Thursday, April 25, 2013

"The Heiress of Winterwood" by Sarah Ladd {Book Review}

From Bronte and Austen to Downton Abbey, I love a good dramatic romance set in the moors of England. Complete with dashing Englishmen, beautiful estates and a good measure of intrigue, The Heiress of Winterwood was a wonderfully engaging read I couldn't put down!

About the book:

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.
Darbury, England, 1814

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 thoughts:
Not often do I have the problem of dying to finish a book, yet not wanting it to end. Reading The Heiress of Winterwood was excruciating in this way! I loved it so much, I couldn't put it down, but I didn't want to read it, because I didn't want it to end! 

The story is so well written, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Throughout the entire book, my heart was in my throat and my heart was racing. It was such an amazing book! Sarah Ladd has a wonderful gift and I really enjoyed her style.

Amelia, Graham and - even little Lucy - are wonderful characters. You will fall in love with all of them. From Amelia's proposal to Lucy's kidnapping to the very last page of the book, I was spellbound. I can't wait for the next one!  

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. 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.

Find out more about Sarah at

Read what others are saying about The Heiress of Winterwood here. 
The giveaway:  

Sarah Ladd is celebrating the release of The Heiress of Winterwood with a Downton Abbey Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway!
 One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • Downton Abbey, seasons 1-3
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 30th. Winner will be announced on 5/2/13 {HERE}.

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The fine print: 
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review.


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