I enjoyed reading this book and found myself not wanting to put it down. Amelia Barrett makes a bold decision right from the get-go, so things start off in full force. Graham Sterling is a strong, easy-to-like character. Both have faith and a love of Christ, but with room for growth. Mr. Littleton, who is courting Amelia, however, is QUITE easy to dislike.
Amelia seems to be at odds with her cousin, Helena, but she can't figure out why. We are not clued in until near the end of the story, and the reasoning is very quick and lacking in much background detail. I did feel like the book ended abruptly. I was left with questions about Amelia's aunt and uncle and what their response to the events that unfolded were, as well as wanting details about Amelia and Graham's return trip home, wedding details, how Helena will deal with her circumstances, etc. I truly hope those questions will be answered in book #2, The Headmistress of Rosemere, which according to her FB page should be available in December 2013. Interestingly, I noticed the author added her middle initial on the second cover :)
I LOVE how the covers do not reveal the character's face, allowing our minds to imagine it on our own.
Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend.
4 out of 5 stars
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It's Darbury England 1814 and Amelia Barrett has a problem. Her best friend Kathleen has died in childbirth, leaving behind a beautiful baby girl named Lucy. Kathleen's husband is a Captain in the navy and it is unknown when or if he shall return.Amelia promises Kathleen that she will always be there for Lucy.
Amelia is set to inherit Winterwood and become a very wealthy young woman provided she marries by her 24th birthday. Her uncle has betrothed her to Edward Littleton and promises to make him a partner in the family shipping business.Everything is wonderful until Edward lays down the law, he will marry Amelia and become master of Winterwood, but Lucy must go.
Captain Graham Sterling arrives to find his daughter Lucy. Amelia, desperate to keep 9 month old Lucy does the unthinkable, she proposes marriage to Graham.
I loved this book.I could not wait to find out how everything would come together and I look forward to the next novel in the series. Sarah Ladd has written an intriguing tale in the same style as Julie Klassen.
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Amelia is an heiress to a grand estate. Her parents having died, she is under the care of her uncle and his wife. Amelia must marry someone by the time she turns 24 or the estate will go to someone else. Her uncle has found what he believes to be a suitable match: Edward Littleton. Not only will Edward marry Amelia, but he will also become her uncle's business partner. However, when a friend of Amelia's dies and leaves her daughter with her, Amelia wants nothing else but to raise the child as her own. When the child's father, Graham, returns, Amelia must find a way to work with him in order to find the best way for the child to be raised.
I do not want to give a lot of the plot away, though I know several different book summaries I have read give a lot away anyway. But I will say that this book was very enjoyable and it kept me guessing as to how things would be resolved. There are a few twists and turns that may come as a surprise and there are a few other things that happened that weren't such a surprise. Overall I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are my own.
The Heiress of Winterwood is a novel that takes place in 1814 and centers around a young heiress' struggle to keep a promise made to a dying friend - that she would raise her baby as her own. While this doesn't seem quite so shocking to a contemporary mind, in the time period of the book it was unheard of and Amelia's determination to raise baby Lucy causes all sorts of problems.
Compounding everything, Amelia is set to inherit her family's estate and a vast fortune_but only if she is married by a certain age. Conveniently, this age happens to be only a short time after the book's events take place.
The main character was more progressive and outspoken than I think most women of her time would have been, but overall the story seemed to fit in the time period it was placed. I found it interesting to read about all the social mores and constraints women faced at the time that made it very difficult for Amelia to aid in the search for Lucy when the baby is kidnapped.
This is the first book I have read by Sarah Ladd and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and this particular book came complete with adventure, mystery and intrigue.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.
A young woman living in the Regency Period has promised her dying friend she will raise her friend's newborn. Amelia Barrett doesn't shy away from making this promise and committing her life to it. Her determination leads her on an intriguing and emotional journey. A long-time fan of historical fiction, The Heiress of Winterwood did not disappoint this reviewer.
Sarah Ladd writes with vivid description of both time and place. Her characters are engaging and likeable, and Ladd makes it easy to pick sides in the Winterwood battle.
Ladd's plot line combines intrigue, kidnapping, some minor scenes of abuse, and emotions revolving around a bittersweet love. Tension keeps the story moving, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
Amelia's commitment to her dying friend to raise her infant is not one many of us are likely familiar with or perhaps would have the courage to make. Amelia is so committed to her promise and the child that she makes it her life's goal to carry this promise out. In fact, her commitment entangles her plans to marry as she develops a rather convoluted plan to marry instead the child's father as soon as he returns from the sea. And if that will not work, she considers adoption, a rare thing in this time period.
Underlying Amelia's wish to raise the child, Ladd weaves an inspiring story of Amelia's faith as well as that of the child's father. God's hand in their plans is clear and ever-present.
For fans of historical Christian fiction, I highly recommend The Heiress of Winterwood. I don't believe you'll be disappointed.
I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze.com in exchange for a fair and honest review.