Title: Manor of Secrets
Author: Katherine Longshore
Release Date/Publisher: January 28th 2014 by Point
Finished: March 29th 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .
Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.
Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn’t sure she possesses the courage — or the means — to break free and follow her passions.
Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.
What I Thought:
I love this author and I was surprised when I added this to my library list that I hadn’t read it yet. In a way I’m of glad I waited because this was just what I needed to read right now. I really love the way Katherine writes her historical books because they just have a way of hooking you no matter what you’re reading about.
This one followed two girls in the year 1911, Charlotte and Janie. Most of her books are set much earlier so this one was a bit of a change. I actually really liked both girls and I was glad they each had their own chapters. Charlotte wanted adventure and for things to change. She writes stories but because of her mother and status in society she can only do what she’s told. Janie doesn’t like change and as a kitchen maid she doesn’t have as much freedom. But these two meet and it was just so much fun to read about. They tested boundaries and became friends and so much happened because of this.
There were a couple of guys mixed in with the girls, two I liked and one I didn’t. I won’t say who was who, or if they even ended up with anyone though so as not to ruin it. The romance that developed over the book was slow but sweet. But of course the change happening in the girls was the main story of the book which I liked.
While I didn’t like this as much as her tudor books I think this would be a great addtion to any collection and I still had a hard time putting it down.