About the Book
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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In My Opinion
While some readers met Julia Trethewey in Sarah Ladd’s previous novel, you will really get to know her in The Thief of Lanwyn Manor.
Ladd’s latest release combines elements of Jane Austen (think Northanger Abbey) and Poldark with its setting in Cornwall and a large house shrouded in mystery with the myth of secret treasure, hidden passages and tunnels, and suspicious servants.
Add to that the twins who own some of the local mines and are vying for Julia’s attention. Isaac and Matthew may be brothers but their character, commitment to their workers, and motivations are worlds apart.
Julia has a good head on her shoulders and a tender heart for the less fortunate women and children in the area. She’s a loyal friend and knows her mind while she’s unsure of trusting her heart.
Ladd’s unique Regency voice shines through in The Thief of Lanwyn Manor.
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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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