by: Sarah E. Ladd

Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.

Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

My Review:

Come be whisked away to England.  Our journey begins in London, the year is 1819. From the hustle and bustle of London to the peaceful countryside. With vivid imagery and dynamic characters, this book is sure to find its way into your heart.

Annabelle Thorley has lost everything important to her, and in the face of a future that she doesn’t want, she escapes to the quiet village of Fellsworth, to an uncle she hasn’t seen since she was a small girl.

Owen Locke is a widower and focused on making a better life for his daughter by working hard and earning enough to purchase land that will not only help to secure his future but restore what was lost.

I appreciated the vivid word imagery and felt like I could hear the birds singing, and the leaves rustling in the emerald dappled breezes. The characters were well written and realistic.  I enjoyed the thread of mystery woven into the story and enjoyed the storyline. While God was mentioned in the story, I didn’t feel like he was a deep part of the lives of the characters, only more of an afterthought.

I give this book 4 stars

[I received a digital copy of this book from Netgally in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to leave a positive review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.]

Favorite Quote:

“Some 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 onto our lives.”

About the Author:

S.LaddSarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever. You can connect with Sarah E. Ladd at the following locations.

Webpage // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

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