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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1401688373
ISBN-13: 9781401688370
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?

Author Bio

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

 

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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. Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Secrets Shape Lives in Regency Romance
    October 5, 2017
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 0
    "Tell me, Miss Faire, what do you think of secrets?"

    This is the crux of this final book in the Whispers on the Moors series - everyone seems to have a secret to hide. Her characters are easy to love; Nathaniel's sense of duty and responsibility, Cecily's guilt and determination to make things right with her twin. Yet they each struggle with wanting to be honest, while fearing the consequences of transparency. After only a few months at Willowgrove, Cecily realizes "How could she expect others to trust her with the intricacies of their lives if she was not willing to reveal hers?"

    Like the raw emotions cloaked in the restraint of the Regency era, Ladd's descriptions of life on the Moors are understated. She draws beautiful pictures for her readers - you can smell the roses in the walled gardens, feel the chilly rain soaking your woolen clothes. This book just begs to be read with a hot cup of tea!

    Our lives today might not be so restricted by gender roles and moral expectations as in this era- for better or worse is open to debate - but it is interesting to consider how we are shaped by our perception of others' opinion of us. I hope I will always have the courage to face my choices (and secrets!) with confidence in forgiveness and grace.

  2. Pat
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, Whispers on the Moors Series
    August 17, 2015
    Pat
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Really enjoyed this book. The quality of the story line, style of writing, and historical setting made this book most enjoyable as the first two books in the series were. The themes and moral values expressed were also appreciated.
  3. Jolene
    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."
  4. Robin Willson
    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.
  5. Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Glad to Discover This Author
    January 14, 2015
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    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!
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