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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd (Litfuse Tour)

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd
Whispers on the Moors series: Book one
Thomas Nelson / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:

Pride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?

Darbury, England, 1814

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

Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must 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.

Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.

My rating:
My thoughts:

The Heiress of Winterwood was a very good read! The story completely blew me away! I believe this is Sarah E. Ladd's debut novel, but I wouldn't have been able to tell that by reading the book.

The Heiress of Winterwood starts off with a good prologue, but it was the first chapter that really grabbed my attention. I could tell Amelia was a great woman right away. I loved how protective she was of Lucy and that she was willing to do anything to care and raise her. I also loved her tenacity. Graham was another wonderful character. I loved how real he was about his grief over losing his wife and it was nice to see his character grow.

A few times the writing/story seemed a little conflicting, but I did read an ARC copy so it might be different in the finished version. Not a big deal - at least to me. I didn't like when a character heard/felt replies from God - it's a pet peeve of mine.

Still, I really enjoyed The Heiress of Winterwood and it held my attention throughout. The book even had a little mystery - which I loved. A very good read that I definitely recommend if you enjoy historical romances. I look forward to reading Sarah E. Ladd's next book.

*I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


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