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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“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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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?