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Lady of Milkweed Manor

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  5,538 ratings  ·  614 reviews
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
Paperback, 411 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Bethany House (first published 2007)
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Feb 21, 2012 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Julie Klassen writes well in a technical sense, but I found this story disturbing. Charlotte's predicament, the way she got into it, her miserable family situation, and all the strange and sad and sinister circumstances around her didn't make for a very pleasant tale. The period details were probably the most interesting part. Suspension of disbelief was too much work to be worthwhile. The ending was both predictable and extremely awkward; to jump from the heart of a dramatic climax to a garden ...more
This is truly one of the most emotionally gripping novels I've ever read and it is sure to make my best of 2008 list. My heart pounded with anticipation so many times I lost count. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next, something different took place. The author did an amazing job pulling the reader into Charlotte's life. I longed for her happiness. And there were so many powerful subplots that my head is still swimming with amazement, and my heart is still gripped by this strangely ...more
Eve Victorié
First of all I have to say this book's plot surprised me... greatly. Neither the book cover nor the synopsis betray it, though if you pondered the latter a while you might guess it. I however, did not stop to. I personally think the author did it on purpose, because if they knew, most people would probably not pick it up. I confess I would've probably been in that group... and would've never gotten acquainted with the lovely Charlotte Lamb, and her amazing story! I loved this book!!!
Julie Klassen is simply fabulous! Each of her novels are entertaining, intriguing, exciting, lovely and make you lose sleep. After reading The Girl in the Gatehouse a couple years back, I immediately wanted to get all her novels and read them all in a row, but I managed to pace myself, so I read a previously published novel in between her new releases. Well, the time has come when I’ve read all of her published works, so now I must wait until July for her next release. Sigh….

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Lady of Milkweed Manor is probably one of the most bittersweet Christian romances I've ever read. It's one of those novels that make me feel so sorry for the main character that I shed a few tears...and then shed a few more when she has a happy ending.
I appreciate how Klassen brings an appropriate setting to the story by including lots of relevant historical detail. Many times, slapping a label of "Regency England" on a novel without research (that a
Interesting to learn about the practice of being a wet nurse and how they were viewed.
I find it very refreshing to read a book where the main character has a faith in God in which they take comfort, pray, have prayers answered in small ways, but yet the reader is not hit over the head repeatedly with the concept. It speaks a lot more to me and my level of faith than similar books where all problems are solved once the right amount of praying is done. At one point, a character even says that it
I pity the poor 12-year-old who picks up this book. Yes, it was a moving story about sin, trial, forgiveness, redemption, love, loss, duty, motherhood, etc, but the majority of the first half of the book I was embarrassed to read, even alone to myself! Much of what goes on is alluded to discreetly, but other references are not so subtle and left me cringing or feeling sick. The idea itself, of an unmarried Charlotte having a child and being faced with difficult decision after difficult decision, ...more
Really enjoyed this book. I gave it 5 stars for being interesting and a totally different approach to a romance novel. My standard is that if a Romance is rated G or PG, I give it an extra star, so technically I would give this a rating of 6 stars.

The story is about Charlotte who is a Vicar's daughter living in the 1800's. After an uncharacteristic mistake, she is disowned by her father and sister and sent to Milkweed Manor, a home for unwed mothers. Once there, she is faced with decisions on h
This book went on and on. I kept hanging on for a little more romance or things to turn up, but it was sort of random and went ALL over the place, only to have two pages of happiness at the end.

It wasn't terrible, there were parts and things I genuinely enjoyed... but OVERALL it seemed to talk a lot about nursing and physician-related things. I don't have a problem with it (I thought it was sweet) and loved nursing my little son, but if you're not a mother who has nursed, or are not comfortable
Angela Risner
I really enjoyed the last Julie Klassen book I read, The Apothecary's Daughter. I love this timeframe, as it reminds me of Jane Austen.

This book is very well-written. It's the storyline that I had problems with.

Have you ever watched a movie and thought, they really didn't know where to end this, did they? This book is like that.

