The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood Pride goes before the fall but what comes after Darbury England Amelia Barrett heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors defies family expectations and promises to raise her

  • Title: The Heiress of Winterwood
  • Author: Sarah E. Ladd
  • ISBN: 9781401688356
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pride goes before the fall but what comes after Darbury, England, 1814Amelia 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, Graham, a sea captain she s never met.Tragedy sPride goes before the fall but what comes after Darbury, England, 1814Amelia 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, Graham, a sea captain she s never met.Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts Fear for the child s safety drives Amelia and Graham 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.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.Both must learn to accept God s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.

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    1. I will admit that I am the first one to be taken in by beautiful covers. Yes, I do judge books by their covers, even though I should know better. Shame on me. I was hoping this would be a solid five star read, but I'm not even sure why because I didn't really know what to expect. I only read the blurb right before starting it, and was like "Oh!". I think I was expecting a sort of Jane Eyre -ish romance (because of the cover!), or something along the lines of Edenbrooke or The Silent Governess, b [...]

    2. Just okayI wish I would have realized that this was a Christian romance novel before I bought it. I would have skipped it entirely because I get annoyed with all of the scriptures and praying thrown into the story. I think religion and fiction don't mix well, but that is just a personal preference. Take out all the God talk, and it was a cute period romance.

    3. A Christian historical romance set in 19th century England that will definitely entice readers that enjoy Janette Oke and Jody Hedlund. It might have been a tad melodramatic and include a lot of scenes where the heroine and hero are running to each other's houses, but it was still the type of book that I devoured in one sitting.

    4. Wow, I finished this so quickly. I just couldn't put it down. It captured my attention from the first page and kept me speed reading through it devouring every word. My first, Sarah Ladd book but definitely not my last !

    5. Desperate Proposals, Desperate RetaliationsRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsTYPE OF NOVEL: Traditional Regency RomanceSETTING: Darbury, England 1814SERIES: Whispers on the Moors #1WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:- I found Sarah E. Ladd’s books on a list for “If you like Jane Austen and Regency romances, you should try…”- The covers for this series are gorgeous! Yes, I do judge books by their covers sometimes! 😉- Julie Klassen, an author whose books I love, is quoted on the cover!SYNOPSIS:Amelia Ba [...]

    6. Tedious and predictable. Of course the message about trusting God’s plan is a good one, but the plot and writing are so dull that everything becomes mired down in the monotony. For a book that takes place in England, there is a very poor sense of place, and the characters consist mostly of one-dimensional figures plucked out of Christian fiction central casting. (I guess we are supposed to root for Edward, but he didn’t seem like much of a catch to me.) All the guys are dashing with high che [...]

    7. Note added 17/04/13: When I wrote my initial rough draft of this review, I mistakenly talked about an incident between Amelia and Edward where he was drunk, when actually I meant William. Hopefully this review makes more sense!---When her close friend dies shortly after giving birth to a daughter, Amelia Barrett vows that she will raise the child and care for her until her father returns from the sea. It is nearly a year before Captain Graham Sterling comes to claim his child, and Amelia has gro [...]

    8. I had to force myself to finish this. Nothing really ever happened. Constantly, I was told that something happened (Graham was injured in a battle, Lucy was kidnapped, they are searching for her, there was a fight), but you never really see any of it. It was more like watching a movie that keeps skipping in the player. The description of a fight was truly, "With every muscle still tense and alert from the previous skirmish, fresh fire surged through his veins. Within moments, fists were once aga [...]

    9. Sarah Ladd's debut is wonderful! Readers who enjoy Jane Austin will get swept away in this dramatic tale of courage and conviction. The writing was superb and the plot kept me turning pages. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in Ladd's Regency England, especially since this book avoided the usual trappings of London and the ton. I found Sarah's voice fresh and intriguing and her story rich.My only critique is that the romance took a back seat to the external conflict and that there were a few ins [...]

    10. I really had high expectations of this book.I thought it would be like Edenbrooke by Donaldson or something by Sarah Eden. I think that was part of the problem, my expectations were too high. I like a book where there is a lot of banter and scene between the main love interests and you didn't get that in this book. This book was very wordy and that worked well in some scenes and not in others. But I think if I had to point to one thing that bothered me the most was I didn't feel connected to the [...]

    11. Amelia Barrett, orphaned and raised by her uncle's family, stands on the cusp of inheriting Winterwood Manor its assets -- but only if she marries by her twenty-fourth birthday, a deadline approaching in just two months' time. While her family has encouraged her engagement to Edward Littleton, soon to be her uncle's business partner, Amelia resists. She dreams of a life where she controls her future, free to care for Lucy, the orphaned babe left in her care at the passing of the child's mother, [...]

    12. I'm really starting to get into the regency setting.I haven't read a whole lot from this period, but it has started to grow on me. I never was a huge fan of Jane Austen's booksey were a bit dry for me. The movies, I'm good with. I guess I stayed away because I was worried I would feel the same about the modern author's version of the time. Thankfully, my fears have been dispelled.I've been hearing wonderful things about Sarah Ladd's debut novel, The Heiress of Winterwood, so I bought it shortly [...]

    13. The story was good, but the writing style tried to be more of the era, and I don't think this was very successful.There were times that reading felt awkward and stilted, particularly in the beginning of the story.Once the writing settled in, then the story was good. The ending, while satisfying, did leave some issues unresolved.I don't know if they will be addressed in the coming books in this series, because they were with some of the minor characters.I would have preferred some type of epilogu [...]

