Book Review: Homecoming (Daughters of Mannerling #6) By M. C. Beaton

This is the last book in the “Daughters of Mannerling” series and has been a delight reading this series.

In “Homecoming”, Lizzie is the last one of the Beverley sisters and this has left their mother Lady Beverly in despair as she doesn’t think that her last daughter with her fire red hair will attract any suitable suitors, talk less of the highly eligible new owner of Mannerling.

M. C. Beaton in her usual style, takes us through a lot of  suspense, mystery and some laughs before she gives us the happy ending that we deserve. Although I found this book the most predictable in the entire series, it still made for enjoyable reading. In the end, love always wins over the Mannerling obsession.

I recommend this book to all romance lovers. I think the author is phenomenal.

Rating: 3.8 Stars

Published: Published 2014 by Constable and Robinson

Pages: 197

Genre: Historical Romance (Fiction)

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The Author: Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.

Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.


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