Sunday, May 22, 2016
Book Review: "The Heiress of Winterwood," by Sarah E. Ladd
About the book:
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 word -- even to the point of proposing to the child's father -- a sea captain she's never met.
When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at 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 have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.
One would think that being an heiress would be an enviable position to be in, but it makes it very difficult to know whether one is being pursued for love or money. That's the problem facing Amelia. She's engaged to a man who seems wonderful on the surface -- he's handsome and has Amelia's family's approval -- but something doesn't feel quite right to Amelia, especially when her fiance makes the mistake of telling her she will not be allowed to raise her friend's baby once they are married. Thus, Amelia's top priority becomes how to be with the child she loves more than the man who insists he adores her. I admired Amelia's bravery in defying her family by choosing to marry the baby's father, even though they barely know each other. But Amelia's instincts tell her that he's a good man who just wants a good mother for his daughter, not a fortune in the bank. At times, Amelia's stubbornness leads her into further trouble, but Graham, unlike the other people in Amelia's life, seems to admire Amelia's decisiveness. Amelia and Graham initially come together due to their shared love of the child but soon find that they're well-matched in many other ways. I enjoyed reading their love story as it developed through the trials and challenges they faced together.
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.
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