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A Stranger at Fellsworth

(Treasures of Surrey #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,468 ratings  ·  285 reviews
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 unth
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 2017)
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Annabelle Thorley’s fiance has just called off her engagement. Scandal around her late father’s financial activity made him bolt, leaving the future of her and her brother in doubt. London society in the early 1800’s was not very flexible for young women. Her brother quickly arranges a marriage to a wealthy gentleman that she cannot stand to be around. Putting her happiness first, she flees her comfortable upper class life and joins her aunt and uncle in Fellsworth.

Her uncle oversees a boarding
Deanne Patterson
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Sarah E. Ladd is a go to author for me. I read her first series and absolutely loved it. Now I have only read this book in this series but it does well as a stand alone. I had no problem understanding what was going on. This book captured my attention right from the start. I really had a hard time putting it down to do other things. This is not your run of the mill regency where they sit around all day and sip tea, very little of that was done. I was intrigued all the way through this book and t ...more
I enjoyed this one.

This may be the third book in the Treasures of Surrey trilogy, but it stood very well on its own. I haven't read the first two books yet, but didn't feel lost or anything. I enjoyed this one so much I do want to go back and read the previous books.

I enjoyed the unique regency storyline and setting. Annabelle is not your typical regency heroine and when faced with an unwanted marriage, she runs away to her estranged Uncle in Fellsworth. He runs a boarding school for underpriv
Julie Carpenter
Suspense, danger, painting, family, servants, friends, heartache, woods, horses, loneliness, intrigue, prayers, rumors, peace, love, pistols, hunting, carriage rides, dresses, boarding school, jewelry, scandal, dashing hero, teaching, gardens, arranged marriages, murder, Autumn, property, inheritance and a little bit of kissing.

I love this author's books and I really enjoy her writing style, her characters, the suspense(some books have more suspense than others), the mystery, and how she wraps i
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I really liked Locke...strong, solid guy with a good sense of protective instinct toward the ladies in his life. Initially skeptical about Annabelle's motive, but quickly coming to see her as a woman of character...the early scene with the pickpocket was a good show of both characters.

Annabelle was an enjoyable young lady. She knuckled down and got to work, despite having no prior exp
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sqqqqquuuueeeeaaaaalllll alert! A scrumptious Regency with sinister overtones and a despicable villain -- well, more than one -- to thwart! The kind of story that will curl your toes in rapturous delight while sending delicious shivers of trepidation up your spine.

As heroes go, Owen rates right up there. He might not be a traditional high society gentleman but he certainly has more gentlemanly manners than the men Annabelle has been associating with. And Owen has a strong sense of right and wro
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Sarah Ladd delivers a solid Regency Romance with a twist of mystery once again.

In this third book in the Treasures of Surrey series, Annabelle is living with her married brother in London and is forced to make a decision to marry a many she finds deplorable or take a risk and leave the life she has known.

The author pens believable and honorable characters in her novels. I continue to enjoy her writing style. A Stranger at Fellsworth is recommended for fans of Regency Romance.

My gratitude to the
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
There's a quality to Sarah Ladd's writing that is restful to me, even with the tumultuous circumstances of her characters. I so easily sink into the story and am immersed in the setting. I loved seeing Annabelle take her future in her own hands and sacrifice her comfortable lifestyle for her freedom and peace. Owen is a hero that grows on you with his quiet strength and I loved his connection to the forest and land. I enjoyed Annabelle's uncle and aunt as stabilizing characters in her new and ve ...more
Carrie Turansky
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Ladd's latest novels is one of her best. I enjoyed listening to the audio version. The narrator did a great job portraying the different characters and had a lovely British accent. Owen Lock was a charming and admirable hero. The story contained several twists and turns that kept me listening. The romance was sweet and progressed at a believable pace. Faith played only a minor roll in the story, but it was clean and uplifting.
This might be my favorite of the series. I loved the setting. It feels very atmospheric and is the perfect backdrop to the events in the story. Annabelle is a brave character but is also realistically impacted by the time in which she lives. It is easy to empathize with her. Owen is perhaps the most rugged hero that I’ve read from this author, and I really liked him a lot. I’m eager to catch up on Ladd’s first series, and look forward to her 2020 release as well.
Susan Snodgrass
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I came across Sarah Ladd's first book, 'The Heiress of Winterwood' in the book store and the cover drew me in. It was a wonderful book and I had a new author to follow. Her covers continue to delight. As do her words in each book since.

In the fallout of her deceased father's financial ruin, Annabelle's prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé calls off their betrothal, which in itself is ruinous to her reputation and now she is at the mercy of her controlling brother who wants her to marry a man
I liked this book, but I wasn't wowed by it. There was the traditional regency setting, boarding school, lady/servent relationship, mysterious woods, etc. Parts of it I really liked, but it was really easy for me to put down.

Thanks to Netgalley and publishers for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Stranger at Fellsworth was a very nicely written story. I felt transported back in time with the author’s descriptions of life in early 1800’s England. It was hard to see the way Annabelle was treated toward the beginning of the book. The actions of her brother and the men he associated with made for such a difficult situation for her.

