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The Maiden of Mayfair 2001, Bethany House , first in the Tales of London series, by Lawana Blackwell is a standalone historical Christian novel, set in 1869 London I read Blackwell s The Widow of Larkspur Inn a while back, and wanted to try another one of her books So I was excited to get The Maiden of Mayfair for free onnot too long ago 4 1 2 starsThe plot Sarah Matthews is brought to an orphanage at three years of age by a fisherman who discovered her in the water As a y The Maiden of Mayfair 2001, Bethany House , first in the Tales of London series, by Lawana Blackwell is a standalone historical Christian novel, set in 1869 London I read Blackwell s The Widow of Larkspur Inn a while back, and wanted to try another one of her books So I was excited to get The Maiden of Mayfair for free onnot too long ago 4 1 2 starsThe plot Sarah Matthews is brought to an orphanage at three years of age by a fisherman who discovered her in the water As a young teenager, she goes to live in Mayfair with Dorothea Blake, an older lady who has no family left Sarah is a delightful girl, and in the first half of the book, set in 1869, she and Mrs Blake grow closer to one another In the second half of the book, it s 1875, and Sarah is a young woman This story is just as much about Sarah s relationship with others particularly the sweet servants as it is her relationship with Mrs Blake What I liked I absolutely loved the first half of this book I m a big fan of orphan stories, and this is a really good one Based on my reading two of Lawana Blackwell s books from separate series , I believe that her trademarks are excellent story weaving, a large cast, brief, appropriate prayers and Christian concepts, and great writing set in England s late 1800 s The stories are somewhat slow paced, but I think that adds to the authenticity For whatever reason, possibly the orphan element, I read this book much faster than The Widow of Larkspur Inn What I didn t like In the second half of the book, there is a new character introduced that I really dislike Now, I know that the reader is not supposed to like this person And I do understand the two literary purposes of the character, but that doesn t make me any fonder The first half of the book was a solid five star read for me, but I d rate the second half of the book 4 stars simply due to the addition of this character Just as in The Widow of Larkspur Inn, I feel that this story was too light on the romance For a book with 400 pages, I think there s plenty of room to develop the romancewithout making the romance the focal point of the novel However, the scene between the hero and heroine at the end was rather nice The bottom line I d recommend this book to those who like Christian historical fiction, or historical fiction set in England in the late 1800 s I plan to keep reading Lawana Blackwell, even though her focus is not romance, because she weaves such rich, intricate and authentic tales Originally posted here Forsyth and Mrs Blake have a secret one knows who Sarah Matthews is and the other only thinks she knows.For Sarah Matthews adoption is not an option She has a deformed hand and looks sickly in a word she is unadoptable St Matthews Orphanage is the only home she has ever known and it is likely she will live out her life there So when wealthy widow Dorothea Blake adopts her out of the blue, Sarah is surprised Dorothea h Originally posted here Forsyth and Mrs Blake have a secret one knows who Sarah Matthews is and the other only thinks she knows.For Sarah Matthews adoption is not an option She has a deformed hand and looks sickly in a word she is unadoptable St Matthews Orphanage is the only home she has ever known and it is likely she will live out her life there So when wealthy widow Dorothea Blake adopts her out of the blue, Sarah is surprised Dorothea has a secret if you can call it a secret everyone from the scullery maid to the gossiping old biddies know the secret except Sarah Sarah is her granddaughter and it is only now in her lonely late years she has decided to find her She adopted Sarah with the idea of telling her that she was her grandmother at some point But the fear of what Sarah would think about the whole miserable past and how she came to be in an orphanage holds her back In a gripping read Lawana Blackwell tells the story of The Maiden of Mayfair as Sarah is thrown into various difficulties.This was a great read It was one of those books one would put aside and not dread coming back to so that it could be finished and done with Lawana Blackwell developed a host of characters giving each the due attention they deserved They all had their own impact on the story so they weren t what you would call filler material There were these little twists and turns in the plot which made for interesting reading and kept me on my toes Never a dull moment.I look forward to readingbooks by Ms Blackwell Five out of five stars.DISCLAIMER In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising we would like to note that we have not received compensation for our book review of The Maiden of Mayfair I really enjoyed this book It was long, and focused a lot on family relationships, stations in life, and the like and it was just really good The Maiden of Mayfair is the kind of novel you read when you have time for aslow paced tale that flows over quite a bit of time following the life of an orphaned maiden and her friends and family.Looking forward to the next book in the series Lawana Blackwell is definitely an author I need to read byoften. This book is so well written, and beautifully tells a very tender and touching story about Sarah, a young orphan, who comes to live with her grandmother Sarah s father was her grandmother s only son, a rake without conscience who impregnated a house maid Sarah s mother and then denied any responsibility I m a sucker for well written stories that tug at my heart strings In the right hands, the old story line about an orphan who helps transform the people around her can be very enjoyable, a This book is so well written, and beautifully tells a very tender and touching story about Sarah, a young orphan, who comes to live with her grandmother Sarah s father was her grandmother s only son, a rake without conscience who impregnated a house maid Sarah s mother and then denied any responsibility I m a sucker for well written stories that tug at my heart strings In the right hands, the old story line about an orphan who helps transform the people around her can be very enjoyable, as was this book, which also had a great depth and poignancy And, although this is not really a romance, there are two engaging love stories Three, if you count the one between Sarah and her grandmother.However, I wavered on my rating between 3 and 4 stars At