Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Heiress of Winterwood



The Heiress of Winterwood
Sarah E. Ladd
Thomas Nelson

Darbury, England, 1814
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 to 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 accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.
I’m always on the lookout for new authors, because you never know when you’re going to turn up a gem. So when I saw this book, I was eager to get it. After all, there aren’t a whole lot of Christian Regency-era fiction books out there (although there has seemed to be more of late). I was especially eager since it had endorsements from some authors who I really enjoy.

The Heiress of Winterwood was, in my opinion, a good debut for author Sarah Ladd. It didn’t quite meet my expectations (which were very high :) but I still enjoyed it none the less. I really was pleased at the author’s writing style, because it was engaging but not incredibly modern; there was a slight formality that comes with the time period.

I also found the characters intriguing. There were several times that Amelia did annoy me a little: I understood her love for little Lucy, but sometimes, especially near the end, I wish she would just listen to Graham and stop running headlong into danger! I was actually quite interested in Graham's brother, William- he seemed like nothing more than a ne'er do well drunk, but he really surprised me there at the end, and I hope that he'll be included in upcoming books.

I can’t say that the plot itself was entirely my favorite, but I am perfectly willing to read more books by this author, and I cannot wait to see the next books in the Whispers on the Moors series as they come out!

Rating: 8 

I received this book for free from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review. 

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