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When Annabelle’s father had passed away, she was left with a financial mess and a fiance’ who broke off their engagement. Annabelle was at the mercy of her cruel brother pushing her to marry someone else with better financial means. Instead she ran away to Fellsworth for a teaching job where she could make her own money for the first time in her life. A chance encounter introduced her to Owen, a widow and protective father. The two began to realize they had a second chance at love.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)|
Series: Treasures of Surrey
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The third book in the beloved Regency romance series, The Treasures of Surrey.
"Ladd fills the pages with as much intrigue as romance. A well-crafted story for fans of Regency novels." Publishers Weekly
Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?
In the fallout of her deceased fathers financial ruin, Annabelles 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, where her estranged uncle serves as the schools superintendent. Upon arrival, Annabelle learns that she must shed her life of high society and work for her wages for the first time in her life.
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 purchase land he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wifes death, Owen begins to consider a second chance at love.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought theyd 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.
"This novel reads well and fast; its vivid imagery and likeable characters fill the pages." Historical Novels Society
"Readers who enjoy this book will want to devour the trilogy." Library Journal
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.
This novel reads well and fast; its vivid imagery and likeable characters fill the pages. The well-crafted metaphors and tight sequences make for an absorbing read. Though set around the Regency period, the style is fresh and the voice genuine. The spiritual aspect of the novel does not overpower; it is woven into the plot and provides a graceful way to unite the beliefs and morals of Annabelle and Owen Locke. I want to read more in the series.'
'With betrayals, murders, and criminal activity disrupting the peace at Fellsworth, Ladd fills the pages with as much intrigue as romance. Inspirational references are limited to a few mentions of prayers. A well-crafted story for fans of Regency novels.'
'Once again, Ladd delights readers with a skillfully plotted, suspenseful page-turner. . . Like all superior novelists, Ladd doesnt default to pat endings, offering even her villains a potential happily-ever-after by putting her faith (not to mention the characters and the readers) in Gods abiding mercy.'