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The Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers on the Moors #1)

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

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Thomas Nelson
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Piepie ha ha you're so right!! Just started reading this book and I looked at the other two books in this series and I think they're all that way, lol.

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Anne
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Regency fans who like Christian books
Recommended to Anne by: Virginia
I will admit that I am the first one to be taken in by beautiful covers. Yes, I do judge books by their covers, even though I should know better. Shame on me.

I was hoping this would be a solid five star read, but I'm not even sure why because I didn't really know what to expect. I only read the blurb right before starting it, and was like "Oh!". I think I was expecting a sort of Jane Eyre -ish romance (because of the cover!), or something along the lines of Edenbrooke or The Silent Governess, b
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Katina
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Just okay

I wish I would have realized that this was a Christian romance novel before I bought it. I would have skipped it entirely because I get annoyed with all of the scriptures and praying thrown into the story. I think religion and fiction don't mix well, but that is just a personal preference. Take out all the God talk, and it was a cute period romance.
Erin
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, series
A Christian historical romance set in 19th century England that will definitely entice readers that enjoy Janette Oke and Jody Hedlund. It might have been a tad melodramatic and include a lot of scenes where the heroine and hero are running to each other's houses, but it was still the type of book that I devoured in one sitting.
Sarah
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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Deanne Patterson
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I finished this so quickly. I just couldn't put it down. It captured my attention from the first page and kept me speed reading through it devouring every word. My first, Sarah Ladd book but definitely not my last !
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Desperate Proposals, Desperate Retaliations

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

TYPE OF NOVEL: Traditional Regency Romance

SETTING: Darbury, England 1814

SERIES: Whispers on the Moors #1

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:

- I found Sarah E. Ladd’s books on a list for “If you like Jane Austen and Regency romances, you should try…”
- The covers for this series are gorgeous! Yes, I do judge books by their covers sometimes! 😉
- Julie Klassen, an author whose books I love, is quoted on the cover!

SYNOPSIS:

Amelia Barrett is in
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Audrey
Tedious and predictable. Of course the message about trusting God’s plan is a good one, but the plot and writing are so dull that everything becomes mired down in the monotony. For a book that takes place in England, there is a very poor sense of place, and the characters consist mostly of one-dimensional figures plucked out of Christian fiction central casting. (I guess we are supposed to root for Edward, but he didn’t seem like much of a catch to me.) All the guys are dashing with high cheekbo ...more
Rachel Brand
Note added 17/04/13: When I wrote my initial rough draft of this review, I mistakenly talked about an incident between Amelia and Edward where he was drunk, when actually I meant William. Hopefully this review makes more sense!

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When her close friend dies shortly after giving birth to a daughter, Amelia Barrett vows that she will raise the child and care for her until her father returns from the sea. It is nearly a year before Captain Graham Sterling comes to claim his child, and Amelia has gro
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Rebekah Gyger
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
I had to force myself to finish this. Nothing really ever happened. Constantly, I was told that something happened (Graham was injured in a battle, Lucy was kidnapped, they are searching for her, there was a fight), but you never really see any of it. It was more like watching a movie that keeps skipping in the player. The description of a fight was truly, "With every muscle still tense and alert from the previous skirmish, fresh fire surged through his veins. Within moments, fists were once aga ...more
Melissa
I really had high expectations of this book.I thought it would be like Edenbrooke by Donaldson or something by Sarah Eden. I think that was part of the problem, my expectations were too high. I like a book where there is a lot of banter and scene between the main love interests and you didn't get that in this book. This book was very wordy and that worked well in some scenes and not in others. But I think if I had to point to one thing that bothered me the most was I didn't feel connected to the ...more
Karen Witemeyer
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sarah Ladd's debut is wonderful! Readers who enjoy Jane Austin will get swept away in this dramatic tale of courage and conviction. The writing was superb and the plot kept me turning pages. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in Ladd's Regency England, especially since this book avoided the usual trappings of London and the ton. I found Sarah's voice fresh and intriguing and her story rich.

My only critique is that the romance took a back seat to the external conflict and that there were a few ins
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Ruth
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amelia Barrett, orphaned and raised by her uncle's family, stands on the cusp of inheriting Winterwood Manor its assets -- but only if she marries by her twenty-fourth birthday, a deadline approaching in just two months' time. While her family has encouraged her engagement to Edward Littleton, soon to be her uncle's business partner, Amelia resists. She dreams of a life where she controls her future, free to care for Lucy, the orphaned babe left in her care at the passing of the child's mother, ...more
Kate (The Shelf Life)
I'm really starting to get into the regency setting.I haven't read a whole lot from this period, but it has started to grow on me. I never was a huge fan of Jane Austen's books...they were a bit dry for me. The movies, I'm good with. I guess I stayed away because I was worried I would feel the same about the modern author's version of the time. Thankfully, my fears have been dispelled.

I've been hearing wonderful things about Sarah Ladd's debut novel, The Heiress of Winterwood, so I bought it sho
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Alyson
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People NOT familiar with Regency England
Recommended to Alyson by: Andrea Day
I have read a lot of Jane Austen fan fiction in my day, and if this is not at least a little bit a work of fan fiction I will eat my own bonnet. It is set in 1814 and it involves a sea captain. I'm thinking Persuasion fan fiction, at least at its roots.

The story was interesting enough that I finished it in a few days. Hence the two and a half stars, just for pulling me through. But it suffered from nearly every weakness of fan fiction I've encountered—
• Poor editing. Words used repeatedly in clo
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Charity U
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this a delightful book, full of a fast-paced adventure with a dash of mystery and a sweet romance added in. It was in the spirit of Julie Klassen’s newest, The Tutor’s Daughter – they were actually set in fairly similar settings. Heiress of Winterwood also reminded me of other Regency novels – fans of Jane Austen will enjoy this one, I think. The story flowed very smoothly, although the second half especially was filled with an exciting mystery and all manner of twists and turns. The fir ...more
Anne
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was good, but the writing style tried to be more of the era, and I don't think this was very successful.
There were times that reading felt awkward and stilted, particularly in the beginning of the story.
Once the writing settled in, then the story was good.

