- File Size: 4922 KB
- Print Length: 354 pages
- Publisher: Taylin Clavelli; 2 edition (May 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071NP7CJK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Secret of the Manor was quite a surprise for me. A wonderful surprise! I've read the author before and I knew I'd find rich settings gloriously detailed and characters that were real with life issues who grew as the story moved along. I didn't know I would find - an old fashioned fairy tale with magic and knights! I loved it!
Warren Blake leads two separate lives when the story opens. His business life which showed no hint at his tastes in his personal life. He was distant from most everyone he worked with. He'd been hurt by someone he worked with and he was bound and determined to never suffer that again. And then there was his other life, the one he kept hidden from everyone else. He had meet ups with like minded men but never relationships. That could hurt him.
So as not to give too much away, because you are going to want to read this story here is a list of the things I found wonderful in this story:
A swan with attitude named Salem. A ghost with no name who seemed to need Warren to do something. A dream that seemed very real. A medieval joust with a Black Knight in the middle of the night. A family cursed for generations. What seems like two different mysteries two solve that were interrelated. A friend who replaces the father who had shunned his son. One man living two lives because he was afraid to be hurt again. A horse who seems to be able to read his owners mind. And a new man, who could be the love of Warren's life if they can remove an ancient curse.
There was only one area where the story dragged for me. The jousting lessons. Though they are an intricate part of the story, I tended to drift in and out with the details in that area. Other than that, I felt the pacing of the story was done well. I might also add that I found the book to be very well edited. No typos or misspelled words that took me out of the story. Well done Taylin Cavelli.
What has that got to do with Secret of the Manor? A lot!
Warren Blake is one of those lucky bastards whose career success gives him the option to retire at forty. He had planned, he worked hard, he made amends where needed, looked at life with eyes wide open, and worked his arse off. (Sorry for the language folks, but I have to address those who cannot comprehend retirement at forty.) His plans worked to his advantage and now he has another set of plans in the works.
Buy a house in a quiet, little town and bide his time. It worked until he spies a picturesque little church, stumbles upon an unmarked grave and gets thrown into a dimension that ruins his plans for the future.
Warren finds himself in a time trap where he is a knight and is the chosen champion to save someone he knows nothing about. To top it off, a dratted swan is making his life in the past and present times frustrating. Also, he apparently has to learn how to wield a lance to survive a joust. His warhorse is willing and able, he is just too modern to fight properly.
Wait! Hold on! What is going on?
The humdrum life of Warren is suddenly thrown into a dimension of paranormal proportions. As typical of Clavelli, the slow build up and the vivid imagery gets the readers to a place in their minds that reminds so much of Ivanhoe but with a paranormal twist in the form of a witch's curse. Where is the romance? Well, you have to read it, right? Not only is the other main character the unlikeliest introduced, but he is also not the ghost.
Clavelli has this art to her storytelling. It is a different approach than what most are used to, but there is a reason to the pace and once everything is laid bare, only then can you realize the beauty and mystery of her tale. There is a whole lot going on and briar roses are just one of them.
Note: Just like her previous story, Dakota Skies, there is a characterization in the horses involved. Horse lovers out there, you'll be surprised with just how these tales revolve around the horses.
Oh, and Warren?
Seriously! You have to ask?