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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I enjoyed this new story from Sarah E. Ladd. We see one of the children from her previous novel The Governess of Penwythe Hall all grown up. But while life at Penwythe Hall was idyllic, Lanwyn Manor is steeped in lore of curses and ghosts with a town seemingly set against the family.
With her movements restricted by her overbearing aunt and questionable safety, Julia learns to make the most of the situation given finding moments to meet Isaac and divine Matthew’s true character. I admire her devotion to her cousin, Jane, determined to stick by her side no matter her aunt’s manipulations. While she tends to be a quiet heroine, in that lies her strength as she falls in love and asserts her heart.
Isaac too has a quiet strength which makes them a good pair. I do wish he would’ve been a bit more assertive, but in the end, he stands where it counts after having worked behind the scenes to unravel the mystery. While he wants to keep Julia safe, he doesn’t become overbearing or try to tell her what to do. That is a nice change in hero!
I look forward to the next book where I hope we continue to see the grown up Trethewey children.
I received a copy of this story from the author for the purpose of this tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are honestly 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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