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Manor of Secrets

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  954 ratings  ·  229 reviews
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
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Published June 28th 2014 by Scholastic (first published January 28th 2014)
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Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Downton Abby and Upstairs Downstairs
This was a wonderful coming of age story that was very feel-good but more than fluff. Manor of secrets is aptly named, and the mysteries of the past are pretty shocking. I loved finding out the dirt! An upstairs/downstairs look at life in a manor house that smacks of Downton Abby. It was lovely!

Charlotte is determined to have an adventure. She's only 16, but her life has already been mapped out for her. Her mother has had Charlotte's husband picked out for a very long time and seems eager to be
Jan 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not sure what amazes me more, that it's been two hundred and fifty one days since I last issued a one star rating or the fact that I can make that calculation. Either way it is a personal best, a record now broken by Katherine Longshore's Manor of Secrets.

Had I been at all familiar with Longshore's work, I would have avoided this title altogether. Simply put, modernist historicals aren't my cuppa tea. I think context is
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, this was so good. Like, wow. I enjoyed that so much more than I thought I would. Full review to come.
Nasty Lady MJ
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I imagine the creation for this book went like this (of course this is my imagination only and it probably really didn’t occur exactly this way-or at least I would hope):

Slimy Publishing Executive: You know what’s popular, Downton Abbey. I think it would make a great YA book.

Helpless Editor: You think? I mean, we have plenty of historicals listed in our catalog already. I don’ think…

Slimy Publishing
Sarah Mac
Not bad for YA, but nothing special. I've previously read & enjoyed Longshore's Tudor series; this one, however, lacked their sophisticated storylines & voice.

One thing Longshore always does well is write interesting male characters, & MoS is no exception. Harry the hall-boy, Lord Andrew, & even manwhore footman Lawrence are all very vivid. So props for that. I also liked Janie & Harry's romance -- they were sweet without being too sugary. Side characters like Charlotte's highborn friend Fran &
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up as one of those "filler reads" while I waited for some of the books I ordered from the library to come in. I expected this to be just one of those generic British historical romance novels with over the top romance. Fortunately, it wasn't; the writing was decent, the story flowed reasonably well, the characters had depth and greatly matured throughout the novel.

While this novel isn't great (and is actually somewhat forgettable), it's solid and is one of those books that you
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 Stars

The nineteen-tens were such a turbulent time in English history, but except for a few references to cars, I feel like this book could have been set anywhere around the Regency/Georgian eras.

Lady Charlotte is the youngest of six and feels forgotten and overlooked. Her mother is an old-fashioned lady and wants Charlotte to follow in her footsteps by marrying a lord, having children, and running a household. But Charlotte’s a dreamer
Martina Boone
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Katherine Longshore's other two books, GILT and TARNISH, so I was really looking forward to digging into the Downton Abbey vibe of MANOR OF SECRETS. The disparity between the constrained and cold life that comes as the price of luxury and the choatic existence in the servant's quarters is well-drawn. As always, the author does a beautiful job of choosing details to bring the historical period to life. Here, she also deftly delineates the differences between the point of view c ...more
Heidi Stone
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Charlotte is beautiful, charming, and bored. Lord Andrew seems as though he is a boring choice for her future husband that her mother has chosen for her,before she has even had one season. Most of all, Charlotte has a secret--she wants to be a writer. Longshore provides an interesting look into Victorian aged England, while at times the plot is slow her descriptions and characterization is flawless.
Talia Vance
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte longs to break free from the manor, while Janie longs to make a home there. Two girls from different worlds live completely separate lives under the same roof, until their paths collide and they find that they have more in common than they ever imagined. Fun, surprising and thoroughly addictive, I loved this story!
Alice in Readerland
In books, especially in historical pieces, you want main characters that you can relate to, and I think Manor of Secrets pretty much created two main characters who a lot of girls will be able to relate to in some sort of way. We have Charlotte who is curious about the world and wants to find adventure and love. She wants to be brave and find someplace where she fits in.

We also have Janie who is witty, brave, a dare-taker, and hard-working, but isn’t sure about her direction in life. On one hand
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Downtown Abbey fans
In a lot of ways, Manor Of Secrets is a pretty typical story of a well-to-do girl who no longer wants to live the life that she's accustomed to. But it also surprised me, in a TOTALLY good way!

I really liked how Charlotte and Janie became friends and how they both managed to find some adventure and romance. They definitely wanted to change their lives (especially Charlotte), and I liked seeing how they both had a better understanding of the world around them by the end of the book. They really c
Elissa B
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upstairs and downstairs drama! A well written coming of age story. Readers who love period dramas like Downton Abbey will definitely want to read this!
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Charlotte Edmonds is still very young and full of dreams, even if she does know pretty much exactly how her life will turn out. She will be married, take her place in society and slowly become nothing in the eyes of the world, except for an addition to her husband (who she probably won't choose or love of her own accord either). Charlotte wants nothing more than to break free, see the world and fall in love with someone of her decision. Janie Seward is a kitchen maid at the Manor and has kn ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a coming of age story, some very hard topics were addressed in this book. It is very much worth the read.
Christina (Reading Extensively)
Lady Charlotte has not yet had her debut season but she is bored with the life she is expected to lead. She longs for adventure and wants to be an author. Unfortunately her mother has other plans and expects Charlotte to secure a marriage proposal from Lord Andrew Broadhurst before the season begins. Janie is a kitchen maid working for Charlotte's family along with her mother who is the cook. Janie knows her place but she has dreams too. Charlotte and Janie's paths cross when she catches Janie d ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical, novel
This was my first sampling of Ms. Longshore's writing and it was very good. I guess from the title I expected some kind of mystery, as that is the kind of story I usually read and enjoy. I got quite a ways into it before it dawned on me there weren't going to be any bodies in the library or garden, or elsewhere....