    14. A determined promise. A valiant Captain. A tangled web of debt, doubt, faith and hardship makes this book an interesting read. Some of it was slow paced. But, I think it may have been because I read it as an audio book? Well, the end of this book, actually, solidified my rating! Recommended as an Adult Historical Christian Book.

    15. I was whisked away to Darbury, England in 1814. The details are stunning! Amelia and Captain Sterling's relationship is passionate. The danger and intrigue kept me turning the pages. This is a must read!

    16. This was a charming romantic read. The plot sounded unique and I love the setting on the moors. I have not read anything by Sarah Ladd before, nor have I read a lot of Christian Fiction, but I’ve had my eye on this one for quite some time.The obvious first thing to stand out about the book is the stunning cover. I’m positively in love with it! But what really caught my eye about the story was the unique plot…a woman plans on marry her best friend’s widow to keep a family for the child… [...]

    17. Amelia Barrett must marry before her 24th birthday to inherit her fortune, including the Winterwood estate. After her parents died, her uncle became the master of Winterwood until Amelia would marry. Her uncle has found a suitable match in Edward Littleton, but there is one thing they don't agree on; nine months ago Amelia promised her dying friend Katherine to take care of her baby Lucy. Amelia loves the baby as if she was her own child, but Edward doesn't want to take her in after they get mar [...]

    18. Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for mild violence and thematic elements Best for Ages: 16 and upJust when you think that authors have exhausted a theme and there is no way that they can writer something unique, someone like Sarah Ladd comes along and shakes it up.When I started reading The Heiress of Winterwood I thought I would have a cute book that was much like many other marriage of connivance books I had read. Half-way through the book, the book was nothing like what I thought it would be. I [...]

    19. I have read a lot of Jane Austen fan fiction in my day, and if this is not at least a little bit a work of fan fiction I will eat my own bonnet. It is set in 1814 and it involves a sea captain. I'm thinking Persuasion fan fiction, at least at its roots.The story was interesting enough that I finished it in a few days. Hence the two and a half stars, just for pulling me through. But it suffered from nearly every weakness of fan fiction I've encountered—• Poor editing. Words used repeatedly in [...]

    20. Review on : amazon/review/RTSAUDEJReview on my blog: christianbookshelfreviews4.5 starsThe Heiress of Winterwood was a very good read! The story completely blew me away! I believe this is Sarah E. Ladd's debut novel, but I wouldn't have been able to tell that by reading the book.The Heiress of Winterwood starts off with a good prologue, but it was the first chapter that really grabbed my attention. I could tell Amelia was a great woman right away. I loved how protective she was of Lucy and that [...]

    21. When I first started reading this book, I had my doubts. I am fairly new to historical fiction. However, after a couple of chapters, I found myself unable to put the book down. I ended up reading it in two days. Being that I am a mother, I fell in love with Lucy almost immediately. I found myself wanting to protect her. Coincidentally, my son is about the same age, which made the story all the more relatable. I sympathized very much for Amelia and her fight to keep Lucy in her care. The writer d [...]

    22. A new regency a la Downton Abbey, “The Heiress of Winterwood” combines likeable characters, unique romance and plot line to create a sweet and enjoyable story.Amelia and Graham are two characters thrown into a situation neither one would have chosen if given a choice. Amelia has such a strong love for this little girl that isn’t even hers and drives her to take…an unconditional method to protect her.I liked the flavor of this regency that it didn’t stick with the normal and acceptable [...]

    23. This was my first Sarah Ladd reading experience.I enjoyed the book although there were a few bits that dragged on a little. I ended up with the entire series because through giveaways and sales and waited a bit before committing to it. I have to say I am accustomed to the charcater slotted for the next book in the series peaking my interest in book 1. Unfortunately that was not the case here. I am having a hard time getting excited about book 2 because the secondary characters in this book were [...]

    24. The Heiress of Winterwood was an ok romance. I enjoyed it, but I would have preferred it to be a more Jane Austin like romance and less of a Christian fiction. I preferred Julianne Donaldson's and Sarah Eden's books over this one.

    25. About this 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, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met. Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her where [...]

    26. "The Heiress of Winterwood" is a promising beginning to Sarah Ladd's new series "Whispers on the Moors." As a fan of period British dramas, this novel satiated my hunger for a elegant English love story, especially in the absence of Downton Abbey. There are hints of Austenesque qualities in Ladd's writing that surface throughout the pages. The novel is a fairly fast read with elements of predictability and unpredictability in the plot. The first half of the plot is as refined and placid as the s [...]

    27. Amelia Barrett is to inherit a large fortune, along with the Winterwood Estate when she marries by the age of 24. If she doesn't marry, she will lose it. Amelia vowed she would take care of her friend's newborn baby, Lucy, as she lay on her deathbed. She's scheduled to marry Edward in just a few short weeks, but he will not let her keep Lucy. Of course, after being Lucy's caregiver for the past 9 months, Amelia has fallen in love with the little girl, in addition to wanting to keep her promise. [...]

    28. Overall it was an ok book. I got very frustrated with the plot. Engaged to one man, Amelia proposes to another. Her motives are both selfish and pure. Edward, the first betrothed is predictably everything you'd expect from an unctuous malicious sponge of a man. Captain Sterling, the second betrothed is the quintessential good but wounded man. Amelia is too stupid to readily see the true nature of either. She's single minded in her desire to keep Lucy, captain Sterling's baby girl. In the end, af [...]

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