The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd #BookReview by Loraine Nunley

The Heiress of Winterwood

Book Review

Synopsis from the Back of the Book:

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.

My review:

I have to admit that it took me some time to get invested in this story, and I can’t even tell you why. Perhaps the story took longer than I would have liked to get to a climax. Having said that, once Lucy (the child) is kidnapped, I was hooked! From there, the story was brisk and exciting.

I liked and admired Amelia. Who wouldn’t? This was a woman who was willing to live with a loveless marriage and be shunned by her own family to take care of a child that was not her own. In fact, I didn’t like her family because I thought they should have supported her. I could relate to her reluctance to embrace her feelings for Graham and to let God be in control.

I also liked Captain Graham. His response when he first meets his baby daughter endeared him to me. He was a man of strength and good character and I really enjoyed watching him discover his love for Amelia and reconcile his relationship with God.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The danger and fear that surrounded Graham and Amelia as they searched for Lucy in the midst of their personal struggles with falling in love and their individual relationships with God. The story was exciting once the kidnapping entered in.

What I didn’t like about this book:

That it took me so long to get invested in the story. I would have liked more action in the first half of the book. For some reason, the conflict during that time wasn’t enough for me.

My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?

Yes, I would. The main characters are admirable and the story was exciting when Lucy went missing. This author writes well and I am definitely going to be reading the other books in this series. This book is the first in the series.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Sarah Ladd, Author Website

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