Lady of Milkweed Manor
By Julie Klassen
(2008, Bethany House)
by Carrie Pagels
This is a repost of my February review. I am putting this up for Julie Klassen week on OTT! Some changes in my blog - am now trying to include direct links to the audio versions for my readers with vision impairments. Just hover your cursor over the highlighted audio version of the book and left click to go to the website where the book can be purchased as an audiobook.
Lady of Milkweed Manor had excellent characterization and an interesting storyline. Easy listen. This Regency romantic historical was Ms. Klassen's debut book. I enjoyed this very much. I can see where some readers might be put off by some of the topics covered in this book, perhaps those who have never born and nursed a child. Issues of adoption and loss were very touching and very well handled as was the topic of mania (in a minor character). Fresh voice and unafraid to tackle touch topics and embed them in a great historical fiction.
Bibliotherapy points: Unmarried mothers, betrayal, adoption, and mourning. Mania, given that this is a historical fiction, and results of ineffective treatment, or in those days, not real treatment. For those who have loved ones who struggle with bipolar disorder and particularly people who have lost a loved one due to bipolar disorder, Klassen does a sensitive job of portraying what can happen in someone with BPD without meds. Of course, these days it can happen despite the availability of meds that control the disorder for many people. This is not the main focus of the book. It is in a secondary character.
Disability friendly: Book is available in audio (CD), Kindle, and regular print formats on Amazon. Also available on CBD as a paperback, or e-book (CBD has an e-reader you can download for free to use on your computer).
I downloaded this through Audible.com. This is a great site for persons who want to listen to the latest releases. All three of Julie's books are available on Audible. Great narrator for this book.
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