Dreaming of Manderley

Leah Marie Brown
Dreaming of Manderley
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Lyrical Press
Release Date
December 2017
Contemporary Romance

Going from old money to no money, the three Maxwell sisters' lives are about to change drastically. Now, one by one, each must blaze her own trail to happily-ever-after . . .

Manderley Maxwell has always been the dependable, hard-working one while her younger sisters live
A-list lives, courtesy of their family fortune . . . until it's suddenly lost, leaving behind a truckload of debt! Now Mandy is faced with two choices: play perpetual caretaker to her spoiled siblings, or finally break out of her predictable routine—by way of France . . .

When Mandy's boss relocates for the summer, Mandy is really just trading in coffee runs for running errands through the streets of Cannes—until handsome, debonair Girard Fortune Xavier de Maloret sweeps her off her feet—by saving her from falling off a cliff. Mandy's walking on air—except that she's living in the chic shadow of the first Madame de Maloret, complete with whispers about the suddenly secretive Xavier's part in her disappearance. Again, Mandy has two choices: be the unfortunate, duped American—or the gutsy, fierce woman who'll track down the truth in the name of true love . . .

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Dec 22, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
22 people found the following review helpful
3 dark, mysterious and French stars for DREAMING OF MANDERLEY.

Manderley Maxwell grew up wealthy and privileged, but when her father died and left her and her sisters broke, Mandy moves to the South of France with her screenwriter BFF and takes a job as her assistant. Mandy is always the life preserver for other people, and she's mostly fine with that, until she meets a handsome Frenchman named Xavier who sweeps her off her feet and has her imagining herself in the place of her beloved 1940's movie stars.

Girard Fortune Xavier de Maloret is the CEO of a 200-year-old family shipping company, and everything about him is the stuff that dreams are made of. But Xavier has secrets, and Mandy will need to decide whether she's willing to live with them, or if her head in the clouds dreams will hurt when she falls back to earth.

I'm a huge fan of Ms. Brown's It Girls series due to the biting wit, sexy characters and sweeping setting. DREAMING OF MANDERLEY had the sweeping setting, and a little bit of the wit in the form of Mandy's BFF Olivia but the characters left me cold. Oh, for certain, they were well developed, but something about them didn't leave me inspired. This was a very well written book, and I'm sure that many people will fall in love with Mandy and Xavier and their exotic and fast-paced romance, but for me the darker tone was a little boring. The saving grace for me was the incredibly gorgeous descriptive settings that Ms. Brown has woven, making me feel as if I was exploring France alongside the lovers.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; no condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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