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.
Book Summary: Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.
Darbury, England, 1814
Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend's baby. She'll risk everything to keep her wordÃ¢â¬âeven to the point of proposing to the child's fatherÃ¢â¬âa sea captain she's never met. When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting to her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one. Amelia's detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she's forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride. Graham's strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect. Both must learn to accept God's sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.
Review: I really enjoyed this book. This is my first book written by Sarah Ladd but it will not be my last. The entire story was captivating. I loved Amelia and Graham they were great and very realistic. Many of the events were realistic but also not difficult to predict. The dialog and secondary characters were unknown which easily made everyone suspect. All of which merged perfectly with events as they unfolded for the characters. It was not difficult to figure out who was the kidnapper but the extent that this person went to acquire money was startling. I liked the resolution to events that were very realistic and yet the very end left so many more questions than answers. I felt let down because there were some loose ends that I wanted to see resolved. I am hoping that some of these things get resolved in the next book in this series___. Over all this was a thrilling read with dynamic characters.
I would like to thank Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
This book, in its entirety, was a pleasure to read, and has made it to the coveted will read again spot on my bookshelf. It's not every day you get the chance to meet your new favorite author! It's easy to see why The Heiress of Winterwood was the winner of the 2011 Genesis Award ~ Ms. Ladd did an excellent job.
Selfishness, red herrings and intrigue, engagements, true love and not-so-true love, all these abound in this wonderful novel and make it a time-stealer.
Amelia Barrett is a woman who knows what she wants. And that's to keep baby Lucy, not only because she promised the baby's dying mother to do so, but because she loves her as her own. Enter Edward Littleton, the man whom she's engaged to marry in just a few short weeks and has no wish nor promise to keep the baby. When all seems lost and it's evident the baby must leave, an answer comes in the form of Captain Sterling.
These characters were excellently rounded and full of life.The good, the bad, and the downright ugly was brought out by an artist with a fabulous talent for painting word pictures that come to life in your mind.
Ms. Ladd has made it to my favorite author's list and I will be reading more of her work. I do so love finding a new fabulous author with a penchant for telling fantastic stories.
*My thanks to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, who provided this book in exchange for my honest opinions. They were in no wise required to be favorable. It was just that good!*
I found this a delightful book, full of a fast-paced adventure with a dash of mystery and a sweet romance added in. It was in the spirit of Julie Klassen's newest, The Tutor's Daughter - they were actually set in fairly similar settings. Heiress of Winterwood also reminded me of other Regency novels - fans of Jane Austen will enjoy this one, I think. The story flowed very smoothly, although the second half especially was filled with an exciting mystery and all manner of twists and turns. The first half was much slower and gentler, so to speak. The characters were wonderful - very lovable. There's nothing objectionable whatsoever in it. If you're a Jane Austen fan, like I said, give this one a try! It was good.
**Litfuse sent me a free copy of this book as part of its blog tour. I wasn't paid for this review, and wasn't required to post positively.**