As I mentioned in previous post, I was hoping to post my review of the first book in the “Whispers on the Moors” series by Sarah E. Ladd, and now I am. This review is just of my own choice – I requested this book from the library and did not receive it from a publisher to review.
Title: “The Heiress of Winterwood”
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
My rating (from 0-5 stars): 4.5 stars
Description of the book:
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.
I really liked this book. I was impressed by the writing, as well as the story itself.
The characters were all excellent – so “warm” if that makes sense.
The book was just the right length, and for it being Mrs. Ladd’s first book, very well written. It made you admire the characters, then fall in love with them, then it gripped you as the plot got going, and then calmed you again in the end.
I really did love this book; all except for the ending. And by ending, I simply refer to the last two pages. I had really hoped it wouldn’t end like so many other romances. Alas, though, ’twas not the case. I guess I just wished it could’ve ended on a more ‘innocent’ or ‘pure’ way. It would’ve been just as good – better in my opinion.
But that aside, I really enjoyed it, and it might just end up on my ‘favourites list’. :) I really appreciated how God was obviously kept in it and involved.
Note: The ending isn’t inappropriate or anything; I just didn’t care for it.