The Heiress of Winterwood, by Sarah E Ladd

book coverAmelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

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.

As I might have previously mentioned, I do enjoy novels set during the regency era in Great Britain. So much was taking place at the time. King George III was going mad, Britain was fighting two wars, and a certain author by the name of Austen was writing books that would still be popular 200 years later.

The Heiress of Winterwood very much reminded me of a Jane Austen novel. Obviously, it is set in the same time period. I could also find similarities between the characters here and those in Pride and Prejudice. Aunt Augusta very much reminded me of Mrs. Bennett and I feared her daughter, Helena, would end up in a situation comparable to that of poor Lydia. Amelia, if not for the difference in hair color, could have been portrayed by Jennifer Ehle. Graham is not quite Mr. Darcy, but he was just as dashing; a scarred sea captain who is determined to be the hero.

Here, however, the similarities end. There is no awkwardness between Amelia and Graham, and nothing resembling the iconic Colin Firth as Darcy in a wet shirt scene. (Sorry, ladies!) Amelia is promised in marriage to a business associate of her uncle’s. The man doesn’t want to look after someone else’s child, but it soon transpires his biggest concern is the money he’ll receive when he marries and Winterwood becomes his. When Amelia backs out of the arrangement the stage is set for fireworks. When the baby and her nurse are kidnapped, however, her fiancé isn’t the only suspect.

This is a debut novel by a promising writer. I had downloaded it onto my Kindle and initially opened it just to make sure the file had downloaded correctly. The opening pages captured my attention and two hours later, I was still reading. I was actually disappointed to finish it; there were a couple of threads I would have liked to have seen resolved. The front cover indicates that this is the first book in a series called Whispers on the Moors, but at the time of publication there was no available information regarding book two.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 09 April 2013

Page Count: 320

Read more on:   Sarah E Ladd’s Website   Thomas Nelson’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Christianbook.com      

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for my free electronic copy of The Heiress of Winterwood, which I downloaded in exchange for an honest review.

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