Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Heiress of Winterwood

Author: Sarah Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
April 2013
ISBN: 978-1401688356
Genre: Historical

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

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.

THE HEIRESS OF WINTERWOOD is Sarah Ladd’s debut novel. It is a regency, which used to be one of my favorite types of historicals, but not so much any more. There is an interesting premise to this book, with a strong and determined heroine and a sea captain mourning his wife and getting to know his new daughter, but unfortunately, the story didn’t support the premise.

The story is slow, the characters seemed rather undeveloped, and at times rather flat. The flow of the story wasn’t smooth, but more start and stop. There also seemed to be a lot of repeating of unnecessary details. The ending was also wrapped up a bit too quick.

All in all, THE HEIRESS OF WINTERWOOD was okay. It had some suspenseful and surprising twists and turns. Maybe if you like regencies more than I do, it would be a book you would love. I’m giving it three stars. $15.99. 320 pages. 

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Meet Sarah: Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing.Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
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