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A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

 

Series: Treasures of Surrey, Book 3

Publication Date: May 2017

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ARC copy from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers

 

“Every 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.”

-Crosley

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 Annabelle’s brother Thomas’s 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. Annabelle’s 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.  

 

 

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Can’t Wait to Read 2016!

As I roll through January, I am already thinking about the new books I am excited to read in 2016. I  made a list to  give you a brief peek at some of the books I hope to review for the coming year. I am sure many of you will be as excited to read some of these new novels as I am. Here is what we have to look forward to in 2016.

  • Benton, Lori A Flight of ArrowsAuthor: Lori Benton

Release Date: April 2016

 

 

 

  • Cambron, Kristy The Ringmaster's WifeAuthor: Kristy Cambron

Release Date: June 2016

 

 

 

  • Ladd, Sarah Dawn at EmberwildeAuthor:  Sarah E. Ladd

From the Treasures of Surrey series, Book 2

Release Date: May  2016

 

 

  • Camden, Elizabeth From This MomentAuthor: Elizabeth Camden

Release Date: June 2016

 

 

 

  • Mitchell, Siri Flirtation WalkAuthor:  Siri Mitchell

Release Date: March 2016

 

 

 

  • Sawyer, Kim Vogel Room for HopeAuthor: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Release Date:  February 2016

 

 

 

  • Copeland, Lori The Preacher's LadyAuthor:  Lori Copeland

Release Date: March 2016Series: Sugar Maple Hearts

 

 

 

  • Peterson Tracie A Treasure ConcealedAuthor: Tracie Peterson

Release Date: March 2016

 

 

 

  • Author: Laurie Alice EakesEakes, Laurie Alice The Carpenter's Inheritance

Release Date: June 2016

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The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

Curiosity Keeper

Series: Book 1, Treasures of Surrey

Publication Date: July 2015

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ARC copy from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers

“All things work together for good to them that love the Lord.”

Inscription from Camille Iverness’s brooch

A flawless ruby the size of a quail’s egg stands at the center of controversy in this latest novel by award winning historical novelist Sarah E. Ladd. The ruby, called the Bevoy, is said to either bless or curse the person who has possession of it. As dusk fell one evening in Blinkett Street in a seedier part of London, Camille Iverness worked on finishing up her day’s work. A stranger, trying to find the ruby, gains entry into the shop and Camille gets wounded in the upheaval that results from Jonathan Gilchrist, heir to Kettering Hall, trying to save her as he too searches for the Bevoy ruby.

The novel explores in depth the meaning of family, values, and loss. Camille and Jonathan are both uncomfortable with the roles that life has handed them. They each strive to compensate for a lack of close familial relationships. Camille, in spite of her surroundings, has a strong set of personal values. When her circumstances change, Camille is challenged to remain self-sufficient.

This book started slow, but pulled me in tighter as the story gained depth. Overall, I enjoyed the story. Suspense, mystery, romance, and a subtle message of faith combine for an interesting read.

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.

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A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

Series: Book 3, Whispers on the Moor

Publication Date: October 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Once again author Sarah Ladd takes us to Regency England in her latest novel. The year is 1814 and the setting is the moors of Aradelle Park where young Cecily Faire is about to have her life changed forever. Several miles away that same year, Nathaniel Stanton is forced to listen to his dying father’s confession and have his life irrevocably changed as well. Five years later, these two challenged souls will find their paths cross and each tries to help the other expose the secrets which torment them.

The novel examines the question of identity. Cecily and Nathaniel both struggle with their identity. Cecily strives to deal with the loss of her family, and Nathaniel’s battle concerns his parentage. Cecily’s job change takes her from the halls of Rosemere, the girls’ school from book two, The Headmistress of Rosmere, to Willowgrove Hall, where she crosses paths with Nathaniel for the first time.

This book is a pleasant, enjoyable read that works well as a standalone from the series. I thoroughly enjoy reading Ms. Ladd’s work and this third book in the series blends well with the first two. A bit of mystique, romance, and redemption all wrapped up together!

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.

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The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd

Headmistress of Rosemere

Publication Date: December 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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“He reminded himself of the necessity of maintaining focus and keeping his goal steadfastly in front of him, for the last time he allowed his heart and mind to be occupied by a woman, his ruination followed.”
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