Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Review: A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers on the Moors, #3)Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Series: Whispers on the Moors # 3

Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.

Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.

As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.

When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?

Her chance at romance had passed, and besides, if he knew her history, he would likely have nothing to do with her.

“I just want happiness for you, Nathaniel. That is all. Do not pass up the opportunity for happiness because you are waiting for your circumstances to be ideal. They never will be.”

But she had secrets. The fact was written on her every expression, making him consider how trustworthy she may be. But did he not have secrets of his own?

“Never you fear, Miss Faire. I shall make it my mission to find you a suitable partner, just you wait and see.”

Last year I was introduced to a budding new author named Sarah E. Ladd and the first book in her Whispers on the Moors Trilogy. Now here I am more than a year later reading the third book in this series and loving it just as much as I loved the first and second books. Our latest heroine is named Cecily Faire and she finds herself sent away to Rosemere School for Young Ladies. After about five years at the all girls school she finds herself presented with the opportunity to be a lady’s companion to the widowed Mrs. Tryst, owner of Willowgrove Hall. Cecily finds herself involved in so much more than she could have ever dreamed upon her arrival to Willowgrove Hall, and we the readers get to witness every twist and turn. Sarah E. Ladd is an author you won’t want to miss.

This regency inspired historical romance is just as sweet and memorable as the others in this series. Cecily and Nathaniel, our two main characters, find themselves falling for each other despite all their previous hesitations. Sarah Ladd never fails to assist me in connecting to each character and feeling as if I have known them for years. She describes the setting as if it were sitting right outside my front door and she describes even the smallest things such as the weather as if I were experiencing all alongside the characters firsthand. There is a highly inspirational message in this book which is that God uses our struggles and our obstacles to lead us to our triumphs. This book was a perfect end to this series!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review***

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