Friday, April 19, 2013

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd

Thanks to Litfuse, I get to share Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd with you!

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend's baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word-even to the point of proposing to the child's father-a sea captain she's never met.

When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.

Amelia's detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she's forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham's strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

I really enjoyed this debut novel by Sarah E. Ladd. The regency style has really seemed to be coming to the forefront after the success of authors like Klassen.

Heiress of Winterwood had all the right parts to make a readable and pleasurable, even if not always realistic, story: a loyal woman determined to keep her deathbed promise to her friend, despite the cost and embarrassment to herself; a young, widowed father determined never to marry again; a thwarted, thus vengeful, suitor; a fortune at stake; and an innocent child in the middle of it all. Add the unhappy extended family in there...along with the blossom of love, and you've got yourself a good book.

I found Heiress of Winterwood to be a light and entertaining read. I would definitely read a future book by Sarah!

Oh, and I loved the beautiful cover!

That's what I thought, here's what other reviewers are saying.

Thank you to Sarah and Thomas Nelson through Litfuse for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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