A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers on the Moors, #3)
by Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Genres: Christian, Historical, Romance
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.
Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.
As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.
When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?
The year is 1819 and Cecily Faire, a young lady of twenty-one, lives comfortably teaching embroidery at the school for girls where her father abandoned her five years prior. She’s never told anyone why her father disowned her and wears the shame of her past everywhere she goes. When opportunity arises for Cecily to become a lady’s companion, a job that will provide her with both respect and good wages, she nervously accepts. Enter Nathaniel Stanton—the steward of Willowgrove Hall and a man with secrets of his own. He’s attracted to Cecily almost immediately after they meet, and she to him, but their mutual distrust keeps them at arm’s length. As one tragedy leads to another, Cecily must decide if she has it in her heart to forgive past mistakes and fight for a beautiful future.
This is the kind of book that will pull you out of a reading “stump” and make you wonder why you ever got into said stump in the first place. At least, that was what it did for me. *wink* A Lady at Willowgrove Hall was exactly the book “medicine” I needed to be reminded why I am such an avid reader in the first place! This regency novel is expertly crafted with exceptional writing, honest emotions and struggles we can all relate with, sigh-worthy romance, interesting historical setting, and characters we can really root for. I couldn’t put it down. This was my first book from Sarah E. Ladd and I am eager to experience more of her brilliant storytelling skills!
If you are a fan of classic authors such as Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, or newer regency novelists like Julie Klassen and Elizabeth Camden, then you need to check out Sarah E. Ladd and A Lady at Willowgrove Hall! I am beyond excited to read the other books in this series. The Heiress of Winterwood and The Headmistress of Rosemere—here I come!