Amelia made a deathbed promise to her friend Katherine - a vow to care for her newborn child, Lucy. Nine months later, Amelia has no wish to ever be separated from the infant. Her betrothed, Edward Littleton, wants nothing to do with Lucy and insists that the child must leave the Winterwood estate after their marriage. Just months away from her 24th birthday, Amelia must choose between receiving her inheritance (which can only take place if she's married by 24) or remaining with Lucy. Unless, there is another way . . .
Captain Graham Sterling struggles with the ghosts of his past. With the death of his wife, Katherine, Graham must find a safe place for Lucy before he can return to his duties at sea. When the beautiful, Amelia Barret proposes marriage in order to continue caring for Lucy, he struggles to determine if he can accept such an arrangement. Does he even want to marry again?
When young Lucy is kidnapped, the two are desperate to solve the mystery. Thrown together by their mutual love of the child, they race against time to rescue her.
I've recently discovered regency romances, and I've fallen in love. The Heiress of Winterwood does not disappoint. I stayed up way too late last night just so that I could finish reading the book. I literally could not put it down. There's a little bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a bit of drama.
This is a Christian historical fiction novel, so in addition to the relationship between the characters, there is insight into their relationship with God. The novel contains several references to the Psalms. I didn't feel that it was overly preachy or cheesy.
It's a fun, easy read, and I love the glimpse into this time period.
If you're a fan of Austen or the regency period, I think you will enjoy this latest offering from Sarah Ladd. The characters are lovely, and the plot kept me turning the pages (even when I knew I should be going to bed). I look forward to reading more of Ladd's work in the future.
I received a copy of the book to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my honest thoughts of the novel.