Reviewed by Charity Lyman
Ever since her debut novel, Sarah E. Ladd has been on my watch list. Her writing style is different from the typical Christian fiction romance and she is a great asset to the Regency Romance genre. I was excited to have the privilege of reviewing her newest installment in the Whispers on the Moors trilogy. If you have not read the previous books I would urge you to do so as they are best read in order.
A Lady at Willowgrove Hall concludes the series known as Whispers on the Moors. The heroine, Cecily Faire, has been forced to leave her father’s house and attend an all-girls school. But when she is given the chance to become a lady’s companion she wonders if this will allow her to move on and eventually find her sister. Nathaniel Stanton is the son of the steward of Willowgrove Hall. When his father dies he finds out that the life he knew was all a lie–a sham that has left him shackled to a world he doesn’t really want or desire.
When Cecily and Nathaniel first meet, they feel an instant attraction. However, they both have secrets that can’t ever be spoken out loud. Will they overcome their pasts? Or will they allow the past to shape their futures apart?
For a regency novel this one also has quite a bit of mystery and action–both of which draw me to Ladd’s novels. They are not boring or dull as many books in this genre can be. I liked Nathaniel but I personally fell in love with Cecily. She is such a fighter! She fights for her sister, her life as she wants it and her future. I also enjoyed seeing familiar faces from the previous books.
In A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, Christianity is subtle and Ladd definitely does not preach to the reader. You learn lessons without even realizing it. If you are a lover of regency novels, this is a definite buy. And even if you don’t normally read regency era novels, I would urge you to pick this one up and give it a try. I think you will enjoy it!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins Christian Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.