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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764222589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764222580
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In The Maiden of Mayfair, first in her Victorian Tales of London series, Blackwell evokes Dickens rather than the Brontes in her portrait of young Sarah Matthews. Sarah is the ward of the St. Matthew Methodist Foundling Home for Girls in Drury Lane. Although the orphanage is grim, she's lucky, for abandoned children are everywhere and often perish in the streets. And soon Sarah is rescued by a rich widow who suspects Sarah may be her granddaughter, the daughter of her profligate son. Blackwell's Victorian romances can seem tame even for the Christian market, although her period detail is always fine, and this series looks to be livelier than some of its predecessors. John Mort
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"...women readers from middle school on will enjoy. A good addition to any church library collection." -- Church Libraries, Summer 2001

"Sarah's moving story is not without tenderness and great understanding of the day." -- Romantic Times Magazine, January 2001

"This is a charming, tender and sometimes funny story that delves into Victorian social structure." -- Historical Novels Review, Aug. 2001

Customer Reviews

The book kept moving and the characters were very well developed.
Karen R. Starken
It is so well written and keeps you wanting to read until you finish the book.
book lover
This story has enough twists and turns to keep you wanting more, much more!
K. Kroeker

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on January 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because someone told me that Lawana Blackwell is a great author of inspirational/historical novels. Judging by The Maiden of Mayfair, I'd say my friend is right on the money. The Maiden of Mayfair is the first book in a Victorian series called Tales of London and it tells the story of a little orphan girl with a deformed hand and her sudden move from a seedy orphanage to a prestigious house in the Mayfair district. Dorothea Blake wants to mend her past mistakes by becoming her late son's daughter's guardian. Sarah is the product of her rogue son's indiscretion with a scullery maid. The woman was forced to abandon the baby in front of a church. Dorothea takes her in when she is thirteen and has no idea what to make of the girl at first, but it doesn't take much time to grow to love her. It matters little to her if the people in society shun her for taking in a grandchild who was born out of wedlock. The happiness that she gains with the presence of her granddaughter makes up for everything. However, there are secrets and deceptions that will come to light as the story progresses, things that could jeopardize Sarah's stability and happiness in her new home. There are various twists throughout the novel.

This is one of the most beautiful inspirational novels I have read. I love this story and the heartwarming and palatable way it's developed. And I love the characters! Naomi, Sarah, William, Stanley, Marie, Daniel and Dorothea are such wonderful, three-dimensional characters with flaws as well as virtues and I loved the warmth and familiarity between all of them. The servants are treated as family and you can feel the love come out of the pages.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jennie on April 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved this book!! It is heartwarming!!! I couldn't get over how good it was. Great romance, characters, plot everything!!! I couldn't put it down. I can understand how Sarah felt as she learns how to live in the wealthier and sophisticated part in the city of London. I was not disappointed in this book!! I'm soo glad that I've read it!!! Lawana Blackwell gives a great demonstration about the society of London in the 1870s and how wealthy people treat other people who were not as blessed as they are. I recommend to mature readers only since it contains "adult" situations. It also has mystery and intrigue. I can't wait for the next one!!! God bless, Mrs. Blackwell!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
I never thought Lawana Blackwell could top the Gresham Chronicles, but she pulls it off with this beautifully written novel of God's abundant grace and forgiveness. The characters are more than just realistic: they tiptoe into your heart, and then refuse to leave.The setting, though not the bucolic countryside of Gresham, is nevertheless exciting and evocative. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough! The only downside is this: we probably have a year to wait for the next installment of "Tales of London." Superb!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Kroeker on March 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've admired Lawana Blackwell's writing since picking up her first book. Not being able to put it down was a sure sign I'd be reading more by her. Lawana Blackwell knows how to keep a reader's attention. Not only does she have real and believable characters, she places them in well-researched settings - so much so, I feel as though I've been there.

Sarah Matthews has been at St. Matthew Methodist Foundling Home for Girls since she was very young. Having no hope of being adopted because of her deformed left hand, Sarah is quite happy and grateful to have a home where she is loved.

All that changed the day Mr. Swan, a solicitor for Mrs. Blake, a well to do widow from Mayfair, came to St. Matthews. His search for his employer's long-lost granddaughter ended the day he walked through their doors. He was delighted when Mrs. Forsyth, the headmistress, assured him Mrs. Blake's granddaughter was indeed a resident of St. Matthews, or was she?

What follows is a fascinating tale of lives intertwined by chance and circumstance. After a rocky start to her new life, Sarah discovers the love of a grandmother, who didn't know she had any love left. After getting to know her, Sarah couldn't think of living anywhere else. They, along with the servants of the house become a family, with everyone knowing their proper place of course.

When the secret of Sarah's true past is threaten, will the widow come clean? Will Sarah ever get to know her real father?

Over the years, Sarah falls in love with their cooks nephew, William, and he with her. When a new curate arrives on the scene, will he steal her affections? Or will he be found out as a fraud? This story has enough twists and turns to keep you wanting more, much more!

You'll not want to put this book down until the end. I'm pleased there is more in this series. This book is well worth your time!

Katharine Kroeker, Reviewer for ShortHand Publishing
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Sellers on January 14, 2013
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Good Christian fare. Lovely story and liked the descriptions of1800 London. Now on to book number 2 in the series.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sid on February 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed by this book. I think Lawanna Blackwell writes very well but the plot was, in my opinion, predictable and amateurish. The main characters were all very likable, but lacked depth. I kept waiting for something to catch my interest or surprise me but, as I said above, I found the entire plot to be totally predictable. I also found it to be somewhat unrealistic. I know that this story is fiction and that fiction doesn't have to be realistic. However, it should be entertaining but I just found it to be boring.

I am a bit surprised by the high marks the other reviewers gave this book. My reading group read it and most of them felt the same way I did.
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