“A Lady at Willowgrove Hall,” by Sarah Ladd

I recently had the chance to read A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, by Sarah E. Ladd. This fiction book was released on October 7, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

Darbury, England, 1819

Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own—one that has haunted him for years and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove Hall. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breathe a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and fight for a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long kept?

My Verdict:

This book is the third in Ladd’s “Whispers on the Moors” series. I reviewed book 1 (The Heiress of Winterwood) and found it to be good, but not memorable or worth keeping on my shelves permanently. A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is much more interesting, both in plot and writing style! I really liked this book, and I loved how there wasn’t really a “bad guy” – the characters were nuanced and even the ones who had caused harm had redeeming qualities, too. The plot kept my attention, and I did stay up all night to finish it, which is always the test for me of whether a book is a “keeper.” Definitely recommended as an enjoyable read, especially if you’re needing some good fiction during the Christmas break.

If you’d like to check out A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version (regularly $15.99). If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $12.60. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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