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Dreaming of Manderley

(Riches to Romance #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Going from old money to no money, the three Maxwell sisters' lives are about to change drastically. Now, one by one, each must blaze her own trail to happily-ever-after . . .

Manderley Maxwell has always been the dependable, hard-working one while her younger sisters live
A-list lives, courtesy of their family fortune . . . until it's suddenly lost, leaving behind a truckl
Mass Market Paperback, 331 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Lyrical Press, Inc
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Susan No, it's not necessary to read these in order. Although this is a connected series in that the protagonists are sisters, the books are written in such…moreNo, it's not necessary to read these in order. Although this is a connected series in that the protagonists are sisters, the books are written in such a way that you don't need to know a previous installment to enjoy the others. (less)
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Dunja *a chain reader*
I love Daphne Du Maurier's "Rebecca". I have read it and re-read it more than dozen times. I know some parts by heart. Also I saw the movie more than once. Actually "Rebecca" is my favorite book of all time. So I was a bit curious when I found that Leah Marie Brown's "Dreaming of Manderley" is based on "Rebecca". I start reading it with a great caution and hoping that it will be good as an original story. It would be a great disappointment for me if the story was bad. Luckily, Leah Marie Brown d ...more
Kristi Lewis
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Manderley Maxwell is the reliable and sensible sister. Her other two younger sisters are immature and not responsible. Manderley (Mandy) also works for her best friend Olivia. She is the dependable and hard working person that her sisters and best friend rely on. When Mandy travels to France with Olivia things begin to change. Mandy is swept off her feet by the handsome, sexy Frenchman Xavier. Xavier is something of a mystery. Mandy is unsure if she can put her trust in this sexy, seductive stra ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dreaming of Manderley is a humorous story filled with romance, mystery, and some ooh la la with a certain French man! Manderley Maxwell is a well-educated woman who has since graduating college been supporting her best friend Olivia’s career since she hit it big. Manderely has no regrets being there for her best friend when she needed the help but she is getting a little tired of being the strong one that her friends and sisters rely on but otherwise no one notices. She may not have been vocal a ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the interests of full disclosure, I've never read Rebecca. I think I started it once, wasn't in the mood, and put it down about halfway through the first chapter. So, I went into DREAMING OF MANDERLY with no real idea what it was about. But I loved Leah Marie Brown's IT GIRLS series, so I was excited to read this.

The first thing I noticed is that the voice is very different from what I've come to expect from those books. I liked seeing Brown show her range. The book is a bit less fluffy than
Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Thank you Kensington Books for providing me with an advance copy of DREAMING OF MANDERLEY BY LEAH MARIE BROWN in exchange for my honest review. Happy publication day yesterday to this book! This book could be described as a modern re-telling of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and fans of Rebecca will get a kick out of this book. Manderley (Mandy, for short) Maxwell is a sensible, self-described life preserver for her friends and two younger sisters, Tara and Emma Lee since her mother passed away ma ...more
Gwessie Tee
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Naughtiness 3 *

This enchanting book is the first I've read from Leah and most definitely will not be the last.

This a book has everything you can want in a modern romance, love, passion, a little Mystery and humour. I found it beautifully written and a delightful read.

As always I will not give spoilers however I will say that I very highly recommend this book, it's beautifully written and has you intrigued and hooked within a couple of pages. More than once chuckled at the humour, was very connec
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good!

A modern spin on an old story, Dreaming of Manderley is the Rebecca I didn’t know I wanted to read. Once again author Leah Marie Brown gives readers a cast of characters they can route for and delivers a great romance in a fabulous setting. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A gorgeous escape! This is exactly what I dreamed would happen when I went to France, but I guess we can't all find our handsome rich hunks who will sweep us off our feet- huh? At least I can read and dream about it from the comfort of a blanket burrito instead.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I had received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. While I read it before its publication date, my busy schedule is only allowing me to post my review now.

