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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?

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Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Whispers On The Moors

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Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Darbury, England, 1819

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own—one that has haunted him for years and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove Hall. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breathe a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and fight for a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long kept?

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'Ladd proves yet again she's a superior novelist, creating unforgettable characters and sympathetically portraying their merits, flaws and all-too-human struggles with doubt, hope and faith. Banished from her hardscrabble home for a youthful romantic indiscretion, Cecily Faire remakes herself into an irreproachably proper paid companion to the formidable Lady Tryst of Willowgrove Hall. There Cecily meets Nathaniel Stanton, the manor's capable steward whose hard work and loyalty are repaid with Lady Tryst's inexplicable scorn. Though her employer warns her against any association with Nathaniel, Cecily cannot help her hopeless attraction to the kind, quiet man who treats her like the innocent, worthy young woman she only appears to be. If he knew the truth of her past, Cecily believes, Nathaniel would abandon her as surely as she thinks God has. But Nathaniel has secrets of his own, and together they discover that forgiveness and understanding can pave the path to redemption and true love.'

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Temporarily entertaining, but kinda forgettable.
    February 26, 2015
    Jolene
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Completely disconnected from her family, friends and impulsive youth, Cecily Faire takes a respectable position as a lady's maid at Willowgrove Hall and is suddenly thrust back into contact with the man who knows the secrets and shame of her youth. Desperate to avoid the truth and retain her position, she closes herself off from relationships with those around her including Nathaniel Stanton, the handsome and capable steward of Willowgrove Hall, who bears his own set of secrets. While she struggles to maintain outward control, fighting to contain her heart is even more difficult. Will Cecily and Nathaniel be able to trust each other with the secrets of their past and, more importantly, will they trust the God who can bring them together? Read more in A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd.

    A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is the third book in Sarah E. Ladd's Whispers on the Moors series. I've not read the other two and this one was fine as a stand-alone book. I appreciated the theme of how speaking the truth opens up possibilities for healing and relationship. The plot was solid and well-paced. Writing style was adequate, neither amazing nor disappointing. However, while the novel was entertaining for a few days, I don't see myself revisiting it again in the future as there was really nothing to elevate it above any other book of its style.

    While A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd is not my favorite book, many readers will like it. I think it is best suited for readers who enjoy clean, nineteenth-century romances that are entertaining, but not amazing.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartache as a young girl is wrenched from her home and forced to grow up alone.
    January 20, 2015
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After living at a school for girls, she is thrust into a world of elegant living, afraid that her secrets will be revealed. But Willowgrove Hall has secrets of it's own.

    I just love Regency settings with wonderful descriptions of gowns and a ball. I used to do a lot of sewing and embroidery, but it's been quite some time. The main character is taught by her mother to be a seamstress and loves to embellish her clothes - a talent I greatly admire. I may have been inspired to get back into it!

    This is Christian Historical Fiction that opens at Aradelle Hall, Detham,England 1814. Cecily is 16 and running away to get married with the heir of the Hall, but her father catches them and hauls her away to a school for girls. Completely cutting all ties from her. She writes several letters trying to reconnect with her twin sister, but none are ever returned as her father had been let go from his position and they were forced to leave. So without any family or means of support, Cecily has to take a job as a lady's companion at Willowgrove Hall - a position she is blessed to get. She is dropped off at the gate, struggling to find her way in and is met by the Steward, Nathaniel, and his dog. He takes her to his family's humble home to rest and dry out and thus begins their tale.

    This is a very well told story that you sink right into and don't want to put down. There are painful secrets at Willowgrove Hall and Cecily has her reasons to keep her background to herself. Little did she know that the one she was to run away with years ago is actually the heir to Willowgrove Hall - she's to be his Aunt's companion. As far as she knew, he had never bothered to try to find her after she was taken away. The difference in their social standing is more apparent now, since she was merely the daughter of a blacksmith.

    There is a lot of personal struggle between the characters and little by little you gain insight as to why. It's a pleasure to see love bloom, even with the difficult Aunt that Cicely becomes a companion to. The Christian message is light throughout the book until towards the end as Cicely is drawn to a scripture and realizes the importance of leaning on God's assurance and His plan for our lives rather than our own ideas alone. Yet even when we stray from his path He uses all for good as we lean on Him. Sarah E. Ladd is a new author to me, and I'm now a fan! This was the third in a series. I didn't miss the earlier books in reading this, but now I want to go back and read the others.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Thomas Nelson - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
  3. Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Glad to Discover This Author
    January 14, 2015
    Janet
    Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Though "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" is the third book in Sarah E. Ladds "Whispers on the Moors" series, its the first of her books Ive had the pleasure to read. Now I plan to go back and read the first two. I was captivated by this book!

