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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.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Treasures of Surrey
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
'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.'
'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.'
Jewelry Diva5 Stars Out Of 5A Stranger at Fellsworth is a Beautiful Story!June 26, 2017Jewelry DivaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh my goodness! This was my favorite book in the series!! I was hooked from the first page! This book set in the Regency era had mystery, romance and a loveable hero and heroine. This was a well developed story with a happily ever after ending! I highly recommend this book!
*I was given this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to leave a review.
LeAnneGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. LaddJune 23, 2017LeAnneGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4With the fallout from her deceased fathers financial ruin, Annabelle has very few prospects left. And to make matters worse she remains at the mercy of her controlling brother. Annabelle soon realizes that her only hope is to run away to Fellsworth, where her estranged uncle is the schools superintendent. Upon arrival Annabelle begins to learn about a different way of life. For the first time she must work for a living. And learn to live without all of her past luxuries. She is hoping to find safety from her past, and the love of a family. But when danger comes she may be forced to leave again, this time forever.
This was the 3rd book in the Treasures of Surrey series. But it could easily be read as a stand alone novel. It was written very nicely, and I loved the characters. Annablle's problems felt very real and it was easy to connect with her and the other characters. And I loved the bits of mystery that were woven through the story. While reading it I thought it might have been a little slower than some of Sarah Ladd's other books. But it was a wonderful story and it had an exciting conclusion!
I received this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. The opinions are my own.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love and Faith Triumph in Regency RomanceJune 21, 2017MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am a big fan of Sarah Ladd, and this book reminds me why. She has a real gift for transporting her readers to "long ago and far away" with her thorough research and fluid prose. (I have been looking for an excuse to use her line, "I detest him on your behalf" all week. Delicious!)
As the above-quoted friend also said, "Society...is fickle. We are all just one misstep away from scandal." Heroine Annabelle Thorley finds out this is painfully true. Through no fault of her own, she is forced to flee London and her cruelly controlling brother before he forces her into a marriage to a lecherous and murderous man. For the first time in her privileged life, she has to work for a living, finding safety and (surprisingly) satisfaction at her uncle's private school in Fellsworth. Her closest ally turns out to be anything but. Gamekeeper Owen Locke seems to be continually coming to her aid, though. He is still brooding over his disastrous first marriage - would he risk his heart again? His bravery and tenderness toward his young daughter make this hero an impossible-not-to-root-for good guy as he battles poachers and self-doubt.
As always, Ladd's supporting characters are strong. Uncle Edmund is charmingly British, proper and wise and loving. Mrs. Pike is mysterious and stoic, yet a romantic at heart. And Ladd's villains are so easy to despise! Blackguards one and all.
This book was hard to put down, and kept my pulse racing more than what was good for me (the typical fight scene at the end especially). I love the way Ladd weaves multiple storylines together into a satisfying whole. As her uncle encouraged Belle, "Have faith. This journey of yours is mapped out already. You just need to seek guidance to find your way through these shadows. All will be well in the end." Pour yourself a cup of hot tea and enjoy this regency romance as his words come true.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting Regency NovelJune 18, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Annabelle Thorley is shocked when her brother, Thomas, starts selling off the furnishings in her home. However, that's not the worst of what he does, and her shock sends her fleeing.
Owen Locke is the gamekeeper for Mr. Treadwell, owner of Bancroft Park, in the Fellsworth area. During Treadwell's visit to the Thorleys, Locke meets Annabelle and sets off an unimaginable chain of events.
Sarah Ladd does a very good job of portraying the angst, anguish and anxiety suffered by Annabelle when she finds herself in an untenable position. Miss Ladd describes the time frame, situation and plot in a realistic and intriguing manner. The story draws you in and doesn't let go, beginning when Annabelle discovers her family's financial straits and her brother's treachery. Then she figuratively pulls herself up by her bootstraps and devises ways to better herself and her financial condition.
I enjoyed reading about the time period, the disparities in the social classes and the way society, in general, was so different. The imagery is well depicted and enhances the story, richly illustrating the variations in clothing and even the distinctions between living in city and country living.
A Stranger at Fellsworth is novel three in the set of Treasures of Surrey. Nevertheless, the story works well as a stand-alone book.
I received a copy of A Stranger at Fellsworth from The Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to provide a review.
mjk1084 Stars Out Of 5Regency Suspense at Its Finest!June 18, 2017mjk108Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Every person is on a journey. You. Me. Mr. Thorley. Miss Stillworth. Every single one of us. . Some of us will learn and grow, and some will struggle and fail. I know I certainly could not judge another. All we can do is be there for the ones who have been put into our lives.
Suspense, romance and a bit of faith deliver a great story in this latest novel by Sarah E. Ladd. Readers of Regency novels will definitely engage with this story. Intriguing characters, dark plots, and subtle romance tie the story together quite well!
Annabelle Thorley, a young gentile woman, finds her life changing drastically as her family goods are carted from their pleasant home and sold by her brother who has inherited the family estate. Bills to settle, debts to be paid, and unsavory friends add to Annabelles brother Thomass problems. Thomas decides to use Annabelle as a means of getting himself out of debt and out of trouble.
Desperation drives Annabelle to seek shelter at Fellsworth School run by her Uncle Edmund, whom she has not seen in ten years. Owen Locke, a groundskeeper from the neighboring estate, steps in and provides safe transportation to Fellsworth for Annabelle and her ladies maid, Crosley.
Uncle Edmund is quite willing to provide the two women with jobs and a safe place to live. Thus begins a changed life for Annabelle and Crosley both. One will use the change to her advantage and one will use it unwisely.
Once again Sarah Ladd examines in depth the significance of family, morals, and the true meaning of home. Annabelle and Owen have both suffered loss and difficulties. Annabelles upbringing left her ill suited to the life with which she winds up, but she makes an effort to adapt and do the best she can with the skills she has. Owen learns that he is capable of a great deal of patience and that his patience and hard work do pay off in the end. Annabelle and Owen learn that home is where you make it and family is sometimes what we choose, not what we are born to.
This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.