times this book an inspirational was so preachy it totally distracted from the story for me, and I found all the preaching annoying Too bad that a writer as talented as this author may not appeal to a wider audience [ Book ] ♨ The Maiden of Mayfair ☨ If the Truth is Revealed, Will She Lose All She s Grown to Love An orphanage in the slums of London is the only home Sarah Matthews has ever known When she is suddenly whisked away to a wealthy widow s home in the prestigious Mayfair district, Sarah can t fathom what has happened Why would this elderly woman, a stranger, want her company But Dorothea Blake has reasons she isn t revealingAs Sarah blossoms into a young woman, the secret Mrs Blake harbors threatens to make them both outcasts among London s elite When a visitor unknowingly stumbles upon the truth, he puts Sarah at risk of losing everything she holds dear, including the attentions of a new curate Will the mystery of her birth remain buried forever Lawanna Blackwell is a pro at writing wonderful regency romance that is light on the romance and strong on faith elements This is the first book in the Tales of London series and features Sarah Matthews an orphan who finds herself adopted by an elderly, wealthy widow I loved the storyline and the twists and turns that Sarah s life takes due to the duplicity of many in her life I loved the effect that Sarah had on Mrs Blake bringing her out of seclusion and back to the joy in life Her relati Lawanna Blackwell is a pro at writing wonderful regency romance that is light on the romance and strong on faith elements This is the first book in the Tales of London series and features Sarah Matthews an orphan who finds herself adopted by an elderly, wealthy widow I loved the storyline and the twists and turns that Sarah s life takes due to the duplicity of many in her life I loved the effect that Sarah had on Mrs Blake bringing her out of seclusion and back to the joy in life Her relationship with both Naomi and William, servants in the household, was both comforting and strengthening to Sarah Vicar Knight was the epitome of a two faced character Definitely an enjoyable read.FAVORITE QUOTES maintaining one s integrity isimportant than trying to impress others There is nothing shameful about a person who lives a decent life God is no respecter of persons, as the Scripture says But you will occasionally happen upon people who take issue with anyone born into circumstances different than their own True religion is loving God and having compassion for your fellow man.And part of loving God is gathering with other Christians to worship HImnot to show everyone how righteous we are thesin there is in a person, theforgiveness God is willing to give A truly remarkable book The author shows how just one person who has His love in their heart can transform the life s of so many around them, and did it very realistically I especially liked it showing how His love can soften the hardest, most bitter heart She shows too, many of the ways God uses our normal, every day activities and interactions to work in our life and others We see people being saved and marveling as they experience God s love for the first time we watch them grow in their A truly remarkable book The author shows how just one person who has His love in their heart can transform the life s of so many around them, and did it very realistically I especially liked it showing how His love can soften the hardest, most bitter heart She shows too, many of the ways God uses our normal, every day activities and interactions to work in our life and others We see people being saved and marveling as they experience God s love for the first time we watch them grow in their faith and still others see how His love brings them joy and peace even in the midst of trials As is usual we see a wolf attack the unsuspecting and the sheep Then, instead of seeing how human intelligence wins, we re shown how God s love wins even against wolves I know I ll be reading this captivating book over and over Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world James 1 27 But if anyone obeys his word, God s love is truly made complete in him This is how we know we are in him Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did 1 John 2 5 6 I liked this storythan I expected to in the beginning pages, but I was easily caught up into the story of young Sarah Matthews and her sweet, caring heart, a single but sprightly cook Naomi, and a lonely old widow with a tragic family history A beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances, withthan one happy ending though illegitimacy is discussed breifly, it was not the main plot I really enjoyed this story of Sarah, a sweet girl who has many strikes against her not only is she an orphan, but one of her hands is deformed and so is shunned by society It is because of this, that when a lawyer comes looking for the illegitimate grandaughter of wealthy Mrs Blake, the administrator pretends that Sarah is the girl, thus giving her a chance at a new life.Although the story was slow at developing at times, I loved Sarah and those that she was surounded with It was a wonderf I really enjoyed this story of Sarah, a sweet girl who has many strikes against her not only is she an orphan, but one of her hands is deformed and so is shunned by society It is because of this, that when a lawyer comes looking for the illegitimate grandaughter of wealthy Mrs Blake, the administrator pretends that Sarah is the girl, thus giving her a chance at a new life.Although the story was slow at developing at times, I loved Sarah and those that she was surounded with It was a wonderfuly simple story about love and healing I especially enjoyed the second section, when Sarah was older I picked up this book because I loved the Gresham chronicles and didn t expect to like it nearly as much as I did I loved the complex characters, and how their decisions affected the people around them It s hard to describe just what made this book so good The characters were amazing, and the messages really good This book was not preachy, but it had some good moral lessons, and Christian content My only complaint was there was a character who was implied to have a promiscuous lifestyle Wh I picked up this book because I loved the Gresham chronicles and didn t expect to like it nearly as much as I did I loved the complex characters, and how their decisions affected the people around them It s hard to describe just what made this book so good The characters were amazing, and the messages really good This book was not preachy, but it had some good moral lessons, and Christian content My only complaint was there was a character who was implied to have a promiscuous lifestyle While it was realistic, I didn t enjoy reading about it Overall, good book The characters were gold