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    Sarah Ladd's Finest!

    I came across Sarah Ladd's first book, 'The Heiress of Winterwood' in the book store and the cover drew me in. It was a wonderful book and I had a new author to follow. Her covers continue to delight. As do her words in each book since. In the fallout of her deceased father's financial ruin, Annabelle's prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé calls off their betrothal, which in itself is ruinous to her reputation and now she is at the mercy of her controlling brother who wants her to marry a man of his own choosing. Annabelle decides the only option open to her is to flee to Fellsworth, and fall upon the mercy of her estranged aunt and uncle whom she has not seen in a decade. Her life then takes a dramatic turn. Owen Locke is a gamekeeper near Fellsworth, where his daughter is a student. He is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though he longs to be a landowner himself. Owen's wife's tragic death has left him shaken, but when he meets Annabelle Thorley, he thinks just maybe he has a second chance at love. But all is not well at Fellsworth and the surrounding forest. Ominous forces threaten the peace that Owen and Annabelle have found. Poachers, mysterious strangers and murderers converge at the school, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude neither had expected. Sarah Ladd has always populated her books with engaging characters that seem real to the reader. She has a way with creating emotions within these characters that engage the reader tremendously. Her Regency novels are rich with details of the era, even down to her descriptions of clothing. The emotions here are quite vivid, at times heart pulling and seem to jump off the page at the reader. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will adore Ladd's books. Personally, I like Ladd's better! Sarah Ladd also adds many faceted details to her settings as well. When she describes the forest, I feel as if I am actually there, breathing in the same air as her characters do. The descriptions amazed me, as they always do in Ladd's books. The plot is wonderful as well. She gives us a wonderful period drama, rich characters, with every attention to detail as well as great suspense. I had no clue who the culprit was until the very end. Totally unexpected. I hated for this book to end for it captured my attention from the very first sentence and held it to the last. Now I look forward to her next book. I highly recommend this one. *I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher. My opinions are my own and honest.
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    Stranger At Fellworth

    Few books I read give as much pleasure while your reading as those by this group of great writer's. Keep up the awesome work, they are great to read.
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