The main character is Charlotte, who is the daughter of a man who never wanted her. She ends up in "a condition" (read: pregnancy) out of wedlock and is summarily dismiss
"Romantic" novel set in 1800-something. Girl gets pregnant, refuses to name the father of her child. Father kicks her out and she ends up at a laying-in hospital in London with the destitute. Coincidently, one of the doctors is a man who once wished to marry her. He's now married, to (Jane Eyre, anyone) a woman who suffers from insanity, apparently brought on by pregnancy.

Lots of sacrificing throughout. Fairly well-written, though not exactly surprising story line. Very "earthy" in some ways, wh
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Lady of Milkweed Manor was a good read, though not my favorite Klassen book.

Charlotte made a mistake & ends up having to leave home. Her father is very stern & unforgiving. Her sister is very condemning as well & treats her with cold disdain. For her sister, it was all about self, how it would reflect on her. She had no thought for what Charlotte was going through. Aunt Tilney wants to stay in contact, but Charlotte's father has forbidden it. (I have to say, I don't see why she list
I probably was never going to really like this book, because I've never been fond of the disgraced woman plot device, I don't really know why. However, I didn't just not like this book, I really disliked this book.

My 2 biggest complaints about this book are:

1. Detail - ok, not overly detailed, but it felt like there were a lot more details about a lot of things I didn't want/care to know about. The author went rather in depth in several rather personal things, such as child birth and hospitals a
Clare Cannon
May 23, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: adults
Klassen writes beautifully, but after having loved The Apothecary's Daughter so much, I have been disappointed in the quality of her other stories. They all seem to have the same theme: a girl has been wronged by a man before the story begins, and the book tells the tale of her trying to rebuild her life and seek forgiveness. Yet it's not the theme itself that is a problem for this book - there have been many great novels based upon it - just that it's not presented with the depth that it requir ...more
Many authors today, seem to think a historical romance is this stereotypical tale involving another byronic hero, and a good-for-nothing heroine, with hardly any plot, and nothing at the center but the love/hate, or the magically-growing relationship between the protagonists. It’s also provoking to see the obvious contrast between the historical setting they choose and the oddly modernized psychology of the characters. I’ve read enough of the genre this year to feel tired of this awful depiction ...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
ever wondered what happened to fallen women during the jane austen era? not all conveniently died, like eliza in Sense and Sensibility.
it is an exceptional first novel and a very satisfying read. a bit scattered, at times, and there's a LOT of events and characters crammed in. it would've made a good series.

*beautiful butterfly and gardening imagery sprinkled throughout.
*a surprising amount of emphasis on breastfeeding, with accurate information and a positive take on nursing. i am thrilled.

Maria Thomas
I am torn in how to write this review. I really did like this book. The story was intriguing and I think well written. Normally I wouldn't like the theme of the book since it very much centers around sex. But it isn't explicit even though it is a major component of the story line. (The main character is an unwed mother). Lots of talk about nursing and bodies and some desire but I still wouldn't say the book is naughty. It is a mature theme and I wouldn't recommend it for kids at all. And if you ...more
I think I have a new favorite author...I'm more than halfway through her published books and haven't found a dud yet. This one was so interesting and unusual and well written that I stayed up way late (3 am) to read the whole thing in one sitting.
One of the best things about Klassen's books (other than the excellent stories, characters, and writing) is the romance. It isn't all touchy-feely-overmuch-desire-y. The characters act like grown-ups and figure out how to communicate with each other in
Robyn Smith
I liked the attention to detail and idea of this book, enjoying the epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. The portrayal of the "lying-in house for unwed mothers" was interesting, but I felt the staff were too kind for the era - I expected more grim-faced matrons extolling the virtues of early mornings and hard work in the Regency era.
Rather to my dismay, the story of Daniel Taylor and his "mad" wife, Lizette, echoed Jane Eyre's Mr Rochester and his wife too much. Even finding out that wome
Kris Irvin
This is probably my favorite of the Julie Klassen books I've read so far. It was very well written and much more interesting than some of her other novels.

