Book Review: A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

Posted June 19, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, historical, romance, Sarah E. Ladd / 19 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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“Her heart longed to belong somewhere, to have a home of its own.”

Each book in this series is even better than the previous, and I have loved them all. Each one functions perfectly as a standalone too, so you can jump right in with no problems. Though… I would still recommend reading all three as soon as you have the chance to do so!

In A Stranger at Fellsworth, we once again see the subtle double meaning of treasure. Physically, it refers to an object of value which at least one of the characters prizes highly, whether for sentiment or for monetary worth. Yet, it shines most brilliantly in the reminder that people are often worth far more than they appear at face value. That belonging …. that value … is found in being treasured by even just one person. Someone who sees your worth in its truest sense and cherishes you. This has been my favorite element to the Treasures of Surrey series, and it proves so once again in A Stranger at Fellsworth.

“We are not just placed on this earth, haphazardly. Each of us has a path.”

Ladd’s writing style is elegant as well as personable, immersing you in the Regency era with grace and warmth. Characters are superbly developed, and friendships as well as romance add further dimension to their personalities. With each layer that Ladd uncovers, you will love that character even more than you did already.

Bottom Line: A Stranger at Fellsworth is the ideal choice to read while soaking up sun on the beach as well as curled up by a crackling fire as fall approaches. (Ohhhh please let it approach soon. I’m so over summer already lol) With shade of Austen and Bronte tucked away among the pages, this third book in the Fellsworth series is not to be missed!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 2+ / Light and sweet with some ‘forget to breathe’ moments toward the end

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about the author

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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What about you? What is your path? Why has God placed you where you are?

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19 responses to “Book Review: A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

  1. Kay Garrett

    I honestly believe we are exactly where we are suppose to be. It was a dream to move to where we are and all the door just seemed to open up when the timing was right from being able to purchase the land we wanted from someone who didn’t really want to sell, to finding the right builder to trust with doing what was right and what we wanted with us almost 300 miles away right down to the last detail working out just as it was God’s plan and not ours. We are very blessed and very thankful each and every day that we were able to make this move. The praise goes to God because it was his doing and not ours.

  2. carylkane

    I’m right where the Lord wants me. He is doing some extensive “heart surgery” to prepare me for what He has called me to do.

    Thank you for this wonderful review! I hope to read this series this Summer.

  3. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks for the review, Carrie! I love Sarah E. Ladd’s books. I need to get caught up on the last two. They’re taunting me from my TBR pile.

  4. Andrea Stephens

    I just found out I bought this book last month! What a great surprise for myself. Now I have all 3 in the series. I must read them soon!

  5. Sabrina Templin

    I won a copy of this and can’t wait to read it. Trying to finish up one print and one audio before I start on Sarah’s. And in answer to your question. I don’t know. I haven’t figured that out yet. I’m struggling to find my way still and wonder why God has me here; I don’t feel a move is in order like I previously have but I do adore the ocean and wish a beach was nearby. And why I am still single idk either. I guess time will tell. I hope sooner rather than later….lol.

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