Lady of Milkweed Manor

Lady of Milkweed Manor

by Julie Klassen


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As Charlotte drew closer to the looming grey edifice that was to become her temporary home, she could not help but notice the secretive shuttered windows. Then she noticed the milkweeds...

Even a proper vicar's daughter can make a mistake—and now Charlotte Lamb must pay a high price for her fall. To avoid the prying eyes of all who know her, she hides herself away in London's forbidding "Milkweed Manor," a place of mystery and lore, of old secrets and new birth.

But once there, she comes face to face with a suitor from her past—a man who now hides secrets of his own. Both are determined, with God's help, to protect those they love. But neither can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.

Sprinkled with fascinating details about the lives of women in Regency England, Lady of Milkweed Manor is a moving romantic drama about the redemption of past failings and the beauty of sacrificial love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764204791
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 241,743
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit

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Lady of Milkweed Manor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
Orla More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in only five days because I could not put it down. This story was so captivating that once it got a hold of me, it was hard to let go. When I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about reading it. I will definitely be reading this again and I look forward to reading THE SILENT GOVERNESS by JULIE KLASSEN. I hope that she will continue to come out with more wonderful and wholesome books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book eight times and it still makes me cry and laugh and want to punch someone for the injustice of this world. This book is perfect. Worth fifty dollars put it on your wishlist its amazing. The perfect balance of love,betrayal,sacrifice,honor,deception and everything. Honestly read this book it will change your life. Then read it again.
teencierose More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy period novels, this is for you... Julie's ability to transport you through time with situations common nowadays is unlike no other I've read. The Lady of Milkweed Manor was exactly one of these stories. I won't give away too much insight, but the reality of this family disgrace and how it was handled so long ago was somewhat saddening, and yet the end became inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this was a very touching story along the lines of wuthering heights. The author made the characters come to life with all of their short comings laid bare. I would like to see this book become required reading in high schools as a cautionary tale. It has the workings of a modern day classic.
HippolytaTS More than 1 year ago
I adore this book and I adore this author. This book was a page-turner that kept me up far too late a night reading. Klassen skillfully avoids the trap of formula Regency romance and provides a wealth of historic detail that fully immerses one in the era. I found myself constantly thinking that were possibly some of the experiences of Colonel Brandon's ward outside the pages of Sense and Sensibility. Klassen also successful avoids the too obvious outcome, in part because she successfully avoids making characters so one-dimensional that they are easily spotted as "obstacles" and easily dismissed. Did I mention I adore this book?
Ladywolf71 More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't buy the book due to a young woman in Regency England getting pregnant, but I'm glad I did. This story took me in a direction that I didn't know existed. You see the other side of what happens to a young unwed pregnant woman. It's sad to see one wrong night of passion can turn a womans life upside down and who has to bare the consequences. If you apply the moral of the story today, it should be a good lesson for young ones and even adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my 2nd book by this author and I really enjoyed it, a treat everytime I was able to escape into it's story. I will definitely be reading more from Julie Klassen!
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a story that brought a wide span of different emotions from me. The story line for me had a slow start, but the more I read, the more the story grew on me and I found near the end of the book I didn't want to put the book down until I saw how it would end (and I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone, but trust me it is worth reading to the very last page!). I really wasn't sure what was going to happen to Charlotte Lamb, the main character in this story. She went through a great deal yet it didn't change the person she was. I also had to stop and search the end of the book to see if the author would validate some of the things folks did during the time period this was written, because some of it was hard to comprehend.Charlotte Lamb was raised as a proper vicar's daughter, but when she makes a mistake one night with a man, she finds herself shunned by her family and forced to go into hiding in London's "Milkweed Manor", a place for unwed mothers. There she finds a doctor she once knew when she was young and he too has secrets he is hiding. Both of them are determined to protect the ones they love even if it means a huge sacrifice on their part. You will come to appreciate Charlotte and her strong yet gentle character. I found myself really not sure how the author was going to end this story and at one brief point felt my eyes tearing up, thinking how the ending was going to turn out. This was a good "drama" filled with details of what some women in Regency England endured at that time. A real eye-opener and it does have a very good romantic twist to it. I enjoyed reading this story and give high praise to the good job Julie Klassen did.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Upon finishing this novel, I sigh in complete contentment. This is near one of the best novels I have ever had the opportunity to fall deep within the pages and stay for a while.From beginning to end I had my opinions of how things should go, with the slight twists and turns I never had a clue how the plot would be. Sometimes I could not read fast enough, as a matter of fact most of the time. I would not believe certain things were happening.This is a perfect novel in regency time and I can see a bit of Austen and Jane Erye. I can easily say that readers of such will enjoy this story. It is alike, but completely unique and what a tale it tells.Julie Klassen is beyond talented with this work and I am shocked to admit it a debut. You can bet that I will read her new novel coming out soon, The Apothecary's Daughter. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If I were able to surpass five stars, I have not a clue as to how many I would vote.Throughout this book my heart was breaking. My soul was soaring with joy. It was one of those scenarios where you want to lay the blame, but within yourself you can see that the sinner is not much worse than yourself. Then you attempt to imagine what is going on and put yourself in their place. What would you do? How would you act? What would you want?On a personal note, if too personal skip it, as a person who suffers depression, I can sometimes see how easy it would be to walk away from situations so hard with any foreseeable future or answer. But oh how incredible God can be when he works things out through time. His plan for us is so much more incredible than we could have ever thought. It really makes a person think.
