Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd

from goodreads:
Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.

Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must 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.

Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.

I've read a ton of historical fiction, but I'm constantly taken aback by the customs and laws of the 1800's-especially in regard to women. In this book, I enjoyed learning about laws of property and inheritance, and was impressed by Amelia's intelligence and determination to figure out a way around the law to do the right thing for the baby she is raising. In doing so, she breaks an engagement and unravels the mystery of who kidnapped her child. She is a strong character who goes after what she wants and doesn't let anything stand in her way.

This is Sarah Ladd's debut novel. Her writing is flowing and beautiful. The story is a page-turner, and I couldn't put the book down. It's Austen-esque with likable, strong characters. The book is reminiscent of the works of Eden and Donaldson. I love these new regency period novels!

Rating: 4
Published: 4.2013 

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