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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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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.
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. Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor
Jamie3 Stars Out Of 5If you liked the first few, then you'll enjoy this one!May 22, 2017JamieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 03.5
Its always a pleasure to experience historical England and Sarah E. Ladd continues to claim a spot as one of the top inspirational authors with each new book. Her latest has plenty of mystery, second chances and making courageous decisions.
Its no surprise Im a fan of strong female leads. What I particularly enjoyed, is that Annabelle grew into that role. She was brave and continued to take steps that werent often done then. I also appreciated the character growth of Owen. Each were dealt some hard hands, but they grew from them and were better people because of it.
While there were some plot pieces a few readers might pick up early on, I enjoyed seeing it all play out. I find the history intriguing as always (who knew that poaching was such a major issue?) and overall enjoyed the novel. If you enjoyed Ladds previous novels, youll be sure to enjoy this one.
Whats on your summer reading list? Any English novels make the list?
(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)
Originally posted at http://booksandbeverages.org/2017/05/23/stranger-fellsworth-sarah-e-ladd-book-review/
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wanting to continue story to a book 4May 22, 2017KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Monday, May 22, 2017
A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd, 2017
A Treasures of Surrey Novel ~ Book 3
Miss Annabelle Thorley sees with the heart. Away from the crowd of demands and sequenced from what could have become her plight, she goes forward, looking beyond what appears.
How often do we withhold what we realize a person needs ~ a smile, a nod, an agreeable answer ~ so simple but often withheld unknowingly when we could have provided the very thing that would put a lilt to their walk? In this instance, it wasn't those things, but it was understanding that transpired.
You gave the woman the object she attempted to rob you of.
--A Stranger at Fellsworth, 15.
Already I am indebted to Annabelle for the realization that "but for the Lord, there go I." Taking where we are for granted, blessings that are overflowing are capable of easing the need of another. Perhaps, not require, but would ease their load? As Annabelle, her eyes were open to see the personhood.
I love this quote:
"It does amaze me how you manage to find adventure wherever you go,...."
Owen Locke, the gamekeeper at Bancroft Park ~ Fellsworth in Surrey, heeds closer observation as to his awareness too!
Wilhurst House, London
Annabelle's brother, Thomas, is expecting a house guest, Mr. Stephen Treadwell. Unaware this was the destination as well of Owen Locke, Annabelle is surprised they meet again. Fortunate, indeed, that they had made each other's acquaintance prior to his arrival at Wilhurst House.
The moment her foot touched the carriage step, she traded the life she knew for another one yet unknown.
Annabelle leaves London, arriving at her aunt and uncle's home in Fellsworth. As superintendent of the Fellsworth School, Annabelle is offered housing and a position at the school.
Upon Owen's arrival back at Bancroft Park, he has occasion to meet Annabelle again. His daughter attends the school as a boarder. As a widower, Owen is appreciative of the direction and care his young daughter receives that he feels unqualified to provide for her. As Annabelle is asked to instruct Hannah in extra reading, she also introduces her to painting. They develop a trust in one another.
The story has twists and turns unexpectedly, matched by determination and earnest devotions to overcome adversity. It is uncertain whom can be trusted.
I would like to see Miss Henrietta Stillworth freed from her circumstances to be given the opportunity she is worthy of. To be reclaimed and loved for the true person she is.
***Thank you, BookLook Bloggers for inviting me to be a part of the tour for this third novel in the Treasures of Surrey series by Sarah E. Ladd. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Enchanting RoseColoradoAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Stranger at FellsworthMay 19, 2017Enchanting RoseColoradoAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Stranger at Fellsworth written by the lovely Sarah E. Ladd is the third installment in A Treasures of Surrey series.
This third book was good and nicely written,but I must tell you that it was not my favorite out of the series. In fact, it turned out to be my least favorite. The first two books were truly amazing and they captivated my attention from the beginning. A Stranger at Fellsworth captivated my attention. . .but it was more slow than quick. There was something. . .something I can't quite put my finger on. . .that was simply missing from the book. There was romance kindling between the two main characters, but I felt like there could have been more "pizazz" between Annabelle and Owen. There interaction was kept to a minimum and then all of sudden they were expressing their undying love for one another. The suspense was good, but it, too, seemed to lack just a little. The book was a tad clich. . .there is a damsel in distress, a gentleman finds and helps the damsel, the damsel and gentleman fall in love, and they live happily ever after. I don't mean to have high standards, and I certainly don't mind happily ever after endings, but it was like the book was just shy of being top notch.
So I guess what I'm saying is that yes, I enjoyed the book, but I would have liked a teeny tiny bit more "meat" to the story. Is A Stranger at Fellsworth bad? No, not at all! Would I recommend this book to others? Why, certainly! I would also recommend the series as the first two books won my heart. . . especially the second one, Dawn at Emberwilde.
Sarah E. Ladd is a delightful writer with a lot of talent. I am giving A Stranger at Fellsworth 4 stars.
** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Regency RomanceMay 18, 2017CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed this Regency romance. I especially liked the strong male protagonist. The leading female character was a little difficult to believe but that was a much different culture than today. The book kept my attention and I would recommend A Stranger at Fellsworth to others. I received my advance copy of A Stranger at Fellsworth through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Very Heart WarmingMay 17, 2017Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Things happen in life we cannot understand. We can only do our best and seek God's guidance and move forward the best we are able.
A Stranger at Fellsworth, by Sarah E. Ladd, is book three in A Treasures of Surrey series.
Annabelle Thorley's parents have died and with the passing of her father, rumors of his financial status cause her fiance to break off the engagement. She is left living with her brother and sister-in-law in London. Her brother keeps reminding her of the situation and has told her she must marry a man she does not want to.
One night after a party, the man she is suppose to marry treats her badly. When she gets away from him, her brother also treats her badly. When she gets to her room she decides her only option is to run away. She has an uncle she has only seen once and decides to go to him for help. She convinces her lady's maid to run off with her.
Earlier in the day Annabelle met Owen Locke, the gamekeeper and assistant to the owner of Bancroft Park. He is staying at her brothers home to assist his employer on the trip. Annabelle asks him to help her get to Fellsworth. Owen is from Fellsworth and friends with her uncle and helps her get to him.
Annabelle's uncle assigns her to be a junior teacher at the school he runs. Annabelle has not worked before and finds teaching a challenge. One of her students is Owen's daughter, Hannah. Hannah does not like it at school. One day after some girls are mean to her, Hannah tries to go home. She steps in a trap and gets hurt. Everyone at the school is looking for her and Annabelle takes a trail Hannah told her about, finds her and takes her home.
This is a very heart warming story. The author does a great job of introducing the characters and providing details of the story. I was able to envision the homes and school as well as the rough terrain and woods. And I could just feel the brown silk of Owen's late wife's gown. Based in England in the early 1800's, the story shows us how the different classes of people lived. The wealthy were tutored while the poor sent their children away to a school and seldom saw them, to allow them a chance to get an education and learn a trade.
Even though this is Christian Fiction, it does not stand out and is not preachy. One of the parts of the story that stands out for me is that as a young girl, Annabelle went to church with her mother. With her mother's passing the family no longer attended church. Now Annabelle does not have peace like Owen and questions her faith.
Being book three in the series, it is also a stand alone novel. I have not read the first two and was able to totally enjoy this book. I especially like that the story was fast moving with suspense written into the story. I would not consider this a romance novel, but there is just a touch of romance in the story as well. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical stories based in England will truly enjoy this story.
I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers and I have chosen to write this honest review.