It did get somewhat bogged down in details and unnecessary characters. The time jumps at the end felt like cheating to me. But overall I liked the characters and the plot.
Titanic Buff
Banished from home, Charlotte Lamb enters a home for unwed mothers, anticipating the birth of her child, uncertain of life thereafter. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect to run into the a childhood chum whose suit her father had refused. Charlotte and he rekindle a friendship while she fills her days with seeking to help other soon-to-be mothers. Though banished it turns out to be a little bit more difficult than anticipated trying to hide from her relatives who have suddenly taken an in ...more
May 27, 2014 Elaine rated it 1 of 5 stars
Title: Lady of Milkweed Manor.

Author: Julie Klassen.

Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction, Regency England, Romance, Tragedy.

Plot: When a woman in Regency England falls from grace, it's not pretty. It's even worse when that woman is the daughter of a clergyman. However, Charlotte Lamb's family never wanted her anyway - especially now that her mother is gone. With her bags packed and her heart broken, Charlotte leaves to hide away in a manor in London to heal, have her baby and pick up the pieces
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Apr 03, 2011 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Laura
Once I started this book, I seriously could not put it down. Charlotte Lamb pays heavily for a youthful encounter with her adored Charles Harris when she finds herself pregnant with his illegitimate child. Charlotte is disowned by her vicar father and finds temporary residence a decrepit lying in manor for expectant mothers. Hardly charity, the women are unmerciful outcasts whose offspring rarely fare better than the Foundling Home….yet, for their shameful confinement, the manor house is a neces ...more
This first novel by Julie Klassen published by Bethany House is not nearly as good as her second, The Apothecary's Daughter, which is a much better read. The main character, Charlotte Lamb, goes through some interesting and even potentially harrowing times, but something always seems to come to her rescue before she is left completely destitute--not always through her ingenuity or in a credible way, given her situation compared to others in her situation. Charlotte is sweet and lady-like, and so ...more
Charlotte made a mistake, and in that moment, her life was changed forever. Sent from her home in disgrace to live at a home for unwed mothers, she gives birth to a baby boy. Refusing to acknowledge to anyone who the father is (since he has deserted her), she goes forward intending to try and make a life for herself and her son, until one night, she is forced to make the choice to give him up to allow him a better life. THis choice sets things in motion to take her life on a road she never expec ...more
Sharon Connell
A disappointing story to me I'm afraid. It was not the writing that was disappointing because I do think that Ms. Klassen is a good writer, but I didn't really enjoy this particular story line. Still, I read it until the end because that's what I do once I start a book. The best part to me was the Epilogue where things got tied up. It seemed like the story was going to have what I would feel as an uncomfortable ending but it turned out okay.

Having said all that, I am planning to read more of her
I loved, loved, loved this book. Although this is Julie Klassen's debut novel, her writing speaks to the heart. It reminds me of Austen and Bronte and of course after visiting her website it didn't surprise me that they are an inspiration to her. I always enjoy books that teach me things about history. Little facts thrown out to the reader that leave them wanting to know a bit more about the period of time the story was set in. Saying that, I can't can't in good conscience share exactly what the ...more
Shari Larsen
This novel, set in 19th century England, is about a young woman forced to make some difficult choices. Twenty year old Charlotte Lamb is the daughter of a vicar, who throws her out of the house when she becomes pregnant. She forced to seek refuge in a home for unwed mothers, and must make decisions involving love and sacrifice.

I really enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns of this story, and the "Jane Eyre" feeling it had. There was a little bit of romance in the story, but the way it was done
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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. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and ...more
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“He says if we are all very good, and pray hard, Mother will get better. Do you think it true?” “It’s certainly not fair.” “Fair?” “For your father to put that responsibility on you. Forgive me, I mean no disrespect, but do you really think God works that way? If we do the things we ought, He’ll preserve those we hold dear, but if we forget or neglect our duty, He’ll bring down calamity upon us and those we love?” 0 likes
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