The House of Stone and Ivy by Anita Stansfield280 pages | Published January 1st 2019 by Covenant Communication
Orphaned as children, Hennie and Lottie share an unbreakable friendship. Together, they suffered the horrors of orphanages and the workhouse, and now grown, they continue to rely on each another. When Lottie approaches Hennie about a possible position at a manor house, Hennie is eager to work alongside her dear friend. However, to secure the positions as stable hands, they will have to undergo a bold act of deception: the women must disguise themselves as men.
Upon arriving at the manor, Hennie is stunned. Her new position is at Ivy Manor—the beautiful estate where her mother was employed long ago and where Hennie was raised until her mother’s death. Hennie has wonderful memories of her friendship with the son of the house, Jack, and is shocked and dismayed to learn he has vanished. Living in disguise at the manor allows her to gradually uncover the truth of Jack’s disappearance and eventually find him. Both Hennie and Jack are thrilled to be reunited, and their friendship is renewed. Soon, their relationship blossoms . . . and threatens their determination to remain concealed. With so much at stake, will they be prepared to risk everything for love
My Review: (LAWonder10)
The House of Stone & Ivy is a fantastic "Rags to Riches" tale and slightly an unusual deviation from Anita Stansfield's usual style.
This is about Hennie, who was raised for the first eleven years of her life in a large estate, where she was loved by most all and enjoyed friendship with the siblings whose father owned the estate. Their mother had died shortly before Hennie's mother, also, died. Hennie was an orphan but a couple of the servants wanted to take responsibility of her and teach her service skills. The Lord of the manor refused and Hennie was sent to live in one of the better but despicable orphanages. While in the orphanage, she made an everlasting friend in Lottie. They were the salvation of each other.
After the two girls left the orphanage for the workhouse, life became even harder. One day an elderly woman took compassion on them and arranged for the girls to receive employment in a hotel restaurant.
Lottie refused to go with Hennie, because she was sure her new boyfriend was coming back for her, although Hennies tried to convince her otherwise.
Hennie worked in loathsome living quarters, with a brutish boss, but it was better than she had experienced for the pat several years.
Five years after she began her new job, she was pleasantly surprised when Lottie came to eat at the place she worked. Hennie was then offered a job where she would have a much better living situation, earn a decent wage, and even have a day off each week. The only problem, she would have to go against her principles of appearing as a man, and cut her long blond curls.
After much contemplation, she decided it would be worth it, nor could she bear the thought of not being with her dear, and only, friend. Little did she realize what an impact on her life it would be.
The diverse characters are very well describes, as are the scenes, enabling the reader to feel he/she is a part of the story. The Book Cover and Title are both colorful and very fitting.
The novel is one the reader will not want to put down!
I offer a Five Stars rating.
+This was gifted me with no urging for a positive review. This is my honest review.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Anita Stansfield, the LDS market's #1 best-selling romance novelist, is an imaginative and prolific writer whose romantic stories have captivated her readers.
"With sales approaching a half million, Anita Stansfield has clearly found a niche in this market," said Nicole Martin, Publicist for Covenant Communications. "Her popularity stems from her ability to empathize with and write about the issues that LDS women deal with on a daily basis."
"I always write for women like me. It's through my interaction with other women that I've found there are some personal and emotional struggles that are typical," said Anita Stansfield. "I hope my writing makes women feel better about themselves and shows them these real problems can be solved through gospel principles.
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