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Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen
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Read from March 28 to April 01, 2010

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 sometimes borders on wit and fire, but seems to lack an inner life--even though her life's experiences would be conducive to development of that aspect of her character.

I almost put the book down when the plot included a "madwoman in the attic"--impermissible to authors, in my opinion, since Jane Eyre. There are interesting historical points in the book, but all the characters seem lacking in development and Charlotte's most important choice would, even given the times and situation, inspire more anguish than the reader is allowed to see.

Still, the book is an easy, usually pleasant read and the well-researched history is informative. Not a favorite, but not bad if you're down with a cold or the flu and want the time to pass without much effort or intensity.
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