Monday, April 29, 2013

"The Heiress of Winterwood" Blog Tour

About The Heiress of Winterwood:

Pride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?

Darbury, England, 1814
Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.
Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend's baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word-even to the point of proposing to the child's father-a sea captain she's never met.
When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.
Amelia's detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she's forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.
Graham's strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.
Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

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Meet the Author: Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

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My Take:
Overall, I liked this book. The setting was appealing , the characters were interesting, and the storylines kept my attention. It was really interesting to explore how women of this time period really had no rights at all, at least when it came to owning property, and how many times these women would be exploited by the men in their lives for their inheritance.

I always like when a romantic novel has a bit of suspense thrown in - it just makes the novel feel like it has more of a story to it. This novel had a good amount of suspense that kept the story moving when it could have really slowed down.

As for the romance part of the story, I liked it, especially the fact that Amelia was the one proposing to Graham in the first place! I would have liked for the two of them to have spent a bit more time together, though. The were connected to each other through Lucy, which is a good start for a romance, since they both love Lucy and want to protect her. I just wasn't quite convinced that their romantic notions had a lot of room to grow throughout the novel. It seemed to come out of nowhere closer to the end.

While Amelia and Graham were definitely likable characters, I also appreciated that the "unlikable" characters in this novel were not over-the-top. The villains were definitely 'bad guys,' but they were not so cartoonish that you didn't believe them.

The spiritual aspect of this story was pretty good as well. I liked how the characters grew in their faith over the course of the novel. I would have liked, however, for there to be more mentions of Christ as the way to faith in God.

This is a great start to a new series by this author, and I look forward to continuing with Helena's story in the next novel.

I will give The Heiress of Winterwood ... 3 ½ BookWorms.


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About the Contest:

Sarah Ladd is celebrating the release of The Heiress of Winterwood with a Downton Abbey Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway!
 One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • Downton Abbey, seasons 1-3
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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