The Heiress of Winterwood was interesting enough for me to read in less than two days. It had the typical 1800s intrigue often found in novels about England during that time period. There was a dashing captain, who was very heroic and likable, and then there was Amelia, who had many good qualities as well. She did the usual annoying things like putting herself in danger by not listening when told to stay put. A lot of the elements were predictable, but it was still an enjoyable read.
I loved how you weren't quite sure who the bad guy was in the end and how a few people turned out to have ulterior motives that you didn't see coming. In essence, this was like a historical mystery because of the plot elements. But I did love the romance between the main characters. What started out as a practical plan that the hero resisted ended up being the thing that pulled their hearts toward each other. And he was very tender toward his baby. Gotta love a man who is soft around any child, even if it's his own.
The core spiritual theme had to do with not trying to fix things ourselves or solve problems in our own strength. That's always a good element and core theme for a story. The issue of learning to let go and trust God was demonstrated throughout the conflict. While not an overpowering theme, it was subtle, yet present. I didn't connect as much to the characters as I would have liked, but it was still a good story.
I savored this book, and it read so fast. You feel like you were with Amelia Barrett and living in Winterwood. England is at War with America and it is the year 1812.
Captain Graham Sterling is home, while his ship is being repaired, and has made his way to Winterwood for the first glimpse of his daughter Lucy. His wife died right after her birth, and Amelia promised to take care of the little one. She will do anything to keep her promise. Going as far as breaking her engagement to Edward, and proposing to Graham.
You get the feeling that God is in control here, and the things that happen are not accidents. Although, it will keep you page turning, and put your heart in your throat. How can there be such a ruthless man?
Who will Amelia end up with? She needs to marry or lose her estate to some distant cousin. I did have some unanswered questions at the end of this book. Her relationship with her Aunt and Uncle, and cousin Helena has been damaged, and I wondered if they can repair it...of course with God's help all is possible.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Group, and was not required to give a positive review.
If you're a fan of Christian romanceÃ¢â¬âor if you've just walked the aisles of a bookstore recentlyÃ¢â¬âI'm sure you're aware that "regency romance" is all the rage right now. I've fallen in love with the genre and was thrilled for the opportunity to read The Heiress of Winterwood, Sarah Ladd's debut novel. And wow ... did this new author deliver!
The story itself was a little different than many of the others that I've read recently. Amelia, an heiress, has promised to care for her dying friend's baby until the baby's father returns from sea. However, when Graham returns with plans to return to his ship shortly thereafter, Amelia offers to keep caring for the baby. The problem? Her fiance is having none of it. Amelia is torn between keeping her promise to her friend and the child she's come to love as her own and the man she must marry in order to save her estate.
Seriously. This was an incredible book. There was so much going onÃ¢â¬âbut not too muchÃ¢â¬âand I was pulled into the story immediately. I liked Amelia so much, and Graham ... sigh! I wanted them to fall in love so badly!
At the same time, though, I just felt so bad for Amelia's situation. It must have been terrible to be a wealthy woman and have to rely on a manÃ¢â¬âeven marry a man you didn't love!Ã¢â¬âin order to keep your wealth. And then it became your husband's! Ladd's story really made these realities come alive, and I enjoyed how she wove those historical details into the story.
With the mystery of the kidnapping (happens fairly late in the story) and all of the tension between Amelia and Graham, I stayed up far too late in the night to see how the story ended! The only negative thing I can find to say about this book is that it ended at all. Thankfully, though, this is only the first in the series!
I'm so pleased to recommend The Heiress of Winterwood! If you love regency romances, I'm confident you'll enjoy this one. If you haven't checked out the genre yet, this would be a great book to start with! Kudos to Sarah Ladd on a fantastic debut novel! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson & Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
This was a great book I really enjoyed it. This is a new author and I think she did an amazing job on her first book.
What I liked: This book was well written and the characters likable. Amelia loved the child like it was her own and would do anything to keep the promise she made to her friend. Graham found out he had a daughter and was trying to figure out where he fit into the child's life and also where her beautiful guardian fit as well. I also enjoyed the suspense of who kidnapped the child and if they where going to be able to get her back. Very well put together. I also absolutely love the cover image!
What I did not like: Over all not much. The ending was a tad bit predictable.
This was a very good book by a wonderful new author and I highly recommend this book. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series. I would say this is one of the best books I have read yet this year! Grab a copy today.
Amelia, the beautiful young, heiress to an estate has to get married before turning twenty-four or forfeit her inheritance. Marrying Edward Littleton seems to solve her problem, but when he prohibits baby Lucy, her deceased friends baby, from staying with them; she is ready to do all she can to keep the baby she's raised.
I enjoyed the English flair of the book. I could easily picture the settings and even characters with some of the BBC productions. The many unorthodox methods the characters took and occurrences that happened were both eyebrow raising and unique.
The first half of the book seemed to drag on, and the second half felt rather rushed. The characters main 'issues' were resolved rather quickly. The romance was questionable as well. Not only was Graham a recent widow he was an absent husband. It seemed that he got over his late wife rather quickly. Towards the end of the story the story felt quite similar and redundant with Lisa Norato's Prize of My Heart.
I did enjoy the other unique aspects that the author wove in. Overall Heiress of Winterwood was an enjoyable read. I received this complimentary copy from Litfuse in exchange for this review.