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READ DOWNLOAD â Lady of Milkweed Manor æ As Charlotte drew closer to the looming grey edifice that was to become her temporary home, she could not help but notice the secretive shuttered windows Then she noticed the milkweedsEven a proper vicar s daughter can make a mistakeand 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 I can t believe this was her debut Wow This book covers some hard and touchy subjects but it does it well We see the heartbreaking real life consequences that come when we make certain choices We get to experience the stigma, the hurt and the eventual triumph of our main character I thought the history in this book was fascinating I wouldn t recommend for young readers but for everyone else it s an excellent read. I think I have a new favorite authorI mthan halfway through her published books and haven t found a dud yet This one was so interesting and unusual and well written that I stayed up way late 3 am to read the whole thing in one sitting One of the best things about Klassen s books other than the excellent stories, characters, and writing is the romance It isn t all touchy feely overmuch desire y The characters act like grown ups and figure out how to communicate with each other in I think I have a new favorite authorI mthan halfway through her published books and haven t found a dud yet This one was so interesting and unusual and well written that I stayed up way late 3 am to read the whole thing in one sitting One of the best things about Klassen s books other than the excellent stories, characters, and writing is the romance It isn t all touchy feely overmuch desire y The characters act like grown ups and figure out how to communicate with each other in an adult way And there isn t swooning over a shirtless man and a woman s incredible palpitations over such things Yes, there are grown up topics mentioned, but it isn t silly, and her heroes and heroines are attracted to each other for the qualities of their hearts The focus is on the real life issues, not just the Let s get the hero heroine hitched aspect often that feels almost like a side issue As a result, the books feel authentic and realistic, as though they might really have happened.And I love the incredible historical details she includes The tales in this book about the life of a wet nurse of the day were fascinating Julie Klassen writes well in a technical sense, but I found this story disturbing Charlotte s predicament, the way she got into it, her miserable family situation, and all the strange and sad and sinister circumstances around her didn t make for a very pleasant tale The period details were probably the most interesting part Suspension of disbelief was too much work to be worthwhile The ending was both predictable and extremely awkward to jump from the heart of a dramatic climax to a garden Julie Klassen writes well in a technical sense, but I found this story disturbing Charlotte s predicament, the way she got into it, her miserable family situation, and all the strange and sad and sinister circumstances around her didn t make for a very pleasant tale The period details were probably the most interesting part Suspension of disbelief was too much work to be worthwhile The ending was both predictable and extremely awkward to jump from the heart of a dramatic climax to a garden scene some decades later and sneak the information about the resolution in almost in passing is NOT a technique I would recommend It was almost as if, having made Charlotte s situation as agonizing and emotionally intense as possible over the course of the novel, the author suddenly ran out of ways to make things worse, and so dropped her into a happy ending of the cheesiest kind just to be done.I also missed any kind of good spiritual influences The father was a pastor, but the type of pastor who deserves to be vilified Charlotte did read parts of the Bible a few times and other than that, nothing God honoring stands out The way the characters behaved, before, during, and after their various traumatic moments, left me uncertain whether any of them had any real religion, much less personal relationship with God, and I have serious questions as to the author s intentions along those lines A keener mood to Wuthering Heights I have not found Chapter after chapter, I was reminded of that old, gothic tale Aspects of this story were intriguing, inspiring, heartrending, and fascinating The wealth of historical detail was astounding, though I shouldn t be surprised, having read other Klassen novels before.Frankly, I was quite stunned at the immense detail about breastfeeding It went beyond what is acceptable in my personal moral code, but I know others won t be as offended by this A keener mood to Wuthering Heights I have not found Chapter after chapter, I was reminded of that old, gothic tale Aspects of this story were intriguing, inspiring, heartrending, and fascinating The wealth of historical detail was astounding, though I shouldn t be surprised, having read other Klassen novels before.Frankly, I was quite stunned at the immense detail about breastfeeding It went beyond what is acceptable in my personal moral code, but I know others won t be as offended by this I think a hundred pages of such content could have been removed without harming the story one bit in fact, it might have created awholesome tale.That is not to say the themes are wholesome A woman fell which, in the specified era, means she had sex outside of the bounds of marriage I do not condone or support that type of behavior, though Ms Klassen handled it mostly well, only crossing the line a time or two, I think again, according to my personal moral code hers might be vastly different than mine This also means a man was involved in the act meaning, he sinned too These are not spoilers, as they are alluded to in the back cover copy However, I think there were beautiful, if heartbreaking, lessons learned throughout the novel The expressive and exquisite way in which Ms Klassen knitted the broken pieces of this story together captured my interest throughout, despite my misgivings about themes and content She definitely has a way with words, and I m glad to count her as one of my favorite authors, even if this is not my favorite of her books.As you might be able to tell by my back and forth attitude, this review is not an easy one to write But then, I don t think this book was an easy to pen piece either I applaud Ms Klassen for delving into the wet nursing profession though, again, the amount of detail made me quite uncomfortable many times , as it s one not touched on often or with such grace It opened my eyes to an era and profession I, quite honestly, had not previously considered or learned much about I thank the author for the history lesson and thoughtful note after the completion of the story, as I enjoyed gaining knowledge while being entertained for hours on end.Notes There were one derogatory term in a quote heading a chapter and one replacement expletive Otherwise, it was a cleanly worded novel There was one incident which gave concern When a baby carriage was involved in an incident, the nurse s only reaction was concern for the conveyance and none shown for the child in her care This was quite out of character, as she had previously and afterward shown a very compassionate heart, especially toward infants and children.Edited to add This book was a bit hard to follow at times, for two reasons First, random POVs would show up at the drop of a hat Sure, they were people already mentioned in the story, but there was no warning they d have a POV, say, in the middle or second half of the story Second, there were many memories that were suddenly delved into in great, lengthy detail for many pages or the complete chapter, at times That was disconcerting to me and, like I said, hard to follow