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Lily of the Manor Paperback – July 1, 2017
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Frederick Woodstone is hoping to get the job as a tutor at the Broadbent Manor since leaving his vocation as a vicar. He only hopes that he can make a good enough impression that will win him favor to become an employed again. Unfortunately with no money to his name, he is forced to walk to Broadbent Manor in all his finery and wouldn't you know it, it begins to pour. He only hopes that the head of the house will understand why he couldn't afford to take a carriage. He is surprised to learn that Lily is the head of the house and even more surprised that he will not be teaching her children but a group of orphans in what can only be described as an ideal school room filled with everything he could possibly dream of to teach these young wards.
He just doesn't plan on falling in love not only with Lily, but also each of the eleven children, now under his tutelage. However when Lily's generosity garners the best of her intentions of taking food and supplies to a local family, she learns they all have the chicken pox, but she has not. Knowing that if anything should happen to her, she would lose custody of all the children she makes plans to put everything in Frederick's name, but even that won't curb her anxiety of losing everything she has worked so hard for. Is there another way?
I received Lily of the Manor by Anita Stansfield compliments of Covenant Communications. This is such a brilliantly written book that conveys what the meaning of forgiveness really means according to the ideas outlined in the Bible. Lily learns from Frederick how to communicate openly and how to draw people into a conversation with honesty and compassion and in time Frederick learns what truly motivates Lily to be so generous not only with her wealth but in the way she treats anyone she comes into contact with. Truly a beautiful story of unconditional love and forgiveness. I can't wait to read more by this author and this one deserves a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
I liked Frederick, he is unsure at first, if he's even going to get the job that he's applying for. But he forges on through the rain and it's really the start of a beautiful story. I loved the way he interacts with Lily's children throughout the story. I really liked the church scene where he gets the boys to sit through the meeting and endears himself to Lily.
I really liked Lily as well. I was kind of surprised by the way she would go to orphanages, say a prayer and bring home the child she felt impressed to bring home, thus enlarging her family of her own self to include 11 children who truly needed someone to care for them and who came to love her for her love for them.
I liked the plot of this one. I was never sure what was going to happen next, and I was really surprised by the way Frederick's story ties into one of Lily's children's story. I really wanted to know more about this part, maybe someday that will happen.
This is a cute book that I really enjoyed reading! Make sure to make time to read it yourself!
Although somewhat predictable, Lily of the Manor has enough twists to make it intriguing. It is a great historical romance with strong moral situations which is uplifting and captivating for the reader.
A young widow moves forward, after her husband's death, to bring hope and joy to a few, and offers charitable gifts to others. In doing so, she brings joy and solace to herself and true meaning in her own life.
I recommend this book to all, especially those grieving or seeking meaning in his or her own life. The gift of self is the greatest gift one can give.
The characters are very real and mostly endearing. The scenes are depicted in a manor easily visualized. The Title and Book Cover were chosen very well. The writing was done very well. The story had a smooth, steady flow. It was among one of Anita Stansfield's best stories.
This is a story of charitable service, love, unselfishness, forgiveness, grief, and unconditional love.
*This was gifted to me with no suggestion for a positive review. This is my honest review.
*I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.