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The Thief at Lanwyn Manor
(Cornwall #2)
By Sarah E. Ladd
Christian Historical Romance, Suspense
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 352 Pages
January 7th 2020 by Thomas Nelson


In this sweet Regency romance, Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?

Cornwall, England 1818—Julia Twethewey needs a diversion to mend her broken heart, so when her cousin invites her to Lanwyn Manor, Julia eagerly accepts. Lanwyn Manor is at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry, and as a guest Julia is swept into its intricate world. It’s not long, though, before she realizes something dark lurks in the home’s ancient halls.

As a respected mine owner’s younger son, Isaac Blake is determined to keep his late father’s legacy alive through the family business, despite his brother’s careless attitude. In order to save their livelihood—and the livelihood of those around them—the brothers approach the master of Lanwyn Manor with plans to bolster the floundering local industry. Isaac can’t deny his attraction to the man’s charming niece, but his brother has made his intentions to court the lovely guest clear. And Isaac knows his place.

When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and items go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their own best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.

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My Review

THIEF OF LANWYN MANOR is about a woman trying to find her path and follow her heart amid the complexities of family. It's set in a mining town in trouble, with a mystery that brings danger, likable characters, a sweet romance, and some twists and turns that are sure to entertain. Recommended to sweet historical romance fans.

I loved the hero, Isaac Blake, and the heroine, Julie Twethewey, from the start! They were both fairly steady individuals with their own hopes and dreams, but who were putting those aside as they took on other responsibilities. They're not always surrounded by those with good intentions and some of the characters felt a little flat to me when I wanted them more strongly drawn. That wasn't the case with the main characters, as they're vividly drawn. I loved how their relationship started and then grew despite the challenges they faced. It was a sweet romance with friendship and care at the center.

The setting was interesting, as was the plot. It's the first story I've read that was involved this much in mining, although we only get snapshots of what that entails. The inspirational element wasn't  really present in this story, so I'd definitely recommend it to the general market. I thought the whole premise intriguing and there were enough twists that made me wonder who could be trusted. Towards the end it got a bit dramatic - maybe more so than realistic, but it definitely made for an entertaining read.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this story. The characters and romance were lovely and my favorite part. If you're a fan of the author, this genre, or historical romance in general with a touch of suspense and danger, then I'd recommend this one.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Other Books in the Series

The Governess of Penwythe
(The Cornwall Novels #1)
By Sarah E. Ladd
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
April 16th 2019 by Thomas Nelson


In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.

Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Cornwall, England, 1811

Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

Read my 5-star review HERE.

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About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

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