About the Book
Two women–a century apart–embark on a journey to healing, faith, forgiveness, and romance.
In 2012, art historian Gwen Morris travels to England’s Lake District to appraise the paintings and antiques of an old family friend, hoping to prove herself to her prestigious grandfather. While at Longdale Manor, she meets David Bradford–the owner’s handsome grandson–who is desperate to save the crumbling estate by turning it into a luxury hotel. When Gwen stumbles upon a one-hundred-year-old journal and an intricately carved shepherd’s staff similar to one in a photo of her parents, she’s left searching for answers.
In 1912, after her father’s death, Charlotte Harper uncovers a painful family secret she can only confess to her journal. She and her family travel to the Lake District to stay on a sheep farm, hoping eventually to find a home with Charlotte’s grandfather at Longdale Manor, but old wounds and bitter regrets make it a difficult challenge. As Charlotte grows closer to shepherd Ian Storey and rebuilds her shattered faith, she must decide whether she will ever trust in love again.
In My Opinion
Over two years have passed since I’ve read something from Carrie Turansky, and with The Legacy of Longdale Manor, the author tackles the popular dual-time genre.
Turansky takes readers to England’s Lake District in 2012 with Gwen and 1912 with Charlotte. The historical timeline in this one was more engaging for me (but since the author is known for her historical novels, that isn’t a surprise). I was hoping for a little more depth to Gwen’s story, but hers does have the biggest gut punch, in my opinion.
The Legacy of Longdale Manor is a mellow story that strolls through the lives of both women. At times the plot drags, but then picks back up with some tension. I had a harder time connecting to Gwen than Charlotte, but by the end of the book, I was rooting for two happily ever afters.
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