The ending, while satisfying, did leave some issues unresolved.
I don't know if they will be addressed in the coming books in this series, because they were with some of the minor characters.
I would have preferred some type of epilogu
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Melanie Kilsby
A determined promise. A valiant Captain. A tangled web of debt, doubt, faith and hardship makes this book an interesting read.

Some of it was slow paced. But, I think it may have been because I read it as an audio book? Well, the end of this book, actually, solidified my rating!

Recommended as an Adult Historical Christian Book.
Caryl
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
I was whisked away to Darbury, England in 1814. The details are stunning! Amelia and Captain Sterling's relationship is passionate. The danger and intrigue kept me turning the pages. This is a must read!
The Lit Bitch
This was a charming romantic read. The plot sounded unique and I love the setting on the moors. I have not read anything by Sarah Ladd before, nor have I read a lot of Christian Fiction, but I’ve had my eye on this one for quite some time.

The obvious first thing to stand out about the book is the stunning cover. I’m positively in love with it! But what really caught my eye about the story was the unique plot…..a woman plans on marry her best friend’s widow to keep a family for the child…..that’s
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Marian Baay
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, favorites
Amelia Barrett must marry before her 24th birthday to inherit her fortune, including the Winterwood estate. After her parents died, her uncle became the master of Winterwood until Amelia would marry. Her uncle has found a suitable match in Edward Littleton, but there is one thing they don't agree on; nine months ago Amelia promised her dying friend Katherine to take care of her baby Lucy. Amelia loves the baby as if she was her own child, but Edward doesn't want to take her in after they get mar ...more
Sarah
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for mild violence and thematic elements

Best for Ages: 16 and up

Just when you think that authors have exhausted a theme and there is no way that they can writer something unique, someone like Sarah Ladd comes along and shakes it up.

When I started reading The Heiress of Winterwood I thought I would have a cute book that was much like many other marriage of connivance books I had read. Half-way through the book, the book was nothing like what I thought it would be. I
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Melanie
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/RTSAUDEJ...
Review on my blog: http://christianbookshelfreviews.blog...

4.5 stars

The Heiress of Winterwood was a very good read! The story completely blew me away! I believe this is Sarah E. Ladd's debut novel, but I wouldn't have been able to tell that by reading the book.

The Heiress of Winterwood starts off with a good prologue, but it was the first chapter that really grabbed my attention. I could tell Amelia was a great woman right away. I loved h
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Neisa
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: history lovers, christian readers, women, young women
Recommended to Neisa by: pinterest
When I first started reading this book, I had my doubts. I am fairly new to historical fiction. However, after a couple of chapters, I found myself unable to put the book down. I ended up reading it in two days. Being that I am a mother, I fell in love with Lucy almost immediately. I found myself wanting to protect her. Coincidentally, my son is about the same age, which made the story all the more relatable. I sympathized very much for Amelia and her fight to keep Lucy in her care. The writer d ...more
Casey
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A new regency a la Downton Abbey, “The Heiress of Winterwood” combines likeable characters, unique romance and plot line to create a sweet and enjoyable story.

Amelia and Graham are two characters thrown into a situation neither one would have chosen if given a choice. Amelia has such a strong love for this little girl that isn’t even hers and drives her to take…an unconditional method to protect her.

I liked the flavor of this regency that it didn’t stick with the normal and acceptable route to r
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Cynthia Marcano
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first Sarah Ladd reading experience.

I enjoyed the book although there were a few bits that dragged on a little. I ended up with the entire series because through giveaways and sales and waited a bit before committing to it. I have to say I am accustomed to the charcater slotted for the next book in the series peaking my interest in book 1. Unfortunately that was not the case here. I am having a hard time getting excited about book 2 because the secondary characters in this book were
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Kellyn Roth
2.5 stars

This was a decent novel, but not worth a second read. The plot was rushed, but it was still a pretty good book. Just ... there should have been more of it. I felt like it wasn't well-resolved, too. Several of the minor characters didn't have a definite ending at all, it felt like to me.

I didn't really adore the main characters, either. There wasn't anything specifically wrong with them, but they seemed a bit bland to me. Also, a lot of the situations seemed a little unrealistic, and I f
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Tammie
The Heiress of Winterwood was an ok romance. I enjoyed it, but I would have preferred it to be a more Jane Austin like romance and less of a Christian fiction. I preferred Julianne Donaldson's and Sarah Eden's books over this one.
Rebecca
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book! I am so glad that it is the first in a series. Very impressive for a debut. That first chapter . . . . . what can I say? I was hooked.
Davina
Phew. That was BORING. The story began well enough, but I kept waiting for it to really start. There was always tragic and action and not one quiet, nice moment one could enjoy without being reminded of all the awful things that were constantly going on with the characters. The romance was poorly developed and so were the questions and the concept of faith that the characters had. Also there wasn't a satisfying answer given to those questions in the end. I'm sorry, but this author is certainly n ...more
The Literary Maidens
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bethany-s-read
// Bethany's Review //

When I first heard about this new novel that is the first in a series, I was super excited about it since I just adore regency historical fiction. I just love that time period and have always been quite enamored by historical novels set during this time-to which The Heiress of Winterwood was no exception!

This is Sarah's debut novel, but let me tell you that I wouldn't not even tell as I was reading this enchanting story and was shocked at how wonderful descriptive and excit
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