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Lady of Milkweed Manor Paperback – January 1, 2008
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"Overall this is a fantastic narrative that will draw you into the era and wreak havoc with your emotions." -- Michelle Griep, novelreviews.blogspot.com
"The characters are strong - the writing excellent ... will leave you immensely and blissfully happy...." -- Amy Lignor, OnceUponaRomance.com
"This is truly one of the most emotionally gripping novels I've ever read...." -- Michelle Sutton, edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com
"This was an excellent first novel and one of the best historical novels I've read this year. I am looking forward to Julie Klassen's next book. HIGHLY recommended." -- Deborah Khuanghlawn, books-movies-chinesefood.blogspot.com
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (January 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 411 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0764204793
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764204791
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.04 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #510,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I really enjoyed this glimpse into the lives of vulnerable women in Edwardian England. How out of wedlock pregnancies were dealt with which made a place like Milkweed Manor necessary.
Even though there is a serious issue being dealt with here, I feel like Klassen still manages to make this work a fascinating read with all the staple ingredients we expect to find when reading her work.
I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys historical romance fiction and fans of Klassen’s work.
(All opinions in this review are my own).
Reading Lady of Milkweed Manor is like being caught in a web. It grabs you in the heart and refuses to let go. The reader is emotionally tangled in many ways, restless with maternal feelings that are all too familiar, yet wonderful. Any mother will find this novel hitting too close for comfort as they ask multiple times "Could I have done that?" I ached for the decisions Charlotte had to make, and at times, seemingly, unfair at that. However, Klassen has so thoroughly researched the topic of wet nursing in the Regency Era that the unfolding of events may not appear fair, but they are accurate. In fact, writing of the breastfeeding experience was calculated and precise. Any mother who has nursed and then weaned understands when Charlotte tells her little one, "Very soon, you will not remember this time together. But I shall always remember. And I shall miss it."
One of the study questions at the end of the book asks "Were you satisfied with the ending?" Klassen did everything right, not only with the ending, but within each page of the novel. As entertaining and emotionally addicting as the plot and characters were, the reader will live a mother's life in the Regency era vicariously through Charlotte. It was thought-provoking without being preachy. The ending, oh yes, the ending was very satisfying! Lady of Milkweed Manor is one of the best novels ever written in regards to motherhood and the sacrifices moms sometimes choose to make, and at others, the choices that are thrust upon them.
Be forewarned. There is very little about Klassen's novel that will leave you unmoved, untouched, unchanged. Reading Lady of Milkweed Manor will stir strong feelings, and yet, you will relish every moment of it.
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If I had known what it was I would have given this a miss. Having said that, it is as well written as the rest of her novels and there is obviously a great deal of research done beforehand.I like the way there is a quote or passage at the begining of every chapter
Of course this is only my opinion and the other reviewers obviously liked it.