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Love & Loss At Whitmore Manor By Anita Stansfield-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway-$25 Gift Card and Free Book!
Title: Love & Loss at Whitmore Manor
Author: Anita Stansfield
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (November 1, 2017)
FTC, FYI: I received a review paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.
For nearly three years, British Officer Tristan Whitmore fought bravely for King and Crown in America. But his loyalty came at a price, and after slowly recovering from battlefield injuries, it is finally time to return to his beloved England and his wife, Muriel. But there is to be no tender reunion at Whitmore Manor—instead, Tristan is stunned to learn of his wife’s deceit in his absence and her unexpected death. And to add to the shocking blow, this devastating news is delivered by the last woman Tristan ever hoped to see again.
Olivia Halstead lost everything after the death of her father but found refuge with her cousin Muriel while Muriel’s husband was at war. Now, with the loss of her cousin, Olivia feels she has trespassed too long on the hospitality of the family. But before she can depart, Muriel’s husband returns, and Olivia’s own thorny history with the man comes rushing in: years ago, theirs was a tender courtship—followed too soon by a bitter parting of ways.
Now two people divided by past betrayal find an unforeseen chance for reconciliation. But when Tristan and Olivia find themselves on opposite sides of a revolution, will their clashing allegiances tear them apart forever?
It's interesting when a romance book with a little mystery has the best character end up being someone not part of "The Couple". My favorite character in this novel was Tristan's father, Walter. I liked how he treated everyone, Olivia, his son Tristan, and all of the servants/help. I felt like he was so genuine and his character jumped out of the pages and into your heart. His ideas and his ideals made him a favorite from the start. The main characters of Tristan and Olivia are a nice couple. It may appear they come together quickly, but you realize from back story that they were a couple many years before the story even began. There seemed to be a lot of dialogue with Tristan and Olivia making amends over their prior breakup and I felt liked it dragged at times. It was nice though to see how with the gift of forgiveness they were able to come together again. Another part of the story I really liked had to do with Dr. Jack Barburry, Tristan's friend from the war in the colonies and he was very likable. The mystery part of the book revolved around treason and I'm not going to say any more without giving away too much. I find that giving away secrets in a book that spoils the end are infuriating. Just know it's interesting and exciting. Love & Loss at Whitmore Manor is a deep thinking story of love, forgiveness and intrigue. This novel has a little of everything that will attract readers of many genres.