20 January 2020

The Thief of Lanwyn Manor | Book Review + Excerpt


In this sweet Regency romance, Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?

Cornwall, England 1818—Julia Twethewey needs a diversion to mend her broken heart, so when her cousin invites her to Lanwyn Manor, Julia eagerly accepts. Lanwyn Manor is at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry, and as a guest Julia is swept into its intricate world. It’s not long, though, before she realizes something dark lurks in the home’s ancient halls.

As a respected mine owner’s younger son, Isaac Blake is determined to keep his late father’s legacy alive through the family business, despite his brother’s careless attitude. In order to save their livelihood—and the livelihood of those around them—the brothers approach the master of Lanwyn Manor with plans to bolster the floundering local industry. Isaac can’t deny his attraction to the man’s charming niece, but his brother has made his intentions to court the lovely guest clear. And Isaac knows his place.

When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and items go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their own best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 7, 2020



Take another trip to Regency-era Cornwall as Sarah E. Ladd continues her series with The Thief of Lanwyn Manor! (But don’t worry—it took me a while to remember Julia from The Governess of Penwythe Hall, so I can assure you that it reads easily enough as a standalone, too.) 

Recovering from a broken heart, Julia Twetheway heads to Lanwyn Manor to act as a companion to her bedridden, pregnant cousin. Of course, intrigue and danger arrive with her. Legends fill the house with a sinister air, tempers flare throughout the community from mining-related struggles, and Julia becomes caught in the romantic intentions of the Blake twins. 

Ladd allows the story around Julia to unfold with ease—and a couple great twists—making The Thief of Lanwyn Manor a delightful combination of mystery and romance. I so enjoyed this novel and recommend it to anyone in need of a Regency romance.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever.


Read the first few chapters now.


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