Heather was in love with a man who left her, but not before she found out she was pregnant. Desperate and afraid, she marries Walter Doyle but doesn't tell him she is pregnant. Thus begin her acts of deception. Her daughter is born, and Libby is a handful from the start. With a father who is a postman and a mother who works as a housekeeper at Ladenbrooke Manor, Libby finds it easy to meet Oliver, heir to Ladenbrooke Manor. This is a scandal, especially when people believe they care about each other, and Oliver drowns. Was it an accident or was it murder? Libby finds out she is pregnant and has a daughter, Heather. Readers will then take a time jump to pick up Heather later in her life. She is divorced, her daughter is now married, and her parents have just died. What will she find when she goes to clean, empty, and prepare their house? What secrets will come to life? Who will be there to catch her when so many truths hit the light of day? Readers will be kept reading trying to figure out all the mysterious secrets of Ladenbrooke Manor.
I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. It has mystery, romance, possible murder, family problems, and other twists and turns that kept me reading. If you enjoy books with stories that seem real, characters who are fleshed out, and are page turners; this book is for you. I received my copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for participation in the blog tour.
Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor
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 ofLadenbrooke 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.
Praise for Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor
Dobson handles sensitive issues with tact, careful to avoid too much detail but remaining honest. Mysteries are solved, truths revealed, and loves rekindled in a book sure to draw new fans to Dobson's already large base.
~ Publishers Weekly
How far do patterns of behavior echo through generations? Are they passed down through a family's DNA --- or through choices subtly modeled by one parent after another? 'Armchair psychologists' will love how Dobson tackles these intriguing questions in this past-meets-present page-turner, and Anglophiles will find the manor, cottage and butterfly garden settings irresistible. Perfect with a pot of English tea!
~ Christian Book Distributors
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Meet the Author
Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of 14 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.
Dobson received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master's degree in communication from Regent University. She worked in publicity and journalism for more than 15 years, including two years as a publicist for The Family Channel. Prior to launching her own public relations company in 1999, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family.
Dobson and her husband, Jon, enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest with their two daughters. When she isn't writing or playing with her family, Dobson enjoys exploring ghost towns, line dancing and reading historical fiction.