- Series: A Riches to Romance Tale (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (December 26, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1516101138
- ISBN-13: 978-1516101139
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dreaming of Manderley (A Riches to Romance Tale) Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2017
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From the Author
In her memoirs, Daphne du Maurier's writes that Rebecca was born after she scribbled five prompts in a notebook: A beautiful home...A first wife...A wreck, perhaps at sea...A terrible secret...Jealousy. I channeled Daphne's spirit in writing Dreaming of Manderley. I let her words be my guide. A beautiful home. A first wife. A wreck, perhaps at sea. A terrible secret. Jealousy. Building blocks to an intriguing story. I used those blocks to build Dreaming of Manderley, my humble attempt to loosely retell Rebecca. Granted, they are mixed up and presented in sometimes starkly different ways than they are presented in Daphne du Maurier's masterpiece, but they are there. Along with glam celebs, fab clothes...and, I hope, a little humor.
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Manderley Maxwell has her hands full being the responsible older sister while her two younger, very spoiled sisters, Emma and Tara,lean on her for nearly everything. After Manderley's father and aunt perish prematurely leaving little behind but sweet memories and piling debt Manderley needs an escape. A trip to Cannes and a chance meeting with debonair Xavier captures the romantic, colorful essence of beautiful France as Manderley takes a leap of faith and trusts this sometimes overly machismo stranger with her heart. Will he be a dream maker or dream killer with his paternalistic tendencies and broody shifts in his mood? I read the book in one afternoon and must say I liked the story more and more after each page turned to the satisfying, left a smile on my face, ending.
The book has some fearful, life is uncertain characters, that get caught up in the twists and turns of life and how to be growing, learning human beings, sometimes bursting with wit and joie-de-vivre but always willing to test the waters and be a bit adventurous. Great beach read.
Still reeling from the recent death of her father and aunt, Mandy was glad for the chance to travel to France with her best friend and boss. She needed some space to think and grieve. It was while she was taking some much-needed alone time that Mandy had a near disastrous accident only to be rescued at the last minute by the most gorgeous man she had ever seen. Xavier happened to come along at the right moment and prevent Mandy from being hurt or worse. Although, he had thought she was possibly trying to hurt herself which of course he was very wrong on that account. She had just been so lost in thought that she was not being careful.
Mandy was flustered by and around Xavier because he was such a good-looking man and was she embarrassed about what had happened, her appearance, and her obvious discomfort. As embarrassed as she was, she counted herself lucky because figured she would never see him again, but she was very wrong on that detail. Xavier was in fact staying at the same hotel that she was. That was exciting to her but at the same time very disappointing, as it appeared that Xavier had zero interest in getting to know her.
Despite his seemingly non-interest in her she couldn’t help noticing him when he was out and about. Soon though, she kept having the most outrageous of circumstances occur and somehow Xavier always managed to be there to save the day. This led to a tentative friendship between the two. What started out as a friendship soon blossomed into something more with neither party really wanting to define what was happening between them. They were enjoying each other and that was good enough for them. Xavier was a sweet an attentive man who was very generous and kind with thoughtful gifts and that was not something Mandy was used to at all. He could also become closed off and brooding and that was something that did alarm her.
As their passion escalated and life altering choices were made, Mandy began to hear whisperings of something sinister befalling Xavier’s first wife. Being a private person Xavier had no desire to discuss his past and Mandy began to wonder what kind of man Xavier truly was. Did he have anything to do with the disappearance of his first wife. What was once mere suspicion soon turned into a mission to ferret out the truth as Mandy herself began to doubt if she truly knew Xavier at all. Mandy would need to find out the truth and make a choice on whether or not she could trust Xavier if she was going to have her happily ever after.
I am a fan of romantic comedies and having a mysterious element just made Dreaming of Manderley such an entertaining story for me to read. Mandy’s character was naive and full of self-doubt but at the same time she was very resilient and dependable. I loved that she decided to go for what she wanted even if it seemed too fast to her friends and family. She was tired of being the invisible girl in the room and loved that Xavier saw her, she wanted more of that no matter the risks she had to take. I loved how romantic Xavier’s character was but there were aspects of him that I was not really in to at the same time. He was a little too brooding about his past for me and I didn’t care for his telling Mandy what to do from time to time. Overall, Dreaming of Manderley is a fun read that I highly recommend to fans of rom-coms.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Leah Marie Brown. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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