The Legacy of Longdale Manor is a compelling dual timeline historical fiction story with inspirational themes.
The Legacy of Longdale Manor by Carrie Turansky
Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical fiction (dual timeline), romance, inspirational fiction, England’s Lake District
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In this dual timeline story, we meet Gwen (from the present) who is an art historian and appraiser and Charlotte (from 1912) who uncovers a troubling family secret. Gwen has a family mystery solve, and it appears that the answer is found in the distant past. Each timeline contains a romance and an old journal connects the characters in surprising ways.
In this dual timeline multilayered story, one hundred years separates our main characters. Charlotte is hiding a family secret and Gwen strives to uncover a family secret. I love a dual timeline story because it adds to the complexity of the story. Often, I prefer one of the timelines over the other. While I enjoyed both in this story, I enjoyed the historical timeline a bit more because of the sweet romance. The present day timeline had conflict between the love interests (enemies to lovers) and it was more difficult to warm up to them. I also felt that more time was devoted to developing the historical romance as it was more complicated.
I thoroughly enjoyed both Charlotte and Gwen who were earnestly dealing with hurtful family situations. They were realistically drawn and likable.
The story includes rich themes of faith in God’s guidance, family, forgiveness, and healing as well as themes of trust, father/daughter and granddaughter/grandfather relationships, friendship, overcoming struggles, priorities, fathers who disappoint, and family drama. The romance is sweet and closed door.
The Longdale Manor in the Lake District of England connects the two timelines. The author describes the Lake District area in vivid and lovely detail.
Recommending The Legacy of Longdale Manor
I’m recommending The Legacy of Longdale Manor for readers who love gently-told inspirational historical fiction. Fans of dual timelines that connect in a unique way and who love strong women characters will appreciate this heartfelt and page-turning story.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Meet the Author of The Legacy of Longdale Manor, Carrie Turansky
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of twenty-one inspirational novels and novellas and a winner of the Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the HOLT Medallion. She loves traveling to England to research her Edwardian novels, including No Journey Too Far, No Ocean Too Wide, Across the Blue, and the Edwardian Brides series. Her novels have been translated into several languages and have received starred reviews from Christianbook.com and Library Journal. Learn more at carrieturansky.com.
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