The Heiress of Winterwood is the first book of a new series, Whispers on the Moors by Sarah Ladd. The story is set in England in 1814.
I was reminded of college women in history classes as I got into this book. I remember being young and shocked to discover that women had been treated like chattel property. Amelia Barrett, an only child is the heiress to her family mansion and fortune. However, before she inherits the family fortune she needs to marry. If she is not married by her 24th birthday her uncle inherits the entire estate. Also, when Amelia marries the fortune passes to her new husband. Amelia had no rights. She was a bright young woman who could certainly take care of her own inheritance; but she was treated like a child who could not be expected to know anything about money. She was a few months from her 24th birthday and time was running out. Her uncle handpicked her fiancé, a man that gave Amelia cause for serious misgivings.
As I read, the rewarding thing for me was watching Amelia take charge of her life and do an excellent job. I found that the story kept my attention. There is a surprising love story with a hero, a kidnapping, a totally evil fiancé who Amelia sends packing, and an arduous trip by coach and horses. For me, the part I loved was reading about a young woman who turned the mores of her culture upside down and came through with a man she loved, the baby she wanted to raise, her home and her fortune. That was satisfying.
I do recommend this book. I received a copy of the book in return for a review. All opinions are my own.
About the Book
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.
About the Author
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
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