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A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

(Whispers on the Moors #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,507 ratings  ·  388 reviews
Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Darbury, England, 1819

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with
Paperback, 343 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Thomas Nelson (first published October 1st 2014)
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May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been on a Regency fiction roll for a while now which means searching for new to me authors in the genre. Sarah E. Ladd seems to fit the bill.

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall turned out to be the third in a series but that did not affect my enjoyment of the book as the story within it was complete in itself. The author writes well and she produced a number of very charming characters, both main and secondary. Events follow the usual formula for a Regency romance but it is the way these events ar
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, simple is overlooked and its beauty is lost among all the drama in life. I loved the simplicity and charm of this book. The regency details, the dancing, the dresses, the rose gardens, companion's to ladies, luxurious estates and charming cottages were all a pleasure to read. The gentle theme was also refreshing. It was about how we often live in shame, fear, anger and loneliness, when we hold on to sins or guilt, but if we ask for forgiveness, we can experience joy and freedom in our ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Why did this lovely Regency novel linger so long on my bookshelf? It was an engaging tale beginning with a decision made by a 16 year old in love and the response of a less than loving father. Cecily Faire finds herself at the Rosemere Home for Girls and away from her beloved sister. She is a survivor and carries on. Cecily is a strong young woman and her compassion for others was commendable. Delightful end to this series.
A Lady at Willowgrove Hall ties with The Weaver's Daughter as my favorite Ladd novel. I found it to be a charming story - delightful characters, rose gardens, dancing, gowns, and all of the things that my heart desires when reading a regency novel. Ladd excels at creating atmospheric spaces within her novel. I love the walled rose garden of Willowgrove Hall, as well as the cozy warmth of Laurel Cottage and it's inhabitants. Cecily Faire is an endearing protagonist. She made mistakes in her past, ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{ Wow. This is our 150th review. I can’t believe it. My mind is boggled. {{Am I seriously posting the hundred and fifth review?! There’s no way!}} Thank you all so very much for your support! <3 }

About this book:

“Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.
Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her
Carole Jarvis
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I'm always excited to discover Regency romances in Christian fiction, as I've been a fan of this genre from the time I discovered Georgette Heyer, and I have to say that Sarah's knowledge and love for this era shines through in her writing. While I enjoyed the first book, The Heiress of Winterwood, the series got even better with each book. I'm not sure why this third book, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, was my favorite, because the setting
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
"I think everyone has secrets, sir, and a right to their own thoughts. It is human nature, I think." .. . . .. . . "Some secrets are like a noose. The more you resist, the more they strangle you." Secrets. Cecily Faire and Nathaniel Stanton both have them; the question is, will exposure become a gateway to freedom or a dark, dank prison of regret?

Beautiful Cecily Faire has been subject to cruel treatment from her father, banishment from her home and beloved sister, separation from her heart's yo
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A Lady At Willowgrove Hall is the third and, I think, final book in Sarah E. Ladd's Whispers on the Moors series. I've really enjoyed these books!

This book had an intriguing beginning and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the story progressed. I felt for both of the main characters, Nathaniel and Cecily, and Mrs. Trent. They all had to deal with painful things and I couldn't help b
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Let's start with the cover of this book, shall we? Isn't it beautiful? I would totally pick this up in the library if I saw it. I don't know who comes up with Sarah E. Ladd's covers, but they are all beautiful and well done.

This is the third book of the Whispers on the Moor's series, but it doesn't need to be read with the other two to make sense of things. Actually having read the other two books (and in order, totally unusual for me :) This was probably my second favorite. Her first book The H
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm all a twitter over yet another captivating Regency novel by this author. Honestly, open book and fall through time. The temptation to curtsy when greeting my boss was nearly impossible to resist. And I had the strongest urge to ring for the maid to help me dress in the morning. Such a disappointment when she didn't make an appearance. Luckily Ladd's exceptional writing enabled me to live Regency through the eyes of Cecily.

What an enthralling story. From the historical details to the compel
Annie Hogle
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing as always!!!
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was sweet and very enjoyable. I have enjoyed Ladd's books from the very first one. I cannot wait to read more.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A Lady at Willowgrove Hall was a pretty interesting novel. So many secrets! The narrator tells us readers a few of them at the beginning to show how those secrets influence the people who keep them and the people around them. It is difficult to keep up any kind of close relationship when you are holding things back, especially when the other person has shared all their secrets. And then there is the bitterness that comes from not forgiving the people who are involved in those secrets. There were ...more
Dana Michael
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely read. I enjoyed it very much.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet finish to this fun series. This novel is packed full with hidden secrets, which is fun, but got a little boring about 3/4 in. It slowed down a little toward then end to me. I would have liked to have felt a stronger connection between the two main characters as well. Although my least favorite in the series, still an enjoyable read.
Hallie Szott
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

I have not read either of the previous novels in Sarah E. Ladd’s Whispers on the Moors series, but in no way did that hinder my enjoyment of reading A Lady at Willowgrove Hall. (In fact, now I can’t wait to pick up The Heiress of Winterwood and The Headmistress of Rosemere.) I love a good Regency-era novel and this new one by Ladd is certainly a fantastic one. Within well-detailed scenery and situations, both Cecily Faire and Nathaniel Stanton come to l
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whispers and Secrets!

