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MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Stranger at FellsworthJuly 30, 2018MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whenever I read a book set during the Regency period where a woman was pretty much considered property of her father (or other male relative), with no say of who she was to marry, I am very thankful to not have lived then. I feel quite indignant for the poor woman, in this case Annabelle Thorley. She has a real rotter of a brother who wants to marry her off to an evil man. She escapes with her maid, Crosley, to the home of her uncle and aunt in Fellsworth, with the help of Owen Locke, a gamekeeper who with his friend and employer, was visiting London and the Thorley household. Owen treats Annabelle with kindness and respect, which is a novelty to her. Is Annabelle able to remain in Fellsworth undetected by her brother or the evil want-to-be fiance? Who is poaching game from the land surrounding Fellsworth? Can Annabelle and Owen find love? Read this entertaining historical novel to find out.
Kym4 Stars Out Of 5Which path would you choose?January 29, 2018KymQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A brother that scares me, and arranges a marriage for me with a man who has less than polite and gentlemanly thoughts and intentions? Or, an uncertain future on my own? Option B, please! A lady who has grown up in Londons high society choosing to live a less than elegant lifestyle to protect herself? Now that is my kind of heroine! And that is exactly what Annabelle Thorley does.
Along Annabelles journey, which is in no way a smooth one, she does find friends in unlikely places, a family who she has not seen in years but takes her in and guides her, and most importantly, Annabelle finds herself. This was a very enjoyable read and I hope you like it as well.
*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. I have not been compensated in any financial way and all of the thoughts I have shared are entirely my own.*
Yvette K.5 Stars Out Of 5Superb Inspirational Regency with Gothic FlairOctober 24, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a novel with that rare quality of writing where I don't have to particularly like the actual story, though luckily I did. And very much so. Tightly plotted and a compulsive read, I found myself staying up late, needing to know what was around the corner for Annabelle and Owen. These are characters that really grew on me quickly, and though I enjoyed reading it right to the end, I was a bit sorry to have to let them go.
Everyone and everything is not necessarily what they seem in this story. One character in particular was almost morbidly fascinating in this respect, and I quite perversely enjoyed having her true nature come to the fore.
Atmosphere is again very strongly established, with the setting enhancing the gothic feel of the narrative and almost feeling like another character, much as in the previous Treasures of Surrey novel.
In hindsight, thoughts of du Maurier and Bronte surface around certain elements of this novel. However, while reading this and Dawn at Emberwilde, I remained immersed in the world that Ladd has created and I would happily return.
I voluntarily received a finished copy for review through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Great BookOctober 17, 2017DeanaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I really enjoyed the historical time period and the beautiful setting of the story . The story moves at a quick pace which I really liked. Annabelle was a great character. I loved her spunkiness and determination. After finding out that the family is in financial trouble, her brother schemes to get her married off. I was shocked at how violent her brother was towards her. I would have slapped him back and had him thrown out of the house.
I loved the school that Annabelle decides to teach at and bringing her friend with her was a great idea. Margaret has been with her for awhile so there was no way Annabelle was leaving her behind to live on the streets. The school is interesting and at times very strict. A chance encounter with Owen Locke will prove to benefit Annabelle during the story. I loved the intrigue in the story and learned a bit about poaching. The author does a great job of bringing characters to life with vivid details and raw emotions. I loved how some characters were not as trustworthy as readers first think. Who will betray Annabelle ? Will her brother find out where she has gone. Can Owen keep Annabelle safe? These are some of the questions that keep the story so action packed and hard to put down. I applaud the author for a story that held my attention and at times made me really think about true friendship. Learning to trust is not easy and Annabelle will have to decide who she can rely on.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
Laurel5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful book that is well worth the readSeptember 16, 2017LaurelQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah Ladd
This book was sent to me by The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. No financial compensation was received, and opinions expressed are my own.
I truly enjoyed this beautifully written novel. I have actually not read a book by Sarah Ladd that I wasnt fully engaged in and didnt end up loving. I find her style of writing to be just descriptive enough to draw you in without being so wordy as to be boring, a challenge sometimes for those who write historical fiction in this time period. One of the things I really appreciate about Ladds writing is the nod to the darkness and romance inherent in Regency-era novels, while still being relatable and accessible to modern readers. I found the relationships in the story developed naturally and enjoyed the growth in each character. I also found the plot twists unexpected and unpredictable. In all, Id highly recommend this beautiful book for anyone who is a fan of historical Christian fiction, especially those who are also fans of Austen, Bronte and the like but don't want to wrestle with the more archaic language in the books written by those amazing ladies.