The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd

Cover The Heiress of Winterwood
by Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Published: April 9, 2013
Categories: Fiction, Christian Romance, Historical Fiction Source:
Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.Darbury, England, 1814Amelia 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 to 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 accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has planned for them.

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My Thoughts:

A young woman living in the Regency Period has promised her dying friend she will raise her friend’s newborn.  Amelia Barrett doesn’t shy away from making this promise and committing her life to it. Her determination leads her on an intriguing and emotional journey. A long-time fan of historical fiction, The Heiress of Winterwood did not disappoint this reviewer.

Sarah Ladd writes with vivid description of both time and place.  Her characters are engaging and likeable, and Ladd makes it easy to pick sides in the Winterwood battle.

Ladd’s plot line combines intrigue, kidnapping, some minor scenes of abuse, and emotions revolving around a bittersweet love. Tension keeps the story moving, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.

Amelia’s commitment to her dying friend to raise her infant is not one many of us are likely familiar with or perhaps would have the courage to make.  Amelia is so committed to her promise and the child that she makes it her life’s goal to carry this promise out.  In fact, her commitment entangles her plans to marry as she develops a rather convoluted plan to marry instead the child’s father as soon as he returns from the sea.  And if that will not work, she considers adoption, a rare thing in this time period.

Underlying Amelia’s wish to raise the child, Ladd weaves an inspiring story of Amelia’s faith as well as that of the child’s father.  God’s hand in their plans is clear and ever-present.

For fans of historical Christian fiction, I highly recommend The Heiress of Winterwood.  I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed.

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Every word has a melody.
Every sentence has a rhythm.

This truth has intrigued me since my early years. Even before I fully understood the meaning behind many of the words, I devoured literature and consumed poetry. Austen, Alcott, Wordsworth: I left no piece of literature untouched, left no author unexamined.

I continue to see magic in how a word is transformed by the word next to it and how written thoughts can incite emotion and evoke change.

In addition to a lifetime of writing and exploring fiction, I have more than ten years of strategic marketing and brand management experience, including five years of marketing non-fiction books and three years of marketing the musical arts.

I live in Indiana and am blessed to share my life with my amazing husband, sweet daughter, and very lovable Golden Retriever.

Sarah’s Resources for Authors

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Coming up next:  On Monday, a post on “What Is a Summer Read?” and later next week my review of Impossible Odds by Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm.

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2 thoughts on “The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd

  1. Melinda June 14, 2013 at 6:18 am Reply

    I love historical fiction, but never read historical christian fiction. This sounds like a lovely read!


    • Sherrey Meyer June 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm Reply

      I had never read a book categorized as historical Christian fiction either. This was a truly enjoyable read.


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