Once again author Sarah Ladd has written an intriguing, regency era novel set amongst the dark moors -- with its hushed whispers and long buried secrets. Ms. Ladd has done an incredible job with her descriptive imagery of the mysterious beauty of the moors and of Willowgrove Hall, where our heroine, Cecily, is employed as a lady's companion. Cecily and Nathaniel, the steward of Willowgrove Hall, have secrets that have kept their lives in chains...and guilt that others have i
Another book I've missed rating. Goodness, I'm getting bad at keeping up with my reading habits!

I bought a copy of this as soon as I could. It's the best of the series, and made me eager to read more of her books (and Curiosity Keeper is definitely worth the wait!) some point, I intend to reread the entire series from front to end!
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful regency Era clean romance with intriguing characters, especially Cecily and Nataniel. Mrs. Clarkson ended up surprising me in a delightful way. I highly recommend this book, and the other books in the series as well.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book is part of a series, but is a stand alone.

I loved that the book dealt with flawed characters who are trying to do their best with the lives and the decisions that have been forced upon them. The book deals with forgiveness, not only of others, but of oneself. It is about letting go of the past and moving to the future.

I really enjoyed the characters. They all have secrets, some become bitter and some become stronger because of the secrets. This is a really good Christian themed romance
Kate (The Shelf Life)
Sarah Ladd has a passion for regency. Her research and attention to detail really shine through in her novels. I've kind of skipped around on her novels. I read her first book last month, now I've read her third....her second novel is waiting for me as we speak. I have to say, her debut came off beautifully and her third shines! I can't wait to go back and read her second novel.

This was an interesting novel. As the reader, we got to find out the secrets of the characters, Nathanial and Cecily an
Rachelle Cobb
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful conclusion to Sarah Ladd's Whispers on the Moors series. Regency romances are definitely Sarah's forte. She combines a rich and authentic setting with emotional tension that whisked me away into Cecily's life right away.

Secrets are a theme of this novel, and who can't relate to having a secret tear a relationship or life apart (or at least witnessing such)? I think that's why Cecily earned my vote of confidence right away. I really wanted to see her overcome the circumstances wh
Julie Carpenter
This is the second book of Sarah Ladd's that I have read and let me say I was not disappointed!

The Regency period has to be one of my absolute favorites and this author does a fantastic job writing about that time period.

Cecily Faire is disowned by her father for trying to sneak away in the night to marry the wealthy son and heir of her father's employer. She is left at Rosemeer (the school for girls from book 2 of this series) without any connection with her twin sister.

5 years later she is g
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Heidi Reads...

This book not only has a beautiful cover, but it is a beautiful story. I loved so much about it, but especially Cecily's insights and perspective. She is a strong character in unfortunate circumstances, but that does not hinder her compassion, courage, and loyalty. I think that is why she is a perfect match for Nathaniel since he exhibits the same qualities. The social restraints of the time period are definitely felt as they affect the circumstances of each character's past, prese
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think out of the series, this book might be my favorite. I'm not sure why or if it really is any "better" than the previous books; I might have just been in the right frame of mind to read this one. I did like the characters, especially Cecily, and I think she is probably my favorite heroine in this series. Also, I'm not a really big "mushy romance" kind of person, so I liked that while there was definitely interest between the two characters, it never got too out of hand and was very restrain ...more

Exceptional conclusion to the Whispers on the Moors series of historical suspense by this talented author. From the intensity of the opening scene of Cecily Faire's anticipated midnight ride to Scotland and forthcoming marriage, to the desperate search for her missing sister, I have been entranced with this story. Romance and well guarded secrets provide a heady combination in plot development. Depth of character personalization, intrigue, and historical details all captured both interest and em
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Michelle Griep
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Secrets. Intrigue. A dashing hero and a heroine you root for. All these add up for one fantastic Regency read in book 3 of the Whispers on the Moors series. Don't worry if you haven't read the first two books. This story does just fine as a stand-alone as well.

Cecily Faire starts out as a head-strong young girl about to run away with her beau. Bad idea, especially since her father catches them. The story ten fast-forwards to Cecily all grown up and much more tame. She's sent to become a lady's c
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is about a girl named Cecily Faire who tried to run away one night when she is 16, but gets caught by her father. Her father then takes her to Rosemere, a school for girls, and separates her from her twin sister, Leah. Five years later Cecily is working as a teacher at Rosemere and has been trying to find her sister, but she has no idea where she is because after her father left her at the school he moved away and took Leah with him. One day the Headmistress at Rosemer ...more
Laura  Lane
Sometimes you don't even need to know. I didn't need to know what this book was about to know I wanted to read it. Why? Sarah E, Ladd, that's why! I've read two of her books, The Heiress of Winterwood and The Headmistress of Rosemere. They were both truly hard to put down. When I saw her name, that's all I needed to know.

These three books are set at the same time as Jane Austen's novels. The language is exquisite and precise. The formality and manners refreshing for ladies living in this time of
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