    Set in England in 1819, "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" is the story of what becomes of Cecily Faire five years after her father abandons her at Rosemere, a school for young ladies. Though her father intended the separation as a stern form of discipline, Cecily realizes that, though the separation from her twin sister was painful, overall the change worked for her good. Having graduated and served as a teacher for a time, opportunity is calling her into a new future as an elderly womans companion at Willowgrove Hall.

    But her future and her past turn out to be a bit tangled up, and Cecily must learn how to open herself up to deepening friendships without revealing her secrets. She must also learn to see and trust Gods hand in it all. Can anyone love Cecily? Or have her past indiscretions condemned her to life alone?

    Ladd brought the characters, setting, and era to life. Her descriptions of the estate and of Cecilys dresses painted clear pictures in my mind. And, through Cecilys eyes, she helped readers see the good in all of her characters, even those who were meant to be somewhat unlikable or villainous. I appreciated that.

    Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. I am thankful I found the opportunity to read this authors work; I will definitely watch for more!
  4. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Intriguing Tale of Hidden Secrets
    January 5, 2015
    The Artist Librarian
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I first heard about Sarah E. Ladd through the "blogosphere" when her debut novel, The Heiress of Winterwood, was released. The striking cover design and the sumptuous title caught my eye and immediately piqued my interest. However, I never got the chance to read any of her books until now. A Lady at Willowgrove Halls intriguing story of hidden secrets did not let me down!

    Cecily Faire of the Roesemere School for Young Ladies is thrust into the position of ladys companion at Willowgrove Hall. Believed to be a high born lady, she conceals her true heritage. The daughter of a blacksmith, she fears her scandalous teenage dalliance will be revealed when she re-encounters Andrew Morton, the heir to Aradelle Park, years later.

    Meanwhile, steward Nathaniel Stanton hides a secret as well. He is the illegitimate son of the deceased Mr. Trent, the master of Willowgrove Hall. Forced to keep silent as not to ruin the reputations of his sisters, he is tied to Willowgrove Halls stewardship until Mrs. Trent passes. Ladd reveals Cecily and Nathaniels pasts to the reader at the very beginning of the novel, so we are left reading with anticipation to see how these secrets will come to light and be revealed to the rest of the characters.

    I love historicals set in Englands early 1800s. I felt that Ladds dialogue and writing lends to an authentic-sounding voice for the time period that is still understandable for the contemporary reader. It brings to mind one of my favorite Regency authors, Julie Klassen (who actually endorsed Ladds The Heiress of Winterwood). With all the secrets and strained relationships, there is also a tension as well that well illustrate the burden that secrecy can cause and the liberation the truth can bring. I also loved the characters as well. Their motivations are believable and even those playing slight antagonistic roles such as Mrs. Trent or Mrs. Massey are never completely unlikable. Ill definitely be checking out more from Sarah E. Ladd in the future!

    *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this title from the author. No compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.*
  5. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    o:*:. Enjoyable Regency Romance.:*: o
    January 5, 2015
    Blue Jeans & Teacups
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is an enjoyable story EASILY read as a STAND-ALONE BOOK.

    It loosely ties in book 2, The Headmistress of Rosemere, by having this new character Cecily Faire, attend school at Rosemere and lightly interact with the headmistress from book 2. But, thats about all.

    Book 3 revolves around Cecily and a choice she made as a young 16 year-old girl to become involved with a 17 year-old boy, committing herself to him in heart and body. Her outraged father already has issues with her because her mother is dead, and she is the younger of a twin sister, which is believed to be bad luck and therefore contributed to her mothers death. We know she has a sister, but we dont even find out she is a twin until a bit farther into the book, and then it is just loosely referenced. That was odd. Upon discovering her plans to elope, her father immediately hauls her off to a school for girls and abandons her on the front doorsteps. The story then picks up 5 years later.

    I wont give a full account of what the story is about since that is already included on every website and the back of the book. I will say, I enjoyed the story, the setting and detail, and the characters, particularly Nathaniel who is a very likable and strong male lead. But, for a Christian book, God is not overly present, rather, loosely woven into the background of the story. If you prefer that, then you should be fine with this story. I prefer a stronger weaving of God, faith, and scripture throughout a Christian novel. The book ended well, and I was left with no questions.

    I LOVE how the covers do not reveal the characters face, allowing our minds to imagine it on our own.

    Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend, and look forward to reading her next book in a new series: The Curiosity Keeper A Treasures of Surrey Novel scheduled for July 2015.

    4 out of 5 stars

    Included: Reading group questions

    My friend purchased this book off of my birthday wish list and am offering my honest opinion, for no compensation.

    Read: 12/29/14-12/31/14

    Reviewed: 1/5/15

    Whispers on the Moors Series Include: The Heiress of Winterwood - 2013 *** The Headmistress of Rosemere - 2013 *** A Lady at Willowgrove Hall -2014
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