Book Review: ‘The Thief of Lanwyn Manor’ (The Cornwall Novels) by Sarah E. Ladd

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.
About Sarah E. Ladd
Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance.

My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘Sarah E. Ladd brings us the second in her Cornwall Novels series with another good Regency, a genre she is quite good at doing.

Cornwall, England, 1818. Julia Twethewey has come to Lanwyn Manor for two reasons: to recover from a broken heart and to keep her friend company who is ill. The manor is in the heart of the mining industry and before long Julia is intricately involved in all around her. But she soon learns that there is something quite strange going on at Lanwyn Manor.

Isaac Blake is a respectable second son to a mine owner and he is determined to make a go of his late father’s mine. His twin brother’s carelessness regarding the mine is at odds with Isaac’s integrity in the business. And Isaac has developed an interest in Julia, even though Matthew wants to use her to get in her uncle’s good graces.

There are mysteries, intrigue and a great deal to like about this book. A good Regency is a favorite of mine and Sarah Ladd has been a favorite since I read her very first book. I can’t imagine not reading her well done novels. She once again proves herself quite adept at the genre. Highly recommended.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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