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BOOK REVIEW: Lady of Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd #books (Sponsored Review from BookLook Bloggers)

Book Review A Lady of Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

Book Title: Lady of Willow Grove Hall

Sarah E. Ladd

Book 3 of the Series Whispers On The Moors

Book Review Summary

"Secretive Historical Fiction"


The story of A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers On The Moors Book 3) is enchanting, and a story of loss. Oddly enough, the losses are not overwhelmingly sad, perhaps because you rush through them so quickly to get to the real meat of the story. Perhaps the story doesn't feel so sad because the reason the main character, Cecily Faire,  looses the life she once had are her own fault, and they overshadow her future, but her future feels brighter than her torrid past (not so torrid by today's standards).

It takes a few chapters to figure out how Willow Grove Hall comes into play, but I got there in less than a couple hours. Barely wanted to sleep or put this book down. Ms. Ladd, the author, paints a vivid picture of a beautiful young woman who is a twin. The main character is born into a middle class life style with an over-protective seemingly uncaring drunk for a father. Due to some poorly laid decisions, she loses everything she once knew and is thrown into another world. A slightly higher class lifestyle that offers her a chance at something more. Something she'd originally wanted but gave up on, but not in the way you might initially have thought.

"Is it always a sin to tell a lie?" --Cecily Faire, Sara E. Ladd

The book twists and turns to land the young Miss Faire, now in her twenties, at Willowgrove Hall. This is where the meat of the story really begins. Don't worry other than laying out a few simple details I have not ruined anything for you. There is a rivalry to come, a handsome gentleman with his own secrets (who has his own tale throughout the book), and Cecily Faire's family to get to know and answer multiple questions (that I will not answer for you, you must read the book).

Book Reactions

I've thoroughly enjoyed the story of the A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers On The Moors Book 3) by Sara E. Ladd. I recommend it with 5 stars for the story. I can't tell you about the audio performance because I read a free BookLook Blogger e-book advanced copy of the book. However, this is only one book in a series by Ms. Ladd so expect more reviews on this series very soon. I love historical romance novels and this one has an innocent quality to it. Lately, many of the stories I've read or listened to from this genre have been very predictable. Most stories I've read have been only about woman and men who where born as aristocrats, this story gives you a picture of another viewpoint. A viewpoint, in my opinion, of a woman who keeps one too many secrets.

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Book Description

Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light. Cecily Faire has a secret-and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady's companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.

As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice-including the beautiful new lady's companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove's former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.

When Willowgrove's mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel's inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?

About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

Contributor(s)Sarah E. Ladd
About the Contributor(s)Sarah E. Ladd
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever. Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor
Release DateOct 7, 2014
Weight (lbs)0.6800
Length UnitPages
PublisherThomas Nelson
SeriesWhispers On The Moors

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