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Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?
In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.
Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.
SERIES: Treasures of Surrey #3
GENRE: Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
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Taken from “A Stranger at Fellsworth” by Sarah Ladd
Copyright © 2017 by Sarah Ladd. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.
London, England, 1819
Annabelle gasped at the sight that met her eye as she passed the parlor door. Her steps slowed. Her eyes focused.
A strange man, clad in workman’s attire of dirty linen trousers and a shabby tan coat, hoisted her mother’s teak writing desk.
Annabelle balled her fist at her side. “You there. Stop this instant!” she ordered from the corridor, employing her most authoritative voice.
But the massive man paid her no heed. Once the desk was balanced on his shoulder, he reached for the matching carved chair.
Her shoulder clipped the door’s frame when she marched into the bright parlor. “I said stop. Put that down immediately!”
As she drew closer to the man, he turned to face her, annoyance evident in the firm set of his wide jaw. “You say something?”
Heat rose to her cheeks at his irreverent tone. “Yes, I said something. I demand you return those items to where you found them before I call for the magistrate.”
The man’s low, gritty laugh ignited her anger further. He shifted his weight, and his dirty boots squeaked on the polished floor. “You? And who are you?”
Annabelle jutted her chin up. “I am Miss Annabelle Thorley, and I will not be spoken to in such a manner. Now do as I say and leave my home at once.”
“Are you Mrs. Thomas Thorley?” he demanded.
“I am not. I am Mr. Thorley’s sister. But that is my mother’s desk, so return it to where you found it.”
His bushy eyebrow lifted in amusement. He lowered the chair, pulled a piece of paper from his faded waistcoat, extended it out as if reading it, and then crumpled it in his thick fingers before he returned it to his pocket.
“My orders come from Mr. Thomas Thorley, and he says this desk, and the rest of the furnishings in this chamber, are all to go to auction.”
Without another word he pushed past her, leaving the scent of brandy and filth in his wake.
Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance.
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