Share the quest of young Patience Hawthorne's journey through the Maze of Love, Manners and Courtship in early 1800's England. The title character's troubles begin in London and continue in her home parish before she travels to Bath and the English countryside in search of happiness. Suddenly orphaned, her life is equal measures of hope and despair. Much like any young lady living in the Regency period, she is governed by the strict rules of society. The Hawthorne Diaries series by author Olivia Andem, depicts two fictional country estates during the Regency period. The stately manor houses not only provide the background but also illustrate various aspects of English history that involve the characters. Wadleigh Park is ancient, sprawling and in great need of costly repairs. It is the center of life for the parish of St. Giles, the childhood home of the title character. Reflecting her youthful feelings and opinions, a quotation from Patience's private journal begins each chapter.