In the style of Jane Austen, debut author Julie Klassen delivers a compelling Regency Era novel. A vicar’s daughter avoids her neighbors’ scorn by finding refuge in London’s Milkweed Manor, a mysterious bastion of old secrets and new life. Trying to conceal her identity, she encounters a former suitor with secrets of his own. Resolved to protect their loved ones, neither realizes the level of self-sacrifice this will require.
“This strangely sad, yet hopeful tale ... will make your heart sing.” —Edgy Inspirational
Reminiscent of Austen or Bronte
If you like Jane Austen, you'd like this book. A little romance, a little intrigue, less witty dialogue than an Austen book, but plenty of insight into the plight of unwed mothers in Regency England. As an adoptive mother, I was deeply touched by how the author so adeptly conveyed the main character's heart-wrenching choice of whether to keep her baby and raise him in poverty, or give him up to a better life. This side of the story is rarely examined, even in adoption stories today.
History I have never known
Loved the story line, I was surprised to learn a lot about birthing and wet nursing that I have never known.