srfbluemama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I got it because I really liked The Apothecary's Daughter, but I didn't really know what it was about until I started reading. I was immediately hooked, and stayed up late to finish the book on the same day I started reading it. This book portrays Regency England in a different way than I am used to. Charlotte's family turned their backs on her because she was pregnant out of wedlock. She leaves home and takes refuge at a lying-in hospital for unwed mothers. The world portrayed at this hospital, the attached foundling ward, and the livelihood of wet nurses was intriguing. I was also fascinated by the information on the treatment of depression and neurosis during pregnancy during this time period (the treatment was, not surprisingly, very limited).Even though this book is set in Regency England, the experiences and fears of the women in the book were easy to relate to. As a mother, I could identify with the fears of pregnancy, the emotions nursing a child brings, and the joys and fears of parenthood. Thankfully I have never experienced the more heartwrenching aspects of the story--the loneliness, the losses, the destitution, and the sacrifices.This story was moving and kept me turning the page, wanting to know what would happen next. Would Charlotte get married? Would she be reunited with her son? Who would she marry? Would her family ever forgive her and accept her back? What would happen to her?The faith aspect of the novel is very subtle. Charlotte's father is a vicar, but seems unable to get past her mistake and the social embarrassment and scandal it will bring to forgive her. The most visible reference to faith comes at the end, when Charlotte finds herself counting her blessings and thanking God for helping her transform her past pain and sacrifices into something beautiful.This book was wonderful. Yet another book by Julie Klassen that will reside on my keeper shelf.
twswaim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it. I was drawn into the characters. Definitely showed God's love for us and how He is always seeking us. The plot took some unpredictable twists just like God's plan is not always our plan. The book was not at all preachy which I was very thankful for.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is definitely not my usual kind of 'historical fiction'... regency ladies in their poufy dresses, 'proper' speech & mannerisms, etc... but there I was at the bookstore spending the church budget on new books for the library, and the woman ringing me up at the till saw that I had this book & the author's next one in the stack, and promptly began gushing about them. She was so enthusiastic about this author that I found myself saying "well, I guess I'll have to try them" and agreeing to come back and let her know what I thought. Well, since that's the only Christian bookstore in town, and I still have more cash in the library budget, I figured it would be awfully hard to avoid her... and I just knew I'd feel guilty if she asked me what I thought and I had to admit I wasn't really interested in reading the books after all. Especially when she was so excited about them... so, when I got home, I picked up Lady of Milkweed Manor and began reading... and read some more... and kept reading... and finally had to go to bed. The next morning, I... uh... didn't start work until I'd sat down and finished reading the book. Oops."Huh," I thought, "Guess it was worth my time after all..." And so, I've placed the second book on the TBR list. I won't say a whole lot more about it - I don't want to give the plot away, but if you're interested, there are several good reviews on LT that give a bit more detail. I was glad I read it without knowing anything about the plot, probably since I might not have bothered otherwise. It was a pleasant surprise, and very well written for a first novel.And I'll admit it... I was actually bawling my eyes out near the end (and I think mumbling "no, no, NO!" as I read), when the author made me think something was going to happen/had happened that actually didn't. My goodness... skillfully done. Recommended, even to those who don't usually like this kind of regency-style historical fiction. Guess I learned a little something about my literary tastes with this one!
jeffersonsambrosia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of Charlotte Lamb is a story that will pull at your heart strings. We come upon Charlotte when her Father and Sister have turned their back on her. Because she made the unfortunate mistake of getting pregnant. At the time of course that was the fastest way to ruin yourself, and so they shunned her and tossed her out to a lying in hospital. While Charlotte has to learn how to deal with things in a much different way, and constantly reminds herself of her sin, she does in the end make some friends.The Lady of Milkweed Manor takes us through so many twists and turns in the story. We have beautiful highs and heart wrenching lows. From when Charlotte gives birth to her little babe, to finding that she needs to take the humiliating job of wet nurse, and excelling at it. This poor woman finds herself constantly sacrificing and constantly giving up her own chances, for the sake of others. She rarely asks why, and tends not to dwell on the negative, always pushing forward.More than half way through I found myself wondering if Charlotte would ever have a happy ending. She is given the choice of one at one moment, but she doesn¿t take it. You can not help but feel pulled to her and find yourself urging her to take something for her own benefit. The Lady of Milkweed Manor is written beautifully. Julie Klassen does a wonderful job, and you will find yourself reading the book from cover to cover without looking up to see how much time has passed. And while it may take a while to come to happen, this story does make you believe happy endings do happen.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a historical setting similar to that of Jane Austen, a young gentlewomen is sent to a lying in hospital for unwed expectant mothers. Though the daughter of a pastor and a proper upbringing, she finds herself exposed to quite a different side of life due to her indiscretion. She has to depend on the generousity of others to survive, and make a heart wrenching decision about her baby. She also learns quite a bit about the duties of a milk-nurse, as she turns to that profession to support herself. Despite her circumstances, she also ends up with a choices to make between several potential suitors. This was a very enjoyable read, what I like best about it is the historical details and feel and the emotional ups and downs of the story.
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Can't put it down novel. The author held my interest with the plot, theme, and history of the times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a true love story Very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I likrd the part where Charlotte was planting the tree to be pu next to her mother's grave.
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I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more of her work.
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Terrible book.