Nonetheless, this is a very good read, the story of young Lady Charlotte Edmonds and her coming of age in England in the early 20th century. She doesn't want to just "fit in" and have
Emily Blake
*A copy was provided by Scholastic for review purposes*

A complex, fast-paced, impossible story is not what you would expect from a historical fiction book. But that was what this one had. I have to say, I was very impressed with it. The setting and situation were very well explained to I got the full picture pretty quick, and man was it dismal. Everyone was unhappy in this book and as I was reading I was trying to figure out how Katherine Longshore was going to make it right. But she staged ever
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Downton Abbey fans, you must read Manor of Secrets.

It's 1911 in the English countryside. Charlotte is tired of stuffy parties and the expectations of her mother regarding marriage to the "right" man. When her eccentric aunt comes for a visit her mother tells Charlotte she need to stay away from her aunt. This compels Charlotte to find out more about her aunt, the black sheep of the family.

She enlists the help of Janie, who works downstairs in the kitchen. They have met briefly before, but of cou
Ms. Yingling
Lady Mary of Downton Abbey Lady Charlotte is unhappy with the constraints of her upper class life, especially the attentions of the handsome by snooty Lord Andrew Broadhurst, and wishes that she could be more adventuresome, like Janie, the kitchen maid at The Manor. Janie, of course, doesn't see things this way, because she is too busy scrubbing things and being yelled at by her mother, the cook. Charlotte wishes to flee, but Janie fears being made to leave. Charlotte needs a friend, and starts ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Lady Charlotte appears to have it all. The dresses, the jewels, servants, and a beautiful house (The Manor), but she is feeling restless, much like a bird in a cage. She wants adventure, but that is one thing she feels she will never obtain if she continues down the path that her mother wants for her. Her mother, Lady Diane, wants her to marry the boring Lord Andrew, but that's the last thing Charlotte wants. She finds herself gravitating towards the captivating kitchen maid, Janie, and the gorg ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who is a fan of Downtown Abbey or is just a fan of the Edwardian era, this is a delightful YA book. I personally found this book to be enjoyable and sweet, I was glad that it was YA appropriate without a bunch of junk or drama in it.
Lady Charlotte Edmonds feels neglected and bored,as the only daughter of a wealthy family she is expected to marry well, but the young man her Mother is pushing at her seems stuffy and boring. What Lady Charlotte longs for is adventure and romance, but wil
Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall
Largely, I think the flaw in this was that there was too little of a preamble and events occurred with even less of preamble, while much was left to the reader to fill in with their imagination regarding the characters.

And I shan't criticize the obvious similarity to Downton Abbey considering it probably was thought of before the advent of that regarded soap opera and there was only a market afterwards.
*demented puppet nodding*.

Now if there was a more intricate plot aside from: "Two ladies stro
A.C. Gaughen
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED! This book is, like everything by Longshore, lavishly, lovingly researched and exquisitely detailed historical fiction. What I loved best was that it's about an era I know little about (I don't watch Downton Abbey *ducks* I know I'm sorry!) and I came away from it feeling so deeply and richly entrenched in the world that I started Twitter-begging for a sequel.

Janie knows who she is and is tough as nails, but she refuses to even hope for more, like love or a new, better station in the Hous
I do not know about you guys, but I crave Downton Abbey something fierce when it’s not on TV, especially when I need to relax. I love watching the upstairs and downstairs refinement and the microcosms of Great Houses. Manor Of Secrets by Katherine Longshore is quite the departure from her previous Tudor-based fiction. Longshore rises to the challenge of breaking her mold quite admirably. Friends, I am ALL about Manor Of Secrets, especially because it’s like my BBs Sybil and Mary are on the cover ...more
Rima Jean
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

I haven't seen Downton Abbey, so there's no way for me to compare it to this story. The premise was appealing, however: Two very different girls, one mansion, lots of juicy secrets. I loved both Janie and Charlotte. I thought they were relatable and very human. I'm a huge Historical Fiction buff, and this story was very light on the history. That isn't necessarily a bad thing! I just personally prefer a bit more detail about the
The year is 1911 and privileged daughter of the house Charlotte and stubborn kitchen maid Janie both long for an adventure beyond the Manor. This was a fun, if predictable, historical fiction novel. After a string of gloomy books, it was nice to read something that had a positive outlook. Both Charlotte and Janie, and their love interests, are charming characters and Longshore's writing style keeps the book engaging throughout. Recommended for younger readers of YA historical fiction.
Ahhhhh! So good! What wonderful characters and delicious scandals. Not to mention, some twists and shockers! Wonderful!
Full review to come!
Okay read, but so overwrought! So glad I was never 16!
Deborah Morgan
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit like Downton Abby...even the model on the cover reminds me of Sybil.
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