Review of The Thief of Lanwyn Manor

About the Book

Book: The Thief of Lanwyn Manor

Author: Sarah E. Ladd

Genre: Regency Romance

Release Date: January 7, 2020

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.

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My Review

This is my first time reading a book by Sarah E. Ladd, but I can say that after reading The Thief of Lanwyn Manor I will definitely be looking to read more of her books. This book is a part of a series but having not read the other book(s) in the series, I can say that this definitely can stand alone.

The Thief of Lanwyn Manor is a historical romance that tells the story of a heartbroken Julia who travels to stay with her family to get away from the constant reminders of her lost love. Julia is a very real character who makes the decisions that I usually wish the protagonist would make. I loved that I didn’t spend my time reading her story scolding her for her decisions. Instead, I found myself cheering her on and hoping for her happiness.

This book is also told from the male protagonist’s point of view, Isaac Blake. Isaac is as close to a perfect male protagonist as I think an author could get. He is likable and romantic without being over-the-top. I loved getting inside of his mind and being able to understand more of the story by seeing his perspective.

While this book is a romance (and usually that is enough to get me to pick up a book), what drew me to this story in particular was that it was also a mystery. The mystery was exciting with twists and turns that I didn’t find myself expecting. And isn’t that the best part of a mystery? When you don’t expect the outcomes, but you can understand it afterwards?

Overall, I have to say this book was an exciting story in both its romantic and mystery aspects. The story drew me in quickly and held my attention to the very end. If you enjoy historical romances with a mystery twist, this is definitely a book you need to add to your reading list. I would give this story a full five stars with great enthusiasm!

A copy of this book was given to me for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


About the Author

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. Visit her online at; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

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