Monday, October 27, 2014

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd *Review

About the book: 

Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.
His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.
Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady's companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she's desperately hidden for years.
Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own --- one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father's position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he'll never be free to find his own way in the world. He'll never be free to fall in love.
When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?
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My Thoughts:
I just love these Regency Era books, to be swept away to days gone by. I love the description that Sarah Ladd gives of the homes, the dress, the landscape. To visually be able to be taken back in time is so refreshing! The story line was one of social class and secrets. Cecily was sent from home by a unforgiving father to a boarding school where she later became a teacher. She was recommended to  be the Lady to Mrs. Trent, without her knowing that she was a lowly blacksmith's daughter. She went and soon was able to secure her position at Willowgrove Hall, despite the secrets. Secrets have a way of finding you however! Both Cecily and Nathaniel carry them, as do several others at the hall. Finally trust overcomes and the secrets are able to be shared, and forgiven.
I really loved the reconciliation and forgiveness. It was so freeing for all parties involved. The social status may have played a part in the story line, but that was overcome by the freeness of forgiveness.
About 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. The 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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