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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Klassen Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781436133586
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In the style of Jane Austen, debut author Julie Klassen delivers a compelling Regency Era novel.

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’s forbidding “Milkweed Manor,” a place of mystery and lore, of old secrets and new birth.

But once there, she comes face to face with a suitor from her past—a man who now hides secrets of his own. Both are determined, with God’s help, to protect those they love. But neither can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.

Sprinkled with fascinating details about the lives of women in Regency England, Lady of Milkweed Manor is a moving, romantic drama about the redemption of past failings and the beauty of sacrificial love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delightful first novel. Julie Klassen weaves a compelling story...I loved it!”

    Beverly Lewis, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Klassen has written an amazing historical novel. Her style may remind readers of Jane Austen and Lawana Blackwell, and she handles a nineteenth-century taboo with grace, style, and respect.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Readers of faith fiction and general readers of historical romance should enjoy this lovely first offering from Klassen.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 2/7/2014

    " I've loved every Julie Klassen book I had read, so when I saw this one discounted on Amazon, I went ahead and purchased it. Without really reading closely what it was about. If I had, I probably would have skipped this one, just personal preference. Women who were wet nurses is not a subject that is especially interesting to me, personally. The rest of the book, I really enjoyed, but that portion was not my cup of tea. Still, it was good and I will continue to read more by this author :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/1/2014

    " I always learn so much about past medical history when I ready books by Julie Klassen - this time Julie focused on the birthing practices in use during the early part of the century in London. It was a good story plot that keeps you guessing until the end. And you learn a lot along the way. Who would have guessed that they really did use milking goats to feed babies with siphillious? I really wasn't very aware of how unmarried mothers dealt with pregnancies, either. This book was quite an eye opener. Worth a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Bullard | 1/22/2014

    " Good read. A friend recommended it - and her book review was very good. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talesha | 1/18/2014

    " A sweet story--I really didn't know what choice she would make in the end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyson | 1/17/2014

    " Not my favorite. Ended up skipping through to see what happened and if it ended as I thought it would and that was it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/13/2014

    " This was the second book by Klassen that I've read and it did not disappoint. Love her style of writing. Also enjoy the research that this author does, which certainly gives Regency England an authentic feel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/9/2014

    " My second book by Julie Klassen, and she came through again. Wonderful historical fiction. Interesting quotes at the beginning of each chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 1/7/2014

    " I enjoy Julie Klassen's books a lot. They have a feel similar to Jane Austen, but with heavier issues that the characters deal with more directly than Austen would have been able to in her time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 12/7/2013

    " This was a nice, easy to read story. Kinda predictable ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/1/2013

    " I really liked this book. It is a book that after you read it, you need to discuss it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one; couldn't put it down. A Christian historical romance set in England about a vicar's daughter who finds herself "in trouble" and how her life is changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 11/4/2013

    " Lot a baby talk. Not my thing. But the book was well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 9/9/2013

    " The dad sent his daughter away because she got herself pregnant. This book is how she takes care of herself and her baby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/10/2013

    " I gave this a 3 stars cause I am still not sure how much I liked it. It was disturbing in many ways...but still historically interesting. I liked her writing style, not as wordy as some regency novels. I'm going to try "The Silent Governess" and see if I like it better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/24/2013

    " Fun, quick read -- definitely fit only for moms (lots and lots of babies nursing in this one, but I appreciate that) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/16/2013

    " Just finished this book last night. Julie Klassen is becoming one of my most enjoyable authors. Her story lines are robust and thoughtful and well researched. It moves you emotionally and intellectually. Well written and extremely enjoyable. Can't wait to read another one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlie | 12/19/2012

    " I have read a few of this author's books before, and I always enjoy them. I like how not everything is perfectly laid out, so you can always know what is coming. She does have a few secret tricks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/1/2012

    " I enjoyed this book, although it seems like it is not the typical book I like to read. It dealt with some subjects that made me think and it had a sweet ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Evans | 7/17/2012

    " As a mom, it was hard to read. It was gut wrenching. A great story line. It ended too abruptly for me but overall a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alycia | 5/17/2012

    " This book is very unique and it was neat to read a story where they explore what happened to women with unplanned pregnancy's long ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 5/8/2012

    " I liked this book, but it was a little unbelievable. There were just a few too many coincidences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 1/16/2012

    " like the insight into lying-in hosptials. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/5/2011

    " Loved it, felt like I was watching a BBC movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/19/2011

    " Super happy-ending, easy-to-read mindless period story about moms and kids and wives and husbands and heartaches and losses and wins. I teared up at the end I was so happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tosha | 9/24/2011

    " A lot of descriptive talk about nursing. Finished it Mother's Day weekend. What a joy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 5/24/2011

    " I was so bored reading this. I watched t.v. while reading it. Had to give it two stars though for the story line. It was a good idea, just failed in the writing catagory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 5/21/2011

    " Lady of Milkweed Manor was very interesting, and had a lot of things going on. In the beginning, there is no hope; but slowly, things began to worked out. The ending was bittersweet, but happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marleah | 5/17/2011

    " There are some historical details that I don't have to know about. I like my Austen-esque heroines to be moral. I believe the author did considerable research in what an unmarried pregnant woman from a good family had to endure, so if you're interested, then by all means read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 5/10/2011

    " Different. Eye-opening when it comes to a fallen women in the Regency period, not to mention the handling of orphaned infants, wet nurses, etc. And if there be some definite hokiness here and there, it can easily be forgiven in gratitude of an interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saralyn | 5/4/2011

    " I liked what one person said of this book - it is about what happened to fallen women in Jane Austen's time who did not "conveniently" die. I found the historical aspects interesting. But it was rather scattered and difficult to follow at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lulu | 5/3/2011

    " Ridiculous....did not like this book at all. Very disappointed. Silly story line, irritating heroine...weak love interest....all I can to sum up is....YUCK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 5/2/2011

    " Good read. A friend recommended it - and her book review was very good. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigitte | 5/1/2011

    " This book was an interesting historical novel about lying in hospitals, wetnurses and struggles with how to treat postpartum along with pregnancy induced depression. The author kept me guessing as to what was going to happen. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 4/29/2011

    " I really enjoyed this story. It was a little predictable but a great historical romance! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikole | 4/17/2011

    " This was the first book of Julie Klassen's that I have read. I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan and Julie Klassen's style of writing is very similar. I really enjoyed this book and it kept me reading to find out the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/13/2011

    " It was different, but really good. I liked it alot and it was easy to read!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margene | 4/11/2011

    " I liked the book, although it was very slow in parts. I just wanted to keeping saying "Okay,
    get on with it." I do however, enjoy her writing and can't put the book down once I get into it. I gave it 3 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndi | 4/10/2011

    " I never knew the practice of wet nursing. How much pain thes women must have been through that this was their only option for a job. Very sad. Good book, if you like historical fiction. If not, probably not your book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 4/3/2011

    " This was not my favorite of Julie Klassen's book. This was her first novel. I can tell. Each of her subsequent novels have gotten better and better. I can't wait to read her latest installment, A GIRL IN THE GATEHOUSE. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 3/27/2011

    " This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was okay. "

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About the Author
Author Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen is a three­-time Christy Award winner and RITA Award finalist and loves all things Jane: Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and worked in publishing for sixteen years. She now writes full time and lives in St. Paul with her husband and children.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.