This is the first in a new series from Brown. Those familiar with her It Girls series will want to pick this up. It has the same quirky sense of humor that was found in her previous works. The same fish out of water leading lady
Helen Hardt
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Humor, heat, and a sexy Frenchman… Brown’s nod to Daphne du Maurier’s classic is a winner!
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Favorite Quote

Talking to Siri:

“Search the web for Xavier de Maloret.”

“Here’s what I found for Xavier the Malaria.”

“Xavier de Maloret!”

“I’m sorry Olivia the Brilliant, I couldn’t find anything on the web for Savored the Mallory.”

“Xavier. De. Maloret!”

“Okay, here’s what I found for David and Valerie.”

Manderley (Mandy) Maxwell has always been the dependable one her father and siblings leaned upon. When an unfortunate accident c
Nancy Combs
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Seriously- where were guys like this when I was in my 20's and 30's? Leah Marie Brown has written her best book to date...Dreaming of Manderley. From Cannes to Lake Como, you can just picture the gorgeous Mediterranean and the pretty people who are there. Your heart races every time Xavier enters the scene....You feel a heat rash spreading every time Manderley feels uncomfortable...You picture yourself as Manderley and honestly feel that your true love is about to step up and sa ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Brown has crafted a love story that spans the test of time. Very well written and I'm excited to read the next book in the Maxwell series!
Kristin Kent
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bravo! What a joyous book! I love the way Leah Marie Brown writes. Her stories are infused with beautiful prose, joy-filled tales that make you giggle in delight or cry in empathy. Dreaming of Manderley, is just that.
Manderley Maxwell, a smart young woman, who is a quietly force in her own right, allows herself to be others' "life preserver"...many times in sacrifice of her own wants and desires. As an assistant to her best friend from college, Olivia, who has gone on to be a successful screenwr
Kati Polodna
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5. I loved the romance, the banter, the sexiness, the mystery and I loved that it was all inspired by “Rebecca.”
Tina Flowers
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Leah knows how to keep your attention and this is one of them too . Manderley has lost her parents and her sisters act like she is the one in control of their lives , expects her to do so many things for them she doesn’t have time to live her own life till Xavier comes along and then she gets to know what true love is. This is my very favorite book. There is more to book but I won’t spoil it all so be sure and get this great book.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-novels
Ok, this book was a huge disappointment. I was so excited about a modern Rebecca retelling but this was awful.

The biggest hurdle for me was that the heroine (and author?) are anti-feminist. The heroine has conversations with her best friend about how she misses a time when women could be coddled and ordered around by men. At one point, she thinks to herself how it’s not feminist but she loves how controlling Xavier is. I hate when romance authors write lines like this. It makes me lose respect
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars
After Manderley and her two sisters are left in a difficult situation, they all have to find how to manage their life. Manderley is the oldest and the wisest, her younger sisters are relying on her ,but now they have to grow up especially because Manderley is going to France for work with her best friend and boss. In Cannes Manderley is saved more than once by a charming local man Xavier. The two of them happen to stay at the same hotel and meet on several occasions by a fluke. Manderly
Kristi Lewis
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a good read and I enjoyed it a lot.
The setting is Cannes and american girl meets sexy falls french gentleman, who seems to be there when she needs a helping hand. Manderley is in Cannes with her best friend and boss for the summer.
Manderley is also the eldest sister and most dependable of her siblings.
Dealing with the loss of her father and aunt and a pile of debt, she sti;; has always beend there to help solve everyone's problems but her own life.
Xavier de Maloret is a sexy yet moody
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I chose this Amazon Vine ARC because of its connection to that grand classic REBECCA. Brown's modern story has easy-breezy writing that keeps the plot and romance moving along nicely and entertainingly, with a really swoony, ultra-wealthy, ultra-handsome French hero, and the plot is indeed inspired by Daphne duMaurier's 1938 classic gothic thriller but in a rather glib, glossy, shiny way. After all, Brown's book opens with the line "Last night I dreamt of Jake Gyllenhaal again." That's a cute, h ...more
2.5 stars

This Rebecca-inspired tale is worth a read. The last part has atmosphere and intrigue. But, for a suspense romance novel, it's a convenience store candy bar compared to a boutique handmade chocolate.

