A Lady at Willowgrave Hall
Sarah E. Ladd
Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.
Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.
As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.
When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?
I think out of the series, this book might be my favorite. I'm not sure why or if it really is any "better" than the previous books; I might have just been in the right frame of mind to read this one. I did like the characters, especially Cecily, and I think she is probably my favorite heroine in this series. Also, I'm not a really big "mushy romance" kind of person, so I liked that while there was definitely interest between the two characters, it never got too out of hand and was very restrained. This novel also had a lovely message of forgiveness.
This book did move very slowly, though. Not a whole lot actually happened. It was definitely more character-driven than plot-driven. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but there were times the book slowed down to a crawl. Still, it kept my interest and this author's books will probably keep coming up on my to-read list.
objectionable content: Two kisses at the end. The hero finds out he is the illegitimate son of a wealthy man. One of the secondary male characters is a flirt.