This novel is a creepy, mysterious romp through southern life. Heflin creates the most hate-able character since Shakespeare's Iago in the mother Rosemary, and leaves us crying, literally, for the sake of her son, Richard.
Have you read a book and wondered how you would make it through to the end, not out of boredom mind you, but out of the agony you feel for a protagonist? No? Well, read this, and you'll be able to answer with a resounding "Hell, yeah!" As Heflin takes a look at the tyranny of parents and the enmeshment only certain really screwed up relationships can bring to life, but he does so in such a way that we find ourselves riveted to the story rather than predicting its ideal outcome.
After all, when a story begins with rape and secrecy, how can we predict anything at all?
The one woman who was supposed to love him was the one person who tried to destroy him. Richard Creek finally took a stand against his abusive mother, Rosemary, in the fall of 1929, leading to nearly three decades of her merciless tyranny. He has to decide how to protect his children from the omnipotent hand of the Lady of the Manor while they dwell beneath the same roof. Tensions overflow in this atypical home in Savannah, Georgia during the blazing summer of 1958. 71-year old Rosemary (Rosey) Isabella Creek is the cruel and ruthless matriarch of Creek Manor who carries out her malevolent deeds with the help of her loyal butler, Rayford Caruthers, whom she continually degrades for being an albino black man with atrocious English. Her only friend is Pop Barnes, who along with Rosemary’s brother, are the only ones who seem to remember a softer, lovelier ‘Rosey’. She lords over her only son, Richard, a 43-year old banker; his wife, 42-year old Helen; and their five children: the twins; Hilary and Taylor, along with Kimberly, Reginald, and Brock. The patience of everyone is tested with each of Rosemary’s taunts as they try to understand the nature and reason of her cruelty. As more details of her past are revealed, it only further complicates their comprehension. Will she ever transform into a woman that they can love?
7/5/2018 09:41:44 pm
Looks like a great read
7/6/2018 03:03:53 am
This sounds interesting--I love historical fiction!
7/6/2018 03:19:27 am
It sounds really good! Thanks for sharing it.
7/6/2018 03:49:34 am
I love historical fiction and this seems like a very good book that I wuld enjoy reading on a breezy afternoon.
7/7/2018 11:46:25 pm
Sounds like an interesting read! My daughter would love this book!
7/8/2018 03:52:37 pm
(Review: Lady of the Manor by Adrian Heflin) Now this sounds like a book that I would like to read. I am not one for romance novels at all. I like true crimes stories, and books on haunting's too.
7/9/2018 02:23:00 pm
I have never read anything by this author before.. This is a book I would take to the beach and spend the day reading....
7/13/2018 06:22:08 pm
Nothing says creepy and mysterious like life in the South!
7/15/2018 10:53:44 am
This sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing
7/16/2018 07:10:11 am
Love stories about Southern Life
7/26/2018 08:03:00 am
This book sounds like a real page turner! The review gave me chills!
9/1/2018 03:01:18 pm
I am gonna have to pick this one up. It sounds really good.
9/17/2018 11:12:11 pm
Creepy and mysterious? Right up my alley. I see you posted this a while ago but the read seems really interesting. Definitely going to check it out!
10/10/2018 11:02:31 pm
Nice review. Well done!
10/18/2018 02:16:55 pm
This sounds like a very good read!
10/21/2018 11:35:18 pm
Oh, boy, this sounds sort of Southern Gothic, which I really like. It does sound like a good read.
11/4/2018 11:59:10 am
this sounds really cool :) I think I would enjoy reading this book :)
11/6/2018 10:22:57 pm
This looks like it would be a really read
11/7/2018 06:14:40 am
This sounds like a really good book
11/7/2018 07:52:52 am
This sounds like a book I could really get into...mysterious and creepy, my kind of book!
11/13/2018 07:07:42 am
I love historical fiction and this book sounds intriguing.
11/13/2018 10:19:05 am
This sounds like an amazing book.
12/1/2018 02:08:41 am
This sounds like the kind of book that I would not be able to put down. I would love to read this. Thanks for the awesome preview.
12/1/2018 11:09:49 pm
This sounds like a great book to read and thanks for sharing your input with us.
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Carrie L. Wells has been writing her entire life. She focuses on writing a mix of paranormal romance for adults and young adults and women's literature,