Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor
by Melanie Dobson
When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.
Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.
Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history.
Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways.
Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Heather’s trip back to her family home after the death of her father brought more pain and secrets than she ever expected. Heather never knew her older sister who died at an early age, and uncovering things belonging to Libby brought with them a lot of questions about her sister and what happened to her so long ago. But is Heather ready to learn the truth about what happened?
This as an amazingly written book, one that I was thoroughly engulfed in. I could feel the pain and emotions of Heather and her daughter as she continued to uncover the details of what happened, the family lies, secrets, the questionable choices that was made at the time. Ms. Dobson handled the situations in a way that pulled me into the story, and I felt like I was there, and a part of the situation. I love books that does this! I appreciate how Ms Dobson deals with difficult family situations and handicaps and weaves it into a story that grips the hearts of her readers. I loved this story, I enjoy the mystery and suspense, keeping me reading almost non stop until I finished the book! I highly recommend this book, its just awesome!
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About the Author……Melanie Dobson
Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and “Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana” won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010. Melanie lives with her husband Jon and two daughters near Portland, Oregon.