Book Excerpt (and a Giveaway!): A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

Posted May 19, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, giveaway, historical, Sarah E. Ladd / 75 Comments

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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.

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SERIES: Treasures of Surrey #3
GENRE: Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PAGES: 336

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Taken from “A Stranger at Fellsworth” by Sarah Ladd
Copyright © 2017 by Sarah Ladd. Used by permission of

Wilhurst House

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.

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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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Thanks to the generosity of Thomas Nelson Publishing, Reading Is My SuperPower is giving away three ARCs (advanced reader copies) of A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd! Giveaway is open to US addresses only and is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below!

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What about you? What is your fave Sarah Ladd novel? Or, if you haven’t read any of her books yet, what is your fave historical fiction novel?

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75 responses to “Book Excerpt (and a Giveaway!): A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

  1. Kay Garrett

    Knowing me, my first inclination would be to grab for the chair. Figuring that would more than likely be a losing battle, I’d head straight to my brother and demand an explanation and their immediate return.

  2. Wilma Bates

    I haven’t read the book but I love historical romance. I am interested in finding out more.

  3. Kathryn Voss

    I’ve loved all of Sarah’s books. This series is so good, and I can’t wait to read this new one!

  4. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I haven’t read any of Sarah’s books yet, though several of them are on my TBR list. I don’t really have a favorite historical fiction novel, but I do enjoy Lauraine Snelling’s historical books and have read several of them a few times. I can’t wait to read Stranger of Fellsworth soon. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  5. Winnie Thomas

    I’ve read most of Sarah’s books and have loved them all. I’m looking forward to reading this one soon. It’s on my TBR list/pile/mountain. I love historical fiction. It’s great fun to visit other eras and other countries.

  6. Lisa Brown

    I have not had the pleasure to read this author’s novels yet, I have not see her at my local library. I have so many historical fiction author I like, it is hard to pick one. Most recently, I guess I read “Terms of an Engagement” by Suzanne Enoch. Loved it, couldn’t put it down, the story was wonderful.

  7. Dianne Casey

    I haven’t read any of Sarah’s books yet, but I’m looking forward to reading to reading her books. My favorite historical novel is “Gone With the Wind”.

  8. I have many favorite historical fiction novels, so it’s hard to choose just one. I really love The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz and For Such a Time by Kate Breslin along with several others that I read over and over again.

  9. Patty

    I haven’t read any of Sarah’s novels, but it sounds good!

    I’m not sure I can pick a favorite historical novel ever, so I’ll just tell you my most favorite recent one. That would be The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green.

  10. I have read all of Sarah’s novels and it would be hard to pick just one as a favorite. I loved The Heiress of Winterwood but the others were good as well.

  11. Yay! I’ve been waiting all year for the next Sarah Ladd book–I LOVE her work! My favorite of Sarah’s is the first that I read, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall. I loved the rest of the Whispers on the Moors series when I went back and started with book one.

  12. Marilyn

    I have not read any of Sarah’s books. I have too many favorites to mention.

  13. Sabrina Templin

    I have not read any of Sarah’s books yet and idk if Red Badge of Courage falls under historical novel bu that is my favorite for history. And if Pride and Prejudice counts that’s one as well.

  14. Carolyn Tye

    I have not yet read a book written by Sarah Ladd. One of the things I like about this blog is getting to know about author’s I think I may like. I love historical fiction. It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and Eve’s Daughters by Lynn Austin come to mind. I also have loved anything written by Laura Frantz, Siri Mitchell, or Elizabeth Camden.

    • Carrie

      Those are some of my very fave authors too! And thank you, Carolyn! It’s one of the things I like best about writing this blog – introducing authors and readers 🙂

  15. Janet Estridge

    I really don’t have a favorite book of hers because I love them all.
    We have them in the church library.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  16. carylkane

    I’ve not yet read Sarah Ladd’s books. I did enjoy Kate Breslin’s Not By Sight.

    Thank you for the chance. 🙂

  17. Pam Myers

    I love all of Sarah’s books I am currently reading the 2nd in the series would love to win the 3rd

  18. Shannon

    I love Sarah’s books! I think The Heiress of Winterwood is still my favorite. 🙂

  19. Charis Zdrojewski

    Never read anything by her. One of my favorite historical fiction books is Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer.

  20. Cyndi

    I, too, have long enjoyed Sarah’s books and would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite! I love the Regency time period! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Karen

    I have a bunch of Sarah’s books on my TBR pile but haven’t had a chance to read them yet! I’ve really enjoyed Amber Lynn Perry’s Daughters of the Kingdom series, and I absolutely love Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund!

  22. Lori Smanski

    unfortunately i have not read any of her books. i look forward to it.
    One of my favorite inspirational historical series is: “Ribbons West: by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson Its all about a brother and sister and their faith as the railroad is built towards the west Fantastic series

  23. Connie Scruggs

    I don’t think I have read any of Sarah’s books, yet. But the covers are divine!

  24. Diana Guz

    I have not had the pleasure of reading Ladd’s novels, but they are all on my must-read list! Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. Jeanne

    I’ve read all of Sarah’s books, and my favorite is “The Heiress of Winterwood”, but that may change because I’m reading “A Stranger at Fellsworth” right now and it is so good. Sarah’s books are an immediate pre-order.

  26. Sherry

    I love all of Sarah’s books! I am looking forward to reading her newest one!! Can’t wait!!

  27. Debbie

    I have read all of these books in this series so far, and have loved them all. Looking forward to the next one

  28. BJM

    The only book by Sarah Ladd that I’ve had the pleasure of reading is The Curiosity Keeper.

  29. vera wilson

    Not read her books yet, but thanks for the chance. I love Gone With the Wind. Read that one more than once.

  30. Vivian Furbay

    Sounds like a very interesting book that I could read this summer and would love to win.

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