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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Heather is back in the United Kingdom after many years of living overseas. She's inherited her parents' cottage and has to sort out their belongings. Heather discovers her family had many secrets. The cottage is close to Ladenbrooke Manor, which was abandoned after a tragic death. Can Heather discover what happened in the past and get the answers she needs? While trying to find out the truth, she runs into her first love. Is there a chance they can at least be friends again? Will Heather only meet despair now that she's back home or will exposing the truth also have a liberating effect?

Libby isn't like the other children in the neighborhood. She isn't interested in school and prefers spending time outside in the gardens of Ladenbrooke Manor. She loves to dance, gives each butterfly a name and tries to set her spirit free whenever she can. This attracts the attention of the boy next door. He can't help falling in love with Libby's beautiful spirit, even though his parents have other plans for him. What will happen when they try to chase their dreams?

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor is a fantastic compelling story. I loved reading about Heather's quest to find answers about her family. She's a strong and talented woman and deserves to know what happened all those years ago. I was intrigued by the secrets her family was keeping from her and equally enjoyed reading about the past and the present. The story begins just before Libby's birth. She's a gorgeous girl with many fantastic skills, but she's different and not everybody accepts that. I loved how Melanie Dobson portrays her, she's a very special main character with a fascinating history. Each chapter is equally amazing and well written and Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

Melanie Dobson makes the English countryside come to life in a terrific way. I could easily imagine Libby's love for the extensive gardens she loves to dance, wander and play in. She describes them in a brilliant enchanting way. The scenery is an important part of the story and I liked how she skillfully gives it the emotional value it deserves. That makes the story extra fabulous. Each secret completely captivated me and I was incredibly curious to get to the bottom of Heather's family history. I loved every single page of Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor and highly recommend it.


If you love historical fiction about family secrets you don't want to miss Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor.

About Melanie Dobson

Writing fiction is a fun excuse for Melanie to explore ghost towns and old houses, travel to unusual places, and spend hours reading dusty books and journals. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction with threads of romance and suspense.

Melanie is the award-winning author of seventeen historical romance, time-slip, suspense, and contemporary novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Three of her novels including Chateau of Secrets have won Carol Awards, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon's work, the Dobsons have finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn't writing or researching, she enjoys line dancing, biking, and making up stories with her kids.


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One very Lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor OR Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson (winner’s choice).

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  1. Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor sounds like an expertly woven, complex story that affects several generations of women and the men that they love.

  2. It sounds so romantic with a touch of mystery.I know I am going to love it.

  3. Wow, what an intriguing storyline this novel has. Definitely a must read book.

  4. I love books about family secrets. They always get me thinking about what skeletons could be in my family's closet...

  5. Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor sounds awesome! I know I will love it.

  6. Melanie, I enjoy reading historical fiction. I'm looking forward to reading your books.

  7. A great review thank you. I'm loving both covers.

  8. Looking forward to reading your books Melanie. Thank you

  9. wow,looks like an atmospheric and magical book xx

  10. I'm curious about those family secrets.

  11. While the family secret makes it sound interesting, the love interest s plot makes me hesitate to try this book. So far, is in writing s like this one the romance falls short. It's unbelievable, not interesting, and only hinders the plot.

  12. I love to read about family secrets. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I absolutely loved the review! I'm really excited to read the books.

  14. These book sound really enjoyable

  15. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  16. Many thanks for the good review!

  17. I've enjoyed a few of Melanie Dobson's other books. Would like to share this one with my bookish friends after I read it.

  18. I am due to read a little about the English countryside