31 October 2014

Review: A Lady at Willowgrave Hall by Sarah Ladd

More Convenient than Convincing

Sixteen-year-old Cecily Faire is sent away from home to Rosemere School for Young Ladies when her blacksmith father finds her about to elope with Andrew Moreton, the scion of Aradelle Park. Six years later, she hasn’t heard from either her father or her twin sister, who she suspects is now living in Manchester. Cecily is given the opportunity to take employment as a lady’s maid at Willowgrave Hall, where she meets Nathaniel Stanton, the young steward, and is reintroduced to Andrew Moreton, who she finds is the heir to Willowgrave and is now engaged to be married.

I enjoyed the first two books in this series (The Heiress of Winterwood and The Headmistress of Rosemere), and while A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is good, I don’t think it’s as good as the first two. The plot, while not completely predictable, isn’t as original as the first two books, I didn’t think the characters had as much depth, the Christian elements weren’t as well integrated, and the ending was a little too neat (there were a couple of changes of heart towards the end that I found more convenient than convincing).

However, I’ll be interested to read the next book from Sarah Ladd, as I do enjoy her writing, and she’s still one of the top authors writing Christian historical romance set in Regency England (the other is Julie Klassen).

Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Sarah Ladd at her website.

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