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  • The Thief of Lanwyn Manor #ARC Review



    In Regency England an advantageous match could set up a lady for life. 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. The manor is located 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 within 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 that of the people 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 clear his intentions to court the lovely visitor. And Isaac knows his place.
    When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and valuables go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.
    Sweet Regency Romance Full-length novel, approximately 90,000 words. Second in the Cornwall series, but can be read alone.

    Review


    I fell in love with the writing of Sarah E. Ladd in the first book of this series and when I saw that Ii will release the second one I was excited to read. This time, it is the story of Julia, one of Jac's nieces from the previous book.

    Julia is heartbroken and willingly accepted to go to another uncle's home in another city to try to forget what she suffered and make new friends. Arriving there she is surprised by a group of bandits and that's where begins the mystery of why they attacked the girl and where begins the romance of our history.

    Isaac Blake is the youngest of the Blake brothers and has always lived in his brother's shadow. Upon meeting sweet Julia, his heart which was totally geared toward work at Brother Matthew's mines will sway.

    Between intrigue, betrayal, tragedy, and parties, Isaac and Julia will develop a beautiful friendship. Even with her aunt's fixed idea that Matthew is the best match for her, Julia can't help but stay near Isaac and they will team up to find out who is behind the weird events surrounding the Lanwyn Manor.

    I love the way the writer sets her stories and I loved the way she conducted the forbidden love between Julia and Isaac. Even with all their doubt and insecurity, it was beautiful to see how they could identify what they felt and how they fought for what they wanted at the right moment.

    Julia is smart and brave and at various points, in the plot, I remembered that classic phrase from the ScobbyDoo's bad guys (don't laugh because I couldn't help but remember it LOL) that they would have gotten what they wanted if it weren't for the eavesdropper children. Julia is very eavesdropper and her curiosity will disrupt the plan of the bandits of the city. I loved it so much. Too bad at the right time, the writer opted for a situation that displeased me a lot and left my jaw-dropping. What happens, My dear God! She had everything to make the twist into the apotheosis of the book. She was super smart in choosing the villain and just made everything warm with her choices for this situation.

    At first I was upset with the prologue because I never liked parents who act like Daddy Blake acted so for the same reason I did not like the unlogical way of solving the mystery. Both situations have failed enormously in my opinion. I believe for a Christian novel these details were a pretty big flaw. As I said in the previous paragraph, the writer's choice ended up ruining what might be 6 stars for me, as she was fantastic in the setting of a small-town society, prejudice, gossip, the motivation for the crimes and could have taken the reader with a simple but enriching moral lesson in the end.


    Anyway ... the story is good, the romance is beautiful and it made up for my disappointment with the mystery. Now I wait for book 3 and pray that this time she can close all the edges as she did with book 1.

    My thanks to Netgalley, the author and Thomas Nelson.This is my honest opinion.

    3/5 stars


    Resenha
    Me apaixonei pela escrita de Sarah E. Ladd no pimeiro livro desta série e quando vi que iria lançar o segundo me apressei logo para ler. Desta vez, vamos conhecer a história de Júlia, uma das sobrinhas de Jac do livro anterior.

    Julia está de coração partido e aceitou de bom grado ir para casa de outro tio em outra cidade para tentar esquecer o que sofreu e fazer novas amizades. Lá chegando é surpreendida por um grupo de bandidos e é dai que começa tanto o mistério de porquê atacaram a jovem como o romance de nossa história.

    Isaac Blake é o mais jovem dos irmãos Blake e sempre viveu à sombra do irmão. Ao conhecer a doce Julia seu coração, que estava totalmente direcionado para o trabalho nas minas do irmão Matthew, vai balançar.

    Em meio a intrigas, traições, tragédias e jantares, Isaac e Julia irão desenvolver uma linda amizade. Mesmo com a ideia fixa da tia de que o melhor par para ela é Matthew, Julia não consegue evitar sua identificação com Isaac e ambos vão se unir tambem para descobrir quem está por trás de vários acontecimentos estranhos que tem rondado  a mansão Lanwyn Manor.

    Gosto muito da forma como a escritora ambienta suas histórias e amei demais a forma como ela conduziu o amor proibido entre Julia e Isaac. Mesmo com toda a dúvida e insegurança de ambos  foi bonito de ver como eles souberam identificar o que sentiam e como lutaram pelo que queriam. 

    Julia é esperta e corajosa e em vários momentos da trama eu lembrei daquela frase clássica dos bandidos de ScobbyDoo ( não riam pois não consegui evitar lembrar dele LOL) de que teriam conseguido o que queriam não fossem os garotos bisbilhoteiros. Pois bem Julia é bem bisbilhoteira e  acabará com sua curiosidade atrapalhando o plano dos bandidos da cidade. Adorei demais. Pena que na hora certa, a escritora optou por uma situação que me desagradou muito e me deixou de queixo caído. Ela tinha tudo para transformar a revira volta na apoteose do livro. Foi super inteligente na escolha do vilão e simplesmente deixou tudo morno  com suas escolhas para esta situação.

    Já inicio fiquei chateada com o prólogo pois nunca gostei de pais que agem como o papai Blake agiu então  pelo mesmo motivo  não gostei da forma  sem lógica da resolução do mistério. Ambas situações falharam enormemente na minha opinião. Acredito que para um romance cristão estes detalhes foram uma falha bem grande. Como disse no parágrafo anterior, a escolha da escritora acabou estragando o que poderia ser um 6 estrelas para mim, pois ela foi fantástica na ambientação da sociedade, dos preconceitos, das fofocas e poderia ter arrebatado o leitor com uma lição de moral simples mas enriquecedora no final.

    Enfim... a história é boa, o romance é lindo e compensou minha decepção com o mistério. Agora esperar pelo livro 3 e rezar para desta vez ela conseguir fechar todas as arestas como fez com o livro 1.

    3/5 estrelas







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