Review: The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd
Jackie Schlicher (Narrator)
(Whispers on the Moors #1)
Audiobook, Duration: 11:03:13
Published April 8th, 2013 by Thomas Nelson
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Pride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?

Darbury, England, 1814

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.

My thoughts…

Amelia Barrett must marry before her 24th birthday to inherit her family ancestral estate. After her parents died, her uncle oversaw the estate until Amelia would marry. While her family has encouraged her engagement to Edward Littleton, soon to be her uncle's business partner, Amelia resists.

The closer they come to their wedding day, the more Amelia sees of Edward's true nature, and doesn't want to marry him. Amelia promised her friend, Katherine, on her death bed to take care of her baby Lucy. Amelia loves Lucy as if she was her own child, but Edward doesn't want to take her in and spend money raising another man’s child. After the marriage, he want’s Lucy gone from the estate.

When Lucy's father, naval Captain Graham Sterling, arrives to see Lucy for the first time, his plans are straightforward: hire a nurse for his daughter's care and return to his ship and crew. But Graham didn't count on Amelia's determination and strong will to remain in Lucy's life, Amelia proposes to him a marriage of convenience. It is the only way to keep her promise to her deceased friend to never leave Lucy. Graham is surprised by Amelia's proposal.

After some serious thought, Graham accepts Amelia’s marriage proposal. Things go bad, we have a jealous rejected fiancĂ©, an uncle who sees his business falling apart and Graham's drunken brother who needs money to pay his gambling debts, and Lucy is missing. Someone has taken Lucy and her nurse during the night and is holding them for ransom. Now it’s up to Graham and Amelia find Lucy and to protect a future suddenly more precious to them.

Amelia and Graham are both strong characters that I truly enjoyed. The romance was as expected for Christian fiction, I would have liked a little more angst between them and more of an attraction, but it was still enjoyable.

Happy Reading -J  


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