Item description for The Maiden of Mayfair (Tales of London Series #1) by Blackwell Lawana...
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 revealing.
As 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?
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.36" Width: 5.52" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2001
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764222589 ISBN13 9780764222580
Reviews - What do customers think about The Maiden of Mayfair (Tales of London Series #1)?
Wonderful and unique Mar 4, 2007
Too often, so many Christian novels seem to become simply retellings of the same "girl meets boy" story. However Lawana Blackwell has delivered a unique and beautiful story that is unlike any other I've read. It is set in Victorian England, a rare setting you don't see often in Christian fiction. Her cast of characters, ranging from the "upstairs" gentry to the "downstairs" staff could easily become nondescript, but instead Miss Blackwell gives them interesting, smaller stories that intertwine with the main character Sarah's own. Next, the true "romance" part does not come in until Sarah is of age. I enjoyed not being knocked over the head with romance in the beginning and being allowed to experience growing with Sarah as she is brought suddenly into opulence and learning to grow in her new surroundings. Only after she comes of age does the romantic story set in, and then it it's very sweet because you have grown with the characters and can root for Sarah and her future beau to get together since the reader knows them by now. If you want a change of pace from the typical, I highly recommend this book!
A Great Read Aug 24, 2006
I really enjoyed this book. It reveals some injustices and hypocracies of Victorian society. People were shunned or kept at a distance because of their birth, religion, social standing or, as in Sarah's case, physical appearance. I wanted to strangle Mrs. Blake's snooty friends and Mrs. Blake too, at times, for her own snobbery. A very winning scene is that in which Sarah reproaches her guardian for her anti-Semitic views. Prejudice works two ways in this book; as another viewer stated, people automatically assume Ethan Knight (his name is very ironic) is a good man because he is going to take holy orders. This book encourages looking beyond the surface and getting to know people and accept them in spite of their background and mistakes,
I deduct one star because of a personal pet peeve. I didn't like Blackwell's characterization of Sarah's natural mother. Since I don't want to spoil things by revealing too much, you will have to read the book. I thought Sarah deserved better.
Beautiful Victorian inspirational! Jan 18, 2006
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. I wish I could read more about these characters, but I think the next installment will focus on a completely different story with its own characters. Ah, well. One of the things I enjoyed most about this novel is the subplot centered on the curator Ethan and his corrupt, conning ways. I like how everyone assumes he is a good man because he is training to become a vicar. What a realistic storyline! I loved the whole story and I couldn't put this book down. Lawana Blackwell is a wonderful storyteller and I look forward to reading more of her inspirational historicals. In the meantime, I recommend The Maiden of Mayfair and I cannot wait to give Catherine's Heart, the second book in the Tales of London series a whirl.
Wonderful story Nov 23, 2005
I love this author and this book!! It is so well written and keeps you wanting to read until you finish the book. This was the first book that I read by Lawana Blackwell and I am now a fan.
MY FAVORITE AUTHOR Jun 21, 2005
Love all of her books, I have yet to read one of hers I am not happy with. To me, experiencing one of Ms. Blackwell's novels is like climbing into a comfortable, cozy, warm nest, being completely serene, grateful she wrote it, hoping it will never stop. Thank Ms. Blackwell.