The mc is 100% Mary Sue. The hero is a cliched, "romantic," debonair rich man. Bold, funny Olivia, the heroine's best friend, and the peripheral but troublesome Tara and Emma, the heroine's sisters, all appear to be better bets for heroines, so I will read their tales when they come out.

Mary Ann Marlowe
Such a fun take on a classic. From the opening line, "Last night I dreamt of Jake Gyllenhaal again," you know you're going to get a lot of fun allusion to Rebecca, but with a modern twist. And that's exactly what this is -- a super fun homage with its own spin. Just like in the original, Manderley (Mandy) finds herself in the south of France, working as an assistant, this time to a screenwriter who is garnering awards. She meets the posh and debonair Xavier while standing on the cliffs overlooki ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A 2017 update to Rebecca, which arguably needs no update at all. That said, this is funny, and, if you let go and just enjoy it as a rom-com, it's pretty entertaining. Mandy is a nicely drawn character who you will find sympathetic- especially when she's dealing with those sisters! Xavier, the wealthy and mysterious man she meets in Cannes- well he's an interesting one. No spoilers but this is quite a bit lighter than DuMaurier (that's an understatement). Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
January, 2018 Dreaming of Manderley arrives on my doorstep. Leah Marie Brown's rendition of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca drew me in immediately. A fresh restyling bringing the characters into this century. Brown IS funny and engaging. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in her A Riches to Romance series, You'll Always Have Tara, about her matchmaking sister, Tara's claim to her inheritance, Castle Tásúildun.

Manderley Maxwell has her hands full being the responsible older sister while her
Peggy Jaeger
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I’ve been a fan of Leah Marie Brown for a while and when I heard about her new Maxwell Sisters series, I was thrilled.

In the first book, DREAMING OF MANDERLEY, Brown channels her inner Daphne Du Maurier to tell the story of oldest sister Manderley “Mandy” Maxwell. And just like the classic du Maurier REBECCA, this book is chockablock full of romantic suspense, secrets, and sexy guy who just might be more than he seems.

But it’s not just one more retelling of a classic with a modern spin: It’s a b
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3 dark, mysterious and French stars for DREAMING OF MANDERLEY.

Manderley Maxwell grew up wealthy and privileged, but when her father died and left her and her sisters broke, Mandy moves to the South of France with her screenwriter BFF and takes a job as her assistant. Mandy is always the life preserver for other people, and she's mostly fine with that, until she meets a handsome Frenchman named Xavier who sweeps her off her feet and has her imagining herself in the place of her beloved 1940's mo
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading from cover to cover. Thi ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Daphne Du Maurier is one of my ultimate all-time favorite authors so, naturally, when I saw a book titled "Dreaming of Manderley" I was instantly interested. I love that the author references Du Maurier throughout this book, especially in the first line which mirrors that of "Rebecca", the story this book is obviously modeled after. Despite the fact that there are some definite similarities, these stories are very different (in a good way). I don't think anything will replace "Rebecca" as my fav ...more
Paloma Hdezc
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so good. Manderley and Xavier were great characters. I loved how their personalities were complete opposites but together they were a power couple. Their romance was so old fashioned, romantic, sexy yet sweet. Xavier, the ultimate dark and brooding character I always fall for. Manderley was such a likeable character, I identified myself with her in some situations.

After reading this, I want to visit Cannes and the Cote du Azur.

This was a kind of Rebecca retelling and even though I
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, retelling, 2018
It seems to me that if your name was "Manderley" because your mom loved Rebecca so much, you would notice that you were reenacting the plot of the book, but that's a minor quibble. This was a really fun read--who doesn't love an urbane Frenchman?--that plays with and inverts some of the Rebecca tropes in enjoyable ways. The age, privilege, and power differential between Manderley and Xavier is certainly noticeable, but it never quite veered into "ick."
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