Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd (Litfuse Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Title: A Lady at Willowgrove Hall
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8837-0
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014

Synopsis:
Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.
His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own – one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?
Review:
Sarah Ladd has a passion for regency. Her research and attention to detail really shine through in her novels. I've kind of skipped around on her novels. I read her first book last month, now I've read her third....her second novel is waiting for me as we speak. I have to say, her debut came off beautifully and her third shines! I can't wait to go back and read her second novel.

This was an interesting novel. As the reader, we got to find out the secrets of the characters, Nathanial and Cecily and then we got to watch as they did their best to keep their past to themselves as the story progressed. Then as they worked through their thoughts and decide if they could or should revel what they were hiding.

I really enjoyed reading about Nathanial's family. His mom and sisters were fun and offered a bridge for Nathanial and Cecily to connect through. Mrs. Trent was another character I really liked. Despite her snappishness in parts...which she really was entitled to, in my opinion, she was a delightful lady for Cecily to interact with. Mrs. Trent, along with Cecily and Nathanial, had something she had to work through in her life, and after half a lifetime of battling it, I thought she handed it well.

Mrs. Massey was a character I could not warm up to. Right form the get-go, her motives were obvious. If she wasn't so out their with her pushiness, I might have liked her, but as she put herself into the roll she did, without thought of stepping aside gracefully, she left a sour impression. The same went for Andrew Morton, but I won't go too much into that.

I really enjoyed this story. With each story I've read by Sarah Ladd, they keep getting better and better. I can't wait to see more from her.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
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. "The Heiress of Winterwood" was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance and a finalist in the Debut Author category of the 2014 Carol Awards. The second book in the series, "The Headmistress of Rosemere" (2013), was on the ECPA best-seller list for several months. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.



Giveaway:
Award-winning author Sarah E. Ladd examines how to escape the clutches of a tainted past in the final installment of her Whispers on the Moor series. A Regency-era novel, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall cleverly shows that even though our pasts may be shameful or painful, God can take the darkest personal histories and turn them into the brightest futures.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 2nd. Winner will be announced November 3rd here.
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Thank you to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review:


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