If Downton Abbey is your go-to show these days, consider picking up Katherine Longshore’s “Manor of Secrets.” This evocative new novel set in the British countryside takes place in the year 1911. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Lady Charlotte Edmonds, a wealthy society teen, and Janie Seward, a maid at the Manor.
Let’s chat about our two gals:
Lady Charlotte Edmonds
- Feeling kind of suffocated by the rules of upper-crust society
- Wants to see what the world beyond the manor is like
- Seeks high adventure, and more importantly, romance
- Believes she can be more than just a kitchen maid
- Wants to break free
- Lacks the courage (and the $$$$) to do so
Both girls face their own dilemma, but as their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. In this world where people know their place, servants and society alike, it is hard to dream bigger than one’s lot in life.
Can Lady Charlotte and Janie find the courage to pull off their own adventures? After secrets are revealed in the sitting room one night, nothing will ever be the same at The Manor.
Readers of “Manor of Secrets” will be intrigued, as Longshore has woven a tale with characters that ring true, a plot that keeps a quick pace, and dialogue that makes readers feel as if they are truly there and a part of the action.