The main characters, Annabelle and Owen, were very likable and the setting of Surrey was beautiful. There was a gentle romance that brewed just perfectly through
Karen R
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, for a Regency era tale, this had a faster pace with more action, and the romance was quite believable. It wasn't all balls, gowns and tea cups like some tend to be, although there was a little. Well, it wouldn't be Regency without it, right? It is probably one of my favorite books from this time period, ever!
Several characters were like something from a Dickens or Bronte sisters tale, sinister, corrupt, with societal prejudices, and others full of goodness and hope. An intricate plot kept
Cara Putman
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a thoroughly enjoyable story. Romance laced with a mystery and set in Regency England. The heroine has to leave everything she's known in a rush and her world is upended. There is so much at stake as she learns someone was murdered at her home the night she left. She should be safe, but is she really? This is an author who only get stronger with each book. This one is on my keeper shelf.
A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah Ladd
Timeframe: 1807
Location: London and Surrey, England
Main Characters:
Crosley : Her lady's maid
Thomas: her brother
Owen: Game Keeper
Edmund: Annabelle's uncle and owner of Fellsworth School

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Cathy Daniel
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book! A little romance (regency appropriate!!) , a little mystery, betrayal, murder, love, all the emotions. Perfect HEA
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and I loved this book too. Sarah Ladd's books read effortlessly, both in content and theme, and the main characters were perfect in the way they treated each other and how their relationship developed.

I highly recommend this series (and her other series too).
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A new favourite from Sarah Ladd! I loved to recommend Sarah's series 'Whisphers on the Moors'. In fact everyone that came into the book store looking for a historical fiction, I placed one of those books into their hands. She was a little known author to our customers, but there is something about Sarah's writing that draws you deep into the period, the story. However, I have felt a little disconnected to the more recent books by Sarah Ladd, and I have missed the ability her earlier work had to ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Each book in this series is even better than the previous, and I have loved them all. Each one functions perfectly as a standalone too, so you can jump right in with no problems. Though… I would still recommend reading all three as soon as you have the chance to do so!

In A Stranger at Fellsworth, we once again see the subtle double meaning of treasure. Physically, it refers to an object of value which at least one of the characters prizes highly, whether for sentiment or for monetary worth. Yet,
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
{3.75 stars}

While the first few chapters took me a bit to get into the storyline and characters, I found overall this book enjoyable to read. The setting reminded me of a Jane Austen book or movie, especially the social aspects, the scandals, and descriptions of England. I especially loved Owens work as a gameskeeper; it added a different aspect compared to many regency reads.

The storyline ended up being more intense than I expected, especially at the end, but it was a pleasant surprise. I didn'
Ashley Johnson
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read from Sarah Ladd. This story started out with mystery and a little suspense right from the beginning. I enjoyed Annabelle and Owen seemed thoughtful and dependable. I admired Annabelle's bravery to leave her way of life behind to provide a better situation for herself. I appreciated that there was honesty in telling her change of lifestyle, it wasn't a simple or easy adjustment to move, lose her status and begin a new life. Owen seemed to show up at just the right moments a ...more
Annie Hogle
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin!!! This book was amazing! I have read all of Sarah E. Ladd and enjoy her writing style! This book is different from the others because it has a great romance story, brave characters who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe, incredible suspense that makes me hold my breath, and action thrown in at the end! Owen Locke, (the main male character), is a DREAM! The way he treats certain characters make me feel as though I am watching a movie!!! VERY CAPTIVATING!!!!
This book i
Lynda Edwards
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
Regency is my absolute favorite period and setting, but it is no secret that it is perhaps not as genteel as we may like to think when we romanticize it. This novel illustrates that well: forced to flee into the unknown by terrible circumstances, Annabelle escapes to a new life very different from the one she left. All the rules seem to have changed with her new station and as she navigates this unfamiliar territory she discovers that much she thought knew in the past was mere illusion.

The tens
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Let her know love,and let her know the peace that comes with forgiveness. Keep her safe from those who wish to harm her, and give her strength as she faces life's challenges."

A mother's prayer, nearly prophetic in its plea before the the Almighty God; for Annabelle Thorley's life is pitifully bereft of love, overflowing with the kind of desperation that only a young woman with an uncertain future can bear . Following the death of both parents and pursuant rumors of her father's scandalous busin
Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since I read book #2 (Dawn at Emberwilde), I went back and read the first book in the series The Curiosity Keeper. Really, the only thing the three books seems to have in common is the school at Fellsworth. I do feel like I have read about Annabelle Thorley’s family before however. The last name sounds so familiar. I might have to go back and dig up the previous books to see if they make an appearance. All in all, each books appears to stand alone with little to none carrying over.
There were pl
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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 positi
Kelly Bridgewater
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is something about Sarah E. Ladd's writing that grips my attention. She knows how to create unforgettable stories with enjoyable characters. I know her stories are Regency novels, but I am drawn to Ladd's ability to tell a story and capture my imagination. Every book she has written has done just that.

The writing is clear and concise. I really enjoy how much attention Ladd takes with her settings. In A Stranger at Fellsworth, she took the time and energy to bring Uncle Edmund Langsby's co
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
It’s always a pleasure to experience historical England and Sarah E. Ladd continues to claim a spot as one of the top inspirational authors with each new book. Her latest has plenty of mystery, second chances and making courageous decisions.

It’s no surprise I’m a fan of strong female leads. What I particularly enjoyed, is that Annabelle grew into that role. She was brave and continued to take steps that weren’t often done then. I also appreciated the character growth of Owen. Each were dealt
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads

I really enjoyed this third installment in Sarah E. Ladd's Treasures of Surrey trilogy. I was sad to see it end and would have enjoyed a longer story. This was a quick read that kept me guessing. I enjoyed the sweet love story between Annabelle and Owen. Owen is a widower with a child dealing with grief. Annabelle is on the run from her cruel older brother who wants to marry her off to someone even worse than he is.

Annabelle's character development is fun to watch. She is definitely a fish out o
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“You have given me more than you realize, Annabelle. The more I know of you, the more you give me hope for a different type of future, and for that, I am indebted to you, whatever the future may bring.” –Owen Locke, A Stranger at Fellsworth” 0 likes
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