I find it difficult to believe that “The Heiress of Winterwood” is Sarah Ladd’s debut novel! Its descriptive language just flows and the story pulled me in from the very first few pages. I loved Amelia and Graham – their strengths and their weaknesses made them so humanly believable. I particularly liked Amelia’s determination to keep her promise to her friend despite what everyone else thought was best for her. Graham’s integrity and protectiveness toward Amelia made him a real hero in my eyes.

In contrast to Amelia and Graham, other characters included a slick fiance who was more interested in Amelia’s inheritance than her, an uncle who wanted to use Amelia to promote his own interests, a well-loved cousin of Amelia’s who hid some dark secrets, and Graham’s brother William, whose responsibilities were so overwhelming to him that he found himself in over his head. The plot was fairly unique and had a good balance of drama, romance, suspense, and humor with plenty of twists and surprises to keep it interesting. The strong message of faith was unobtrusive and added important substance to the tale. This was one novel I had a hard time putting down and it ended much too quickly for me. I can’t wait for the next installment of Ladd’s Whispers on the Moors series.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.


The Heiress Of WinterwoodPride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything. An 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.

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Sarah LaddSarah 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. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

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