Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Book Review: Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Downton Abbey fans, you must read Manor of Secrets.

It's 1911 in the English countryside. Charlotte is tired of stuffy parties and the expectations of her mother regarding marriage to the "right" man. When her eccentric aunt comes for a visit her mother tells Charlotte she need to stay away from her aunt. This compels Charlotte to find out more about her aunt, the black sheep of the family.

She enlists the help of Janie, who works downstairs in the kitchen. They have met briefly before, but of course Janie and Charlotte are not supposed to have any contact with each other. Charlotte wants desperately to befriend Janie, but Janie risks everything by associating with Charlotte.

We have two girls who are rebelling against the norms of the society in which they live. There are interesting romantic developments along the way and a satisfying ending.

This isn't Downton Abbey, but it gives you a little taste of that life to tide you over. Manor of Secrets is a very quick read, and with its brisk pace it is worth the time. It's light and entertaining. The characters are developed enough to get a feel for society, and Charlotte's mother is the epitomizes this time period -- cold and inflexible. It's a simple, predictable story, but the time period and characters sell it.

I loved it. I just want more. I wish someone would write a book series like Downton, where we get in depth characterizations and a multi-layered plot. But in the meantime, pick up Manor of Secrets and enjoy yourself!

Published by Point, January 28, 2014
eBook obtained from NetGalley
320 pages (qualifies for my Books You Can Read in a Day Challenge!)

Rating: 4/5





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2 comments:

  1. I love Downton Abby, so this does look good, plus a fast read is always nice!

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  2. The premise sounds interesting! I don't really watch Downton Abbey, but I think I would like this! Glad you enjoyed it, great review!

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