Tuesday, March 26, 2024



Mary finds an old suitcase and as she rummages through it’s contents, she can’t believe what she has found.  She assumes the identity of the owner of the suitcase, Agnes.  She has an opportunity to go to a lavish ball in the most beautiful gown at the amazing Mannerley Estate.  What harm could it be, it’s just one night.  Mannerley is a beautiful Estate and the most amazing and lavish balls were held there.  So when Mary’s plan for just one night as Cinderella turns in to seven days, she is not in a hurry to end her fairytale.  She meets new friends and even a couple of suitors that take a shine to her.  But her world could come crashing down when she is recognized by a former co-worker.  He uses extortion in order to keep her secret or her real identity will be revealed.  

Seven Days at Mannerley written by author Audrey Schuyler Lancho is an enchanting and lovely story.  I loved everything about this story from cover to cover.  I love the authors writing style and she described 1870 rural England so well, that I felt like I was actually there.  I loved Mary’s character and know that she is someone I would be friends with.  This rapid moving storyline had me flying through the pages.  I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the story to find out how it would end.  This new to me author immediately landed on my auto-buy list.  I look forward to reading more stories from this author.  This book is one that I definitely recommend.  


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Audrey Schuyler Lancho
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Publication Date: March 26, 2024 
Pages:  233
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The suitcase she found changed everything. The contents? An elegant dress and an invitation in another girl’s name. Twenty-three-year-old Mary would go to the ball, enjoy how the rich lived just for one night, and then quietly slip back into her real life, sorting rubbish as a poor barmaid. No harm done. Of course, there wouldn’t be much of a story to tell had it turned out that way.

It’s 1870 in rural England, and Mary assumes the identity of the suitcase owner, Agnes. When Mary’s one night at Mannerley estate turns into a seven-day, hilarious farce, she quickly makes friends, finds suitors, and keeps fibbing. Not only does Arthur, the heir himself, fall for her, but so, too, does Mr. Singh, his friend visiting from India, making advances in plain sight of the heir. Making matters worse, a former workmate recognizes Mary and extorts her: she must steal a golden watch from the heir for him or have her true identity exposed and risk being thrown in jail, which could mean death––and that would certainly ruin her stolen, er, borrowed ball gown.

The only way Mary can get close enough to Arthur to steal his watch is via sensuality and flirtation. But as Mary scrambles to cover her tracks, her lies and crimes compound, weaving themselves into an impossible tangle. All the while Agnes, the real owner of the fancy ball gown, is making her way ever-closer to Mannerley. Happily ever after seems as unlikely as a barmaid among dandies, when Mary's only possible escape is a confession and the hope her scandalous true love will risk his reputation to defend and forgive her


Audrey Lancho is the author of emotionally moving and uplifting 
historical and contemporary clean romance. Audrey's Victorian romances include Seven Days at Mannerley and the forthcoming A Telephone at Mannerley, published by Vinspire Publishing. Audrey lives in North Carolina with her Spaniard husband and two young sons, is bilingual in Spanish, and enjoys church, time with friends, yoga, her kids' sporting events, and funny movies. She’s a freelance fiction editor and an editor at a literary agency. She does both of these jobs from home while entertaining her preschooler and watching plenty of Pixar. When she's not writing or editing, you'll find her doing crochet or a jigsaw puzzle.

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