A Stranger at Fellsworth
Sarah E. Ladd
Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?
In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.
Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.
The best description I can come up for this book is nice. That's a terribly vague word and not one I like to use to describe anything, but it's closest to what I feel about this book. The characters are likable, the plot decent, and the writing elegant, but it lacked the oomph factor that would nudge it into "favorite" territory. I think perhaps that it didn't seem different enough from this author's other books (or romance fiction in general) for me; if I haven't read those, I might have liked this one more. Yet on its own, I think this is a read most Christian romance fans will enjoy. It's sweet and clean, with endearing characters. I just had a difficult time really connecting to it.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.