia eagerly accepts. Lanwyn Manor is at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry, and as a guest Julia is swept into its intricate world. It’s not long, though, before she realizes something dark lurks in the home’s ancient halls.
As a respected mine owner’s younger son, Isaac Blake is determined to keep his late father’s legacy alive through the family business, despite his brother’s careless attitude. In order to save their livelihood—and the livelihood of those around them—the brothers approach the master of Lanwyn Manor with plans to bolster the floundering local industry. Isaac can’t deny his attraction to the man’s charming niece, but his brother has made his intentions to court the lovely guest clear. And Isaac knows his place.
When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and items go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their own best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.
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Sarah E. Ladd never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful prose and unique characters.
Isaac feels he must always play second fiddle to his twin brother, Matthew. Julia has yet to recover from a recent heartbreak. Both are looking for something real and true in a world where money and power rule the day. I loved the meet-cute and the instant spark between Julia and Isaac. The constant controversy, courtesy of Julia’s aunt, kept them apart for the majority of the book but could not stop them from developing feelings that went beyond what either expected.
I enjoyed the subtle scent of a mystery woven together with the expectation of a happily ever after. Lanwyn Manor was the perfect setting for this Cornwall experience, and the characters were each flawed yet redeemable.
As the story builds and the mystery unfolds, you’ll find yourself equally on the edge of your seat yet afraid to turn the page for fear of what you’ll find. When all appears hopeless, yet a light will shine. One of the best Regency novels I’ve read.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.
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