13 February 2014

Marian Baay reviews THE HEIRESS OF WINTERWOOD by Sarah E. Ladd


Reviewed by Marian Baay
~5 stars~

Amelia Barrett must marry before her 24th birthday to inherit her fortune, including the Winterwood estate. After her parents died, her uncle became the master of Winterwood until Amelia would marry. Her uncle has found a suitable match in Edward Littleton, but there is one thing they don't agree on; nine months ago Amelia promised her dying friend Katherine to take care of her baby Lucy. Amelia loves the baby as if she was her own child, but Edward doesn't want to take her in after they get married. The closer they come to their wedding day, the more Amelia sees of Edward's true nature, and doesn't want to marry him.

When Lucy's father—Captain Graham Sterling—returns home to see his daughter for the first time, Amelia proposes to him. It is the only way to keep her promise to her deceased friend to never leave Lucy.

Graham is surprised by Amelia's proposal. He has never met her before—and now this strange woman is asking him to marry her! And it must happen soon too, because she is turning twenty-four in a couple of weeks.


Now there's a jealous, rejected fiancé, an uncle who sees his business fall apart when Amelia isn't going to marry the man he had chosen for her, and there's Graham's drunken brother who needs money to pay his debts.

When baby Lucy suddenly vanishes and a ransom note is found, they are not sure who is after the kidnapping. 
This incident makes Amelia, as well as Graham, think about their strengths, failures, and nightmares. Can they really trust God to deliver?


I immediately fell in love with Amelia and Graham. Both are strong characters with flaws—which they must overcome. The storyline is strong and believable. The characters are real and likable. There was never a good time to stop reading—I kept turning the pages and the ending was satisfactory. I'm looking forward to Sarah Ladd's next book!
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GIVEAWAY: We're giving away a copy of each of Sarah's books this week, choice of format (international winners--ebook or audiobook only.) Please be sure to leave your email addy for contact purposes.





47 comments:

  1. This book sounds great! Sorry I missed it when it first came out.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. Great review MARIAN!! Gah, now I find I NEED to read this, lol, but I'm not quite sure how to fit it in!! ;) Seriously though, it sounds like a book I'd get lost in. And that cover... such an eye-catcher!

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    1. When you start reading this book, you will finish it in a day, so you can easily squeeze it in. ;) lol

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  3. Ooh, sounds intriguing--I would love to win this book! Through me into that pot please! You gals always know how to draww us into these great books--thanks Marian!
    vmarney ar hot mail

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    1. Are you home again, Vicki? Anyways, good luck in the draw!

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  4. Such a wonderful review! I would love to win this one! Joy Ross Davis

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  5. Wonderful cover,great review! :)
    Looking forward to read this book!
    Thanks for the chance :)
    bubacka07@outlook.com

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    1. I agree - the cover is wonderful, Bube. Enjoy the book when you get a chance to read it.

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful book. I sure hope that I win it. Sharma Darby

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  7. Love Sarah's books. I would love this! Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

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  8. Sounds good. Please count me in and thank you for sharing.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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    1. You're welcome and good luck, Mystica.

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  9. I'm so happy to have this one awaiting me on Kindle! And I'll be happier when I get the chance to poke my nose in it. :/ Wonderful review as always, MARIAN!

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    1. Enjoy the book when you finally can poke your nose in it, Diana. :)

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    2. Trying to figure out how to poke my nose in a Kindle. :P

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  10. This book sounds so great
    God bless you for doing the giveaway
    Have a wonderful,terrific day
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. It really is a great book that I'm sure you will enjoy, Chris. A wonderful day to you as well.

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  11. This book sounds wonderful, thanks for a chance to win a copy.
    Blessings,Tina
    tfrice@comcast.net

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  12. Great review! I have this book but I'd love to win her other one, the Headmistress of Rosemere. Thanks so much!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. I can't wait to read Rosemere, Heidi.

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  13. I still haven't had a chance to read this one and I'm really looking forward to it! Thanks for the review and the giveaway.
    danandlyndaedwards(at)msn(dot)com.

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read it soon, Lynda!

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  14. Marian, Enjoyed your post. The story line looks great. Have not yet read Sarah's books but definitely am looking forward to doing so.
    Thank you
    mcnuttjem0 at gmail dot com

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  15. Thank you for sharing your great review, Marian. I am eager to read Sarah's books and appreciate the opportunity to win one!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  16. Sounds great! Love the cover. Reminds me of BBC's Emma.
    Visionwriter2(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I also love the cover, Amber. Good luck.

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  17. I was kind of interested in reading The Heiress of Winterwood just from the description on Amazon. Your descriptive review really made me want to read it right now. Thank you for posting this giveaway. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

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  18. How lovely! Thank you for the review and giveaway, Marian. Now I cannot wait to read it!! Please count me in too! :)
    Blessings,
    Juli
    emeraldelena@hotmail.com

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  19. I have been wishing for this book, have heard it's a great story!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  20. A wonderful review thank you.

    The gown on the cover is such a beautiful colour.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Yes, I love the gown too, Mary. Good luck!

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  21. Hi Marian. Love your review. This one sounds really interesting. And, I love the covers of her books. They had such beautiful dresses at that time in History. I sure would love to get lucky and get my name drawn for this one. I don't have one of Sarah's books. Thanks to OWG and Sarah for a chance to win one. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  22. Thanks for the great review, Marian!!

    Sarah's books have some unusual storylines which sound absolutely wonderful!! I LOVE novels with flawed characters, and LOVE seeing them redeemed through the love of God!!

    I haven't read any of Sarah's books, and would love to read "The Heiress of Winterwood"!! Another striking cover, also!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com
    OWG

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    1. I'm sure you will enjoy Sarah's books, Bonnie. Good luck!

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