• Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 60-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. 

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.

©2015 Melanie Dobson (P)2020 Two Words Publishing LLC

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Absolutely loved it !!!

This is a very special book. Rarely do I have watery eyes when I listen to audio books, but this one did it to me. So beautiful, sensitive and intelligent along with a wonderful story full of love, heartbreak and even suspense.
The narration was excellent.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who understands that every human being is born different and special.

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Well Written but Traumatic

As usual, Dobson’s storytelling is a carefully woven work of word-art. For me, however, this one evokes too much grief.

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A portrait story of amazing lives

I love the way choices and judgements can either give or take life. Melanie Dobson is truly a wonderful Christian author. Nancy Peterson brings the story alive.

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Favorite author!

Wonderfully written story with some surprises. I loved Libby and I knew what she was about. Loved her innocence.

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Loved it!

this was a Beautiful story and one of my favorite books in a long time of listening. Had to grab the kleenex box quite a few time s

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Heartbreak, A Mother's Love, and Disability

I enjoyed listening to this book very much. Nancy read it expertly. Libby's mom is so patient and understanding when others are cruel and unforgiving. Butterflies with their beauty and dancing will stay with me as I work in the gardens this year. It's sad that money and power were more important than the love of a child.

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Addictive

Loved the book, story, reader. I finished it in two days and usually only like true stories anymore. But this was one fiction I enjoyed thoroughly!

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CD loved this book

This was such a good book!
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I will read more of her books.

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amazing

I loved everything and the ending was nit what I thought...
I also love how it is different in so many ways

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Enjoyable!

Nancy Peterson did a wonderful job narrating this touching story with a clear voice. She definitely keeps my interest by reflecting the mood of the story. Her character voices are distinct by not distracting. Melanie Dobson has written a powerful and moving story with likable characters. I was given a copy of this audio book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.