Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Litfuse Publicity: The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd (review)

on May 10, 2013


About the Book:


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, Lucas, 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 Lucas 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.

Lucas’ 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.

You may purchase the book on Amazon.

About Sarah Ladd:

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.

Learn more about Sarah at her website.

My Opinion:

Well, I don’t know where to begin with telling you about this book – because honestly this book was really good.  As the reader enters the world of Amelia, who is an heiress, one would expect her to be selfish and catered to but that simply isn’t.  I liked the fact that Amelia was a strong female character but not overbearing and still realizes that at times she does need a man’s protection – enter Lucas, a ship captain and father of Lucy.  Since Lucy’s mom died in childbirth – Amelia has been caring for her with the help of a nurse (common practice back then).

Amelia is engaged to another man who will not let her keep Lucy, but she promised Lucy’s mom, her friend, that she would always care for her daughter.  Amelia proposes to Lucas – unheard of as well, but while the engagement to one is broken and another is promised we begin to see the character’s real personalities come out.  Her original betrothed shows his true colors by becoming physically violent and creating havoc within the family and for Amelia, Lucas and Lucy in particular.

Both characters struggle with knowing where God is in all the turmoil – and thankfully both Lucas and Amelia have godly mentors that help them in seeing what God is doing.  I won’t tell you the whole story – because you really will enjoy reading it for yourself.  There is suspense and some twists you won’t expect – but there is no risque hanky-panky going on in this book which makes it a good read for the Christian who prefers to not read gratuitous romance scenes.


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