A captivating, enticing and enthralling tale of bravery and strength.
Although I read historical romances I wouldn’t say that I go out of my way to do so. In fact, the only historical romances I had read prior to Ted Persinger’s Manor were those of Helen Hardt. I have an inherent fear that was instilled in me by Mills and Boon… I’m not even going to go there because this book wipes the floor with that genre completely. I’m not going to lie I was expecting corset shredding and over the top ardent passion that makes you cringe, however, what I got was an extremely well told story with a wonderful twist and although it lacked the happy ending it still made me feel happy with how it concluded. I know, I’m shocked too… considering I’m a happy ending whore!
First of all there’s one thing I would like to say – I hope that I have just a teenie weenie bit of Sarah Montague in me. That woman is just so freaking kick arse. The funny thing is that if you’d described her to me as a meek, caring, loving, beautiful, loyal and charitable woman I’d probably roll my eyes and say ‘whatever’ – but, having read her memoir (to me this is the best way of describing the book) I want nothing more than to have some of if not all her qualities. I want to describe her as a Southern Belle Florence Nightingale cross Elizabeth Margaret Chandler, she’s not scared to get her hands dirty to fight for what she believes in or what is right. I think that Sarah Montague has got to be my book girlfriend! Actually, I know so!
I was a bit weary of the actual storyline once I saw what the topic was. It’s not very often that a writer can portray the harsh reality of slavery and yet not cross over onto gory and uncomfortable territory. Ted Persinger, has done this incredibly beautifully whilst keeping with the romantic current. Another thing that made me love the Manor even more was the female empowerment undercurrent. The female characters in this story are by far the ones that standout and make the most difference, although, I did love General Charlie Owen Bradley… he was just so endearing and captivating. He got me rather teary. The Colonel on the other hand… I despised him. The reality is that he wasn’t a particularly offensive character – apart from the slave owning thing and being a sexually inconsiderate old goat. I just didn’t feel him and with the turn of every page hoped that he would find his timely death. It didn’t happen soon enough… for me!
Ted Persinger surprised the hell out of me with this story. At first I was a bit like – what does this have to do with Infidelity? Then I clocked… the love triangle… – I know, how slow of me right? The Manor is one of those books that’ll get picked up constantly, especially considering that it has a feel uncannily like The Patriot (the film with Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger), which is one of my favourite films of all time! Ted Persinger got me hook, line and sinker!
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About the Book
In Antebellum Savannah, young Sarah Montague inherits control of a manor and plantation, after her husband is commissioned in the Confederate army and leaves to prosecute the war. She finds herself faced with decisions she never could have imagined. But her troubles multiply when the Union army first burns nearby Atlanta to the ground, then Sherman’s March to the Sea takes them to Savannah. She has to overcome trials she was never prepared for. Her husband fails to return when the city is besieged, and she’s required to quarter a Union general, a man with dark secrets. Left alone, she must find within herself the strength to do what is right.
Manor explores the choices and fortunes Sarah must overcome. Is she strong enough, or will these forces break her? As her new country disintegrates, she must do what is right for her and those she loves. Will she have the strength?
Manor is a novella in the Infidelity Kindle World of Aleatha Romig, and is a prequel to that series.
About the Series
The Infidelity Corporation will broker relationships—for a price. Their clients are exclusive and successful, their employees confidential and classified. Infidelity ensures that CEOs, politicians, and high-profile artists find love, with their friends and relatives none the wiser about how the happy couple met. But twists and turns abound in a world where old money, new money, and no money clash, from West Coast to East Coast and beyond. Enter Infidelity’s world of entrapment, betrayal, and deceit, where you decide whose relationship is real and whose is just an agreement.
About the Authors
I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. I spent my high school years under-achieving academically, while simultaneously trying my hand in music. I played in a few bands, but enjoyed little success (but had a LOT of fun!). I joined the Air Force at the ripe old age of 20, really more in the hope of getting some basic skills. I found myself 24 years later retiring. Throughout my long career, I found myself reading and dreaming of becoming a writer, though my work always got in the way.
After a short time in the private sector, which I didn’t enjoy, I moved overseas and became a high school English teacher in international schools. I spent most of my time based in Thailand, but traveled throughout Europe and Asia. The work was fantastic, the students were wonderful, and I enjoyed my time immensely. Traveling and seeing the world is every bit as amazing as it sounds.
Being an English teacher forced me to dig in deeply to literature, far more than I had ever before. Over the 5 years I taught, I gained much greater insights into what writing really is. I think it took being an English teacher to inspire me and provide the discernment I needed to finally write. I now see a path to putting my amorphous ideas into a (hopefully) readable structure.
So here I am…finally writing! Every page teaches me more, and I know I have a lot of room to grow. And grow I shall. I hope you’ll share the journey with me.
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and a member of PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.