The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd
Darbury, England, 1814
Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.
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.
Meet Sarah: 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 http://www.sarahladd.com.
My Take: Being a ship's Captain takes you away from your family for long periods of time. This is a fact that Graham Sterling has come to know to well. He learns of his wife's pregnancy and then her death from childbirth months after the fact. He then meets Amelia Barrett who gave her word to his wife that she would take care of the baby until he returned. Amelia has planned to marry Edward who dislikes the baby and declares that the baby needs to leave Winterwood after they are married. Amelia decides to propose marriage to Captain Sterling since this seems to be what would be the best for everyone. But then the baby is kidnapped, who took the baby and how will they get her back.
This is a great start to a new series by Sarah Ladd. This book sweeps us up into the 19th century setting and makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. You felt for the characters and the situations that they found themselves in that were out of their hands. I will be looking forward to the next book in this series.
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.