Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor
When Heather Toulson returns to her parents cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.

Libby, a free spirit who can't be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver's death.

Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family's cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She's mourning her father's passing but can't let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family's belongings left behind in the cottage. As Heather digs, she finds a mysterious journal that belonged to a woman she never knew and it contains clues that lead to the truth about a mysterious drowning decades ago. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family's history.

Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways. Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.

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  • Lucy Catten
    Jun 2, 2016

    Lucy Catten

    This novel rang all of my bells. A big old house, an air of mystery and lots and lots of delicious secrets just waiting to be revealed. I absolutely loved this and spent a whole weekend immersed in Ladenbrooke Manor with the ethereal Libby and her family. This was my first Melanie Dobs...

  • Amber Stokes
    Jan 15, 2016

    Amber Stokes

    The shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor are long-reaching, hiding mysteries and family secrets that span three generations. They cover the awful truth of a tragic death and embrace the girl who wants nothing more than to spend her days with the butterflies in the manor's gardens.Once again, M...

  • Sarah Sundin
    Jan 4, 2016

    Sarah Sundin

    For the second year in a row, Melanie Dobson has penned my absolute favorite novel of the year. In 2014, Chateau of Secrets blew me away, and in 2015, Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor did the same. Maggie, Walter, Libby, and Heather are fascinating characters, and the intricate web of secr...

  • Beth
    Jan 1, 2016


    Libby, a free-spirited, whimsical girl finds a friend in her neighbor, Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Years later, Libby is pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out, and Oliver has drowned in a nearby river. Though there were many theories about his death, ...

  • Najibah Bakar
    Nov 23, 2015

    Najibah Bakar

    Mainly a story about a family having to deal with a child with autism spectrum, long before it was understood and able to be correctly diagnosed by doctors. It has good doses of romance, mature-type suitable for women readers my age; not the fiery kind in contemporary novels of young a...

  • Holly
    Oct 7, 2015


    This book had everything I like in a book: a little mystery, old English manors, love--between men & women, mothers & daughters, husbands & wives, and the power of forgiveness. Told in dual story times--another thing I love--starts in the 50's to present day. I liked both s...

  • Deanne
    Sep 21, 2015


    Deception,lies,untruths whatever you want to call it it was present in this book. It did jump around a bit in time periods which was at times a bit hard to piece what was happening together.This book took me through the ringer with emotions. Many things happened here that were so unexp...

  • norcalgal
    Aug 20, 2015


    “Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor” was pure puffery – and not very good at that even. Characters were shallow, storylines were ridiculous, and of course, no matter how dire the situation, everything turns out well in the end. No one ever truly suffers the consequences of the...

  • Jeanie
    Aug 7, 2015


    Perhaps the past should be used more like the frame of eyeglasses as we look forward, the mirrors of a periscope to help reflect what lies ahead instead of a magnifying glass to analyze every detail behind us.A prose that is magical, loving and heartbreaking as some dreams are lost and...

  • Kathleen E.
    Jul 31, 2015

    Kathleen E.

    Friday, July 31, 2015Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson, 2015My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. --2 Corinthians 12:9Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor is a strong story of generations following each other in sequels with love so powerful it can break ever...