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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. 

It’s been so lovely to have a change of scenery – a trip to England is just what I needed after spending the last few books on the American Frontier. This book enthralled me from the beginning and held my attention until the very end. I did not know how this book was going to end. Charlotte’s plight just gripped me and her poise and grace through everything was beautiful to read. Truth be told, to me this book was bittersweet. As a mother myself, I don’t know if I could have made some of the decisions Charlotte made and yes her heart was heavy from such decisions
Julie Klassen has given her readers a beautiful, poignant story of love – sacrificial and honest love that is hard to capture. I was also fascinated by the lives of wet nurses, early medicine and lying-in hospitals for unwed pregnant women.
I have left this book feeling satisfied and also still longing for Charlotte to have had everything to complete her life rather than most of everything. A beautiful, engaging read.