The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd
Thomas Nelson Publishing
April 9, 2012 release date
A Historical Romance set in Darbury, England in 1814 is the perfect background for this novel. Amelia Barrett will become Heiress to Winterwood Manor upon her 24th birthday, provided she is married. Her best friend, whose husband is a sea captain, dies in childbirth and with her dying breath she asks Amelia to raise Lucy as her own child, because she knows Amelia will raise her in the way of God. Amelia is betrothed to Edward Littleton, but when Captain Graham Sterling returns from sea, Amelia finds she cannot relinquish Lucy to her father. She remembers what it was like to grow up without a mother’s love and she has learned to love the child as her own. Edward informs her that once they are married, the child will no longer be allowed in their home and must go immediately. Amelia begins to have doubts that he is the right man for her. She approaches Captain Sterling with a proposition, that he marry her as a convenience so she can continue to care for Lucy while he is away at sea. As the story unfolds, Lucy and her nurse are abducted and as it twists and turns it will keep you turning the pages. You will feel the longing in your heart that Amelia feels time and again as she struggles with her fear and her faith in God.
This book is filled, with love, compassion, forgiveness and a desire to accept God by faith. I had moments of laughter and moments of tears. I couldn’t put the book down. I had to keep turning the pages to see if God would answer their prayers and if they would realize that God was in the arrangements all the time.
I would recommend this as must read for anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. Although it talked about trusting in God, it was in no way a “religious preachy” book. In my opinion Ms. Ladd did a superb job of keeping everything in balance.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this ebook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson through Net Galley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.