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Series: A Treasures of Surrey Novel
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 16, 2017)
About this book:Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?
In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.
Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.
Meet the author - Sarah LaddSarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance.
I enjoy it when Sarah comes out with a new book. Her writing style is one that I like and for me her books just seem to flow off the pages. This is the third book in a series but you are able to read it on it's own as well. I could not help but feel for Annabelle. She is used to living a certain lifestyle then her father looses his money and her brother is all set to marry her off for money not love. So she runs. I think the best thing for her was to go away to her aunt and uncle's home even if she did have to work to pay her way. I think that taught her a little bit. Although Annabelle was such a good person and you could tell that from the time you meet her on the first page. It was fun reading how her and Owen got to know each other and grow close as the book goes on. I am glad the way everything turned out in this story and look forward to more books by this author.