By Kelly Bridgewater
In Regency England an advantageous match could set up a lady for life. 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. The manor is located 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 within 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 that of the people 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 clear his intentions to court the lovely visitor. And Isaac knows his place.
When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and valuables go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.
The Thief of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E. Ladd is a Regency mystery. The characters of Julia and Issac are fantastic and enjoyable. The characters do have their predictable happily-ever-after moment by the end of the novel, but I still enjoy watching the character interact in this world. I really liked the hunt for the mystery of the stolen jewels and silver. I liked hearing about the curse on the house. Even though I wish Ladd would have spent more time talking about the curse and the past owners. It was hinted at a couple of times by certain members of the community, but I felt that it wasn't truly flushed out for the readers to grasp. I think it would have made the mystery elements a little more intriguing. Even though the mystery element left me begging for more explanation, I still found myself delighting in the plot and enjoyed Ladd's writing style.
I received a complimentary copy of The Thief of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah E. Ladd from Thomas Nelson Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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