Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review - The Heiress of Winterwood


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. 


Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

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This book starts out dramatically and it never stops being dramatic to the very last page. In this case, however, drama is good and it will captivate you and hold your attention. This is not your typical romance novel. Yes, there is romance in the best sense of the word, but there is also suspense, which makes this book an excellent read.

I really like the main characters, Amelia and Graham. I love their strengths and their loyalties to those who are important to them. Amelia is willing to do whatever she needs to do to honor her promise to Katherine and watch over her baby, Lucy. She hatches a plan that will allow her to do this and it's quite a plan. 

Graham is a man of strength and honor and I really like how we see him develop as the book moves along. There are other men who are not so honorable in this book, namely, Edward. We see glimpses of his dark side from the beginning as well as from others in Amelia's life. 

This book is filled with family dysfunction, great love, and mystery. There is a kidnapping, betrayal and more. I wish to warn you that you may not be able to put this book down! 

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. Your kind words are such a blessing to me! Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so glad that you enjoyed Amelia and Graham's story! And by the way ... your blog is BEAUTIFUL!!


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