Monday, January 26, 2015
Book Review: "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall," by Sarah E. Ladd
Cecily Faire has a secret, but when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past. As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, nothing escapes Nathaniel Stanton’s notice, including the beautiful new lady’s companion. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Can they forge a future together despite their secrets?
I've been wanting to read Sarah E. Ladd's historical romances for a long time, so I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to read A Lady at Willowgrove Hall. This book has everything you would expect in historical fiction: mystery, secret pasts, forbidden love, a young woman in peril -- all in a historical setting. Cecily's secret would not be a big deal in modern times, but in the early 1800s, it could ruin multiple lives. Motherless and with a heartless father, Cecily must forge through life alone after losing contact with her twin sister. I love Cecily's spunkiness and drive to overcome her past and better her life. And Nathaniel is a kind and hard-working man who is loyal to his family and his employer. I was rooting for Cecily and Nathaniel to risk their budding romance by unburdening themselves of their secrets in the hopes of establishing an honest relationship. I loved the characters, story and setting in A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, and I'm anxious to read more of Sarah E. Ladd's historical novels.
About the author:
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 husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
Disclosure: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.