Welcome to the blog tour for The Thief of Lanwyn Manor by Sarah Ladd! Goodness I just adore her books, and I am thrilled to be able to share an excerpt with you! I mean, who doesn’t like a little preview of a book before they are able to buy/read it 🙂
Book: The Thief of Lanwyn Manor
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Genre: Regency Romance
Release Date: January 7, 2020
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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There’s just something about Sarah Ladd’s writing that pulls me in and doesn’t let go. Her attention to detail is extraordinary. She has the uncanny ability to paint a picture in my mind of every single detail of each scene that she writes. From the exquisite rooms she writes about, to the scenes where characters are in danger – there is never a moment that I cannot picture it in great detail. The imagination is great, which is why sometimes I struggle with books being made into movies, because the movies never get it quite right. But with Ladd’s descriptive writing style, it’s all spelled out for them!
Not only does Ladd provide vivid scenes, but she gives readers characters that they just can’t help but like. Isaac, well I liked him from the opening scene. This mysterious guy who swoops in, saves the girl, and then kind of disappears. Yeah, it left this reader wanting more! Throughout the book you see Isaac go through a lot – and I especially loved how his relationship with Julia grew. But it’s a quote from the very beginning of the book that really spoke to me regarding Isaac. “As the empty home loomed before him, Isaac could not help but wish he had taken a little more time to see to his personal life. But with the stat of the economy, his focus was required elsewhere, and he needed to accept that.” It really punched me in the gut. How many times do we let circumstances, or our environment take over, and we tend to disregard ourselves – our spiritual selves. In real life, we don’t need to just accept it, we need to do something about it (as Isaac learns throughout the story). I can’t say for sure that Ladd meant to bring up this point, but I’m ever so glad she wrote it this way!
I always enjoy reading Sarah Ladd’s books. They are just beautifully written, and take me on a time machine to enjoy a time period I can only read about. Although this is book two in the series, you don’t necessarily have to read book one – although I encourage you to because it was excellent! I highly recommend historical fiction fans add this to their reading list.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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